School

The War at Home and Abroad

A Therapist’s Call to Action

It’s time for all of us to let ourselves feel the pain of these crimes, instead of ignoring it. In doing so, perhaps we can foster an appreciation of... Read more

The Therapy Beat April 28, 2023

Getting Individualized Education Plans Right

How Are IEPs Missing the Mark?

How can Individualized Education Plans, which often involve therapists, better ensure that students with disabilities get a fair and proper education? Read more

Wendy Durant

Wendy Durant helps clinicians support families after gun violence in their community. Read more

VIDEO: Rethinking the Policy of Seclusion and Restraint

A Discussion with Mona Delahooke and Guy Stephens

Join Mona Delahooke, therapist and author of Beyond Behaviors, and Guy Stephens, founder and director of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, for a... Read more

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

The Key to Safety and Trauma-sensitive Care

I work at a school for elementary- and middle-school kids in New York City. Counseling children and families affected by homelessness is a rapidly expanding... Read more

Strategies to Cope with Distance Learning

A Systems Approach for Parents and Children
Bahareh Sahebi and Mudita Rastogi

When kids are learning remotely, it can be tough on parents also working from home. Here's how a therapeutic approach that takes into account the larger... Read more

Helping Kids with School Refusal

A Polyvagal Approach

What do you do when kids get anxious, afraid, or angry at the prospect of going to school? Pediatric psychologist Mona Delahooke explains how Polyvagal Theory... Read more

Homeschooling and the ADHD Child

Six Therapy Strategies for Busy Parents

With summer camps cancelled and many schools indefinitely closed, a therapist shares six homeschooling strategies that have served him well in helping the... Read more

The Therapy Beat March 5, 2020

Spearheaded by high school students and supported by some influential adults, a movement is underway to mandate a limited number of mental health days as part... Read more

Therapist Peer Groups, the "Emotional Lifeboat"

Doing Self-Care by Yourself Isn't Always Enough

In the sea of trauma that surrounds us in our daily lives and in our offices, self-care is a life jacket. But collective trauma needs a collective... Read more

The Bullied

Perspectives on Helping the Invisible Majority
Jeff Nalin

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. As a father and a clinical psychologist working with teens, I’ve seen the shape of bullying change over the... Read more

Beating Back-to-School Anxiety

Three Therapists Share Stories and Tips

If you work with kids and adolescents, you’re probably no stranger to what these first weeks of school bode for your practice. Back-to-school season can be... Read more

The Therapy Beat July 3, 2019

In response to the ever-growing incidences of gun violence targeting students, many schools have instituted active-shooter drills. How are therapists... Read more

Clinician's Quandary April 6, 2019
Psychotherapy Networker

Raisa is a sophomore in high school, and tells her therapist that the girls in her class are bullying her with insults like “slut” and “whore.” Her... Read more

When Doing Nothing is Everything

Especially with Kids, Learning to Slow Down Is a Precious Gift

When I got sick, something amazing happened: I let go of my agenda. Poof—just like that. In the process, I learned there’s nothing more important than... Read more

Case Study March 8, 2016

Supporting the Overwhelmed Child

Sometimes It Just Takes Time

A school counselor’s patient work with a sad, uncommunicative young boy demonstrates what a difference just being there can make. * Commentary by Janet... Read more

Functional Family Therapy: A New Road Map for Behavioral Change

Using FFT to Get Parents and Kids Motivated, Allied, and Committed to Change

Over the years, I’ve found that I’ve needed a solid, research-backed clinical model, which would guide me in sessions and keep me grounded during... Read more

Point of View September 11, 2014

The Tribal Classroom

Applying attachment theory in schools

Lou Cozolino believes that attachment theory and neuroscience may offer the key to transforming our troubled educational system. Read more

VIDEO: When "One-Size-Fits-All" Doesn't Measure Up

Courtney Armstrong on Creatively Connecting

Courtney Armstrong discusses how she connected with some clients who weren't interested in traditional therapy approaches. Read more

Bullying in Schools

What to Do When Officials Can’t Help

As parents become frustrated with officials who can’t help with bullying in schools, they turn to another source. Read more

School Daze

The World is a Baffling Place for Kids with Asperger's

Constant Uncertainty about who's a friend and who's a foe, the mundane chaos of the classroom, rules that always seem to be changing—an ordinary day at... Read more