Peer Counseling

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

We hear powerful words in the Book of Joshua. God tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Joshua was a man of faith and bravery. But when he met his first real challenge as […] Read More »

ROCK BOTTOM

Chances are you’ve heard the phrase “rock bottom” a time or two in your life. Perhaps you’ve had a friend who hit rock bottom or you have been there yourself. To hit rock bottom means that someone has ended up in a very distressing place in life, perhaps the lowest point a person could reach. […] Read More »

WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER HAS A MENTAL ILLNESS

When a family member is diagnosed with a mental illness, it is common to experience a range of reactions, such as feeling concerned, powerless, frustrated, sad, helpless, ashamed, guilty and/or uncertain of what lies ahead. These are all normal reactions. This article will highlight ways to improve communication, suggestions for effective interaction, and resources available […] Read More »

SO WHAT IF I AM AN ALCOHOLIC, THEN WHAT?

Not every drinker who gets into trouble is an alcoholic. Not every alcoholic gets into trouble as a result of their drinking. The book Alcoholics Anonymous describes different types of drinkers. Below are some excerpts that have been taken directly from the book. • For most normal drinkers, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination. […] Read More »

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

There are times in our lives when we may become discouraged in pursuing our hopes or dreams because of someone’s actions or words. Other times, we may become discouraged in humanity when the expectation of another’s behavior falls short. During my ride-alongs with some of you, I have observed situations that may have left you […] Read More »

LASD’S DR. KIM TELESH APPEARS ON THE STALKER FILES

You may know Dr. Kim Telesh from the De-Escalation and Verbal Resolution Training (DeVRT) classes that she facilitates at STARS, but did you know that she was featured on a cable television show? Dr. Telesh started working as an industrial/organizational consultant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2016 and was assigned the task […] Read More »

AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS

The nation’s opioid crisis is “the worst drug crisis in American history,” President Trump declared last fall. “Nobody has seen anything like it.” Indeed, it affects users, families and even law enforcement. According to Josh Katz (N.Y. Times, Sept. 2, 2017), drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States in 2016. It’s a […] Read More »

WHAT IS OUR DESTINY?

“…that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” — Colossians 1:9 People think different things when they hear the words “God’s will.” Some think we are locked into a predetermined movie script we have been given. Our roles are spelled out before we are born — […] Read More »

IS SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT IMPACTING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide use social media, online statistics portal Statista estimated in July. Within the United States, adults consume more than 10 hours of internet content per day (Howard, 2016). This includes activities such as browsing through sites, interacting with online users, sharing opinions or commenting, liking or uploading content. An excessive amount […] Read More »

SERVING GODLY

During my most recent church mission to the Philippines, from August 29 to November 8, I was reminded of Matthew 22:37 where Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” I also could not help but think upon “You shall love […] Read More »