The Community School

Category: Staff


Meet Chrissy!

The school year is in full swing here at TCS.  Students on the school side are busy with classes and various therapies, and the young adults in transition are resuming internships, affinities classes, hiking, and counseling.  Some young adults are…

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Swatting Balls

I always tell people that this time of year is a hectic period at school—working on admissions, planning for the summer and fall, preparing end-of-year reports, budgeting for the next year—the list is endless. I am reminded by these same people…

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We’re all Human

I met a teenager recently who came to me with some problems she is having at her school.  The mother sat in on our conversation. Afterwards, the mother emailed me and commented on how I spoke to her daughter as…

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Fear of Failure: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bombing

This week has been a series of small failures in the work I do with the young adults in our transition program. Me: Good morning, John.  How’s it going? John: Just shut up.  Me: I am trying to understand you,…

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What Does It Mean to Fit In?

What does it mean to “fit in”?  What does it mean to be a part of a community?  How can we tell when there’s enough common ground between an individual and the rest of a group for an experience to…

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The Importance of Relationships

I just finished reading a book called Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, suggested by our own Ryan Hackett.  The book describes the challenges of growing up in impoverished inner city neighborhoods,…

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Building Resiliency: Part I

Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after a difficult emotion, event, thought, or experience. Resiliency comes in many forms because we are a product of several key systems all operating simultaneously – emotional, physical, sensory, cognitive. We take it…

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Thinking About Anxiety

This is my first blog.  I’ve read blogs.  I’ve even made comments about blog entries.  This “interactivity,” according to Wikipedia, is a distinguishing feature of a blog.  I suppose a blog writer could assess the success of his own writing…

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