What makes a good life?

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. . . Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life…
See the lecture here.

Mind Matters

Young people who have experienced trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships. As students learn the skills and strategies in Mind Matters, they can begin to say, “I am not a victim of what happened to me.”

Love Notes – EBP Model

You now have a new tool in your tool kit! An innovative approach to teen pregnancy prevention that appeals to older youth.
Love Notes was included in the federal Office of Adolescent Health’s Evidence Based Program list based on statistically significant decreases in sexual activity, increases in contraceptive use, and avoidance of pregnancy.


Love Notes –

46% Drop in Pregnancy Rates

According to Principal Investigator, Anita Barbee of the University of Louisville, “Across the first year after the intervention, youth in Love Notes were 46% less likely to become pregnant or impregnate a partner than those in the control condition … MORE>>


Bring Back

Home Economics Class

Because Our Kids Lack Basic Life Skills. How cool would it be if our kids knew how to shop for groceries and stay within a budget? Wouldn’t parents feel a sense of relief if their kids understood how interest accrues on their credit cards … MORE>>

2nd Wednesday Webinar


October 10

Self-regulation Skills to SupportHealthy Relationships for Youth. This talk will describe principles of self-regulation development using an applied framework based in current research and cross-disciplinary theory (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/seven-key-principles-of-self-regulation-and-self-regulation-in-context), with a focus on adolescents … Go here to find out more.


Finding the Fluoride:

Why Relationships Matter

In 2012, Junlei Li and Megan Julian argued in this journal that a major and underappreciated factor in the success and failure of interventions intended to improve the lives of children and youth at risk is the degree to which those interventions promote what the authors called developmental relationships. They asserted that “developmental interventions produce desirable outcomes if and only if … MORE>>