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It's Not Only Murder [electronic resource]: Discovering the Violence in Your Life, Grades 7-12

This powerful video demonstrates why violence is not just the stuff of headline news. Young people will gain greater awareness of the destructiveness of certain behaviors seen every day in our classrooms, homes, and neighborhoods. Offers motivational material for young people interested in increasing their personal commitment against violence.

Higher Stakes [electronic resource]: The Consequences of High School Harassment, Grades 9-12

Police involvement, criminal charges-even jail terms. Actions that start out as "just a prank" can end with devastating consequences for teens. Featuring real teens and their stories, this high-energy video helps high school students learn to recognize, respond to, and prevent harassment in all of its forms.

The Real Life Parenting Skills Program [electronic resource]: Handling Anger

Dealing with angry children is enough to make any parent upset. Raising our voices only makes matters worse than they are. It is more effective to assess the issue: How serious is the situation? What can you, as a parent, do to ensure that your children are being listened to and heard? How can you step in without becoming angry yourself? Reassuming parental responsibility once we achieve sobriety presents a dramatic change that our children may not welcome and we may be ill-equipped to handle. The information in this multi-format program helps those of us who are parents recovering from substance abuse.

Understanding Abuse [electronic resource]: Beginning the Healing

Combining clear, matter-of-fact narration and poignant interviews with abuse survivors, this sensitive and powerful video defines abuse and goes on to examine the coping strategies abuse victims often develop. This program also explores the immediate and long-term effects of abuse, as well as reasons why victims are often reluctant to "blow the whistle" on the abuser.

False Memories [electronic resource]

Can a person suppress recollections of sexual abuse during childhood, so completely that the memory can be recovered only through therapy? Or are "retrieved memories" the result of overzealous therapists planting ideas in the already vulnerable minds of abuse victims? This program searches for the answer to this important - but very baffling - question.

The Real Life Parenting Skills Program [electronic resource]: Setting Rules and Limits

In early recovery, one is constantly trying to figure out what to do to remain healthy, sober, and clean to create a positive environment for oneself and others, especially for one's children. Learning new techniques to care for our children is always important. When we set and enforce rules for our children, our jobs as parents become a lot easier; children learn right from wrong and how to behave responsibly. Reassuming parental responsibility once we achieve sobriety presents a dramatic change that our children may not welcome and we may be ill-equipped to handle. The information in this multi-format program helps those of us who are parents recovering from substance abuse.

The Real Life Parenting Skills Program [electronic resource]: Building Trust

Early recovery is a time of change; one is constantly trying to figure out what to do to remain healthy, sober, and clean - to create a positive environment for oneself and others, especially for one's children. It is difficult to reestablish trust, but the first step is good communication skills. Reassuming parental responsibility once we achieve sobriety presents a dramatic change that our children may not welcome and we may be ill-equipped to handle. The information in this multi-format program helps those of us who are parents recovering from substance abuse and trying to build or renew trust with our children.

Tulip Doesn't Feel Safe [electronic resource]: Grades K - 3

This program teaches children that they always have choices - as they can learn to trust their feelings, identify their options, and make decisions that will keep them safe. By giving children (K - 3) simple and specific tools to use, the program helps correct the misconceptions kids often have that they cause the problems and that they can control, change, or cure them.

Youth Life Skills for High School [electronic resource]

Youth Life Skills for High School presents powerful peer-to-peer messages about problem solving and living responsibly. In their own words, real teens explain how they handled difficult situations in the past and what they learned from their experiences. This set contains five 10-minute programs: Anger Management, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, and Stress Management.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Charles Leadbeater - Education Innovation in the Slums

Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education - and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.

