November 5, 2018

What I’ve Learned as a Therapist of Sexual Abuse Survivors

“What do you do for work?” “I am a therapist working with survivors of child sexual abuse under the age of 18.” Insert silence and wide-eyed stares. Responses to the work that I do include “Wow, I don’t know how you do that every day” or “that has to be really hard work.” I love these moments as they allow me to educate on the power […]
September 14, 2018

Cyber Safety: Part II

Cyber Safety – Part II – Help, Hope, & Healing Research shows that scare tactics backfire. They don’t encourage healthier behaviors! So, how do I talk about these very real risks without freaking readers out? I want them to THINK about how to address these issues – not run away from them!  That’s what I said to myself once looked at what I’d drafted for this […]
July 26, 2018

What I’ve Learned as a Forensic Interviewer

I often meet people, as we all do, who ask what I do for a living. When I reply, “I’m a forensic interviewer”, I am often asked, “What’s that?” To which I explain, I conduct neutral, fact finding interviews with children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse. The majority of people assume that I’m some sort of saint, which I promise you, I am not. […]
April 4, 2018

Cyber Safety Part 1

Cyber safety: Part 1 – Conversations are Key   When I took my first computer class in high school (in 1985!!!), I never dreamed that students would be using digital technology as they do today.  Nor would I have believed that, in 2018, I’d be talking with 240 6th graders at Northley Middle School (Go Vikings!) about cybersafety, planning cybersafety programs for 1st graders at Chester […]