Posts by KC Cohen

KC Cohen, LCSW, M.Ed is the full-time Middle and Upper School Counselor at RCS. In addition to working with individual students, KC coordinates the Middle School Health program, and teaches 8th grade Health. KC also designs and coordinates the character-focused home base program, and directs the Mentor Program in the Middle School. Additionally, KC is a Coordinator for the all-school Community Development Team, and is on the Middle School Admissions Committee. Prior to coming to Riverdale, KC worked at the Freedom Institute with adolescents (and their families) with substance abuse and addiction disorders. There, she was also a part of Freedom’s school-based program in which she worked with students, faculty, and parents in over 40 schools in the NYC area on issues of substance abuse prevention, relational aggression and bullying, self-esteem building, and general wellness. KC is an avid runner, and has a passion for nutrition-related topics and cooking. She is also deeply interested in issues of stress reduction and mindfulness.

  1. NYT- How to Talk to Your Teenager About Pornography

    [ By on May 13, 2014 ]

    How to Talk to Your Teenager About Pornography By LISA DAMOUR MARCH 31, 2014, 12:24 PM 87 Comments Andrea Lev

    In Does Porn Hurt Children in the Sunday Review, David Segal pointed to the absence of definitive research linking pornography exposure during adolescence to negative outcomes for teenagers and noted the ethical impossibility of conducting the kinds of studies that might prove, or disprove, such links. In spite of the lack of evidence of

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  2. NYT Article: Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

    [ By on May 13, 2014 ]

    Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits By DANIEL GOLEMAN MAY 12, 2014, 3:56 PM Alex Nabau

    Which will it be — the berries or the chocolate dessert? Homework or the Xbox? Finish that memo, or roam Facebook?

    Such quotidian decisions test a mental ability called cognitive control, the capacity to maintain focus on an important choice while ignoring other impulses. Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a

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  3. 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders — Forbes Magazine (on line)

    [ By on January 21, 2014 ]

    1/16/2014 @ 11:05AM Forbes Magazine Link to artile 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years with couples, families, and children. Through that experience, I witnessed a very wide array of both functional and dysfunctional parenting behaviors. As a parent myself, I’ve learned that all the wisdom and love in the world doesn’t necessarily protect you from parenting in ways that hold your children back from thriving, gaining independence and becoming the leaders they have the potential to be. ...

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  4. Navigating the Social Jungle: Helping Our Kids with Learning Differences. At the William Alanson White Institute: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7-9pm

    [ By on November 04, 2013 ]

    Navigating the Social Jungle: Helping Our Kids with Learning Differences.  It will be at the William Alanson White Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 13    20 West 74t h Street between CPW & Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

     

    The Parent Center Presents:

    Navigating the Social Jungle Helping Our Kids with Learning Differences

    An Evening Discussion for Parents

    Wednesday, November 13th from 7:00-9:00PM

     WHY DOES MY SON SPEND SO MUCH TIME ALONE? HE NEVER GETS ASKED FOR PLAYDATES.

     WHEN I WATCH MY DAUGHTER WITH OTHER KIDS, SHE SEEMS SO OUT OF IT... SHE JUST CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THEM.

    MY CHILD ALWAYS

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  5. Middle School Parents Get Together w/KC Cohen & Jason Gold Middle School:December 2, 8:45 -10am — Multi-Purpose Room @ RCS

    [ By on October 25, 2013 ]

    Middle School Parents Event with KC Cohen and Jason Gold Middle School/Upper School Counselor and Psychologist

    The Importance of Boundaries: How Boundaries and Limit Setting Help Our Children Become More Resilient, Independent, Focused, and Confident

    Monday, December 2, 8:45 -10am, in the Multi-Purpose Room at RCS 

    Can you recall situations in which you were challenged in deciding whether or not to set a limit or create a boundary with your child? * Should I allow my son/daughter to have a Facebook page or an Instagram account? *Should I still give my child a bedtime? *Should I monitor my child’s academics (Moodle), texts, email, phone? * How do I ...

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  6. 10/25 NY Cares Speaks with Middle School Students About Ways They Can Be of Service in NYC

    [ By on October 25, 2013 ]

    Barbara Glassman, mother of Noah and Maya Rubin (6th and 8th grade) and her colleague spent morning meeting time speaking with our students about ways they can get involved in various community service projects in NYC.   See: http://www.newyorkcares.org/

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  7. A Line Between Sweet and Skimpy

    [ By on May 13, 2013 ]

    New York Times May 10, 2013 A Line Between Sweet and Skimpy By BRUCE FEILER It first happened to me this spring. My daughters, who had just turned 8, came bounding into the room to show off new outfits they were wearing to an extended-family gathering. My eyes bulged. The dresses drooped provocatively off the shoulder and offered other peekaboos of their bodies. Sure, as a parent, I figured I would one day face clothing battles with my children. Politicians aren’t the only ones who draw red lines. But so soon? As a father, I find these conversations particularly challenging. On the one hand, I’ve internalized all the messages that I should not ...

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  8. Facebook Still Reigns Supreme With Teens, But Social Media Interest Dwindling

    [ By on April 12, 2013 ]

    facebookteens Teens still love Facebook. No news there. According to a recent study by Piper Jaffray, 33 percent of the 5,200 teens surveyed choose Facebook as their most important social network. Following behind, Twitter has 30 percent of the vote, while 17 percent of teens say that Instagram is the most important social network. What’s notable, however, is that interest in Facebook seems to be declining heavily among teens. Though teens still dub Facebook their most important social network, Piper Jaffray reports that the numbers are down regarding how many teens see Facebook as the most important social media website. Over the past year, the number of ...

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  9. The Magic of Family Dinners: There is a strong inverse correlation between the frequency of family dinners and teen substance abuse

    [ By on April 01, 2013 ]

    The Magic of Family Dinners For the past couple of decades, Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has surveyed thousands of teenagers and their parents about drug and alcohol use. While many of the trends are increasingly alarming, one finding has remained consistent and comforting. There is a strong inverse correlation between the frequency of family dinners and teen substance abuse. It’s not the herbs in the baked chicken or Grandma’s secret ingredient in the chocolate cake. It’s much simpler than that. Adolescents who spend time interacting with their parents and siblings are much less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners ...

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  10. Middle School Assembly -CHANGE AGENTS FILM on Microaggressions and other forms of “mean” behavior.

    [ By on March 13, 2013 ]

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