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2017 Children's Mental Health Report

Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a mental health disorder — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Half of all mental illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24. In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and entrenched stigma keep the majority of these young people from getting help. Children and adolescents struggling with these disorders are at risk...

Reading the Bible Through Neuroscience [theatlantic.com]

What was it like inside the brain of an ancient prophet? James Kugel has been spent his entire scholarly career studying the Bible, but some very basic questions about it still obsess him. What was it about the minds of ancient Israelites that allowed them to hear and see God directly—or at least, to believe that they did? Were the biblical prophets literally hearing voices and seeing visions, understanding themselves to be transmitting God’s own exact words? If so, why did such direct...

Hope Springs Anew in Center for Los Angeles Foster Youth [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

A year and a half after Los Angeles County shut a pair of emergency shelters for hard-to-place foster youth, Astrid Heppenstall Heger is still working to find ways to reach the county’s “invisble children.” Last week, Heger’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP) opened the doors of the Leonard Hill Hope Center, a space that she hopes will help Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable foster youth – those who are at the highest risk of leaving county-run care and ending up homeless, being sexually...

What Ole Miss Can Teach Universities About Grappling With Their Pasts [theatlantic.com]

Comparing the methods of Oxford University in the U.K. with those of the University of Mississippi shows there’s much to learn from the latter’s conscientious attempts at dealing with its history of racism. Next month, students at the University of Oxford will return for their fall semester, known as the “Michaelmas” term—named after the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels—to a campus strewn with the sort of colonial- and slave-era tinder that has helped fuel the outrage and protests on...

The Taxpayers and Michelle Jones [themarshallproject.org]

How her prison education saved us a million bucks. The story we told this week of Michelle Jones, who was imprisoned for killing her son and remade herself into a nationally respected scholar of history, has inspired waves of admiration. It has also drawn a predictable chorus of resentment, posters complaining on social media that a woman convicted of murdering a child gets an education "at taxpayer expense" while so many law-abiding citizens are crushed by student debt. For a moment, let's...

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Book for survivor of ACEs -- parenting, when having had abandonment

Hi," Could anyone help me find the "right" book -- trying to help support/guide young adult male, married, but with anxieties arising from having had his mother bale on his father, brother and himself when he was quite young. He thinks / hopes he's found a partner he can trust to not do the same but anxieties remain, naturally -- he's aware he himself has "issues" arising from his childhood experiences. This guy is not a "client" just someone I'm hoping to support / guide, in as less...Read More...
Last Reply By Adrianna Anderson · First Unread Post

Does anyone know of any Trauma friendly/Attachment friendly school audits at all that they are happy to share please??? So that schools can self evaluate how well they are supporting children and young adults, families etc who have experienced ACEs??

I am looking to self evaluate school settings and would really appreciate if anyone knows of any tools to support this process please. by identifying where we are not doing as well as we could, we can then focus on improving. thank you for your help.Read More...
Last Reply By Aileen Fink · First Unread Post

Does anyone have research or information on ACEs or trauma screenings being used before prescribing opiates in a healthcare setting?

I am looking for information or research on healthcare providers using ACES or trauma screening with patients before prescribing opiates so they can assess and/or talk to patients about ACEs and their connection to increasing the risk of developing an opiate use disorder. If anyone knows of healthcare organizations working on this or of research looking into how ACEs are a part of the current opiate misuse problem, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.Read More...
Last Reply By Elizabeth Prewitt · First Unread Post

Fostering Futures in Wisconsin is Hiring!

Andrea Spagnoli
Fostering Futures is hiring locally-based, part-time, contracted coaches for the next learning community in Wisconsin. The ideal candidate is well versed in trauma-informed principles and service delivery and also has familiarity with organizational change. If you are interested please see the attached file. Fostering Futures is a state-wide initiative aimed at interrupting the cycle of harm to young children and families by infusing a trauma-informed approach into all the systems and...Read More...
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