Category: Children and Youth

Positive Psychology and Parenting

Posted on 10/09/12 by erynwicker No Comments

Positive psychology, the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive, provides many useful tools that promote good mental health. These same tools can be used to improve parenting and provide children with the skills (namely acceptance, understanding and guidance) they need to succeed and enjoy a strong sense […]

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Fostering Empathy in Elementary School Aged Children

Posted on 04/22/12 by erynwicker No Comments

  Empathy: the ability to identify with, and understand another person’s feelings, situation, or motives. Humans are born with this capacity but it must be nurtured, learned, and experienced. As I wrote last week, empathy begins to grow during the preschool years. In fact, after that article, Kathy Antonio, Director of the A is for […]

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Cultivating Empathy in Pre-schoolers

Posted on 04/22/12 by erynwicker No Comments

I recently read the book The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin, which speaks to the importance of developing empathy on a community and global scale for the sake of the human race, both present and future generations. This got me thinking about how to cultivate empathy in children, from preschoolers to highschoolers, in hopes of influencing them, […]

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Thought Errors: Fortune Telling

Posted on 10/14/11 by erynwicker No Comments

From a recent series I wrote for the local paper The Chilliwack Progress on cognitive distortions. Thought Errors: Fortune Telling Last week Dr. Rob Lees provided us with an overview to our summer series on Cognitive Distortions; this week’s finds us exploring the first one in more detail: Fortune Telling. Cognitive distortions, thought errors, or as […]

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Thought Errors: Jumping to Conclusions

Posted on 10/14/11 by erynwicker No Comments

From a recent series I wrote for the local paper The Chilliwack Progress on cognitive distortions. Thought Errors: Jumping to Conclusions I failed that math test – Well, there goes my A. My child’s teacher wants to talk with me after school – What have they done now? I’m new to this school – Everyone is […]

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Thought Errors – Emotional Reasoning

Posted on 10/14/11 by erynwicker No Comments

From a series I did for the local paper The Chilliwack Progress on the various cognitive distortions. Thought Errors: Emotional Reasoning This week finds us examining another cognitive distortion or thought error in greater detail: emotional reasoning. As you might recall from the past few articles sometimes our automatic thoughts are based on irrational assumptions. […]

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Building Resiliency: Lessons from the Strong Resiliency program – Part 1

Posted on 05/07/11 by erynwicker

From a series I wrote for The Chilliwack Progress some time ago… A Primer on the Strong Resiliency Groups: lessons we could all relearn  Resiliency. Resilience. Resilient. Resile. The ability to withstand and rebound from disruptive life changes without being overwhelmed. The capacity to successfully adapt in the face of significant adversity. The capability to respond […]

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Building Resiliency: Lessons from the Strong Resiliency program – Part 2

Posted on 05/07/11 by erynwicker

From a series I wrote for Thye Chilliwack Progress some time ago… Week 2 of the Strong Resiliency Groups: Dealing with Anger.  As you remember from last week’s column we are working through a series of articles on lessons taken from the Strong Resiliency group curriculum. The previous week we explored empathy and how to […]

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Building Resiliency: Lessons from the Strong Resiliency program – Part 3

Posted on 05/07/11 by erynwicker

From a series I wrote for The Chilliwack Progress some time ago… Week 3 of the Strong Resiliency Groups: Clear Thinking So, if all of my Strong Readers of the Chilliwack Progress have been reading and following along we should have mastered empathy and anger management by now. We are looking for visual cues and […]

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Building Resiliency: Lessons from the Strong Resiliency program – Part 4

Posted on 05/07/11 by erynwicker

From a series I wrote for The Chilliwack Progress some time ago… Week 4 of the Strong Resiliency Groups: The Power of Positive Thinking My Strong Readers are now empathetic, non angry (because they’re counting and walking away), and reframing their thought errors away – essentially, you are mean, lean, self-aware, and emotionally sound individuals. […]

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