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January 27, 2012

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April 10, 2011

Teen Talking Circles is the real deal. Linda and her team ran a world-class series of events for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital in the Spring of 2010. The respo... more

January 27, 2012

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working with Linda and her Teen Talking Circles team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 2010 where she helped pioneer the use of unique, group-discussion sessions for helping teens with cancer. Linda's knowledge, preparation, sensitivity, and facilitating skills were nothing short of remarkable, and all of the Hutchinson Center's peripheral support with scheduling, videotaping, and so on would have meant nothing without her very effective and well-received work. Apart from founding and directing Teen Talking Circles, Linda is also an accomplished photographer and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I highly recommend Linda and Teen Talking Circles.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 10, 2011
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Teen Talking Circles is the real deal. Linda and her team ran a world-class series of events for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital in the Spring of 2010. The response from everyone---from participants to organizers to researchers---was overwhelmingly positive. Teen Talking Circles knows what they're doing forward and backward. I can't recommend any organization more highly, and I look forward to working with them again in the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Managing a groundbreaking program for teen cancer patients conducted by Seattle Children's Hosptial and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more funding so it can do even more!

April 24, 2011

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April 24, 2011

I was part of a unique TTC retreat that changed my life. It brought a great group of women together... seemingly from many different backgrounds and life experiences. The compassionate listening work that we did as a group over a week-long period showed me how much we all really had in common. TTC created a beautifully open and safe circle for us to come together and share some of the richness and poignancy of our lives. It was such a meaningful retreat!

TTC leads compassionate listening groups for teens and women, and I was so impressed with what I experienced in my adult women's group, that I considered signing up for training to learn how to lead my own group in Canada. I am always looking for future opportunities to participate in a TTC women's group and give it a high and unqualified recommendation... the opening for personal growth is there for you if you want to take it...!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My every day life, my love life, my family life, and my work life! I feel much more confident, I find it easier to find my centre and balance even once back in my busy-single parent- professional working-city life.

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Honestly, I can only say that I wish they could offer more of these retreats! I also hope that the good word spreads about TTC to women across the US and Canada - it's such a worthwhile experience. On par with anything I've done at Hollyhock, or seen advertised at Esalen.

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

TTCP delivers a needed and unique service to young women coming of age in a complex world. Along with authentic peer-to-peer communication, young people also get the benefit of inter-generational relationships with adult mentors who really care about their health and well-being. TTCP's facilitator training is top-notch.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the young people who have stayed with the organization and are leading healthy, productive lives.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding for more training.

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

My name is Fredric Matteson. As a therapist and suicidologist with 30 years in the mental health field, I am the Creator and Founder of Contextual-Conceptual Therapy (CCT) -- an educational approach to helping acutely suicidal persons. In my role as an educator I have had the great pleasure and opportunity to be invited to speak before Linda Wolf's Teen Talking Circle trainees. Over the years I have been greatly impressed and inspired by Linda and the TTC vision to help facilitate compassionate listening and the permission and encouragement of each person's authentic voice to be expressed and to be heard. It is this self-validation that strikes at the core of the suicidal dilemma and that serves as a basis for true individual autonomy and family resiliency

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of the Teen Talking Circle philosophy and influence by witnessing it first-hand as I spoke with Linda and groups of her TTC trainees, but also by observing its influence on my daughter and son who have participated in the TTC group support process.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization I would find ways to make it more universally available.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Its dedication and perseverance over the years in teaching compassionate listening to local youth. It has been a great influence here in this community!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

When I first heard about the work Linda Wolf was doing with TTC I knew I needed to be a part of it. At the time they were needing a board member so I stepped up and over time I realized that I wanted to do the facilitator training as well. My life has changed in a beautiful way with the awareness of myself and others given the lessons I have learned thru TTC. Imagine if teens could obtain such awareness so early on and imagine how authentic and real they could be. A true gift!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have grown within my own self awareness and in my awareness for others. My communication skills have changed in a way that I have more patience and compassion.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way for it to receive more funding so more scholarships could be given to people who wanted to become facilitators and create their own circles

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

"My main desire to help others came from my eleventh and twelfth grade Girl's Talking Circle Group, guided by two women activists. Group changed me forever. The circle consisted of nine high school girls ages 14 to 18, sitting around a table of candles every Thursday, speaking their rawest thoughts and feelings. Each girl had ten minutes to talk about her day - her projects, desires, laments. Each story was a monologue. As a group, we entrusted to one another our deepest feelings, allowing each of us to express whatever we wanted. Each girl’s story freed the rest of us to be present to our emotions and our truth. Listening taught me a divine love for people; I eventually learned to love a person at first glance. Girls Group was perhaps the most important turning point of my life, for it not only freed me to love with compassion, but to express myself and thereby make space for others’ expression. " Claire Hosterman

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In being in a Girl's Group (Linda Wolf's Compassionate Listening Circles) for over two years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take this idea to the public school system, and fully integrate it as a neccesary daily education.

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

I participated in Teen Talking Circles throughout my time in High School. I cannot begin to express how much the experience meant to me and what a huge impact it had on my life. It played a major role in turning me into the woman I am today, and for that I am so grateful. Growing up in our society can be really rough on adolescent girls and having a place to go and be heard by people who will listen to you and support you unconditionally is so incredibly important. If it wasn't for participating in teen talking circles I truly believe that I would have had a much more difficult time getting through my teenage years.
Thank you so much for everything you do!!!
~Megan

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not believe that any changes need to be made.

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

This work completely changed my life. As a teen, I participated in a teen talking circle and looking back, I can see that it was the foundation of learning to trust myself, honor my feelings, and connect to other young people in a compassionate and authentic way. As teens, my friends and I who were in circle together would often wonder aloud what we would do if we didn't have that space. It was a deep and lasting gift.

As an adult, I took the facilitator training and was again turned completely around. The training not only left me feeling more alive and inspired than I can remember feeling. It gave me the tools I needed to start both a radical sex ed class for teens at an alternative high school and a bereavement group at my alma mater. In this way, TTC is slowing reaching out across the country--I write from Massachusetts--giving us all the message we are hungry for, "It is safe, right here, to tell the truth." I've seen it work wonders, heal deeply and bring the living back to life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ways I stated above.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money.

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Thanks to the work of Linda Wolf and her team, the Teen Talking Circle model has given us an important vehicle for supporting our students. It has brought together girls who would not normally know or be together and has led to the making of lasting friendships. Girls participating in the circle have learned to listen and support each other. In the safe place the circle provides the girls feel the benefits of being able to open up to one another, to talk and vent. They frequently realize that they are not the only ones that feel the way they do and this is affirming. Students often convey to the adult leaders that the circle is the bright spot in their week. "If I didn't have this to look forward to each week I would go crazy." In addition, skills learned in the circle enrich peer relationships in the dorm environment where members of the group naturally apply compassionate listening. Moreover, one student member with adult guidance has created an accountability/support group for freshmen to give new girls a network in which they can build each other up and hold each other accountable through peer support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Teen Talking Circle has been a positive addition to our campus and we anticipate this model continuing well into the future.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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