The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends

Year after year for nearly four decades, The Compassionate Friends has spread hope to more and more bereaved families. TCF has been widely recognized as a unique lifeline for those who are dealing with the tremendous grief that follows the death of a child. The organization has built this reputation in spite of struggling with the financial ups and downs that plague nearly all nonprofits.

From these financial struggles emerged the idea that a foundation might be created with the sole purpose of guaranteeing enough financial stability for The Compassionate Friends to always “be there” to provide emotional support to those who may see no hope. In 2000, thanks to the dedication and commitment of many members and friends of TCF, that dream came true with the creation of TCF Foundation.

While TCF Foundation has come a long way since its inception, there is still a long way to go before its mission can truly be reached. As a member of TCF or simply as a caring individual, you can support TCF Foundation through donations that can take many different forms.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone

Things you should know about Kids Help Phone:

We’re Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counseling, web counseling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country.

  1. The service is completely anonymous and confidential – we don’t trace calls, we don’t have call display. You don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.
  2. We rely on donations from individuals, companies, clubs and associations to run our service. We also have over 10,000 volunteers who help us raise funds and spread the word about our services. Find out how you can get involved on the website.

 

Therapy, Ethics, Malpractice, Forensics, Critical Thinking (and a few other topics)

articles researchKen Pope, Ph.D., ABPP, has set up this site to provides free access articles from journals such as American Psychologist,  Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice; Psychology, Public Policy, & Law; and Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, among others — as well as the complete book titled Children, Ethics, & the Law.

It also links to licensing agencies in Canada and the United States, ethics codes, informed consent; forensic assessment checklists and more!

Global Autism Collaboration

global autismWith at least 33 sites located to Autism on its’ webpage, Global Autism Collaboration is truly a boon to the many suffering from this mental health disorder.  Here they provide information about support groups, the disorder itself, as well as public education on autism and new research.

You may also join the Global Autism Collaboration and help support those who need your help.

Our Sponsor


1 in 6

you are not alone1 in 6 men have experienced sexually abusive issues by the age of 18.  Why does this have to happen?  This website (and yours truly) thinks that this number is probably a low estimate, considering many people do not report their sexual abuse issues.  If you are that 1 in 6, or that 2 in 6, or whatever–remember, and keep this in mind–you are not alone.  This site, and many others will help you remember this and keep supporting you along the way.

There is Online Counseling, Support and Therapy for you, if needed, as well as newsletters, jobs, internships and volunteers.  You do not have to suffer alone.  You are not 1 against the world–you are 1 with others, who need each other.  Don’t be alone anymore.

Center for Prevention of School Violence

centerfor the prevention of school violenceThe North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (NCDJJDP) has created a website to help stop school violence.  Finding out positive ways to deal with youth development for ALL youths can help curb some of the horrible violence that happens now.  Education is the best knowledge–the best way to help children understand that violence IS NOT the answer to issues in school.

The NCDJJDP has an alternative learning resource page with information about alternative learning, webcasts and resources about wanting to end the violence in schools, and a cafeteria page, dealing with nutrition and healthy eating.

There is a “question of the month” each month in the library which is very interesting to check out, and a parents resources and principals’ office.

The idea behind this website is that if every child can get a good, overall, balanced healthy school meal and school day while being treated fairly and responsibly, perhaps our days of school violence could be put behind us.  Wishful thinking perhaps, but one less school violence issue is well worth it, psychologically-wise as well as socially-wise.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect.

Our Mission: The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

Our Vision: APSAC envisions a world where all maltreated or at-risk children and their families have access to the highest level of professional commitment and service.

As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

APSAC is Strongly Committed to:

  • Preventing child maltreatment
  • Eliminating the recurrence of child maltreatment
  • Promoting research and guidelines to inform professional practice
  • Connecting professionals from the many disciplines to promote the best response to child maltreatment
  • Ensuring that America’s public policy concerning child maltreatment is well informed and constructive
  • Educating the public about child abuse and neglect

Tourette Syndrome “PLUS”

This site is the work of Leslie E. Packer, PhD. Any articles on the site that are not authored by me are attributed to their respective authors and are used either with permission or because they are in the public domain or used under Creative Commons License.

I am a NYS-licensed psychologist who specializes in Tourette’s Syndrome and the associated conditions. After completing a doctorate in experimental psychology and working in academia teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, I left to go into applied clinical work at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in the Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, where I applied my previous research in biofeedback and my background in behavioral psychology to treating patients with a variety of neurologically-based motor control problems, including movement disorders such as spasmodic torticollis and Tourette’s Syndrome.

For the past 28 years, I have been in private practice, the last 13 of which have been devoted to working with children and adolescents with TS+. Within that framework, my private practice has been split between providing psychotherapy for individuals have TS+ and serving as a consulting psychologist to school districts who need training and/or assistance in developing appropriate educational programs for students with TS+. In my psychotherapeutic work, I incorporate research-validated methods such as cognitive-behavior therapy and comprehensive behavioral interventions for tics (CBIT), as well as parent training. I also provide workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians who want to learn more about TS+.

This site represents more than just “book knowledge” or clinical experience, however. It also incorporates my experiences as a family member and pro bono advocate for the Tourette’s Syndrome community. As the parent of two young adults with TS+ and as the spouse of a man with TS+, I know some of the pain and challenges that family members face on a daily basis.

This web site is my way of sharing some of what I’ve learned personally and professionally in my journey over the past 21 years. If it helps another family, teacher, or colleague, I am delighted.