New Student-Led Assembly: Research & Response

In recent months we have been researching and developing some peer-to-peer models in response to a common request by our school partners. Here is a snapshot of our research findings, requests, and how we plan to respond with our new Student-Led Assembly! Research: Mentoring is a psychosocial intervention that brings two people together into a trusting relationship […]

Youth and Stereotypes

So often I hear adults commenting on today’s youth in a negative manner: too much technology, lazy, playing with silly toys, disrespectful, revealing clothing, selfish, entitled, the list goes on and on.  Youth hear these negative stereotypes constantly, and it definitely has an impact on their own views of themselves and others around them.  Stereotypes […]

The Blame Game

While attending the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) conference in Nashville this year, there was a fascinating session on blame. The presenting researchers, Dr. Isaac Karikari and Dr. James R. Brown had conducted a study on school climate in which they interviewed bus drivers, administrators, parents, and social workers about the perceived prevalence and responses […]

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

This week I wanted to shed some light on three important topics, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care. Burnout and Compassion Fatigue can impact our lives tremendously if not taken care of.  Self-Care is one way to be preventive and proactive in your mental health well being. Burnout and Compassion Fatigue are not necessarily talked about regularly in any type of environment and not talked about […]

Bullying Prevention Month in Monterey County!

This month is National Bullying Prevention Month and schools across Monterey County are celebrating with an array of creative activities. Here is a list and gallery of activities that our partner schools in Salinas City Elementary School District have done to bring awareness to bullying prevention. We encourage all schools and youth organizations to participate and share […]

Dan Siegel: Mindsight, Mindfulness, Integration and the Brain

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, and the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. Mindsight Institute is an educational organization which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining […]