I started these “Memos” 27 years ago because I found myself running around schools, both locally and nationally, addressing the same issues on Friday as I was on Monday. So, being very protective of my energy and time I began to write down observations, research, thoughts, and solutions to the dilemmas schools faced with students in the areas of general mental health, behavior, development, substance abuse, discipline, etc. I then began to send these missives around to the schools contacting me. The original purpose was to save me the time and energy of repeating myself over and over again. Today, Mayer’s Memo is distributed across the country and has received awards for its content.
Trained as a clinician and researcher at Northwestern University Medical School, I prided myself with always researching what I was saying on consultations bringing the state-of-the-art science blended with my own clinical experience. These Memos continue that tradition of always being based on the latest research in the field blended with my own interpretations and clinical experience both as a consultant and as a practicing clinician helping young people and their families in my daily work.
So, you will find these Memos:
- Solution oriented.
- Common sense presentation – no esoteric psychobabble.
- They take a stand.
I have never been reluctant to state an opinion that’s based on the firm foundations of my research and successful clinical work.
As a result, hopefully they are thought provoking. They are never intended to be dogmatic. I respect and admire the work you do. This is my way of supporting this work. You are an expert in your area and I know some things from my work with youth that is intended to help you think differently about youth and families. How you put these thoughts into practice, if at all, is your business. I certainly couldn’t do your work any better.
Finally, this is a grassroots effort. No professional writer or marketing person puts this together (Isn’t that obvious?). Mayer’s Memos are a very personal communication between us. In the early days my family helped fold envelopes, lick stamps and otherwise help with the production. Being referred youth-families to my care and the fees from my consultations-speeches pay for all the costs. There may be a better way to do this, but I like it! The response has been supportive enough to keep this going and in my view this is the essence of applying research to the good of the community.
Many recipients of Mayer’s Memo copy issues and then distribute to their community. Feel free to do so, just remember in view of copyright laws to copy the Memo in its entirety with my name and contact information on it. If you are quoting from it, please make the appropriate reference. Mayer’s Memos make great content to add to parent “take homes.” Feel free to pass along in this way.
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- Mayers-Memo-20-05 Preventing Violence in Teens
- Mayers-Memo-20-07 Prom Guidelines for Parents & Teens
- Mayers-Memo-20-08 Medications for School Behaviors
- Mayers-Memo-21-02 Students and Stress I
- Mayers-Memo-21-03 Students and Stress II
- Mayers-Memo-21-04 Students and Stress III
- Mayers-Memo-21-05 Effects of Community Violence Exposure
- Mayers-Memo-21-06 St. Patrick’s Day Drinking
- Mayers-Memo-21-07 Parents and Kids’ Parties
- Mayers-Memo-22-03 The Flu Outbreak Bah Humbug H1N1
- Mayers-Memo-22-04 FaceBook Friends
- Mayers-Memo-22-05 FaceBook Follies-More Tips
- Mayers-Memo-22-06 Even More on FaceBook, Computers, all Electronics
- Mayers-Memo-23-01 Helping Kid’s Succeed in School-A Psychologist’s Tool Bag
- Mayers-Memo-23-02 Helping Kid’s Succeed in School-A Psychologist’s Tool Bag II–READ!
- Mayers-Memo-23-03 Helping Kid’s Succeed in School-A Psychologist’s Tool Bag III–Turn off the TV!
- Mayers-Memo-23-04 Helping Kid’s Succeed in School-A Psychologist’s Tool Bag IV–Turn off the Tunes!
- Mayers-Memo-23-06 Spring Break Tips for Parents
- Mayers-Memo-23-07 Prom Tips for Parents and Teens
- Mayers-Memo-23-08 NEW Research on test taking and learning success
- Mayers-Memo-24-01 Bullying & Teasing: Are we doing enough
- Mayers-Memo-24-02 Bullying & Teasing: Are we doing enough II
- Mayers-Memo-24-3 Bullying & Teasing: Role of Coaches
- Mayers-Memo-24-04 Bullying & Teasing: The Herd Mentality
- Mayers-Memo-24-05 Bullying & Teasing: Role of Coaches II
- Mayers-Memo-24-06 Prom Tips for Parents and Teens
- Mayers-Memo-24-07 Better, Easier Test Taking and Retention
- Mayer’s Memo-25-01-School Refusal
- Mayer’s Memo-25-02 To Nag or Not to Nag. That IS the Question
- Mayer’s Memo-25-03 I’m not Nagging, But More to say on Nagging
- Mayer’s_Memo-25-04 Holiday Success StoriesMayer’s Memo-25-05 The Newtown Shooting-What to Tell the Kids
- Mayer’s Memo-25-07 Racism is Still Here
- Mayer’s Memo-25-08 Drug Testing Teens & Tweens: Myths & Misconceptions
- Mayer’s Memo-25-09-PDF School Counselors
- Mayer’s Memo-25-10 School Counselors More!
- Mayer’s Memo-26-1-Sleep: An Essential Tool for School Success
- Mayer’s Memo-26-2- The Immaturity Epidemic
- Mayer’s Memo-26-3- The Immaturity Epidemic-Solutions
- Mayer’s Memo-26-4- The HollerDays are Here Again!
- Mayer’s Memo-26-5-Screening Students for Mental Health
- Mayer’s Memo-26-6-Mental Health Screening for Students-II
- Mayer’s Memo-26-7-Prom guidelines Updated
- Mayer’s Memo-26-8-Confirmation! Parental Over Involvement in School
- Mayer’s Memo-27-1-How to Discuss Race Issues with your Kids
- Mayer’s Memo-27-2-Racism II
- Mayer’s Memo-27-3-The 3A’s
- Mayer’s Memo-27-4-Immaturity-Coping Mechanism
- Mayer’s Memo-27-5-Parents’ Nightmare
- Mayer’s Memo-27-6-Angry Teens
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