In The Media

By Andrew Malekoff If you are a sentient being you’re well aware of the alarming degree of divisiveness that has been generated as a result of the presidential campaign. Given the growing incidence of hateful speech and action, there is a desperate need for open dialogue with young people. I can vividly recall meeting with a therapy group for troubled teens some 25 years ago. They raised the subject of race...

The North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center held its annual Dancing with Our Stars Gala on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at the Garden City Hotel. The evening included a cocktail reception followed by dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and a performance from the center’s Dancing Stars. More than 260 guests attended the event which raised over $400,000 to support the Guidance Center’s mental health services for children and families. “The Guidance...

December 2016 By Andrew Malekoff Living or working with teenagers can be unsettling and disorienting even when you think you have it all figured out. Teenagers will spare no time reminding you that, as an adult, you are not a part of their world. I am reminded of a quip attributed to Mark Twain:  “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old...

By Andrew Malekoff Despite feeling blindsided, most of us now know that we are living in the midst of an unprecedented drug epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, nearly quadrupled. Some of the steps taken to save lives include improving prescribing practices and expanding access to medication-assisted treatment...