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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.

  • Complicity and Complacency

    Published - 22 Jun, 2018

    Losing over 2,000 children is not irresponsible, it is criminal negligence.

  • 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?”

  • Creating Circles and Schools Fostering Creativity

    Published - 18 Mar, 2018

    In dealing with children who have high ACE Scores (Adverse Childhood Experiences), this is even more imperative. Trauma has often left their circle of healthy relationships very limited (or nonexistent) and inhibited their ability to expand that circle in the future.

  • 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”). 

  • Mindsets of Growth in Group Home Care--Teens

    Published - 31 Oct, 2017

    There is definitely a continuum of mindsets that a young person goes through as they progress through stages at Group Homes. There is also a mindset that adults need to have to help them continue to develop and not stall in adolescence.


    Published - 19 Sep, 2017

    Buchheit identifies we are moving (have moved) from a Labor Economy to a Financial Economy where wealth is tied to inheritance, investments and tax avoidance rather than work.

  • 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.

  • DACA: Another Reason for Youth Mistrust

    Published - 06 Sep, 2017

    Trust is the language of the traumatized and the currency of trust is consistency. This action will lead to trauma in the lives of a generation of young US citizens. It will undermine the fiber of their belief in this country (which was already fragile in many cases to begin with).

  • 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.

  • 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.



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