Early in our lives we come to expect the guidance and support of our immediate and extended families.  If challenges become too overwhelming and we cannot rely on the support system of family, then we run the risk of suffering the negative consequences of what should have been a relatively simple life process.The outcome of meeting normal life’s challenges without the necessary support, can be a ferocious cycle of destructiveness.

I am convinced that the cycle of self destructiveness can be ameliorated even when family cannot be available.  I have many years of personal and professional experience to back up my belief that self defeating cycles can be interrupted with the help of significant people in a person’s life.  breaking cycles in not blaming others.  It’s about utilizing whatever healthy resources are available;it’s about not being engulfed and consumed by victimization; it’s about realizing one’s dreams for success inspite of obstacles.

All human beings have the right to have a chance at life and the opportunity to break out of self-defeating patterns as early in their lives as possible.  Ms. Armstrong-Busby’s  workbook is about providing this opportunity and chance at a productive life.

This workbook is a powerful tool to assist in breaking self-defeating patterns of absenteeism.  It’s about realizing the potential and unique value of each student.  Ms. Armstrong-Busby looks beyond the mask of truancy, to the student who is lost in a sea of confusion and not only needs, but most importantly wants guidance out of the murky waters;  this workbook is about hope and faith in our youths, and the belief that with a little bit of help from people who care and who spend a significant amount of `time with our children, we can help the student break the cycle of school absenteeism, a necessary prerequisite for achieving success in life.

I am impressed with Ms. Armstrong-Busby’s commitment to, and respect for our youths.  through her workbook, she has provided detailed guidance to teachers, counselors, principals, and other school administrators, on ways to break the cycle of self-defeating patterns that some students may unknowingly be caught up in.  She challenges educators to dispel their own rigidly held beliefs about who and what contributes to the opportunity for students to become successful.He paradigm of the “Absence Addiction Cycle” is well thought out; and with accuracy describes how self esteem and the lack there of, play a part in the spiral of depression, despair and ultimately apathy. Her intervention strategies are equally well thought out and on target in regards to attacking an insidious problem in our schools today.

In summary, the workbook provides challenges and rewards for all who adopt this paradigm for breaking what would become an addictive cycle of self-defeatism.

Let us all maintain hope for the world’s children.  Let us all share a part in the exciting adventure of creating the best next future generation of leaders that we can.  Let us all share a part in breaking cycles!

Deborah Nunally-Blowe, PhD.

Clinical Psychologist/Writer