By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP It is difficult to be specific about what to say to a child or adolescent who may be suicidal because each kid and each family is so vastly different. There are some strategies that consistently increase the chances and speed of recovery. Start with this: Talk about [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPPP I am almost certain that you and your college kid know all about food services, residence life, and health services. I would be willing to bet that you know very little about campus counseling and psychological services. Because the need can come on fast, it is important to [...]
Many people hold the door open for strangers. But what do people give in return? Neuroscientists at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC have found the door holder’s effort is a key factor in whether someone returns a favor or says “thank you.” If the door holder made a high effort by [...]
Writer Andrew Solomon talks about what it is like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way.
Should kids pick their own punishments? Bruce Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback, and accountability.
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP On July 12, 2014, 17-year-old Michelle Carter repeatedly encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself. He was in his truck in a K-Mart parking lot, pumping the cab full of carbon monoxide gas. When he stepped out of the truck, she ordered him by [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP Tragedy has come again. Whether you are reading this in response to an intentional act, an accident, or some natural disaster, your response is likely the same. You feel sad and afraid. Perhaps you lost sleep. Maybe you had nightmares, if you slept at all. You are thinking [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP A kid's death by suicide is very rare. While none of us wants to dwell on the possibility of a kid's death, suicide is preventable if you know what puts a kid at risk and how to tell if there's an imminent risk of suicide. Here are [...]