A Middle Schooler Talks DBT

DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a fancy name for the high-test mental health therapy provided to students who attend the Miller-Dwan Foundation’s Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being. A critical component of DBT is the skills associated with this mode of therapy.  I recently spoke with a 13-year-old whose school has benefited from learning these skills. I’ll

Give Your Mental Health a Boost with Tips from a Child Psychologist

For many of us, the New Year is a time to focus on creating healthy habits, such as exercising more and eating healthier. But Chelsey Harju, psychotherapist at Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being, argues that those goals should also include forming positive mental health habits. Harju, who has been at Amberwing for four years, works primarily with

Amberwing Takes on Intercultural Leadership Development

Paula Pedersen and Joan Sargent have pieced together something quite remarkable. Something that has become incredibly valuable to the staff at Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being and in turn, to the community. That something is called Intercultural Leadership Development (ILD). Initiated two years ago at Amberwing and taught by Pedersen and Sargent, ILD is an ongoing, lifelong

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