Self-Efficacy: A Key to Improved Behavior

Self-Efficacy: A Key to Improved Behavior Assisting adolescents with speaking for themselves (advocacy) is a very important learning task.  Having a parent or guardian advocate for their children is a tricky process.  There is a fine line between rescuing and advocacy.  One tends to enhan ...

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How Equine Therapy Can Benefit Troubled Teens

How Equine Therapy Can Benefit Troubled Teens Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Horses can have a profound effect on just about anyone. It has often been said that horses are a mirror to our souls. Due to the ...

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Creating Balance in Your Life

Creating Balance in Your Life Life can be filled with highs and lows, happiness and stress, fun experiences and scary ones. I personally have many things in my life that make me happy and then in the next instant worry me to death. Working with teens brings this feeling daily. On ...

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How to Avoid Stand-offs With Your Teenager

How to Avoid Stand-offs With Your Teenager Born and raised in the great state of Texas, I’m a big western movie fan. I own more Clint Eastwood and John Wayne movies than I should admit. There’s something about a high noon showdown that reminds me of the way I unintentionally square off ag ...

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Vicarious Trauma: How To Learn Through Others

Vicarious Trauma: How To Learn Through Others In my previous post titled, “Vicarious Trauma: How it Affects You Without You Knowing & How To Use It To Your Benefit” I discussed how to use smaller traumatic experiences and the experiences of others to prepare ourselves for our own, more s ...

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Vicarious Trauma: How it Affects You Without You Knowing It & How To Use It To Your Benefit

Vicarious Trauma: How it Affects You Without You Knowing It & How To Use It To Your Benefit Vicarious or secondary trauma is a term used to explain burnout in caretakers who work with individuals who have suffered a traumatic or series of traumatic events. I know that sounds a little complicated but to illustrate its meaning, imagine you ha ...

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Four Ways to Connect with Your Teenager

Four Ways to Connect with Your Teenager   Some of the relationships I’ve developed with teens over the years as a recreation therapist have been very meaningful. Building relationships is not easy, nor does it happen quickly; it takes time and effort to create healthy meaningful rel ...

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