How Promoting Resilience is Harmful to African-American Families

Resilience theory suggests that we are to encourage  successful adaptations to negative life events, trauma, stress, and other forms of risk. In other words, in the face of adversity, we promote people to perform at optimal or ‘normal’ adaptive levels and work through these situations, events and circumstances. Many African-American families in the United States deal […]

Trauma-Informed Parenting-Part 1[Understanding Trauma]

When a little child falls from the swingset in the backyard or playground, it can be a traumatic experience. As parents, what’s our immediate response? We run to the child, pick him or her up, take the child into our arms, and either kiss the ‘boo-boo’ or just soothe that child with words and hugs. […]

5 Protective Factors That Contribute to Strengthening Families

Using an ecological perspective, protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities or the larger society that mitigate or eliminate risk. Promotive factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities or the larger society that actively enhance well-being. Taken together, protective and promotive factors increase the probability of positive, adaptive and healthy outcomes, […]

What the Latest Scientific Research Says About How to Be a Better Parent

  There’s something about a parent’s disapproval that’s instinctively repellent. It may even be bad for your health. A growing body of scientific work suggests that criticism from our loved ones can bring latent mental illnesses to the surface and make it harder for people to recover from  depression, schizophrenia, and other crippling brain conditions. […]