Process Work, Trauma, and Levels of Reality

Process Work, Trauma, and Levels of Reality

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

Golden week is just over in Japan. It is the first long national holiday since the earthquake and tens of thousands of volunteers have made their way north to assist with the clean-up following the tsunami. A number of my friends have been there cleaning out homes, preparing food for survivors or, in the case […]

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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

We're under attack!/Blue Coats have surrounded us!/ We're going to die!

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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

My tribe disobeys/My heart is peace and friendship/War is not my home.

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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

My people are brave/Warriors in their sweet hearts/We are Ne-Mee-Poo

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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

Happiness is here/But suddenly war begins/Everything is lost. #Haiku

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Posted by on May 7, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

Evening all morning; / Grey skies and hard-hitting rain. / Tea leaves are wet too.

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Posted by on May 7, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

Evening all morning; / Grey skies and hard-hitting rain. / Tea leaves are wet too.

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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The air is heavy / filled with necessary thought / waiting for spring rain

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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

Grapevines and lapdogs, / Baltic amber, cinnamon; / ghosts of the Silk Road.

Identify a Stress Reduction Pathway

Identify a Stress Reduction Pathway

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The March 11th earthquake sparked an exodus of foreigners and Japanese from the central (Kanto) and northern (Tohoku) regions of Japan. Our school resumed classes following our normally scheduled spring break with approximately 80% of our students and 97% of faculty back on campus. Part of these high percentages were due to timing. We were […]

5 Ways to Restore a Sense of Calm

5 Ways to Restore a Sense of Calm

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The partial meltdown of the powerplant in Fukushima loomed heavily over theĀ  Tohoku and Kanto regions for weeks following the natural disasters that precipitated it. It still simmers like a forgotten kettle but there has been time to become better informed about radiation, to slowly begin to come to terms with the victims of the […]

Stress and Coping as a Balance

Stress and Coping as a Balance

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The past five weeks have placed unusual demands on us as a community and individuals. While earthquakes are a known part of life in Japan, the intensity of the earthquake on March 11th, sustained aftershocks, unprecedented damage of the tsunami in the Tohoku region, and ongoing concern with the nuclear power plant in Fukushima have […]

A School Moving Forward in Japan

A School Moving Forward in Japan

Posted by on Mar 30, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

It seems almost impossible that journey we have been since the earthquake and tsunami is only 2 and half weeks long. So much has happened and continues to happen that for many it may feel like a lot longer story. Following the earthquake, the loss of electricity, the stopped train lines, the traffic jams, and […]

Managing Stress in School Communities During Nuclear Reactor Meltdown Threat

Managing Stress in School Communities During Nuclear Reactor Meltdown Threat

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

One of the biggest concerns for our community is the sustained stress of the nuclear reactor and continued aftershocks and tremors. Psychologically I think this is more akin to a hostage situation, mining entrapment, or a volcanic eruption where the threat is constant and the stress unabating. Key in our management of this will be […]

21st Century School Counseling – Guest Author

21st Century School Counseling – Guest Author

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

This is the full version of a shorter article published originally in the Dec, 2010 issue of the International Educator Magazine. Eddie Levisman is a current colleague at Yokohama International School. From the fall of 2011 he will be serving as school counselor at the Pan American School of Porte Alegre in Brazil.