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Multicultural Gender Roles: Applications for Mental Health and Education

Some cultural norms simply seem insurmountable, unchanging and unyielding. Young adults of color report feeling double the whammy from both race and gender, that each gender within their ethnicity or race has specific standards of behavior within the family, the community and society . . .

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Mental Health of the Whole Child

Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Clients from Disease & Disorder to Balance & Wellness

People who work with children and teens may have suspected a growing reliance on prescription drugs to treat a variety of mental-health. Recent studies confirm these suspicions. But Scott Shannon belongs to a growing number of doctors who eschew prescription drugs before establishing trusting relationships with young patients to understand their many dimensions and the environments in which they live, learn, and play . . .

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Elements of Culture

Elements of Culture and Mental Health: Critical Questions for Clinicians

Considerations of culture in mental-health treatment takes center stage in “Elements of Culture and Mental Health: Critical Questions for Clinicians” a handbook published in 2013 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and written by an ethnically diverse authorship . . .

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Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

Gender identity is reported to be solidified as early as age 6. When adults fill out applications or participate in the census we check a box, male or female. As the author suggests, “Maybe the next time you run across a form that asks if you are male or female, you will think about the absurdity of the question . . .

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That’s So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

“Faggot!” “What a lez-bo!” “That’s so gay!” These words are bandied about so frequently in school hallways and on social media and television, it is easy to become immune to their affects — especially on people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT . . .

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Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain: Helping Underperforming Students Become Lifelong Learners

Jensen and Snider tackle a most significant educational issue — student drop-out rates — by describing the turnaround tools “to create a mind-set in your students that life is not a race. It’s all about putting pieces in place that empower you to become your best self . . .

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10 Lessons from New York City Schools: What Really Works to Improve Education

For those in the service of youth, hope springs eternal at summer’s end. Back-to-school season triggers memorable sensory registers: the smell of sharpened pencils, the smooth cover of the composition book with its sea of untouched pages, the sounds of gathering youth returning to their primary occupation of student. For educators, the senses seem heightened, eagerly seeking fresh approaches to make the upcoming year the most engaging, effective, and productive year of their professional lives . . .

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The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir

“I’m The Girl Who Faked Her Own Pregnancy as a Senior Project,” declares Gaby Rodriguez on the opening page of this story behind the 2011 headlines from Yakima, Wash., which became a 2012 Lifetime movie . . .

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Violence in Student Writing: A School Administrator’s Guide

When Gretchen Oltman began teaching English literature to “a rough crowd” of Nebraska high school juniors and seniors in 1999, she assigned them to write her a letter about themselves. One letter stood out: “I am the worst person you’ll ever meet. I like to pa-a-a-a-rty and shoot guns. I would watch out if I were you . . .

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The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
Brooke Hauser
Free Press
308 pages

It’s not your typical English class. At International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y., Puerto Rican teacher Minerva Moya projects a slide of a bubbling stockpot. Pretending to throw some of her Tibetan, Mexican, and Dominican students into the pot, she makes stirring motions. Then she flips to a photo of a tossed salad. Which picture represents America?