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Challenging Our Assumptions and Striving for Cultural Competence
10/15/2018
To be culturally competent, we must rethink our assumptions
“We are all a little different and that is OK. In fact, it’s good, if we strive to understand each other, accept each other, and respect each other. If we do that, our diversity can make us stronger as a community.” – Chief David Todd, Fargo Police Department Recently I’ve...
Adoption: A Decision to Give Baby Emma Her Best Possible Life
10/11/2018
Natalia knew adoption was best for her baby girl
Natalia’s pregnancy came as a surprise. At that point in their lives, she and the birth father knew they couldn’t give their child the life that baby deserved. “As the birth father and I talked more, we both realized we wanted what was best for our child,” Natalia said. They...
Self-Care, Connection Contribute to Emotional Wellness
10/1/2018
Relaxed woman practices self-care
By Darren Carter , EAP Counselor Many different things happen this time of the year that can add additional stress to our lives. The kids are back in school and adjusting to a new schedule. The weather is getting colder, so we’re spending less time outdoors. You may be thinking...
When Newlyweds Needed Budget Help, Alicia Was There
9/20/2018
A woman puts changes into a piggy bank
A chronic medical condition, student loans, and some poor budgeting – “just really being a dummy” – had left Julie, of West Fargo, ND, with $25,000 in debt and a credit report in need of repair. She and her husband knew what they needed to do. They’d researched Dave Ramsey’s...
Building on Strengths
9/14/2018
Utilizing employee strengths can be beneficial for organizations.
My wife loves StrengthsFinder so much that one year she gave me the assessment codes for my birthday. CliftonStrengths scientifically assesses how individuals excel. This is not a BuzzFeed survey that tells you which Harry Potter house you would live in, or what Avenger best represents your personality. This is...