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Raising Moxie℠ educational services advocates for a paradigm shift in education and community engagement, promoting coordinated support systems to bridge gaps and nurture resilience.

The Model: Surf'sUP Method℠

Following her teaching experiences at MIT with Dr. Richard Fletcher, Dr. Hodges became more determined to think about the impact of (1) physical health; (2) sleep, exercise, and food; and (3) stress-related growth on the development of mental wellness compared to mental illness. Within her clinical practice, she began to refine her approach to include more emphasis on physical health, circadian rhythms, manageable stress, and stress-related growth, and these ideas informed Surf'sUP Method℠. Whereas in her private practice Dr. Hodges uses Surf'sUP Method℠ for clinical purposes, at Raising Moxie℠ she teaches Surf'sUP Method℠ in an educational service delivery format.

Learning about Surf'sUP Method℠, you will:​

  1. Understand what factors enhance kids' life skills, emotional capacity, and psychological endurance.

  2. Become aware of the links between physical and mental health

  3. Gain a deeper insight into youth's needs and perceptions.

  4. Strengthen situational awareness and mindfulness skills.

  5. Learn communication skills associated with decreased stress in youth, and be able to practice these skills in role play situations. 

  6. Appreciate stress-related growth, and learn how stress can be paced and used to support childhood development.

  7. Gain knowledge about developmentally-appropriate expectations and boundaries, and master boundary setting in role-play experiences.

  8. Be able to apply the concepts learned to adjust youth programs in clinical, educational, and community settings - to better incorporate wisdom from psychological science.

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