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They spewed hate. Then they punctuated it with the president’s name [revealnews.org]

Editor’s note: To provide a full picture of what hate speech victims experienced, we have not edited out offensive language. It was the day after the 2016 presidential election. Melissa Johnson was walking out of a Trader Joe’s in the heart of San Diego when a shiny BMW pulled up alongside her. The driver was a man in his late 30s. Dark hair. Green eyes. Her first thought: He’s kind of hot. The car slowed down. Then the man shouted at her through the open window. “Fuck you, nigger, go back...

Stress-related hormone cortisol lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation

I know that I'm preaching to the choir with this article ( Stress-related hormone cortisol lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation ), but I'd like to share a personal story and along with it a some floating hopes I have in all of this trauma-informed work that we strive to do. My Brief Story I didn't always like to paint. In fact, I hated it because I was high-achieving and didn't think I was good enough to do it. One day my senior year of college, a friend of mine (let's...

Happy Earth Day! (And Op Ed - Coming Full Circle for Earth Day - Uniting to End Poverty, Racism, Militarism, Ecological Devastation - The Davis Enterprise]

Comments: I read the following Op Ed in my local paper (the Davis Enterprise) this morning about Earth Day, honoring leaders who spent their life working to end poverty, racism, militarism, ecological devastation and calls on us to join the Poor People's Campaign. The aim of the campaign is to build a fusion movement. Acknowledging the validity of the many issues and “silos” we are each committed to, they are calling people to act together to build a people-centered, transformative movement...

Tammy Duckworth’s baby just made history. And senators are loving it. (upworthy.com)

Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to Maile Pearl on April 9, 2018. In doing so, the Democrat from Illinois became the first U.S. senator to give birth while serving in office. 10 days after giving birth, Duckworth made history again by bringing her baby onto the Senate floor. "People see that Senator Duckworth is a war veteran and a woman holding elected office," one woman wrote on Twitter . "I see a disabled mother who is holding one of the highest government positions. She is the answer...

Trauma in the Body: An Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (dailygood.org)

Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk by Elissa Melaragno: Elissa Melaragno: I read your entire book through the acknowledgments, and the very last acknowledgment was “to an affirmation of the life force which drives us human beings to create a meaningful life regardless of the obstacles we encounter.” What have you learned about this life force in the process of your work? Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: It comes up over and over again. I just went to visit my childhood friends in the...

Ask the Community

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...
Curious to see what people are using for emotional intelligence and social self efficacy when working with younger kids, tweeners and teens. Any recommendations/links to resources would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! Wishing everyone in the community a great day.Read More...
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seeking reference citation for article by John Read

I've seen here before a citation for an article by John Read of study done in England showing that even in the presence of a formal policy (in this case, at a national level) only a minority of patients ever get asked about any trauma history they might have. Anyone got those details, please?Read More...
Can anyone help me? I want to learn and then write up a 504 Plan for this sweetie 7 year old I got recently. He has a HIGH amount of ACEs and I am worried for his future. Anyone out there done this before? Thank you, Karen Laberge School TeacherRead More...
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