July 2017

Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team in Manchester, NH, helps children grapple with trauma, violence, addicted parents

An often-overlooked aspect of the opioid epidemic that has exploded across the U.S. in recent years is how often the abuse of heroin or prescription opiates is accompanied by domestic violence. This is tragic enough for the adults involved, but it’s a ticking time bomb for children who are exposed to these adversities, raising their risk for future drug use and multiple health and mental health conditions. Here’s how one community is trying to address the problem.

When Should a Child Be Taken from His Parents? (www.newyorker.com)

Excerpt from an article written by B Larissa McFarquhar. The Illustration (above) is by Anna Parini. What should you do if child-protective services comes to your house? You will hear a knock on the door, often late at night. You don’t have to open it, but if you don’t the caseworker outside may come back with the police. The caseworker will tell you you’re being investigated for abusing or neglecting your children. She will tell you to wake them up and tell them to take clothes off so she...

ADAPTING ELDER CARE TO THE FUTURE OF WORK [PSMag.com]

Unpaid elder care responsibilities are draining millions of Americans' bank accounts and forcing many to radically alter the way they work and spend their free time. This bleak takeaway from the Shift Commission's year-long investigation into the future of work in America surprised the 100 business, technology, policy, and academic leaders who took part in its nationwide planning sessions, said Shift's executive director, Kristin Sharp. The organization, founded by New America and Bloomberg...

What’s Next for Health Care? Confused Congress Should Look to Indian Country [YesMagazine.org]

Senate Republicans campaigned against Obamacare for seven years. Yet there was never an alternative that had support from a majority of their own party. The problem is simple: Many (not all) Republicans see health care programs that help people—the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, etc.—as welfare. Others look at the evidence and see these programs that are effective: insuring people, creating jobs, supporting a rural economy, and actually resulting in better health outcomes. Evidence-based...

Hell Is Trying to Visit My Jailed Client [TheMarshallProject.org]

After all, she’s locked up. She can’t miss a subway on her way to seeing me, and definitely won’t have a childcare emergency or conflicting appointment. I know where she is: “Rosie’s,” the women’s jail on New York City’s Rikers Island. And I know where I can go to meet her: not Rosie’s. Visiting anyone “on island,” as we call it, requires leaving your office for an entire day. That could mean neglecting the rest of your caseload. So most attorneys I know ask to have their Rikers clients...

How to Effectively Deal with Self-Defeating Thoughts [PsychCentral.com]

We usually don’t realize we have them and yet they are powerful enough to dictate our decisions. They are powerful enough to steer our lives in specific directions, directions that may not be supportive or healthy, directions that may not lead to a fulfilling life. They become the lens thro [For more of this story, written by Margarita Tartakovsky, go to https://psychcentral.com/lib/how-to-effectively-deal-with-self-defeating-thoughts/]

Using Technology to Help Us Practice Mindfulness [PsychCentral.com]

Often we think that technology and mindfulness are opposites. We think they’re at odds. When we think about practicing mindfulness or meditation, we think about putting away our phones. We think about turning off the TV. We think about shutting down all our devices. We think about digital detoxes. [For more of this story, written by Margarita Tartakovsky, go to https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/07/29/using-technology-to-help-us-practice-mindfulness/]

TCCY releases new KIDS COUNT: State of the Child in Tennessee [HeraldChronicle.com]

The KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee 2016 report released today by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) focuses on the importance of preventing and responding appropriately to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), current ACEs data for Tennessee, and also ranks counties on child well-being. “Research demonstrates Adverse Childhood Experiences can disrupt brain development, especially in young children,” said Linda O’Neal, TCCY Executive Director, “and present...

How Do Refugee Teens Build Resilience? [NPR.org]

What does it mean to be resilient — to be able to face trauma and get through it? You're resilient if you're like a stick of bamboo — able to bend with the winds rather than break in half. That's how psychologists like to explain it. But in different cultures, the source of that strength can be very different. That's the finding in a study published in the journal Child Development. The researchers interviewed Syrian tweens and teens who had been displaced because of war. [For more of this...

Information about Master Trainer Program

I wanted to follow up to say that I did receive a reply from Laura Porter regarding Master Trainer training that has been done by Laura and Rob Anda. And because of Laura's response (and others on this blog) I've been able to communicate with several groups who are doing ACE's work in Indiana. If you've had difficulty getting a response from ACE Interface: Master Trainer Education, I would suggest you not give up. Laura had indicated that there has been a glitch in their communication system...

First comprehensive briefing on trauma held in the U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), Wendy Ellis, Olga Acosta Price (obscured), Monica Battle, Kathryn Larin, and Whitney Gilliard ______________________________________________________ The first comprehensive trauma briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives was held on July 26 to an audience of Hill staff, interns, and advocates. The briefing included substantive content from a variety of perspectives—academia, government, education—and unexpected moments of moving personal testimony. Rep. Danny...

Menopause, Parenting & ACEs with Carey Sipp: Chat Event Online, August 8th

“I know this today: building the resilience that will afford us a Third Act does take a village. It takes our being checked into the collective energy of a group of people who are dedicated to truth, self-care, and healing.” Carey Sipp Carey Sipp is a health writer, parenting educator and trauma-informed communities advocate. She is the author of The TurnAround Mom: How an Abuse and Addiction Survivor Stopped the Toxic Cycle for Her Family and How You Can, Too! She is a frequent speaker on...

Register TODAY for San Diego County BHS Community Engagement Forums

The County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services is holding their community engagement forums this summer. There are several opportunities in August for community members to provide feedback about its behavioral health programs and services. I invite you to register to attend these events and also welcome your help to spread the word about these important forums. Visit www.SDLetsTalkBHS.org to view the engagement opportunities and register to attend. Please share widely! Thursday, August...

Run, Don't Walk, to Movie Titled Raising Bertie

This is a fabulous new movie about rural education in Bertie NC and the lives of three young men, regularly experiencing toxic stress and trauma. The lives of the people in Bertie -- the prisons, the teen pregnancies, the poor schools, the lack of support both economic and psycho-social is stunning in its presentation of reality. Movie makes you want to cry but it also serves to energize. As this review notes, take action; see the movie as a true call to action. Time is a wasting'.

Building Healthy Communi: North Star Goals & Indicators [Calendow.org]

For generations travelers have understood the importance of always knowing the location of the North Star. As the only fixed point in the night sky, the North Star is a constant companion and a sure reference for setting one’s course on a journey. For TCE's Building Healthy Communities Initiative, we too are setting our North Star that will guide our BHC work over the next half of the initiative. Our North Star Goals and Indicators illustrate what success looks like in 2020. Essentially, the...

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