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Understanding School Refusal

- by Heather Day, MA, LMHC, Clinical Supervisor, Lynnfield Outpatient Center  The term “school refusal” describes the situation when a child refuses to attend school on a regular basis, or has problems staying in school for the day. Children may complain of physical symptoms shortly before it is time to leave for school, or repeatedly ask to visit the sc… read more >


Erez’s New Adventure

Adapted and expanded from an original article by Tricia S. in the River Rush Review, newsletter of Neponset River House, Norwood, MA, a program of Riverside Community Care. Neponset River House member Erez B. has taken an exciting new step in his life and decided to live independently. Clubhouse members are inspired by his courage and the opportunity he has cr… read more >


Top Five Questions – How Employee Resource Groups Strengthen the Workplace Community

Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that are a valuable part of an organization’s employee relations and diversity and inclusion efforts.  As part of Riverside’s current Diversity & Inclusion strategic plan, we launched three ERGs: BIPOC for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; POLE for people with lived experience; and TLC for… read more >


Top Six Takeaways from our Annual Suicide Prevention Conference

Content from MindWise Innovations, a service of Riverside Community Care: This full-day conference was presented by Riverside Trauma Center and MindWise Innovations on February 3, 2022, and focused on what we can be doing in our schools, workplaces, and healthcare settings to create a safer, more resilient future. To everyone who attended our conference this y… read more >


The Gift of a Lifetime

Most people would heartily agree that Gladys Catlin has earned her retirement.  And at age 90, after 57 years of dedicated service to people with disabilities, and with a recently implanted pacemaker to keep her heart going, retirement is the status she just recently – and regretfully – accepted.  But only regretfully. To understand her ambivalence, we'l… read more >