Welcoming Communities How to Help Families Feel Safe in an Unsafe World: Suggestions for Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders

     At a time when numerous immigrant residents of our communities feel unwelcome or under siege by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and in great fear that a family member may be removed from the US or when they struggle with the trauma experienced already during their immigration journey, the crucial question for us as a welcoming community is:

How are we to act as therapists, teachers, neighbors, caregivers, or, above all, as parents of children who feel unsafe, or as leaders responsible for civil or religious communities that look to us for reassurance?

Part IV: Traumatic Family Experiences: Adolescent violence, drug abuse, and “mental illness"

This is the fourth in a series of four articles on adolescence.

I remember the parents well – a middle aged couple, they were very sad and communicated a sense of helplessness. The mother completed their story in a tone of resignation and pain: “The worst is that we cannot…

Part III: The Family at an Impasse: Therapeutic guidelines and practical resources for parents

This is the third in a series of four articles on adolescence.

A family with a teenager in trouble is a family in crisis. Whether there is a daughter who refuses to eat and rapidly loses weight or a rebellious and out-of-control son, whether a teenager seems to oscillate…

Part II: The Paradox of Adolescence: Integrating Diverging Challenges

This is the second in a series of four articles on adolescence.

Tom, a 14 year old freshman in high school, lately has been surprising his parents with his frequent responses to any requests they have: “Leave me alone!” or “Go away!” or “Why do you bother me all the time?!”…