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Brand Bonsall

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Attention, Hyperactivity, and Defiance

Posted by Brand Bonsall on September 29, 2021 | 1 comment(s)

D88F0CC7 4036 447F 81D7 EF64F92012DB 1 201 aIt was a cold morning in the wilderness and the boys of Evoke Group One were struggling with the basic task of stacking wood to get the morning fire going. Before this task was to begin, the boys had to wake up, pack their packs, run the organization group that distributes the daily chores, walk to the camp, place their packs in order in pack line, and stand and listen to the breakfast logistical group. “C’mon guys, we’ve stacked wood every morning for the past week. We should know this by now. Let’s get it together,” exclaimed a field staff in frustration.

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Building and Maintaining Trust

Posted by Brand Bonsall on April 14, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

D88F0CC7 4036 447F 81D7 EF64F92012DB 1 201 aI worked with a student recently who I will call Al. Al did not trust me and he had reason not to. He had been hurt by many people in his life and he was wary of putting his trust into another. In our first session together I noticed him watching me whenever I wrote a note. About half way into our session I asked him if he would like to read what I was writing. I was honest with him and shared what I had written and why. Al’s next statement of mistrust was to ask me, “What is your strategy here?”

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