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Could Your Honor Student Be A Heroin Addict?

May 18, 2017

This video offers two compelling chapters: first, a fictional sequence of a day in the life of a clean-cut teen addict, and second, a frank dialog with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a young man in recovery.

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John Oliver On Mental Health

May 12, 2017


In the clip above from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver masterfully speaks to the serious misunderstandings and poor care associated with mental illness in the U.S. today.

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Combating Mental Health Stigma

May 2, 2017

A look at why and how the stigma of mental illness persists in the African American community—and what some are doing to address it.

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Blunt And Nuanced: The Pain Of High-Functioning Autism

April 18, 2017

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The above video entitled “Fireflies” is courtesy of Jubilee Project (learn more about them at the bottom of this post). “Fireflies” is a simple reminder that we each have beauty and can connect with others in unique ways.

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Parenting In A Community Crisis: Lessons From The Boston Marathon

April 14, 2017

In reflection of the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, The Clay Center is re-posting this special video.

Boston-area parents reflect on their experiences parenting during the 2013 Boston Marathon events, and offer advice to other parents who may find themselves facing a community challenge.

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Mom of teen who committed suicide now works to help others (WCVB-TV Boston)

March 17, 2017

Dr Ellen Braaten provides insight on a really difficult topic in this compelling news story that follows a mom, Emily, who lost her daughter to suicide, and has had to grapple with many questions, and few answers.

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Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up

March 10, 2017

We profile two smart young men with slow processing, a learning difference that affects their ability to manage daily tasks in a timely fashion. Dr. Ellen Braaten has expert advice for both parents and children coping with this issue.

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The Lake Wales High School Keystone Project: A New Student-Faculty Design For A School Community

February 2, 2017


Note from Gene – February 2017

I wrote this post over a year ago, reflecting on a powerful, ongoing relationship I’ve had with the community at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida – with high school principal, Donna Dunson, and the students and faculty there.

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A 9-Year-Old Has No Remorse For Stealing But Always Lets Himself Get Caught: What Should Parents Do?

June 5, 2014

Getting the kids off to school in the morning isn’t always easy.

But one morning in your daily rush to get them to the bus, you find your purse, left in its typical place on the kitchen table, wide open. The wallet is on the table, unzipped, with receipts scattered around it. That $10 bill you know was in the front is missing.

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When Idols Fail

March 31, 2014

When sports stars misbehave—or worse—how do teen athletes react? What should parents do? Advice from the experts.

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