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Not Just Reimagining Justice, But Reimagining Advocacy [JJIE.org]

Last week Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy hosted a two-day conference called “Reimagining Justice” that invited people from around the country to explore the impact of crime and mass incarceration. As someone who works on juvenile justice reform in Connecticut, I was delighted to see the Malloys’ leadership on these issues. But I was also torn. As the conference started there was a March for Justice in Hartford, just a short way from the convention center where all...

2017 Resilience Summit Agenda is Available

The 2017 Resilience Summit is available. View it HERE Student Resilience Track Highlights: • Promoting Resilience in Children in the Aftermath of School Crisis • Trauma Informed Strategies for ACE’s • Strategies to Integrate and Align Systems of Care to Promote Child Wellbeing • Supporting the holistic behavioral and mental health needs of students • Response and Recovery from Community Tragedy • A Systems Approach for School-Based Trauma Interventions • Genetic and Environmental Resilience...

Resources pave a brighter future for students in need [STLToday.com]

For the last four years I’ve been teaching in what the Post-Dispatch recently called one of Missouri’s “worst-performing schools.” Mike Petrilli from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute was quoted as saying that “if you have schools that are broken forever or are dysfunctional, or are part of a dysfunctional school system, I’m just skeptical that sending a little money is going to bring the kind of change states need.” I disagree. Anyone can see that public allocations combined with private...

Summer Isn’t Fun For Everyone [PsychCentral.com]

Not every child looks forward to summer vacation the same way that their peers do. Not every child counts down those last few minutes until the final school bell rings for the year. While the majority of their peers are looking forward to a summer of grilling out, family vacations, and lazy afternoons by the pool – the abused child leaves school knowing that the next three months of their life are going to be anything but fun and relaxing. [For more of this story, written by Sarah Burleton,...

Finding Mentorship Outside of Your Industry [TheAtlantic.com]

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams wants to be her state’s first Democratic governor in over a decade. Thus far, the gubernatorial candidate, who moonlights as a romance novelist, has dedicated her time in political office to increasing voter turnout in the state. Abrams created the voter-registration nonprofit New Georgia Project . (In 2014, the organization faced allegations of voter fraud leveled by Abrams’ opponent. The investigation technically remains open but has not resulted...

Finding an emotional balance through yoga [MyRepublica.com]

KATHMANDU: We have a tendency to continuously drift between the present and the past. Rarely do we live for the present, without really regretting the past or being anxious about the future. Similarly, qualities of our lives are dependent upon external variables. For instance, if something does not go according to our plan or goes haywire, we get disturbed inside and shelter negative emotions that impact the lives, sapping our energy in the process. The grind of day-to-day life takes a toll,...

Fight or flight [BoulderWeekly.com]

Most nights , Ana Rodriguez wakes up in a panic; she consistently dreams U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are knocking on her door. As an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the U.S. as a child, Rodriguez has spent the last several months constantly battling fear and anxiety about her future as federal immigration policies have shifted under President Trump’s administration. She worries about running into ICE officers, who could question her immigration status...

Opioid epidemic is traumatizing our children [IndyStar.com]

Nearly 20 years ago, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study changed how we understand trauma’s effect on children. It analyzed the cumulative and long-term impact of abuse and trauma suffered during childhood. The ACE Study inspired countless studies, intervention innovations, training and program assessments aimed at helping our kids be healthy, safe and successful. [For more of this story, written by Tami Silverman, go to ...

The Mental Health Crisis Facing Women in Prison [TheMarshallProject.org]

More than two-thirds of incarcerated women in America reported having a history of mental health problems — a far higher percentage than their male counterparts, according to a study released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Although the prevalence of mental health disorders among people in prisons and jails is a well-known problem, the dramatic gender disparity exposed in the new report has been less discussed. [For more of this story, written by Manuel Villa, go to ...

Trauma Can Now Be Brought To Resolution

NTHP is for when there is conflict between who we truly are and who we have become. We all have them; negative patterns that creep into our lives that prevent us from realizing our full potential. It could be anything from a chronic condition; an addiction, or simply failing to live the joyful life we know we are capable of. This shows us we are somehow out of alignment with our authentic self. The Neuro Trauma Healing Process is a person centered process that allows direct contact with the...

We all have a role to play in protecting children [TheGazette.com]

When the horrors of child maltreatment, torture, sexual abuse, or starvation strike our community, we tend to quickly look for someone to blame. The recent deaths of two 16-year-old girls in Central Iowa, Natalie Finn and Sabrina Ray, underscore the value each of us has in weaving a safety net that strengthens families and protects Iowa kids. We all have a role to play in the development of our children. This includes becoming involved in situations where children’s well-being is or can be...

OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study [Consumer.Healthday.com]

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to control by repeating certain rituals or behaviors, such as washing hands or checking door locks. Canadian researchers compared 20 OCD patients and a control group of 20 people without the condition. In the OCD patients, inflammation was 32 percent higher in six brain...

Destigmatizing suicide to save lives [EdSource.org]

For the first time in my career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I binge-watched a television show for work. The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of a high school student who commits suicide, and the 13 tapes she leaves behind to explain her motivation. Since its release in March, the show has received a wide range of kudos and criticisms—kudos for raising awareness about teen suicide and criticisms, rightly, for glamorizing suicide. Glorifying what is essentially a...

5 Ways to Alleviate Anxiety [PsychCentral.com]

When you’re anxious, all you can see is your anxiety . It feels urgent, serious and overwhelming. You wonder if you’ll always feel this way. You wonder, Why me? Why now? Why won’t it stop? You feel frustrated and hopeless—like there’s nothing you can do. Thankfully, there is. There are many strategies to help manage and minimize anxiety. Below are five excellent ideas from the new book Stop Anxiety from Stopping You: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Panic and Social Anxiety . It’s...

Pathways: The road to recovery in St. Helens [TheChronicleOnline.com]

Drug and alcohol abuse are not bound by geography, economics or culture – anybody could be affected by addiction, directly or indirectly. Pathways, a treatment facility in St. Helens, is helping people get clean and sober and hopefully stay that way with the assistance of health local agencies. For decades now, Pathways has offered rehabilitation services. Two years ago, Bridge to Pathways, a detox center in the Pathways facility, was opened to provide a local in-patient setting to treat...

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