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WOUNDED HEALERS: The Eight Steps of Healing Others

14 Feb, 2019

A favorite author of mine (and an old friend since passed with whom I shared music at his retreats) wrote a book called, “The Wounded Healer.”1 The premise of the book was to create new paradigms for ministry in the 21st Century.


    Published - 19 Sep, 2018

    Much of the current system is deficit-focused, which does not lead to the positive growth of the youth in Group Homes.

  • Resilience & Networking Powerpoint Training

    Published - 21 Jun, 2018

    Resilience & Networking; Forming An Attentive Community around Vulnerable Children, Tweens and Teens

  • Attentive Communities; Communities that listen to their lonely people

    Published - 26 May, 2018

    There is a crisis in listening around loneliness and lonely youth that cannot be fixed solely by professionals. In fact, this crisis demands a new role for professionals in our communities, whether they be counselors, educators, clergy or cultural leaders such as Chiefs or Elders.


    Published - 13 Apr, 2018

    It is not something we can “do to” people. Simultaneously, it is rarely something that a person who has experienced a number of ACE’s can do “for themselves.” Our role is to create a process using appreciative inquiry that will help a person prospect their future “with us.”


    Published - 10 Apr, 2018

    I don’t usually like either/ors but US congressional priorities constantly leave our schools in a state of limited resources. Therefore, it is important to use the best research to determine how best to grow safety for children in our schools.

  • The Limitless Possibilities of Abundant Thinking

    Published - 05 Apr, 2018

    In an article in Forbes Magazine, Carolyn Centeno describes abundant thinking in the following way; “While scarcity focuses on what we don’t have, abundant thinking is an attitude and mindset that focuses on what we do have. It allows us to see possibility rather than limits and can shift our perspective. It can help us lead more resilient and creative lives

  • The Profound Impact of the Scarcity Trap

    Published - 02 Apr, 2018

    I couldn’t help but read this article and think of all the children and youth we work with that have scarcities in family, nutrition, safety and a place to call home. I also couldn’t help but think of myself and our staff members—the adults around those young people and how we pass on our “scarcity traps” to children.

  • Appreciative Inquiry

    Published - 25 Mar, 2018

    Based upon my rediscovery of this concept we are going to add two questions to our weekly reviews that will more pointedly draw out this concept. 1.“What has made you happier this week?” 2.“How can you plan to do more of what made you happier?”


    Published - 03 Feb, 2018

    When creating boundaries with young people, their input is essential. Without having their input, you won’t have their buy-in. Buy-in (or engagement) is always far more effective than one-sided rule setting. When creating boundaries with young people, their input is essential. Without having their input, you won’t have their buy-in.

  • Adolescents, Trauma and Anger

    Published - 31 Jan, 2018

    A number of issues prevent traumatized adolescents from expressing their anger in a healthy manner. Not the least of these is the fact that adolescents are just developing their cognitive connections and emotions are very difficult for them to identify and articulate.

  • Praise That Doesn't Backfire

    Published - 25 Jan, 2018

    Parents who praised their children at least five times a day saw a boost in their children’s well-being and a drop in hyperactivity and inattention

  • How Much Praise for Well-Being?

    Published - 02 Jan, 2018

    How much praise does it take to increase a child’s self-esteem? According to Dr. Carol Sutton of De Montfort University, in Leicester, UK, five praises can increase well-being and improve behavior for children.

  • Where Will They Spend Christmas?

    Published - 01 Jan, 2018

    Eventually all young people benefit from a non-paid, non-familial adult who shows them consistent care despite a child’s behavior—even when their behavior appears non-compliant (many adults would instead use the word “bad”). 

  • Do No More Harm; A Primer for Case Conferences with Youth

    Published - 11 Sep, 2017

    It’s not about the placement of the young person or about the policies surrounding aspects of the youth’s care. The primary goal is to do no more harm to an already traumatized life and help the young person find a voice in their own future. Primarily to help the youth feel they are understood.

  • Get Tough??? Get Real...

    Published - 01 Sep, 2017

    As this topic continues to grow in this Province (and throughout North America), it indicates a need for more serious research of the issue and best-practice strategies that can be applied locally. The articles below indicate that research needs to be done with a focus on recidivism, what practices actually reduce repeat offenses for adolescents. 

  • PowerPoint Presentation of Increasing Youth Engagement in Your Community

    Published - 24 Jul, 2017

    Youth Crime, Youth Engagement, Community Development, Policing, Corrections, Education, Social Work

  • Dealing with the Trauma of Helping Those With Trauma

    Published - 17 Jul, 2017

    Secondary Trauma (or Vicarious Trauma) can affect our relationships, work life, outlook, diminish our joy and/or turn us cynical, even leading to depression.

  • Lowering Youth Crime in our Communities

    Published - 11 Jul, 2017

    The real keys to lowering teenage crime are communication and relationship. Youth who commit crimes in their community have a low sense of belonging and power, all of this while adolescent development creates a high need for pleasure. That pleasure is found in risk and twice the amount of pleasure (release of dopamine) occurs when risk is in front of peers.

