9 May

An Open Letter From One Mother to Another

Dear Mother, I want to wish you a happy day.  No I’m not your child but I am so grateful for you and all that you do.  You see, I too am a mother.  I am a mother just like you.  But, what I want… Read More

8 May

Making Time To Hear Our Children

Our families are the foundations on which our children build their self-esteem and their mental & emotional health. The acceptance they experience and the love they see in their family’s eyes reflect an image for them as the young self develops. Here is a suggestion… Read More

7 May

Mothers and Daughters

Mother's Day can evoke mixed feelings, for different reasons at different times, in the lives of mothers and daughters. It is a holiday that seems to lack space for the full range of feelings that are engendered in family relationships. The mothers and daughters depicted… Read More

30 Apr

9 Communication Tips for Couples

Your greatest contribution to effective communication is clarity, focus, and non-­defensiveness; your second greatest is support for your partner in providing the same. Here are some specific tips: Take responsibility for yourself. When you have an issue, speak up. Don't expect your partner to guess… Read More

21 Apr

Positive Child-Parent Bonds Lead to More Positive Caregiving for Aging Survivors

Last week we observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation by the Allied Armies of the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. To mark this day we are sharing observations made by the Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) team from the… Read More

14 Apr

Autism Awareness Month: A Personal Story

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we're featuring a guest blog post from Bridgette Montgomery, a therapist and mother of six-year-old autistic son Josiah. She is sharing her personal story to spread awareness of autism and the importance of early diagnosis. April is Autism Awareness… Read More

2 Apr

Pulling Weeds and Planting Flowers

As spring tempts us with ever warming sun coaxing those first flowers, how can we renew ourselves? I've been following the work of Dr. Ira Byock, Palliative Care Physician at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and leading authority and advocate for improving care throughout the lifespan.… Read More

19 Mar

National Social Work Month: The Work That We Do

For the past 12 years, I have been a social worker. I started out working in North Philly at an alternative school for students who were expelled from public schools. It remains one of the best jobs I have had since graduating. I truly loved… Read More

27 Feb

Revisiting Intimacy

You’ve probably heard of the bestselling novel 50 Shades of Grey even if you haven’t read it. The sexually explicit novel is about a young women and her relationship with a wealthy man who’s sexual tastes lean toward bondage and discipline. Attitudes towards sex have… Read More

26 Feb

Racial Conversations: Let the Healing Begin

I was really moved and touched by the number of commercials during the Super Bowl this year centering around connection and love. It made me think about how much people really desire more of those things in their lives. I also realized that the current… Read More