Below are some useful articles written by past & present employees.

Mindfulness in a Moment…(when you DON’T have time to be Mindful!)

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Written by Rachel Morici-Leirer, LPC ; Your mind is on a million things all at once at work. Those of us that study mindfulness tend to forget to do it. Why? As stated in the book “Mindfulness for Dummies at Work,” by Shamash Alidina, “The reason you forget to be mindful is because your brain’s […]


Slow Down: Embrace the Changing Seasons

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Article by Leslie Larsen, LCSW When you’re busy juggling work and family, a social life, and countless other things, it’s easy to let the seasons slip away. Taking time to stop and smell the roses (or in this case, the mulled cider) is important for both your mental and physical health. Indulge Your Desire to […]


Bullying: A Deeper Perspective

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Article by Laura Amelia Gutierrez, MA October is Bullying Prevention Month, the month we also celebrate Halloween. This is fitting, as Halloween is a holiday that symbolizes the shadowy side of humanity. Sadly, bullying is a human behavior that has proven to have its evolutionary advantages. What advantages you ask? Research done on primates suggest […]


Preventing Teen Suicide

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Article by Emmy Crouter, MSW It’s hard to ignore the news coverage of teen suicide in our country and in our state of Colorado. Teen suicide is on the rise, according to multiple studies, with a variety of factors being entertained as contributors. Thankfully teen suicide is preventable and there are many things you can […]


Back to School! Strategies to Aid the Transition

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

By Leslie Larsen, LCSW I encourage you to begin taking steps now to help your family transition as smoothly as possible from summer to school. Get Back on Schedule Now is the perfect time to ease your children back into their school-year sleep routine. It is generally recommended that bed time and wake-up time be […]


Men and Mental Health

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Article by Laura A. Gutierrez, MA Studies show that men of all ages and ethnicities are less likely to seek out help for mental health issues. This is so even though men suffer from mental health issues as much as women or more. APA President and Nova Southeastern University psychologist Ronald F. Levant feels the […]


An Intern’s Perspective: Casey Flynn

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

I am a student of social work at the University of Denver, and have been working as an intern at Pennock Center since September of last year. From the beginning, I have felt very supported by my supervisor, Jody Pierce, and by all the staff at Pennock. The agency culture is so welcoming, kind, and […]


An Intern’s Perspective: Emmy Crouter

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Endings are often a time for reflection. As I approach the end of the academic year and thus the end of my time at Pennock, I find myself looking back on the several months that I have spent as a part of this unique community. Though I could name 100 items, here are the top […]


We Can All Take a Stand Against Child Abuse

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Written by Rachel Morici-Leirer, LPC April is national child abuse prevention month. Children are the most vulnerable, least powerful, and least likely to be able to protect themselves from a powerful adult. READ below in order to educate yourself and learn HOW TO TAKE A STAND & help prevent this abuse. First, it is important […]


Five Tips for New Year’s Resolutions Intentions

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

By Emmy Crouter Happy New Year! New year, fresh start. This is the time of year when many people consider changes they want to make in their lives and resolve to make it happen. However, just eight percent of New Year’s “resolvers” actually keep their resolutions throughout the year (Brain Statistics, 2017). Yikes! Here are […]