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Trauma and PTSD in Teens

Thanks to Doug Briscoe of Mentally Fit for emailing Garfield County PREP and providing this list of valuable resources, articles and information about trauma and PTSD in teens and veterans. Additionally, you will find information on identifying symptoms, understanding triggers and finding alternative ideas for coping and treatment. From Doug: I appreciate all of the […]

Teen Truths Becomes a Reality

Introducing Teen Truths’ Youth Authors Have you ever wanted to get inside the thoughts of a teenager and hear the raw, uncensored truths of their teen world? Yes? No? Certainly, there was a time when I wanted little to do with teenagers; there’s a reason I was an elementary teacher, no? So, call me crazy […]

Reflections

Trauma Reducing Exercises for Stress and Anxiety Relief

Feeling Overwhelmed & Stressed In the Roaring Fork Valley, mental health services are limited; especially for Spanish speaking persons. And even if someone was capable of accessing these services, chances are they are cost prohibitive. Many teens report having stress and anxiety and statistics show that many will or have experienced some form of trauma […]

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The Wonder of the Compliment

Knowing that teaching sexuality education comes with its own inherent ‘issues’ (unlike most all other subjects) teachers, in general, have a deep concern for how well they’re doing. They often wonder if they’re teaching it correctly saying the right things saying the wrong things getting through to students giving all the right answers creating a […]

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Creativity As a Coping Strategy

When I entered the field of child welfare, I was required to attend long days at core training classes. If we became fidgety, stressed or distracted by our own thoughts, our tables were stocked with pictures to color and toys that could be bent, stretched and twisted enticing us to use creativity as a coping […]

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The Unexpected Joys of Art Therapy

Previously, I attended the Colorado Advocacy In Action conference. “Self Care Activities” were offered at the end of the day that included your choice of a Betty Ford Alpine Garden Tour Yoga Healthy Rhythms Drumming or Group Art Therapy. If you didn’t want to choose one of these, they suggested you take a dip in […]