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Meet Dr. Spencer Reid
8/14/2018
Golden retriever Dr. Spencer Reid
Cuddling isn’t usually part of a counseling session, except when Dr. Spencer Reid is in the room. Dr. Spencer Reid is a four-legged mental health professional. The golden retriever assists Village Therapist and Clinical Supervisor Shauna Erickson with her Moorhead , Minnesota-area clients, most of whom are children, adolescents, and...
Tips for Getting Kids to Bed
8/13/2018
A father reads a story to a young girl at bedtime
A regular bedtime is very important for children because it helps them thrive, grow, and avoid excessive daytime sleepiness. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says, “Sleep, like diet and exercise, is important for our minds and bodies to function normally.” This is especially important as kids head back...
5 Steps to Prevent the August Blues
8/1/2018
Coping with the August Blues
By Darren Carter Village EAP Counselor August is here, and if you’re feeling in a funk, you are not alone. There is evidence to suggest that individuals are prone to “August Blues.” There are several reasons why people can feel down this time of year. People see the days getting...
Leading with Influence Instead of Power
7/20/2018
Workplaces do better when managers lead with influence instead of from power or fear.
By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute It became apparent to me a long time ago that the word leadership is often misused. A good example is when workplaces promote employees internally because they have seniority, not necessarily for their leadership skills or ability to work with people...
Examining Our Unconscious Bias
7/11/2018
As workplaces become more diverse, it's important we pay attention to unconscious bias.
By Nancy Boyle , EAP Trainer The Village Business Institute As our communities and workplaces continue to evolve and become more diverse, we need to pay attention to what professional practices may need to change along the way. We need to examine our unconscious bias . Unconscious bias includes the...