Children Under Construction – Supporting Development

Trish Harper

“In America, there is big problem of shootings in schools. The NRA want to arm the teachers. This is crazy! We should be arming the children.”[1] – Colonel Erran Morad (satirical character played by Sacha Baron Cohen in Who is America?) In the first episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America?, he speaks to gun lobbyists and congressmen in … Read More

The Trauma of Family Separation

Trish Harper

Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus of Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota, describes the necessary bond between parent and child this way (as cited in Divecha, 2017):                Attachment is a relationship in the service of a baby’s emotion regulation and exploration.                 It is the deep, abiding confidence a baby has in the availability and responsiveness of the                 … Read More

Children and Trauma: Strategies for Supporting

Trish Harper

children and trauma, traumatic, post-traumatic stress disorder, ptsd, therapy animal, therapy dog, therapy, therapist, counsellor, counselling, mental health, children, youth, anxiety, depressions, trauma-informed

Dogs have long been considered our most faithful companions. I did not fully understand the rewards of being a dog owner until my son and daughter,  ages 13 and 10 at the time, convinced me to find a canine companion. We decided to adopt the first dog we met through a local rescue agency. Enter Judy, a 4-year-old pug mix. … Read More

Helping Those Who Self-Injure

Trish Harper

self-injury, self-harm, self-injury behaviour, mental health, self-care, counselling, therapy, support, anxiety, depression

Self-injury behaviour is a complex and often misunderstood act. When a person is cutting or burning their own flesh, picking and interfering with the healing of wounds, or hitting themselves, it can be confusing and scary for their loved ones, and even for the professionals who try to help. It is critical that we attempt to understand the function that … Read More

Therapy Dogs and Children’s Trauma

Trish Harper

therapy dog, trauma, children and trauma, mental health, well-being, counselling, traumatic

Dogs have long been considered our most faithful companions. I did not fully understand the rewards of being a dog owner until my son and daughter – at the time ages 13 and 10 – convinced me it was time to find a canine companion. We decided to adopt the first dog we met through a local rescue agency. Enter Judy, … Read More