  • Helping Expelled (Excluded) Children Control Their Rage

    Published - 10 Jul, 2017

    It is worth investing the time to read this article about how one school in Hemel Hempstead, UK, is addressing expelled (excluded) children with severe behavioral disorders.

  • Raising Brilliance

    Published - 07 Jul, 2017

    Every child has the capacity for “brilliance,” as defined in this article and I believe that each of our outreaches to young people should focus on calling out that brilliance in our work. I hope for a day—and will work towards it—when we can be no less than centres where we help traumatized young people excel at resilience and brilliance.

  • Effective Trauma Strategies

    Published - 28 Jun, 2017

    The most effective responses for healing trauma are consistent relationships and stable patterns of care built around offering unconditional dignity (no matter how YOU behave, I will seek your dignity). Authenticity is the currency of the traumatized, it is almost like people who have experienced trauma have a radar for duplicity.

  • Easy Grid for Understanding Outcomes for Adolescents in Group Home Care

    Published - 03 Mar, 2017

    This is a simple training grid for understanding the goals of Maturity and Interdependence for Adolescents in Group Homes or those in Arrested Development in Corrections.

  • Increasing Self-Sufficiency (Reducing Poverty)

    Published - 19 Feb, 2017

    Any focus on poverty reduction must begin with the understanding that poverty is not just a resource problem and therefore won’t be alleviated with just a resource-only approach.

  • Arrested Development: Helping People Stuck in Adolescent Behaviors

    Published - 12 Jan, 2017

    Fox Valley Breakout Session by Dr. Jerry Goebel, January 31, 2017

  • EGADZ Training

    Published - 12 Jan, 2017

    EGADZ is an excellent resource for homeless and street youth in Saskatoon, SK.

  • Engaged: The Optimum Way to Build Trust while Motivating Employees and Clients

    Published - 12 Jan, 2017

    Engaged: The Optimum Way to Build Trust while Motivating Employees and Clients, Fox Valley Counseling Event, Feb. 1, 2017.

  • Additional Emphasis on Aboriginal Traditions in Compelling Life Protocol

    Published - 31 Dec, 2016

    The last couple of weeks a team of friends has been helping me develop our protocol for adolescent development to be more inclusive of Aboriginal teachings.

  • Fox Valley Counseling Services Event 2017

    Published - 29 Dec, 2016

    Mark your calendars for the Fox Valley Counseling Services Inc. Conference, 2017. It will take place at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK. on January 31 and February 01. The theme this year is "Preventative and Restorative Services - Working in Partnership for Reconciliation of our First Nations Families."

  • Corrections: The Consequence of A Missed Adolescence

    Published - 02 Sep, 2016

    For over thirty years I have been involved in corrections as a volunteer, a paid consultant, a community organizer and in the role of chaplain. In all those years, the life experience common to all of the inmates I’ve encountered is the missed opportunity to be adolescents because of the trauma they endured either as children or during their teen years.

  • Trauma to Resilience

    Published - 05 Jul, 2016

    Recently an article was re-published in the e-magazine, Quartz ( by Lucy Maddox that looks at the results of multiple longitudinal studies on resilience in children.1 The primary studies were The Kauai Study that followed children from 700 families from age ten into their sixties, the second was a study done by Dr. Michael Rutter of King’s College Lon

  • Restoring a Young Person To Community

    Published - 30 Jun, 2016

    In Canada’s action plan for restoring Indigenous people following decades of cultural genocide, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes this call upon the Government of Canada and its peoples, “We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care”

  • Growing Healthy Relationships

    Published - 21 Jun, 2016

    Steinberg states, “The adolescent brain undergoes particularly extensive maturation in regions that regulate the experience of pleasure, the ways in which we view and think about other people, and our ability to exercise self-control. These three brain systems—the REWARD system, the RELATIONSHIPS system, and the REGULATORY system—are the chief places where t

  • Growing Intrinsic Rewards

    Published - 20 Jun, 2016

    In our last blog we examined the three primary tasks of adolescence as defined by Laurence Steinberg in his book, Age of Opportunity. Here is how Steinberg defines it, “The adolescent brain undergoes particularly extensive maturation in regions that regulate the experience of pleasure, the ways in which we view and think about other people, and our ability t

  • Critical Adolescent Tasks

    Published - 19 Jun, 2016

    In his book on the neuroscience of adolescence, world renowned speaker and author, Lawrence Steinberg, Ph.D., talks about new findings in understanding the brain development of teens that need to be applied in the work of all focused on the adolescent years.

  • The Evolution of Foster Care; Placement to Treatment to Development

    Published - 17 Jun, 2016

    Foster care has largely been driven to focus on the placement of children and not because of the rewards in the system (outcomes), but largely because of the punishments (risks) in the community. When something does go wrong with a placement, an injury or death of a child or youth, the forces around the foster care system punish it severely, but rarely const



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