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The Counseling Connoisseur: The Contour of Hope in Trauma

Hope Always Remains “Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything.”― Euripides   Recently I was invited to provide an afternoon keynote at a conference examining community trauma and human violence. The morning keynote speaker, Reverend Matt Crebbin, gave a compelling presentation about his congregation’s role in helping Newtown, Connecticut rise from the violence that devastated Sandy Hook Elementary ...

Fed Up Vermont: 'Hub and spoke' a flawed approach to opioid addiction - vtdigger.org

Fed Up Vermont Says Hub and Spoke is a Flawed Approach to Opioid Addiction Editor’s note: This commentary is by Wendy Galbraith of Manchester, Geri Gilmore of Arlington, Jo Lambling of Manchester Center, and Gretchen Lima of Dorset, all co-founders of Fed Up Vermont. Each of the four of us — founders of Fed Up Vermont — have suffered devastating personal losses as a result of family members having developed addiction...

Grief and Recovery

Voices by Jeff Rogers Voices. I heard voices when the doctor told us our baby was dead. “Your wife is going to need you to be strong for her,” one voice said. “It’s going to be hard for her for a while,” added another. “Time to step up and put those husband pants on,” a third voice challenged. And like the good man I was raised to be, I stiffened my upper lip, squared my jaw, straightene...

Autism and Research on What Causes It

The Autism Epidemic and the Race for a Cure by Jeff Rogers Autism Shouts One of my autistic students smashed a classmate’s calculator in a fit of rage about making too much noise. Part of his consequence was to go to the store with the school principal and buy a new one. He went to the electronics aisle, picked out a calculator most like his classmate’s, and proceeded to the checkout line to pay. While waiting in l...

Teen Addiction and the Science of Mindsight

"Mindsight" and Heading Off Addictions Before They Can Take Root by Jeff Rogers A. What can teenagers get addicted to? Let me count the ways. Let’s see, drugs, alcohol, smoking, eating, sex, and cell phones, right? B. How about the internet, social media, vaping, gambling, exercising, pornography, television, danger, music, piercing, tattoos, tanning, video games, fighting, disrespecting authority, protesting, driving fast...

Smartphone Addiction is Not Just an Imagined Condition

Smartphone Addiction is as Real and Serious as Cancer, No Joke by Jeff Rogers “The very first thing every morning, and the last thing every night.”  --Dean Martin My friends joke about their phone being the least used app on their smartphone. But it’s becoming more and more true every day. Surveys report that upwards of 80% of the time spent on cell phones still involves using the actual phone, bu...

Trauma-Sensitive Schools for All Students

Not ‘What’ Schools are For, but ‘Who’ by Jeff Rogers "Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they pick, the one you'll know by." --Crosby, Stills and Nash ACEs Put Kids in a Hole…a Deep, Deep Hole More than occasional witness: mom being punched and kicked in the stomach by a boyfriend, dad plunging a needle into a bulging vein on his...

School Leadership and the Importance of Truly Professional Relationships

School Principals are No Longer “The Boss,” but Now the “Stirrers of the Sauce” by Jeff Rogers “One part trust, one part admiration, one part compassion… and we hold the spoon, we’re the stirrers of the sauce”—J Alan R Early School Leaders I was most certainly not among this country’s early school leaders, having only started administrating in the late 19...