Dear Tech-y

As a part of the support we provide to the Laurence parents as a school, I started a new blog series called “Dear Tech-y”. Parents can ask questions anonymously and get answers.

In the first Dear Tech-y installment, a parent asked,

“Dear Tech-y,

We hear a lot about how bad screen time is, but in doing so are we overlooking the benefits of coding, internet research, and content creation? (I’m talking about supervised screen time, of course.) What if the next Zuckerberg is being discouraged from developing because we’re restricting learning that involves a screen?

Anonymous Parent”

Read my response on the Laurence School website.

I’m at Laurence School!

I took a hiatus from writing because I accepted a position at Laurence School as their Director of Technology in the summer of 2017.

There was lots of good work to do, which kept me busy. Now that things are settling down, I’m writing more for them and will be sharing some of the great initiatives that we’re working on, including:

  • Digital Citizenship for students, teachers, and parents
  • Computer Science curriculum for K-6 students
  • STEAM elective for students in grades 3-6

Glad to be back! Stay tuned…

What is the deal with Tetris?

“The writer Jeffrey Goldsmith was so obsessed with Tetris that he wrote a famous article asking if the game’s creator Alexey Pajitnov had invented “a pharmatronic?” – a video game with the potency of an addictive drug. Some people say that after playing the game for hours they see falling blocks in their dreams or buildings move together in the street – a phenomenon known as the Tetris Effect. Such is its mental pull, there’s even been the suggestion that the game might be able to prevent flashbacks in people with PTSD.”

For the Love of the Maslins

I want to apologize for not writing in over a month. I’ve been overseeing a massive website redesign project at work. Between that and the twins, I’ve hardly drifted to the surface of life outside my insular bubble.

But, life has a funny way of reminding you to stay in the moment and be grateful for all that you have.

An old gradschool classmate, Abby Sullivan Maslin, a Dance Movement Therapist who is now working as a teacher in Washington D.C. experienced the unthinkable. About 2 weeks ago her husband was brutally attacked while walking home after a boys night out in his D.C neighborhood in Capital Hill. He wasn’t found for 8 hours and sustained major brain and bodily injouries that were exasterbated by the time that passed between the beating and the arrival of an emergency response team. Abby is struggling to cope, as she also tries to care for her young son Jack, who is just shy of 2 years old.

With no witnesses, Abby reached out to the media in a attempt to find somehow who may have knowledge of what happened that night.

As she processes all that has happened, Abby has been posting updates on her Facebook page, but recently just started a blog, which I want to share with you: For the Love of the Maslins. Your support and prayers are needed. Friends started a fundraising website so that money will hopefully not be a concern as this family struggles to survive.

Your help is much appreciated.

Job Openings – New Jersey

This was forwarded to me by the Director of Adjunctive Therapy at CCHSC in Blackwood, NJ. Good luck to all applicants!


Facility: Camden County Health Services Center (CCHSC) has 2 master’s level therapist positions available for immediate hire (1 FT Permanent & 1 FT Temporary). CCHSC is an inpatient behavioral health setting in Blackwood, NJ, serving individuals with severe mental illness. Our facility is an intermediate care facility with a typical length of stay from 1-6 months.

Education/Credentials: A Master’s Degree in a mental health related field. NJ LPC is desirable but not required.

Experience: One year of inpatient mental health experience, preferably working with the SMI population. Experience with dual-diagnosis/addiction a plus. A good working knowledge of evidenced based/best practices treatment approaches for a variety of mental health disorders (CBT, ACT, DBT, etc.).

Additional Requirements: Candidate must live in NJ or have the willingness to move to NJ within 1 year of hire date. CCHSC is a smoke-free facility for both employees and patients.


Mon-Fri (8am-4:30pm) OR

Tue-Sat (8:30-5pm)

*Hours still to be determined & will depend upon the position.


Interested candidates may submit their CV & cover letter to:

Kendra Wagner – Kwagner[at]cchsc[dot]com


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Art, Music and Dance Therapy Jobs Available in Camden, NJ

Tricia was my first art therapy supervisor when I was studying at Drexel in Philadelphia. She’s a fantastic person to work with and CCHSC has an excellent Creative Arts Therapy department. Check out her job listing below:


Camden County Health Services is now hiring for part time & full time temporary positions within the Adjunctive Therapy Department.

Positions range from one to five days per week. The most immediate position could start in May; however, we have other positions starting in June, and in the fall. Experience working with adult mental health issues is required. Inpatient experience is preferred. All modalities are welcome to apply.

For consideration, please send resumes/cover letter, and the days/times you are able to work to:

Tricia Angilletta

In Memoriam: Dr. Bob Schreiber

Ever since I met the psychiatrists of Redwood Place, I knew I had access to a very rare resource—psychiatrists trained not only in dishing out medicine, but also in talk therapy.

A staple of Psychiatry in the East Bay, Dr. Schreiber dedicated his time and effort to working with some of the most difficult populations: troubled children and adults with trauma, mental health issues and/or a developmental disability. He always took the time to talk to each of his clients individually outside of clinical meetings. He had a warmth, allowing him to speak of difficult issues so that even the most resistant client felt at ease.

The clients loved him and the staff loved him too, including me. His annual invitation to the river was a highlight for all Redwood Place staff. We would bond over mosquitos, hikes, freshly cooked food provided mostly by Mary Lu and Bob, and the fire, which Dr. Schreiber would build himself—chopping the wood, tenderly ensuring that we would be warm at night as we sipped our drinks and chatted.

You would be hard pressed to find a kinder man. Dr. Schreiber, you will be sorely missed.