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An Invitation: A Letter of Gratitude to My Body

Posted by Trina Grater on December 01, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

A20A0E6D 38F2 4394 8F24 60E1064E71C5Everyone today is faced with messages that our bodies--at least their exterior appearance--are projects. To put the reality of this into perspective, I suggest looking into Jean Kilbourne’s work as she has chronicled decades of the increasing magnitude of cultural pressures on women, especially through advertisement, since the 1970s. Among the internet searches is an entire series of documentaries called Killing Us Softly 1-4. They are profound.

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What Are the Traits of a Successful Field Staff?

Posted by Brennan Dougherty on November 17, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

EB67304F 3B9B 4F74 A38B 47A3D32DD0E5 1 201 aOften when I am talking to a prospective field staff during the interview process, they ask me what traits I look for in a candidate. From my time in the field, working as a field staff, talking to successful high-level employees, and examining the commonalities between past staff and others who did not thrive in their previous employment, I have boiled down what I believe to be the five essential traits that seem to be universal among successful people and field staff alike.

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If I Were You….

Posted by Steve Kirk on October 20, 2021 | 4 comment(s)

406E1D53 4D86 469B B5BA 76097D45696AEarlier this year I lost my older sister Colleen, after a decades-long battle with addiction. In our younger years we were very close. Over the last several years we had become more estranged, largely because of the choice I made for me and my own family to detach from the dysfunction that was associated with her disease. It wasn’t without years of trying to help and intervene in so many different ways. This became the case for my other siblings, as well as many other friends and loved ones who one by one distanced themselves over time. And yet with that, I still miss her and will always love her.

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Parent Visits: Where "Good" is Good and "Bad" is Good

Posted by Phil Bryan on October 06, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

977E4C6A D238 4BF2 ABED 012CCFC4FB44 1 201 aAfter being on hold for more than a year because of Covid precautions, parent field visits have returned to Evoke. And with that, they have once again become a source of many questions on my weekly parent phone calls preceding the trips. The most common ones often include “What can we expect them to be like?”, "What if they ask about the future?”, and usually some variation of “What if it doesn’t go well?”

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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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