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Processing the Manchester Terror Attack

Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene and Steve today to process the recent terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert, as both shrinks and parents. This attack felt different from others because it targeted kids. Join as they share different points of view on how our kids might be feeling, and how to move forward in our lives in a healthy way.

Duration: 00:20:54

Shrinking It Down: The College Mental Health Crisis

Drs. Gene Beresin and Steve Schlozman discuss the growing concerns around the mental health of our teens and young adults in college today. Read the accompanying blog post here:

Duration: 00:19:41

Shrinking It Down: The Importance Of Civility In Today's Political Climate

Gene and Steve discuss the seeming decrease in civility that has characterized our political discourses over the past months and has also become pervasive throughout our entire culture – not just in politics. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:

Duration: 00:16:25

Shrinking It Down: Addiction Free Futures Project - Conversations With Youth

Gene welcomes members from Addiction Free Futures Project to discuss some of their latest initiatives related to Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), tools for prevention of substance use by youth and for identifying substance use early if experimentation has already begun.

Duration: 00:22:42

Shrinking It Down: Raising Moral Children

Gene and Steve get more abstract in today’s topic as they discuss ethics and morality and how we get kids to think in ways that we’ll be proud of, and ways that they’ll be proud of later on in life. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:

Duration: 00:16:43

Shrinking It Down: Living With A Chronic Medical Illness: Grace's Story

Gene and Steve welcome a special guest,Grace, to talk about a really complicated topic: When you have a chronic medical illness on top of the already challenging experience that is life as a teenager. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:

Duration: 00:16:42

Shrinking It Down: Leaving Home - A Student's Perspective

Gene and Steve welcome special guests Ellen Braaten, PhD and her son, to talk about what is it like for kids and young adults to go off to college or work. What are the stresses and struggles, along with the joys and positive things that happen? Check out the accompanying blog on our website:

Duration: 00:24:56

Shrinking It Down: Home Is Where The Heart Is: Thinking About Homeless Children In The Classroom

In this third podcast on the Lesley University Child Homelessness Initiative, Gene and Steve welcome a Massachusetts teacher and the mother of one of her students who had a period of homelessness, to discuss the ins and outs of homelessness, its impact on kids, and how teachers can help.

Duration: 00:27:53

Shrinking It Down: Are You Afraid Of The Dark? A Look At Specific Phobias

We all have fears – some hardwired in survival, some based on traumatic events, and some a little less rational – that is, phobias. Phobias tend to be persistent, resistant to reassurance, last from 6 months to 20 years. Gene and Steve delve in and take a closer look. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:

Duration: 00:14:11

The Fault in Our Stars: Proof Of What Teens Can Handle

The Fault In Our Stars, the novel turned movie by John Green – crushed its opening week competition, The Edge of Tomorrow (a scifi blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise!). That teenagers across the country were drawn to this film about two kids with cancer falling in love, it struck us that maybe Hollywood and media have been pitching below what the kids want to hear about. Check out the accompanying blog on our website:

Duration: 00:09:54