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'The Court System Shouldn't Interrupt the Treatment Process' []

The notion that drug addiction is a health condition is not, in the main, controversial in 2017—not politically and not medically. For decades, doctors and researchers have categorized it as a disease, and in recent years the majority of the American public has caught up with them, with widespread support for increased access to treatment and reduced reliance on incarceration. But this consensus hasn’t entirely translated to the courts. There’s perhaps no case that illustrates this...

A Mass Incarceration Mystery []

One of the most damning features of the U.S. criminal justice system is its vast racial inequity. Black people in this country are imprisoned at more than 5 times the rate of whites; one in 10 black children has a parent behind bars, compared with about one in 60 white kids, according to the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality. The crisis has persisted for so long that it has nearly become an accepted norm. So it may come as a surprise to learn that for the last 15 years, racial...

Royal commission report makes preventing institutional sexual abuse a national responsibility []

The study and discussion of child sex offending is replete with stereotypes of predators and molesters who prey on children. These stereotypes are often used to characterise child sexual abuse as the problem of a deviant minority, and so the only available response is to identify and incarcerate those responsible. In contrast, in its final report , released today, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse presented a socially and historically contextualised...

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism []

Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice meditation? In a new book titled Beyond the Self , two friends—Matthieu Ricard, who left a career as a molecular biologist to become a Buddhist monk in Nepal, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—engage in an unusually well-matched conversation about meditation and the brain.

A U.N. Poverty Expert Breaks Down the Sorry State of Economic Equality in America []

For the last two weeks, Philip Alston , a professor at the New York University School of Law and a United Nations special rapporteur on poverty and human rights, has been on a fact-finding tour of the United States' poorest communities. Alston visited neighborhoods in rural Alabama where raw sewage sits in open trenches and pits. He spent time at a free dental clinic in West Virginia, where he met a 32-year-old whose teeth have all but rotted away. He saw a homeless encampment in Los Angeles...

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Katie McClure
Hi all, We have the opportunity to present to a funder our community-wide strategic plan for building resilience. We'd like to build their confidence that resilience can be built and ACEs can be reduced/offset. To do so, I'd love to share results from other efforts... community based or organization based. Please message me if you are willing to share! Thanks a ton in advance. :)Read More...
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I've spent the past three-plus years back in school, earning my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins. During those years, I've learned about many techniques that can be used to promote clients' healing. One that caught my eye and made me stand up and cheer is the Genogram. For those who are not familiar with the Genogram, it is a family system graphic, showing three generations of family relationships (think of the family tree you learned in school, with...Read More...
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