PRA Culture

In Therapy and Thriving

Fifteen years ago, when I was just starting social work school, one of my professors recommended that we should all see a therapist, that we needed to know what it was like for our future clients, and maybe it would be good for us too. I was skeptical. I wasn’t going to be a clinician.… Read More


Writing for Wellness: Social Wellness

I so look forward to the first day of autumn because it is the unofficial start of the holiday season in my book…even in 90-degree North Carolina weather. Finally, no excuses needed to deck your living space out with all of the pumpkins, apple-scented candles, leaf wreaths, and mini bales of hay propping up your… Read More


Close up of people writing in notebooks during a presentation.

I spent a couple of hours on one Saturday taking part in a Naloxone (common brand name Narcan) rescue training. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, potentially reversing an opioid overdose. While PRA doesn’t provide any direct services to clients, a lot of our training and technical assistance involves working… Read More


Movie theater

I attended the 2019 Annual Conference for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in New York, New York and had the honor of watching this 20-minute film. America; I Too follows the story of three immigrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The short film introduces you to… Read More


Close up of a dictionary

Content warning: Ableist language. We don’t say the r-word anymore. But have you heard someone say one of these recently? “He’s so crazy.” “The weather is schizophrenic.” “Our workload is insane.” “That’s lame.” I have, and I’m trying to stop. All the phrases use ableist language. Ableism is the discrimination of people with disabilities. Ableist… Read More


View of a windy road along the ocean during a cloudy dusk

In April 2019, I had the opportunity to participate in two SOAR Criminal Justice (CJ) Technical Assistance (TA) Implementation Meetings. These were the first meetings of this type I have been a part of since I started working for Policy Research Associates, Inc. and the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center. Fortunately, I had my two experienced… Read More


Multicolored tiles arranged in a cascading pattern

On May 1, 2019, I attended a Mental Health First Aid Training, in Albany, New York, sponsored by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS). What I liked about the training was that the trainer began by asking each participant about why they signed up to take the Mental Health First Aid… Read More


Writing for Wellness: Occupational Wellness

This is how my day started…wait, no, rewind…this is how last night started. Checked the weather for Monday. Yes! No rain in sight, which has been plentiful so far this season. Load my bike into the car so I could commute to work in the morning on the bike trail that runs from my hometown… Read More