Positive Psychology: Bringing Attention to Child and Adolescent’s Wellbeing in an RTF Setting

Key Topics: Positive Psychology, Wellness, Welfare & Wellness, Residential Treatment Facilities Various psychological practitioners and mental health organizations aim to promote the concepts of wellness to adults, children, and communities. Recently, the field of positive psychology has become more widely accepted, and the principle of wellness has been brought to the forefront of mental health. [...]

Intentional Active Listening

As a counselor, we are taught a variety of ways to offer intentional, active listening. When someone is actively listening, they’re intentionally focusing on the other person. It is expected that the listener reiterates and clearly repeat back what the client has said; in other words, it is essential that we understand what the client [...]

Motivating Students

There are several ways to motivate students with our personality, the subject matter, specific teaching styles, and lastly, through assignments and tests. I gravitated towards the strategies that I believe would be helpful for my younger educational self.  1)    Make the course personal: specifically, writing students congratulatory letters/notes when they do well on a test. I [...]

Technology in the Classroom

I never considered how fundamental technology is to the current student. Technology is used so fluidly that it is often surpassed until our computer crashes or deletes that assignment you spent several hours working on! As a student, I gather about 65% of my research, questions, and further inquiries from a search engine rather than [...]

Art Therapy

Art Therapy Interview: Students Ask Me Questions The work created in art therapy is rooted in the person and everything they decide to share at that moment. Usually, the artwork is built from their unconscious and then manifested in the art. People struggling with trauma may need help understanding their emotions or would like help [...]

101: Poetry

There is something about the process of creation. It empowers your bones, fills your heart and expands your wildest thoughts beyond measures. Neal Donald Walsh once said “the deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, [...]

Sustainability: Stratification System, Race, and Gender

Similar to poverty and welfare, gender and race are also examples of social stratification. Gender determines the abstract biological makeup of humans. The two well-known genders are male and female. This ideology is perpetuated by class, as men continue to be categorized as the superior gender, and women are categorized as inferior. Depending on the [...]

Sustainability: Stratification System

Our society maintains this system by defining the groups we have created. These definitions are then also placed in policies and regulations to support each group and maintain division. This form of policymaking may have once been used to maintain order and compliance during a time of chaos. However, it may be misunderstood as useful [...]