Right to See Student Cumulative Record

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Be careful young man. If you keep this up, this will go on your permanent school record!” said the teacher to the misbehaving student. This type of threat has been heard in schools over the years and the thought of a cumulative record that follows students as they progress through school is intriguing. It is also a bit of a mystery what exactly is in…

Talking to Teens About Substance Use

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Go ahead, it just relaxes you and makes everything seem alright” said the teen as he passed the joint to another teen. The other teen looked at the joint reluctantly and then said, “I would, but my parents would totally freak out. You don’t understand how dead I would be if they ever found out.” The teen got up to go to another part of…

Dealing with a Child’s Aggression

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“You better give me that or I am going to punch you in the face,” said the son to his mother as he balled up his fist to punch. The mother felt that this was a good time to give into her son’s demands as it was not worth the fight, particularly over an action figure. All parents experience aggression from their children in one…

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