How tech-savvy youth experience learning discipline

How tech-savvy youth experience learning discipline

On February 28 and March 1, 2018 over 900 educators and school counselors convened at William Jessup University in Rocklin to attend the Second Annual Student Mental Health Conference. The event was organized by Wellness Together, a non-profit devoted to student...

Every parent can do something to prevent violence at school

The day before the tragic Parkland Florida school massacre, I attended a private forum in Palo Alto on digital solutions to counter violent extremism among youth. This forum was organized through the Department of Homeland Security Office of Public-Private...
The top three things parents worry about and how to let them go

The top three things parents worry about and how to let them go

I recently came across a feature on Huffington Post about the top things parents worry about that truly captured the essence of the parent trap: expecting perfection from ourselves and our children. Indeed, perfection is the enemy of love. If you really want your...
Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Adolescent mental health is a growing concern. A Pediatrics study published in November 2016 indicates an increase in major depression episodes reported for youth ages 12-20 from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014. This study concludes that the prevalence of...
Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Peer pressure, dares and challenges are nothing new. Think about Ralphie’s younger eight-year-old brother in the movie, A Christmas Story, who found himself stuck to a frozen pole in the school yard after accepting and acting on a  “triple-dog-dare” to lick it. The...
How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...