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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.

  • Complicity and Complacency

    Published - 22 Jun, 2018

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

  • 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.”

  • 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.


    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.

  • Helping Teens Make Healthy Decisions

    Published - 26 Jan, 2018

    There are a number of reasons teenagers make risky choices that could alter their lives negatively long term (at-risk behaviors). Helping youth to understand these risks and develop coping skills is critical to their well-being.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”

  • Helping Adolescents Flourish in Their Community

    Published - 27 Jun, 2016

    Every community needs to grasp that sending a young person away or putting them into long-term group (congregate) care is a last resort only when there is a chance of imminent harm. The harm done (and cost involved) in sending a young person away to congregate care, far outweighs the benefits and cost-effectiveness of supporting the young person to stay in t

  • 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.



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