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Menlo Park residents Lori and Tom Plante have enjoyed separate careers in the field of psychology, she as a clinician with a practice downtown and he as a member of the faculty at the Santa Clara University. Now they’ve come together to co-author a book that may prove helpful to parents of college-age or college-bound kids as well as college administrators and faculty.

Graduating with Honor: Best Practices to Promote Ethics Development in College Students presents “an effective and practical model for personal ethical decision-making that encourages individuals of any age to be thoughtful, intentional, and more likely to maintain one’s moral integrity, best interests, and personal sense of honor.” There is a dedicated chapter just for parents.

During an interview at their office in Menlo Park, they explained the need. Examples: Binge drinking is getting worse with an average of three binge drinking episodes a week; 20% of college students are victims of some kind of inappropriate sexual contact; 20% are taking an SSRI (anti-depressant drug); 50% of college students report that they’ve cheated. On the latter, Lori commented: “The pressure is such that there is such desperation.”

The chance to work together came about when Tom decided to take his sabbatical at the Dartmouth Ethics Center where their son is currently an undergraduate. “Lori and I had done a lot of research together but then went on our own career paths,” said Tom. “She loves to write and I’m super organized, so those skills came into play when writing the book.”

According to the co-authors, there are four imperatives of adolescence — identity, intimacy, independence, and impulse control. “Who are these people we are nurturing?” asked Tom. “Do they have the ethical tools to navigate the waters once they are in college many miles away? Character development matters and might actually save lives.”

They urge that conversations about ethics and responsibility need to start before the kids head off to college and continue once they’re on campus.

“It comes down to respect and compassion,” said Tom. “In everything you do, that organizes and centers you. It helps people make the right decisions.”

Photo by Irene Searles

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New Ronald McDonald House along Sand Hill Road previewed today

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The new Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (RMHS), consisting of a renovated house renamed Taube Family Center and a new building called the Arrillaga Family Center,  was previewed to the media with doors expected to open to families in June. The combined facilities will operate as one campus and will house 123 families every night, making it […]

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Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital hosts Lunch & Learn fundraiser on March 15

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The Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is hosting its 10th annual Lunch & Learn on March 15 at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP,  who is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, […]

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Dr. B. J. Miller to speak in Menlo Park as part of Bay Area Cancer Connections spring benefit on March 7

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Palliative care pioneer Dr. B.J. Miller will speak at the Bay Area Cancer Connections ninth annual Spring Benefit Breakfast in Menlo Park on Tuesday, March 7. Dr. Miller is an advocate for a healthcare system that minimizes unnecessary suffering and maximizes quality of life. An Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San […]

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Menlo Park resident Giselle Mari teaches and practices yoga

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For Giselle Mari, it was  love-at-first-sight when it came to yoga. She recalls watching yoga on PBS as a youngster with her mother and took her first class in the early 90s. “I liked it immediately,”she says. “It felt good. I was a former gymnast so it undoubtedly appealed with some similar movements.” The Menlo […]

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Learn about palliative care at Little House on Feb. 9

“Everything you wanted to know about palliative care” is the topic presented by Seniors at Home at Little House (800 Middle Ave.) on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Participating panelists incude Dr. Gary Pasternak, Medical Director, Mission Hospice & Home Care; Martha Kay (MK) Nelson, Director of Spiritual Care for Mission Hospice […]

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Sheri Sobrato Brisson and Eric Brisson join Cancer Commons to find better treatment options for children with brain cancer

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Cancer Commons, a not-for-profit network of patients, physicians, and scientists that help identify the best options for treating an individual’s cancer, announced the launch of a new program to identify personalized treatment options for children with brain cancer. The program is funded by a generous lead gift from Atherton resident Sheri Sobrato Brisson, a pediatric brain tumor […]

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Screening of documentary film “Generation Found” at M-A PAC on Nov. 17

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Generation Found,  a powerful new film about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown, will be screened at the M-A Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road) on Nov. 17. The evening will start at 6:30 pm with refreshments and resource tables, followed by remarks at 7:00 from Fay Zenoff […]

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2016 Hearts for Justice conference focuses on “Addiction, Recovery, and Grace”

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“Addiction, Recovery, and Grace” is the topic of this year’s Hearts for Justice conference on October 22, 2016, at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. Featured speakers are Fr. Thomas C. Weston, SJ and the Rt. Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen. The free event, which runs from 10:00 to noon, is open to the wider community; advance reservations […]

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Documentary film “Breaking Points” screens at M-A on Sept. 21

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Homework. College essays. Social media. Sports. Volunteering. Part-time jobs. Friends. Teens’ lives are jam-packed from the minute they wake up until the time they finally sleep — just keeping up is a daily struggle for many. Partially filmed at Menlo-Atherton High School, Breaking Points explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy […]

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Dead crow found in Atherton tested positive for West Nile virus

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Two dead American crows, one collected from Atherton and another collected from Redwood City, tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) on July 6th. This is the first indication of the presence of WNV in San Mateo County in 2016. While the risk of human West Nile virus infection in San Mateo County remains low, […]

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