Welcome to the official website of

Dr. Patrice Paul

Author

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Thank you for visiting my website.  As a licensed clinical psychologist who
works with children and teens, I have a deep professional interest in bullying.  This unfortunate challenge is faced by many of today’s youth, and it can have far-reaching effects on self-esteem, school performance, and overall emotional well-being.  Fortunately, this type of behavior and its implications can be addressed through education and opportunities for discussion.  To that end, I decided to take my clinical experiences and write fun and adventure-filled fictional books for the middle-school and young adult reader that serve as a means for addressing this important topic. 


The first book in the Cullen Arma series is now available in both paperback and e-book formats. The story revolves around Cullen Arma and the situations he faces socially and emotionally while simultaneously learning how to control a new found and unusual skill.  After having tried on a coat found in his parents’ Native American artifact store, Cullen, who has an affinity for animals, finds that he is able to conjure the skills of various animals to help him through emotionally arousing situations such as performance anxiety, test anxiety, and threats from a bully.  Through the help of his cousin, Alyssa, and friend, Brayden, Cullen works to develop and control these skills.  This becomes of the ultimate importance when he must thwart the efforts of the school’s cyber-bully, Walker, who has hacked into the school’s computer system and is causing havoc for students and faculty (e.g., re-routing e-mails).  ‘Tweens, teens, and adults alike will find the story engaging and amusing, while it subtly brings the issue of bullying to light in a fun and friendly manner. 


To facilitate discussion of this topic, a “For Parents” section is located at the end of the book.  It contains reflection and self-exploration questions that tie into the conversations of the main characters.  A companion Teacher’s Quick Guide is also available as a free download to facilitate discussion in the classroom. It contains activities to link the book into the areas of Social/Emotional Learning as well as English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. 

 

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