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San Francisco Considers Public Schools As A Solution For Homelessness [studybreaks.com]

Californian streets lay witness to 25 percent of the country’s total homeless population, with 42 percent of those being chronically homeless — federally defined as a homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been homeless for over a year or having at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. From 2016 to 2017, the state also saw the largest increase in the number of residents who are homeless — more than 16,000 people. While homelessness in San Francisco is a...

The Obscure Tax Program That Promises to Undo America's Geographic Inequality [citylab.com]

On April 9, the Treasury Department debuted the first details of a new and far-reaching community-based tax incentive. In 18 states, newly designated zones could see a wave of new investment under a little-known provision of the recent tax overhaul. These opportunity zones are designed to lure investment to the nation’s poorest urban, suburban, and rural communities with a powerful tax incentive. By the accounts of some experts, the program could deliver a vital injection to areas that...

Study: California gun deaths declined between 2000 and 2015 [ktvu.com]

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gun deaths have fallen in California over a 16-year period ending in 2015, driven largely by a decline in gang violence and black homicides a recent and rare scientific study of firearm violence has found. Researchers at the University of California, Davis published their findings in the May issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology after reviewing 50,921 firearm deaths recorded in California between 2000 and 2015. The University provided the study results on Monday. The...

The Developing Brain & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Thanks to an explosion in scientific research now possible with imaging technologies, such as fMRI and SPECT, experts can actually see how the brain develops. This helps explain why exposure to adverse childhood experiences can so deeply influence and change a child's brain and thus their physical and emotional health and quality of life across their lifetime. The above time-lapse study was conducted over 10 years. The darker colors represent brain maturity (brain development). I have added...

Webinar announcement— The State of Childhood Adversity Legislation: Lessons from a National Scan of State Policies and Legislator Experience

The California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA) in collaboration with ACEs Connection is hosting a three-part webinar learning series for advocates and policymakers interested in addressing childhood adversity through public policy. Advocates across the country are asking how best to address childhood adversity at the local, state and national levels and support the right policies to advance these efforts. Momentum is growing across the country to do just that. In this learning...

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Ideas? Ways teachers help students re-orient after shooter drills?

I am concerned about the quick transitions students and teachers make between simulating a "shooter in the building drill," and resuming class instruction. I think guidance is being given to elementary school teachers about how to care for younger kids, but teens, who understand exactly what they are doing and have seen school tragedies on their phones are expected to just crawl out from a closet and resume instruction without letting go of the fear that must come up in these drills.Read More...
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Misuse of ACE assessment

Hello everyone! I am a social worker, coordinating a program in a local school system to help increase trauma-informed practices. A part of my job is to give trainings to staff on topics like ACES. A question that continues to come up is, "Why aren't we screening all students for ACES using the ACE calculator from the study?" My answers have varied, depending on who I am speaking to, however mainly I stick with the moral dilemma, which is: What are we going to do with the information once we...Read More...
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Working with Parents and Children Together

I am looking for therapeutic interventions for working with adoptive families (and possibly foster families) who have children who have experienced complex/developmental trauma. These children usually have attachment challenges and working on healing with the child alone of course, helps address the trauma. And working with parents in both educating and coaching helps as well. However, the piece I struggle with is working with the whole family to help them develop a familial bond, sometimes...Read More...
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Looking For Organized Writer-Researcher For Content Coordinator position

Dear community, I'm thrilled to announce that my documentary, WRESTLING GHOSTS will soon be released. WRESTLING GHOSTS is a full-length feature film that follows the epic inner journey of a young mother who, over two heart-breaking and inspiring years, battles the traumas from her past in order to create a new future for herself and her family. WRESTLING GHOSTS addresses childhood trauma, its generational transmission, and the possibility of healing and breaking the cycle. In preparation, we...Read More...
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