Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All in a Day's Work

The challenge of working a bullying case.

As we set out to launch a bullying prevention agency in 2006, it became clear- very early on-that dealing with bullying issues is quite the task. Dr. Daniel Olweus, a pioneer in bullying research and its effects,  was right in concluding that it takes effort by the students, school, family and community to eradicate bullying (Olweus, 1940).

There are so many possible variables that impact bullying,  including but not limited to, family and school dynamics  that may comprise the details of a "bullying case".  For example, there is the fallout of an old relationship where students values, developmental needs and lifestyles may change; the newly arrived student facing the formidable task of a new culture; or the school climate void of anti-bullying tools. 

It does not end there.  Other variables can become catalysts that create a bully-victim situation. Students feeling as though they are being left behind by the academic system and it's many demands, the student who was  identified by a bully and became the victim. Let's also consider the students caught in family storms, such as divorce, abuse,  or other traumatic experiences. The possibilities are sometimes endless. 

In light of the many issues potentially brimming under the surface, where does an agency like Blueskies begin? A careful gauging of the situation is  mandatory. Sometimes our team feels like CSI Miami.  That's is correct!  

Dissecting one case at a time, one school at a time, and one event at a time. Sorting out the variables, putting immediate interventions in the school, home or community, and laying out a short, and long term plan to plan that provides the student with reprieve and intervention needed, finally filing with the necessary empowerment and education, and the schools with  needed professional support and collaboration to restore harmony and academic health. All in a day's work!

Be looking for more of Blueskies "All in a Day's Work" detailing the bullying prevention process.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Good-Bye, Nick!

Over the past semester, we've had the privilege of having a student from Endicott College (our president and office manager's alma mater). Nick had the charge of fortifying our mentor program with an organized resource for our incoming mentors and interns. He presented his final work today and blew us away with the amount of time and excellence he put into the resource. 

Nick has been a great asset to our team in the short time he's been here and the students he has mentored appreciated their new "friend" and the time he put into their lives. 

Thank you, Nick! We hope this isn't the last we've seen of you at Blueskies Wellness!
Nick with our founder and President, Belen Godwin LCSW, PhDC 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

 WMUR - Channel 9 NH Special ReportWe had quite the exciting week last week. WMUR visited our office here in Methuen and filmed us for their special report on cyberbullying. Hear from one of our student interns and from our founder, Belen Godwin LCSW, PhDC.

In a world where online communication is always at our disposal, it can be hard to find peace and refuge. Especially for those connected through social media and apps that provide text-like communication                                                                                             without a phone or texting plan.

We encourage parents, teens, and all app users to read each app's privacy policy and be aware of what you can do if you are being harassed. Contact each company and make them aware of your harassment, involve a friend, parent, or someone you trust, and keep a record of your harassment. One of the biggest enemies to these types of behaviors is shedding light on what is happening. Keeping this to yourself or in the dark won't make the situation disappear.

Know your app! If you can't block people or decide who can communicate with you, scrap the app and find one that gives you more control over your online experience.

Let's keep our heads in this digital age!

WMUR - Channel 9 NH Special Report

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blueskies is 2 Years Old!

     Happy Birthday, Blueskies!
            (Pictured above: Nora, one of our clinicians).

Blueskies is excited to have come this far and it is only because of your support, care, and trust in us. We have grown to serve over 200 clients! We hope to continue to grow and help our community, advocate for hurting children and families, and help educate and empower to increase the number of people fighting against bullying!

Blueskies is excited to have 180° Shoppe in our arsenal to help cover the cost of bullying prevention services in the community. The more you support, shop, and donate at 180° Shoppe, the more you are helping kids, families, and schools get the bullying prevention services they need!

Thank you,

The growing Blueskies team.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Recap: Presenting and Exhibiting at Youth at Risk Conference 2013 (6.5.13)

Blueskies Wellness was honored to be a part of the 13th annual Youth At Risk conference held on Wednesday 6/5 at Endicott College.  In addition to being a featured exhibitor, we hosted our own breakout session, "Bystander: Know Your Power”, presented by BSW founder Belen Godwin, LCSW/PhDC. We covered the research behind the Bystander Effect phenomenon, as well as 5 practical ways individuals can “step up, not out!” (pictured below). We reminded attendees that bullying stops in less than 10 seconds, 57% of the time, when someone intervenes on behalf of the victim.
[Breakout Session Handout]

              Created by the Essex County Community Foundation, YAR brought together over 40   nonprofit organizations and industry vendors that provide unique services and resources to those who serve and care for youth.  Nearly 700 attendees included those who work with and care for youth in a variety of settings (family, community, school, religious, healthcare, human services, recreational, and legal.) Keynote speaker Michael Thompson, PhD spoke about the challenges boys now face with the current school system, and showed how some teachers are and principals are learning to better balance academics and hands-on learning.
It truly was an honor to be invited to participate in this fantastic collaboration and share the unique opportunity to network with our peers and partner  with those who serve our most vulnerable youth.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Recap: Blueskies 2013 Spring Wine Tasting Fundraiser 5.9.13

We were thrilled to see so many of you come out to Salvatore's Restaurant (Lawrence)  last week  and support our 2013 Spring Fundraiser! The evening included live music, delicious Italian cuisine, an "Around the World" tasting of 7 wines, and exciting raffles which raised additional support for our bullying prevention and mental health counseling efforts.

After opening remarks from BSW's president and founder, Belen Godwin, we kicked off the evening with a special wine tasting. Led by Maia Gosselin, founder of Sip Wine Education, we were introduced to an assortment of red and white wine from around the globe. We all recieved helpful handouts to keep track of what we learned and what we liked, and we had opportunity to ask questions and get recommendations. 

Looking around the room, it was clear that guests enjoyed networking with one another and participating in the tasting and raffle. Raffle winners took home various baskets including beer (Samuel Adams and Harpoon), wine (featured in the tasting!), restaurant and gas cards, JR Hair Studio, and the New England Aquarium! 

We were delighted to have Eastern Bank as our Silver Sponsor. They are doing amazing things to support their local communities through their own Charitable Foundation, and we were grateful to gain their support for this special evening!

Have a look at some of the evening's snapshots...and thank you to all who came out to support Blueskies! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blueskies Wellness welcomes Deborah Pierro Amoroso!

April 29, 2013

It is with great pleasure that Blueskies welcomes Deborah Pierro Amoroso LICSW who has joined Blueskies as an outpatient therapist and supervisor. Ms. Amoroso has over 30 years of experience in providing individual, family, and group pyschotherapy. She has worked with all age groups and diagnoses, especially with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  She also provides supervision to MSW interns, licensce eligible social workers, mental health counselors, LCSW’s, LICSW’ s and LMHC’s. MS. Amoroso is currently accepting clients with Masshealth/MBHP insurance as well as privately paid clients. She hopes to be accepting other health insurances in the near future. For appointments and inquires please contact Blueskies:
Blueskies Wellness, Inc.
45 Osgood Street, second floor
Methuen, MA

Blueskies Wellness, Inc. is a 501(c)3  non-profit bullying prevention agency headquartered in Methuen, MA that is committed to ending school violence, specifically bullying, by providing a myriad of services to victims, families of victims, aggressors, school systems, youth-based recreational clubs, and other agencies. In additional to behavioral health counseling, these services include consulting, referring, educating, advocating, supporting, providing training, and tracking the progress of our efforts. For more information, please visit www.blueskieswellnessinc.org, or contact blueskieswellnessinc@gmail.com (978) 655-1823.