Blog Entries

Is There a Link Between White Racism and Blacks’ Higher Rate of Fatal Heart Disease? [PSMag.com]

It has long been established that being black in America is hazardous to your health. For one thing, African Americans are at higher risk of heart disease  — the nation’s No. 1 killer  — than their white neighbors. Is racism partly to blame? A new study provides evidence that points in that direction. It finds that, while there is a nationwide racial gap in the rate of circulatory disease, it is more pronounced in counties where white residents are more overtly racist. “To our knowledge,...

Chicago's 'Predictive Policing' List Isn't Preventing Violence [CityLab.com]

Since 2013, Chicago police have been attempting to identify individuals most likely to experience or perpetuate gun violence. The program, known as the Strategic Subjects List , is supposed to help prevent shootings. But it has raised controversy : Its prediction analysis is based, in part, on identifying people who have been arrested for any crime with anyone who has since become a homicide victim. This selection criterion means that people could be placed on the list even if police have...

Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core [TheAtlantic.com]

Elite tennis players have an uncanny ability to clear their heads after making errors. They constantly move on and start fresh for the next point. They can’t afford to dwell on mistakes. Peter Strick is not a professional tennis player. He’s a distinguished professor and chair of the department of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. He’s the sort of person to dwell on mistakes, however small. “My kids would tell me, dad, you ought to take up pilates. Do some yoga,”...

The Siren’s Call [TheAtlantic.com]

When a medical emergency occurs, the first professional a patient comes into contact with is usually a paramedic in the ambulance. Paramedics often work long shifts in high-stress, life-or-death situations. Due to the physically (and psychologically) demanding nature of the job, workers frequently burn out, which can lead to shortages . Jason Hernandez is a paramedic with MedStar in Fort Worth, Texas. Hernandez was awarded the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life award last year for...

Therapy for therapists highlights impact of child abuse [News4SanAntonio.com]

A man, charged with capital murder after a violent outburst leads to the death of a four-year-old boy. Another man, accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter. These are just two of the horrific cases of child abuse we’ve reported in the past month – and the impact reaches far beyond the families involved. Roy Maas Youth Alternatives runs emergency shelters for kids who were removed from dangerous homes. Counselors are on hand 24 hours a day, and years of...

Discussions

Looking for ACEs training for teens to present to peers

Kody Russell
Hello, I am leading a group of local educators and youth development specialists who are interested in training teenagers in the NEAR sciences (neuroscience, epigenetics, ACEs, & resiliency). We are hoping to eventually create a curriculum that teen leaders could present to their peers in a peer-to-peer model. Do you know of anyone doing this work? Are there others doing presentations/trainings on ACEs with teen audiences? If so, how have you adapted the curriculum to be developmentally...Read More...
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Night Terrors

judith haire
As a psychiatric and electro shock survivor, I have an ACE score of 8. I suffer from periodic night terrors which are alarming and unpredictable. I assume they are flashbacks to traumatic situations. I can hear screaming in the night and it takes me a couple of moments to realise it is me screaming. I can jump out of bed. Sometimes I shout "he's going to get me" or "get off me" but I have no recollection of this. I am interested to hear if anyone else has these terrors and if anyone has...Read More...
Last Reply By judith haire · First Unread Post
My Philadelphia colleague, Roy Wade, MD is developing a youth informed ACE survey which he will be piloting in a number of different types of organizations this fall - one is a high school. He and I are wondering who has experience with screening for ACEs in a school setting and what the mechanisms are used to respond to either individual positive ACEs and/or the cumulative score (who responds, at what level, referrals etc...). Thanks!Read More...
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Trauma-Informed Schools_Teacher Certification

Pamela Denise Long
I am considering alternative special education teacher certification in Missouri (St. Louis), preferably in a LD/ED or (second choice) cross categorical class in a K-12 school district that is integrating trauma-informed practice. Please do reach out to me if you know of a school district that uses alternative certification agreements and is pursing trauma-informed organizational development. I realize this may be a tall order. Thanks in advance.Read More...
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The Shimmering Secret

Cathy S Harris
This is a new children's book by my friend, Karla Hansen, a clinical social worker in West Des Moines, Iowa. The book promotes the ideas of The Three Principles, a compassion-based psychotherapy modality. " The Shimmering Secret shines with the light of author Karla Hansen's generous heart, gorgeous writing and vibrant, full-color illustrations. This book's message for children of nearly any age is one of discovering the innocence in everyone; and that each child possesses a core of goodness...Read More...
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