Empathy Training for Teachers Reduces Suspensions

A Stanford study shows that empathy training for teachers cuts suspension rates in half. In a study conducted by Okonofua et al, published in 2016, teachers were given empathy training as an alternative to traditionally accepted methods of discipline. The training largely consisted of learning to understand: the psychobiological conditions affecting student lives, student needs . . . Learn More

Free Writing Prompts for Teens

The Pongo Teen Writing Project, in Seattle, Washington, inspires incarcerated youth and offers guidelines on working with them. Founded by Richard Gold, the Project offers support through poetry for youth in detention centers, to help them articulate their emotions and instill hope.  The website offers numerous free writing prompts for teens with some guidelines for . . . Learn More

Visual Narrative Activity for Traumatized Youth

Leading art therapist researcher Linda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC shares a technique that she finds increasingly valuable in art therapy with children and teens with a history of developmental or complex trauma. It requires very little media, space, and can be worked on at the child’s pace of comfort. Autobiographical Life Narrative Creating an autobiographical life . . . Learn More