February 2017

ACEs articles by category Feb 27 2017 -- Wisconsin Dept of Health Services

ACEs, Adversity's Impact This is your brain on poverty. How behavioral economics is opening a creative new front in the fight against inequality Brain and Biology Stress impacts the brain increasing risk for heart disease Harness 'plasticity' of your brain for better health: Dr. Amy Jo Marcano-Reik Bullying Bullying can also hurt Kids’ academic performance Helping young people in crisis, one text at a time Career Opportunities Wisconsin DHS: Project YES! Coordinator: Apply by March 7...

How to Overcome Toxic Resistance

Here’s a good question. Why do we resist the things that are good for us? This happens to everyone, but it’s especially challenging for abuse and trauma survivors. For example, you know how much I love and believe in the healing benefits of TRE. Yet in the beginning, there was a part of me that resisted it. I’m always amazed when this happens. Why would I resist something so healthy, something that makes my body and heart sing? It makes no sense! Actually, resistance is just the body’s...

Northeast Tennessee Embraces Empathy as a Path to Healing

In 2012 I was hired by the Johnson City Police Department as director of an $800,000 grant-funded Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project to reduce drug-related and violent crime in two Johnson City, TN, neighborhoods historically known for highest rates of these crimes. This project required a collaborative problem-solving approach where I engaged community partners to assist in recognizing the causes of crime. Becky Haas Together, we implemented evidence-based practices to reduce crime.

Tauranga woman teaming up with movie star's son to promote mental health [NZHerald.co.nz]

A Tauranga psychologist is teaming up with the son of a Hollywood movie star to start a national conversation on the impact traumatic childhood events has on mental health. Psychologist Janet Peters has met with Robert Redford's son, James Redford, in Auckland to discuss the issue. Redford recently directed a critically acclaimed documentary on the topic called, Resilience: The biology of stress and the science of hope. Ms Peters' aim was to organise a screening of the documentary to act as...

Twenty-Four Numbers That Explain America’s Private Prison Problem [PSMag.com]

In the twilight months of the Obama administration, the Department of Justice made an unprecedented announcement : The Bureau of Prisons would phase out the use of privately run contract prison facilities after inspectors concluded that those facilities were “both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government,” as the Washington Post put it at the time. The evaluation by officials should surprise no one: Research suggests that private...

Mothering at the Edge

Life has been so sweet of late and that, for me, has been emotional. I feel a mixture of joy and disbelief. This time of mothering a teen as a parent with ACEs. I sit the edge of my bed sorting socks and memories. A middle-aged mother in so many kinds of transition. Some mornings, I hear her feet soft on carpeted stairs, see her long hair rolling down her back almost touching the hips. I remember when she did not have hips. The years I gathered her up each morning, carrying her down the...

Travel ban, targeting of mosques trigger mental health concerns among California Muslims [SacBee.com]

When Ayman Mohamed arrived at the Tarbiya Institute in Roseville for morning prayer on Feb. 1, he saw his religion had been attacked. On the mosque’s white front walls, “Muslims Out” and other hateful messages about Islam had been spray-painted in black. Even a nearby truck had been vandalized. Shocked and saddened, the mosque’s director of Islamic studies opened up the building and ushered in his congregants for the day’s first prayer. His message to his stricken congregation: Stay strong,...

Medicaid Matters to More Americans Than You May Think [PSMag.com]

With the Affordable Care Act’s repeal-replace-reform-repair debate crawling along, House Republicans and the White House do seem to favor one point: sharp cuts to Medicaid . Under most GOP replacement plans, including the one unveiled last week by Speaker Paul Ryan, federal spending on Medicaid, the public-health insurance program that’s most associated with low-income Americans, would be sharply curtailed and converted to either a block-grant funding formula or a capped, per-capita formula.

How To Get Dads To A Parenting Class? Ask Them To Read To Their Kid [NPR.org]

Even though studies show kids whose fathers take an active part in their lives are less disruptive and better adjusted socially , most programs that aim to up parenting skills are geared towards mothers. And a lot of dads aren't eager to sign up for parenting classes. So researchers at New York University created a parenting class for dads that wasn't called a parenting class. Instead, it was pitched as academic readiness training for preschoolers. But the fathers, who were mostly...

I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House [TheAtlantic.com]

In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for. I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman––I was the only hijabi in the West Wing––and the Obama administration always made me feel welcome and included. Like most of my fellow American Muslims, I spent much of 2016 watching with consternation as Donald Trump vilified our community. Despite this––or...

Michael R. Brumage: Adverse childhoods affecting our drug, obesity problems [WVGazetteMail.com]

We are beset by vexing public health problems in West Virginia: the opioid and heroin epidemic, the damaging effects of obesity and tobacco-related illnesses. We pay dearly for those problems directly through rising health care costs and increased taxes to cover those costs, and indirectly in human terms, as productive lives are cut short by illness, disability and death. Furthermore, we are encouraging these rising health costs by pricing substances like tobacco and sugary drinks without...

What Police and Poor Communities Really Think of Each Other [CityLab.com]

There’s a long and complicated narrative of black communities in America finding ways to support law enforcement, even as the law is enforced unequally to their disadvantage. A unique new study from the Urban Institute provides a vivid portrait of how these conflicting feelings sort themselves out. “ How Do People in High-Crime, Low-Income Communities View the Police? ” asks a difficult question, and comes up with some answers that many might find surprising. On one hand, large percentages...

Girls's Powerful Insight on Trauma [TheAtlantic.com]

Why do the girls of Girls act that way? That’s the question underlying five years of baffled cultural responses to Lena Dunham’s epic of questionable decisions, cruelty, narcissism, and grace. Girls has never given a straightforward answer to the question. Despite unflinching confessional dialogue and occasional backstory development and sharp cultural satire, Hannah Horvath and her friends still have an air of Athena, sprung into existence fully formed. Asking why these girls spill drinks...

Call For Papers for the 32nd Annual San Diego International Conference

Conference submission deadline extended Now accepting submissions until March 14, 2017. To complete Call for Papers - BE PREPARED Have these ready before you start - you cannot stop and go back to finish later. If you stop, you will need to start all over again Speaker and Co-speaker Names Demographics Biography(300 words or less) Title of presentation Description(200 Characters or less) Abstract for Website (300 words or less) 3 Learning Objectives List of research or articles that would...

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