In Quick Takes, experts offer strategies for talking with kids about a variety of stresses they face growing up — from day-to-day personal challenges to global crises.
Why the Ability to Listen is a Superpower Part I
Dr. Leslie Klein Garvin, Director of Counseling/Middle School Counselor at the National Cathedral School in Wash., DC, Dr. Kerry Ressler, McLean Hospital, and Kercine Elie, mom of three, on the power of listening. Watch 4 minutes. Read transcript.
Letter from an Anxious 12-Year-Old
Dean and Gail Borgman respond to their granddaughter's anxiety about global crises, including climate change. Dean is a professor emeritus at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and founder of Center for Youth Studies. Gail is a retired social worker. Watch: 7 minutes. Read transcript.
From Opioid Addict to Respected Educator
Joel Levine’s alcohol and marijuana abuse in middle school led to opioid addiction. Now, he’s a teacher and Head baseball coach. He and Jeanne Blake reflect on his recovery and their 2006 interview for the Words Can Work video Drugs: True Stories. Watch: 7 minutes. Read transcript.
Drugs and the Brain
Dr. Howard Shaffer, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, and Dr. H. Westley Clark, former Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA discuss the science behind kids and substance abuse. Excerpted from the Words Can Work video Drugs: True Stories. Watch: 5 minutes. Read transcript.