October 2016

Resilience Re-set uses "Resilience" and "Paper Tigers" to spur action in communities

Untold numbers of students go to school each day distracted, angry or highly anxious as a result of adverse experiences in their lives. Resilience Re-Set is a campaign to help communities understand why many of these students misbehave or disengage, and give adults resources to support students who live with toxic stress. Resilience Re-Set begins Nov. 1 and is led by KPJR Films in partnership with Childhood Abuse America, American Academy of Pediatrics, ACEsConnection and The California...

How to keep kids out of danger by helping families cope early [DallasNews.com]

Almost daily, Texans read news headlines about another case of inadequate foster care, Child Protective Services workers fleeing their jobs, children at grave risk of abuse ignored by our child welfare system, and, consequently, preventable child abuse deaths. What doesn't make headlines is the number of Texas children who are being saved. We flawed humans often assume our personal experiences are valid reality, and we unconsciously project that experience onto others. For many who've had...

Conference aims to address ACEs [Chippewa.com]

As a single mother of two, Chippewa Falls resident Christiana Wald knows raising children can be difficult. Especially if those children have already gone through the trauma of divorce and separation. Her daughter suffers from severe anxiety so bad Wald said she used to “literally tear rooms apart,” or throw tantrums in public spaces. “People would look at her and think, ‘oh, there’s a naughty kid,” Wald said. “Yeah, she’s behaving in such a manner, but she’s not really a naughty kid. She’s...

A Brief History of Women's Housing in Los Angeles [CityLab.com]

The city of Los Angeles is home to 4.9 million people who identify as women , 14,461 of which are counted as homeless. Yet the majority of them, citing fears of assault, harassment, and rape , go unseen. In fact, According to the most recent Greater Los Angeles’ Homeless Count , 65 percent of homeless women are domestic abuse survivors. In order to survive, many women hide, dress masculine, or seek out well-lit areas to sleep in. The notion that women are unsafe alone in public has persisted...

ACEs articles by category Oct 31 2016 -- Wisconsin Dept of Health Services

Scott Web, an ACEsConnection member who works at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, sends out this list of links every couple of weeks. Most of the links are from posts on ACEsConnection, and, as you can see, they're organized by category. Some of you have asked if the summaries and links we post can be put into categories. Thanks so much, Scott, for sharing this with the ACEsConnection community! ACEs, Adversity's Impact A year to find out: Can living alone help heal trauma? The...

Parenting with PTSD Training by a Parent with PTSD Trainer / 3-hours. Riverside Trauma, MA

Two things helped me parent with PTSD and manage PTSD symptoms. They are: 1. learning about attachment 2. learning about ACEs Leaning about ACEs gave me context and learning about attachment gave me tools for how to do parenting differently than it had been done in my own life. That's it. For some reason, neither had been discussed in my traditional "feel it to heal it" type of therapy. When I learned about ACEs I was not shocked that some people have high ACE scores. I was shocked that not...

My TEDx Day: Trauma, Resilience, ACEs, and Life

Copied from my own blog, edited for profanity: theduramater.wordpress.com You guys... I had the most serendipitous day yesterday (Oct 28th), you wouldn't even believe it. I kid you not, by the end of the day I was seeing rainbows. Jake and I went to TEDx Charlotte, held this year at Central Piedmont Community College's Halton Theater, in the Overcash building, and it was an incredible experience. We couldn't get a babysitter for A, our youngest, so we chose which talks we were most...

Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race [ProPublica.org]

Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers. That’s basically what Facebook is doing nowadays. The ubiquitous social network not only allows advertisers to target users by their interests or background, it also gives advertisers the ability to exclude specific groups it calls “Ethnic Affinities.” Ads that exclude people based on race, gender and other sensitive factors are prohibited by federal law...

The Military’s Childcare System Is Cited as the Gold Standard, but It’s Not Perfect [PSMag.com]

One evening 10 years ago, I rushed home from work to pick up my one-year-old daughter at her new caregiver’s house. When I arrived, I found my daughter strapped into her high chair, where she had apparently been restrained for hours. She fell apart when she saw me, sobbing and reaching out from the straps of the seat; her lower body was covered with a rash and a diaper that had not been changed in hours. The day before, her first there, had been little better: she had spent significant time...

Andrew Weil on Why We Need Integrative Mental Health [PsychoTherapyNetwork.org]

Epidemic depression is occurring at a time when the field of mental health appears very robust. There are more mental health professionals treating more people than ever before in history: psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, licensed social workers, counselors, and therapists of all kinds. We have a powerful “therapeutic arsenal” of drugs to make us happier, calmer, and saner. When I leaf through the pharmaceutical ads that take up so much space in psychiatric journals, I get the feeling...

CPS OVERLOOKED THOUSANDS OF AT-RISK KIDS. NOW TEXAS IS SENDING POLICE TO FIND THEM. [TexasStandard.org]

After reports that Child Protective Services caseworkers have let thousands of children at risk for abuse and neglect slip through the system’s cracks, a select team of police will begin to search the state for them. The more than 2,800 children aren’t missing – they’ve instead been put on waiting lists for state intervention after tips about their safety were called in on the Texas child abuse hotline. The move comes after a Senate Finance Committee meeting Wednesday. Lawmakers pressured...

New Evidence That Obamacare Helped Millions of Kids Get Health Insurance [PSMag.com]

Since Obamacare took effect, many more children in the United States have gotten health insurance, according to a new analysis . In 2008, 9 percent of kids under the age of 18 in America — that’s 6.9 million children — didn’t have health insurance. By 2015, that number had fallen to 3.5 million children, or 5 percent of the country’s kids. Children from families just above poverty level tended to see the biggest gains, but children of all income levels saw improvement recently. The...

Lessons from Culture of Health Prize Winners in the Northeast [RWJF.org]

We started the day with an icebreaker. “I harness the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members,” read the moderator. “That’s me!” shouted the group of several dozen people gathered on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., for a reunion of sorts. They came from diverse sectors and systems—from health care, education, nonprofits and government agencies—and their communities all had this in common: They are past winners of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Each...

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) focus of new Sonoma County initiative [PressDemocrat.com]

The classic response for troubled students is reactive. Discipline. A trip to the vice principal’s office. Suspension. And, sometimes, expulsion. But more than 20 years of research on what causes students to become troubled shows that approach doesn’t work. The question, then, has been: What does? A U.S. Centers for Disease Control study looked at childhood traumas, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the effects they have on young people as they grow up. A new initiative in...

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