Clarification: What it is and what it is NOT!

Clarification: What it is and what it is NOT!

Essentially, clarification happens when a youth examines the events of her past, experiences the feelings related to those events, and attaches meaning to those events.  Clarification is achieved for the present moment in time and from the youth’s perspective. ...
Some things you just can’t leap over….

Some things you just can’t leap over….

Happy Leap Year! As you know, a leap year is a year containing one additional day added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasonal year.  The name “leap year” comes from the fact that while a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally...
The 3-5-7 Model© in 2016!

The 3-5-7 Model© in 2016!

For over a decade I have been presenting and training on the 3-5-7 Model© and, wow, have we come a long way! While the original version of the model is solid, we have learned so much since we began and while we may be nostalgic for the “old days”, we...
Being Present is the BEST Present

Being Present is the BEST Present

Being present to another’s pain as they express feelings and thoughts and share stories of lost loved ones is central to the grief process. These interactions with children and youth are the premise for relationship building, for repetition of the attachment...
Grief in the Classroom

Grief in the Classroom

Helping children who are grieving during the school day is an issue we address in our recent newsletter and we provide some teacher resources. The National Association of School Psychologists provides a resource for teachers titled, FOSTER CARE FOR CHILDREN:...
The Reassurance of a Hug…

The Reassurance of a Hug…

When children fall or get hurt, when they are scared, they frequently cry. How can we encourage them to “just cry it out”? How often do we feel relief when we cry, particularly after the loss of someone we have deeply cared for? And, what about hugs? How can we hug...