Author: New Circle Magazine

Encountering Child Sexual Abuse in Your Work

Constance DelGiudice, Feature Editor, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), explains the first steps a helping professional must take when faced with a situation in which a child or adolescent presents with symptoms of sexual abuse; then discusses further steps the professional may take if, for a variety of reasons, referral is not an option.

Mentoring is Hard—Mentoring At-Risk Youths is Harder

Mary Falcon, Feature Editor, Mentoring, introduces The New Circle series of articles about the difficulties of funding at-risk youth mentoring programs and supporting mentors in their sometimes years-long efforts to gain the trust of mentees whose adverse childhood experiences have taught them that adults are simply not to be trusted.

Foster Care-Does It Mitigate or Exacerbate Trauma?

Sarah Kull, Feature Editor, Foster Care, writes about the practice of removing children threatened by dangers in their homes of origin, but argues that we need to more carefully consider evidence that foster care may indeed be exacerbating children’s trauma from an attachment perspective.

Violence Threatens Families – From Without and Within

Becky Palmer, Feature Editor, Family Therapy, writes about the challenges of treating families traumatized by violence in the community and disrupted by violence, sexual abuse, and drug addition within their own homes.

It’s the Relationship that Heals

Stu Copans, Feature Editor, Child Psychiatry, Introduces the series of articles in this and future issues, written by himself and his colleagues, on the challenges to child psychiatrists whose work with at-risk youths is structured and dictated by today’s medical care systems.

What Are Helping Professionals Up Against?

David Prescott, Publisher, talks about the difficulties faced by all helping professionals who, despite their best efforts, are unable to fulfill their professional missions.

Welcome to The New Circle

Phil Rich, Editor-in-Chief, introduces readers to Safer Society’s new online magazine by answering the question, Why another resource for those working with at-risk youth?


A brief discussion of the impact COVID-19 has had on the lives all professionals who work with at-risk children.