In thinking about resiliency in clinical practice, most seek to understand the special quality about an individual that helps him overcome adversity. In a simplistic version of this inquiry, the professional may look at a person's characteristics to ascertain what makes him stronger than another, as if resiliency is located within a person rather than how he is affected by his lived experience. In an attempt to complicate the construct of resilience, by using… Continue reading Fostering Resilient Outcomes
On January 22, 2017, Naika Venant a 14-year-old girl committed suicide while in the care of the Florida child welfare system in Miami. She streamed the progression of her self inflicted death on Facebook Live for over two hours from the bathroom of her foster home. Horrifically, there were a reported 1,000 views which should have brought attention and help to Naika, but the opposite happened.… Continue reading Has Compassion Disappeared?
Yes, you have read the title right! I have created a podcast. For an intimate look into the foster care system, listen to the interview I had with Sam a foster care alumni. In this podcast, I explore with Sam his journey from entrance into foster care to present, at age 25. We explore the impact that… Continue reading Listen Carefully…A Podcast
There is now a podcast for almost any topic out there from politics, philosophy, crime investigation, and yes, even foster care! The now infamous series Serial, with over 80 million downloads, brought the podcast to its now current status of the "go to" on demand listen while engaging in our day to day tasks. Well, truth be told, I am… Continue reading What’s that Podcast About?
Going to school just seems like a run of the mill normal expectation for children. A child turns 5 and he starts his formal schooling experience. While most children may probably say they would rather not go to school, they appear to succeed in interacting with teachers, learning new lessons, as well as being exposed to social experiences in developing friendships… Continue reading What About My Education?