Bacha Posh [electronic resource]: You Will Be a Boy, My Daughter

In Afghanistan, an old tradition allows families without a son to transform one of their daughters into a boy. These little girls, known as bacha posh, spend their early years dressed as boys and are accorded all the privileges and responsibilities of being male-but after puberty, they must revert to the female roles into which they were born. This program follows four girls who temporarily became the sons their parents longed for. Shabina has recently become bacha posh to help her disabled father and seems to be taking it all in stride. For Mariam and Naid, it's time to change back, but both are desperate to hang on to their male identities. Lastly we meet Jack, a bacha posh who refused to change back and who now heads for Europe. What new discoveries will the freedoms of the West invite?

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore - the Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware, than grown-ups? In this TEDTalk, cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults to show us how typically "teenage" behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Peace and Conflict Resolution: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Are there common threads among ethnic conflicts throughout the world? How does the hopelessness born of poverty and illiteracy contribute to the appeal of violence and fanaticism for young people? These are some of the questions asked at the Tomorrow's Leaders conference which brought together young people from Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and the United States. Elie Wiesel's Foundation for Humanity sponsored the conference and he talks about the importance of dialogue. Also featured is a report on P.S. 230 in Brooklyn, New York, an elementary school where students learn conflict resolution techniques in order to prevent violence and promote tolerance.

Peace and Conflict Resolution: Part 2 [electronic resource]

With the support of the All Children Together Movement (ACT), parents created the first integrated school in Northern Ireland. With 28 students, one full-time teacher, and a principal, these parents began the process of religious and political reconciliation. This episode excerpts the documentary "Leap of Faith" which tells the story of the school and its rocky beginning. "Seeds of Peace" is another documentary that is featured. At a summer camp in Maine, young Israelis and Palestinians come together to learn and understand each other, and resolve their differences constructively. Finally, an interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The mandate of the commission is to expose the crimes of apartheid and promote reconciliation in [...]

Inside Out [electronic resource]: Portraits of Children - a Film by Joanna Lipper

In Joanna Lipper's riveting, award-winning documentary about imagination and creativity in childhood, children between the ages of 5 and 12 tell their life stories with humor, sadness, and honesty. Factors including divorce, adoption, religion, immigration, cultural legacy, and death in the family are addressed as these children, who come from diverse backgrounds, internalize the world around them and then share that vision with vivid imagination and unnerving precocity. With the relationship between knowledge and loss of innocence as a central theme, this internationally-acclaimed documentary, which had its television premiere on the Sundance Channel, presents compelling portraits of young identities in the process of development.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole - Science Is for Everyone, Kids Included

What do science and play have in common? In this TEDTalk, neuroscientist Beau Lotto asserts that all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren. It's about the Blackawton bees project and starts "Once upon a time...

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Nancy Lublin - Texting That Saves Lives

When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking: they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected. Lublin is CEO and Chief Old Person at, where she harnesses the extraordinary energy of teens and focuses it on issues they care passionately about.

Counseling and Psychology [electronic resource]: General Perspectives

This program offers a general overview of the psychological impact faced by at-risk kids and families, as well as the counselors and therapists concerned with their betterment - based on interviews with Dr. Richard Lawlor, child psychiatrist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, and Dr. Mina Dulcan, child psychiatrist at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Counseling and Psychology [electronic resource]: Gang Counseling in Juvenile Prison

Superintendent Mike Dempsey implemented a novel approach to dealing with the systemic problems represented by gang involvement. His program GROW - Gang Realities in Our World - brings together kids with gang ties to live with one another, speak to one another, and face the fact that far less separates them than holds them in common. This film highlights that program and covers one of its counseling sessions.

Dance Therapy and Authentic Movement [electronic resource]: Looking for Me

A leading proponent of the discipline known as authentic movement and the founder and director of the first school devoted to its study (The Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute), Dr. Janet Adler has taught extensively in both the U.S. and Europe. Her appearances in film and media have also been crucial to raising awareness of the power of dance therapy. This documentation of Dr. Adler's work has been celebrated for vividly capturing a series of sessions between Janet and two autistic girls, ages two and five. As she mirrors their gestures the children gradually develop trust in her, shifting out of their profound isolation. With time they accept a degree of reciprocity and intimacy which firsthand observers of the process may not have believed possible.