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Understanding the Brain and Behavior

 Anyone who works with young people knows that it can have some very challenging moments. Trying to figure out why kids behave the way they do and what is going on in their heads can be time consuming and more than a little frustrating.

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Cultures of Respect

Cultures of Respect (COR) combines organizational theory - what it is, how it is created, how it evolves, and how it can be changed - with positive psychology, youth development, strengths-based practice, and neuro-science.

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Youth Voice and Engagement

For the last year and half I have worked with Project LIFE – Living Independently Focusing on Empowerment, with the goal to promote permanent family connections for older youth while coordinating and enhancing life skills development for youth in

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Why Parents Should Say "No"

Raising children can be very difficult and stressful – it is not easy. Parenting comes with huge responsibility and is perhaps the most important role that a person can have.

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When Cognitive Interventions Fail

Trauma is not a diagnosis but rather an experience. Children and adolescents who have been severely abused, neglected or marginalized aren’t just experiencing what we might call “fear”- this word is much too small.

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By Dr. Caelan Soma
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Posted in Trauma

What is your Perspective?

In 1997 I met an 18-year-old shot caller in a prominent and violent gang in a city in Massachusetts. He had been involved in acts of aggression against rival gang members. Much of the time, he stayed away from home.

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Walking with the Wounded

Walking with the Wounded speaks to a journey of learning from those who have been deeply wounded, yet carry themselves as warriors.

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Twenty Years of Medicating Our Youth: Are We Better Off?

One would like to believe that advances in science have resulted in improved outcomes for troubled youth. Trends in treatment have changed dramatically in two decades. Technology to understand the brain and its functions are highly advanced.

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Transformational vs. Incremental Change

 There has been much written on the process of transformational change in the business sector over the past few decades, but very little has been done in applying these proven principles to working with challenging young people.

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