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How can you tell your child is in crisis?

“I hate you!” “I wish I had never been born.” “I am never coming back!” “Mom, I’m in jail.” “This is the principal. Your child is expelled.” Unfortunately, far too many parents hear these words from children, schools and law enforcement.  Parents don’t have to face this crisis alone. The CALM Center is here to […]

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Hurt people hurt people at work, home & school

Hurt people hurt people. They may also act out at work, home, school, and in the community. Anger, injury, resentment or heartache affects behavior. In children, this behavior frequently shows up at school. Schools and their staff have become responsible for far more than just teaching. Children come to school without homework, do not pay attention in […]

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How’s your resolution?

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Are you thinking about making a resolution to change? About half of us make a resolution to change something at the beginning of a new year. Less than half of us making resolutions achieve them. Good intentions can go bad without commitment, planning and monitoring of progress. It’s […]

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Making Holidays brighter

The holidays are a tough time for people who have lost a loved one or whose family situation has changed due to a child leaving home or divorce. For those who find themselves alone and sad during the holidays, here are a few tips to make the season brighter: 1. Focus on making the holidays […]

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Here come the holidays

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and a plethora of parties and family get-togethers are ahead for the next two months. Even people who handle day-to-day stress will sometimes become overwhelmed during the holidays. Set priorities. Budget and time are the biggest areas that add stress to the season. It’s OK to turn down invitations […]

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Remembering our veterans every day

Veterans Day, November 11, is a great time to remind everyone that Tulsa area nonprofits help active duty military, veterans and their families year-round. You can help spread this information by sharing one resource –call 211. Veterans make up 11.5 percent of Oklahoma’s population. Some veterans return to friends, family, home and work with few […]

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Creating CALM Sanctuary

Director Christine Hamner and Assistant Director Amanda O’Brien-Brown bring nearly two decades of experience working with children and families in crisis to the CALM Center, a 24/7 crisis facility for youth ages 10-17. Christine holds a masters in counseling and is a licensed therapist and drug and alcohol counselor.  Amanda’s masters is in behavioral sciences. […]

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Healing Unseen Wounds

Attonia “Toni” Sarch grew up in an abusive home. She excelled at school, left home and earned her nursing degree. She helped direct a California psychiatric long-term care facility until one day her life unraveled. Mental illness and the effects of untreated childhood trauma took away her ability to manage her job, daily affairs and […]

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Back to School is here

No matter the age, ability or aptitude of a child, a few simple rules can make the start of a new school year run smoothly. Remind your child that he or she is not alone. Classmates are uneasy, too, about that first day of the new school year.  Even school personnel look forward to the […]

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Glee star is not alone in his tragedy

Families of adolescents and young adults too often face the tragedy of losing their loved ones to drug and alcohol abuse. The death of Glee star Cory Monteith of a heroin and alcohol overdose brought this senseless loss to everyone’s attention again. A 2011 AstraZeneca report documented drug use in adolescents and young adults: “In […]

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