Cultivate…COPING in non-addictive ways of handling anger

Addictive coping mechanisms? That’s right! Much like behavioral scientists understand alcohol and substance abuse as an addiction to a method of coping, they understand a range of other behaviors as addictive as well. This includes gambling, hoarding, and sex addiction. More recently, scientists are viewing anger through the lens of addiction theory as well. Ever…

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Cultivate…COPING by validating the “feeling” but not necessarily the “coping mechanism”

Feelings are a normal part of the human experience, but often we shame children for certain feelings. Or we send the message that they should be able to “control” their feelings. Some research suggests that this can actually produce anxiety in children, who feel they must be in control of all of their emotions. Instead,…

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Cultivate…SAFETY by sharing stories in a safe space!

Did you know that that there is a safe space for youth to discuss and share their stories about mental health and wellness? You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You Matter blog posts are…

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Cultivate…HOPE by becoming resilience-informed parents!

Welcome to the first post of the OKPTA’s Prevention and Safety Committee! Every day of the week we will work together to cultivate a different practice. Mondays we will focus on HOPE. We can’t think of a better way to start our journey together because there is HOPE for our children. We all know the…

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