Starting Another Year Off

For those of us who work in schools (teachers, school therapists, counselors, paras), many of us started back up with a new school year. Although we love what we do, anxiety creeps in, knowing the roller coaster will start soon. We get to work each morning and it’s ‘go’ time….needing to be prepped for those[…]

Ways to Stand Up for Yourself

Ways to Stand Up for Yourself Are you facing individuals that are exhibiting bullying behaviors either in person or online? You do NOT need to put up with it. Here are three ways to respond: 1. Stand up for yourself—literally. Individuals who are exhibiting these behaviors feed off of people’s fear. The key is to[…]

Love the Skin You’re In

Love the Skin You’re In Take a look in the mirror. What do you see? If your first thought is to pick out a list of qualities you don’t like about yourself, maybe it’s time for a new perspective. Every person is beautiful (or handsome) in his or her own way. Media tries to tell[…]

Let’s Prevent Teen Suicide

Let’s Prevent Teen Suicide In America today, a teen dies from suicide every 100 minutes. Our middle schools and high schools are experiencing a tragic and growing epidemic that is by all accounts preventable. Do you know the warning signs of suicide? – Talking about death or self-harm – Changes in behavior or personality that[…]

The Truth About Teen Depression

The Truth About Teen Depression Today’s youth is more stressed out than ever. Kids are facing intense pressure to excel in academics, sports, and social relationships—far more than the generations before. Compound that pressure with our current social media culture—which not only creates unrealistic expectations but also an unhealthy dependence on screen time—and many students[…]

Communication: More Than Words

Communication: More Than Words By Ken Vogel Communication is such a vital part of our each and every day. At least, I think that is what my wife was saying to me the other day, I can’t really remember. The thing about communication, is it’s a skill. Everyone has the innate ability to communicate, but[…]

Perks of Volunteering

Perks of Volunteering By: Emily Roofner Have you ever considered volunteering some of your time to something outside of your normal activities? A great way to step out of your comfort zone and expand your circle is to volunteer. It doesn’t have to be something that requires a ton of hours. It doesn’t even have[…]

Never Surrender

“Do you know what it’s like when you’re scared to see yourself?” I still remember the moment I heard those lyrics. It gave me chills. I listened on and it came to a part that said “do you know what it feels like to be your own worst enemy?”. I started crying thinking yes I[…]

Turning Shrugs Into Conversations

My Godson is in 3rd grade this year. Funny thing happened somewhere along the way this year, when I ask him how his day was or inquire on how he is feeling, the answers got much shorter and void of detail. The day would be “fine” or “great,” which didn’t seem that bad after *the[…]