Tiny home village for homeless youth in Oakland / Berkeley. Way to go @YouthSpiritArts Sally and team at #YSA. Thank you for making community better and for giving young people a chance to give back.
From Masai tribe: (Kenya 🇰🇪 Tanzania 🇹🇿)
“Kasserian Ingera,” one would always say to another. It means, “How are the children?” It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai place on their children’s well-being, and community.
From Restorative Justice (RJ) Restorative Practices training.
When I first heard Dan Harris, he was on podcast with Sam Harris and I thought, “he stole my idea. “ I have used percentages and scale of 1-10 as a therapist since I lived in Tokyo, Japan. I said “8 % happier… “What percent is on you? (ownership question). “On a scale of 1-10, how angry are you?” and things like that for years.
Here was Dan Harris, the f’n host of Good Morning America Weekend Edition (fcol), using the title “10% Happier.” Oh hell no, he’s taking my idea. No wait, we haven’t met…. or had we? (suspicious face hmmmmm)?. I started going over a list of my famous friends (that was quick), the famous people I’ve seen as a therapist (that was quicker), then the parties at the US Embassy, Canadian Consulate, and other high falootin’ places I’ve been over the years. Nope. Nada. We never met. So I concluded, “great minds think alike.” Oh wait, except, the approaches I use in therapy I’ve mostly learned from children and teenagers in schools, patients at Kaiser, rehab, and from my private practice, and um, they don’t actually include meditation. Go figure.
とにかく izureni shitemo (in any case), check out this video by Dan Harris, learn how to meditate in 5 minutes.
Recently released School Based Mental Health (SBMH) Guidebook. Authors across disciplines (School Social Work, School Psychology, and School Counseling PPSC) collaborated to develop this manual.
Not pressured or rushed
Can withdraw consent at any time
NO always means NO.
Only YES means YES
Consent before and during sexual encounter
Discussed more than once. Confirmed at each level of sexual activity
Confirmed again on different days
All parties are fully informed. Not impaired by alcohol or drugs. Not pressured or rushed
Consent is not assumed from clothing, social media, dancing, or body language
Sex without consent is a felony (rape).
Talking openly with each other about consent and sexuality is healthy.
Mutual consent increases intimacy.
It’s okay to be unsure, or change your mind.
Sometimes talking about consent leads teenagers to delay having sex.
Amid rapidly changing technology and the ever-changing new normal, Title IX, equity, and civil rights call out. Kids know youth culture what it’s like to be a teenager rn. We learn the most from the young people we serve.
Photo credit: Image posted for public to see at Alameda County Office of Education. Srry, I don’t (yet) know the artist’s name.
James Wogan – “8% happier” back from Tokyo, Japan.
From Dan Harris – Ten percent happier, check out this podcast on Spotify (link below)
We’re in the middle of one of the greatest tests for parents in modern memory. Tens of millions of us, cooped up in our homes with our kids, as a consequence of the coronavirus. Susan Kaiser Greenland can help. She’s a former corporate attorney who transformed herself into one of the world’s leading experts in meditation for kids, teens and parents. In this episode, she delivers tons of practical tips for formal and informal meditation practices — for all age groups. She also talks about practices that can help parents not turn on one another in this excruciatingly stressful time.
Previous episode with Susan Kaiser Greenland & Annaka Harris, episode #121 Teaching Mindfulness to Kids: https://radiopublic.com/ten-percent-happier-with-dan-harr-WwE9m8/s1!e8765
Here’s a link to podcast. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6I8YNBwgtDluM1vpux2RUj?si=Bf_CoDhHRKGSlW69_hfc3Q
Ten Percent Happier Live:
We’ll be streaming live on YouTube at 3PM ET every weekday. If you miss us live, you can catch the episode here at http://www.tenpercent.com/live or on the Ten Percent Happier app.
Email address for health care workers who want free access to the app: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Show Notes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/susan-kaiser-greenland-231
From addiction to ￼ mental Health.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Affirming Approach and Expansive Practice, by Kiku Johnson.
This was shared at the Contra Costa County Suicide Prevention Committee, training led by the one and only Kiku Johnson, Executive Director of Rainbow Community Center.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Equity, and Social Responsibility (by CASEL)
Suicide Prevention by NASP
Suicide Prevention during COVID / Distance Learning
SEL Guiding Principles
Distinctions of Equity by Zaretta Hammond
Social Justice Standards by Teaching Tolerance
A 9th grader (14) said, “I didn’t know how I felt until I put it out there and talked about it.”
Social Emotional Learning. Ability to identify and express feelings is key to mental health.
Oh yeah ⭐️
A good sign.
Check out this interview with Gabor Maté, MD, Canadian Doctor and Addiction Specialist.
I recently helped a father to get sober after years of addiction to opioids and alcohol. He said “it feels SO GOOD to get honest…. um, kinda sorted, well mostly honest, well okay there is some stuff I left out because I’m too ashamed to talk about it.” We all need someone on our side, especially if we need to get honest with ourselves before we get honest with others.
It’s bad ass when clients see articles like this in my waiting room, or online, then come in to therapy appointments ready to face their pain, learn, and change patterns of thinking and behaving.
You might have heard that we “can’t save our ass and save our face at the same time,” (thank you NA), but that sure the hell doesn’t stop brilliant addict brains 🧠 from trying.
We learn the most from the people we serve. Mostly from teenagers, I’ve that we can’t criticize ourselves into positive and lasting change. We can’t criticize ourselves out of criticizing ourselves. The trap of negativity creates the illusion of growth and change.
When I was a younger therapist, I would say things like, “Don’t beat yourself up…give yourself a break….”. Now that I’m a little more um seasoned, I say things like, “You can go ahead and beat yourself up, I can’t stop you, just not all day.”’
In therapy (along with concurrent programs like AA and NA), many clients reduce the negative thinking that comes with addiction by 50% and then, when the time is right, we walk through that fire 🔥 together.
It’s possible. You’re not alone.
🧠 Expert musicologist and friend Michael Emeneu (Montreal, Canada) breaks down the benefits of learning music by ear. Click link above to see concise article on Medium.
Mindfulness, in-the-moment awareness, and being “present,” goes hand-in-hand with being authentic, mental health and wellness. See link to article in Flipboard magazine SEL.
If you’re struggling in any way, whoever you chose to reach out to is a lucky person. You help them by allowing them to help you, and you’re tacitly saying, “I trust you.”