Five Truths About Middle Schoolers and How Parents Can Make the Most of a Critical Phase

By Phyllis L. Fagell. LCPC “When Maia starts sixth grade in the fall, I’m putting you on speed dial,” my friend Jackie told me over lunch. “I was the mean girl in middle school, and karma is going to bite me. Tell me the truth—just how bad will it be?” As a school counselor who …

Children’s Growing Identity: Cultivating Self-Awareness to Inspire Confidence

By Jennifer Miller, M.Ed. In those last sweet days of summer, Mom Margaret wanted to do something enjoyable with both kids in addition to the typical flurry of school supply shopping. But she hesitated to propose an outing when she noticed that ten-year-old Olivia was slinking around the house seeming down. When Margaret asked her …

Question. Persuade. Refer. – QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Visit the QPR Institute’s homepage here. The Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition Website states: “Intended for people from all walks of life, QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is a one- to two-hour course designed to teach “gatekeepers” warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to help. Gatekeepers can include friends, co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, parents, siblings, …

SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

What is SBIRT? While SBIRT is often something that health professionals are trained it, it can be extremely beneficial for faith leaders to have this training as well. It helps you know what questions to ask so that you know if and when to refer someone for treatment. SAMHSA has a lot different SBIRT trainings …