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What's Right with US!

Thoughts on the shift from, "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?" Dear Monadnock Thrives & ACEs Connection: I have to admit, it has taken me some time to understand the value of shifting from, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” As a person with high ACEs, I realize I have been absolutely conditioned by our culture to resist the victim label (I resist thinking about what happened to me) and to ‘own’ my response to whatever has happened to me (I must pursue...

Politico talks ACEs

I am so happy to see ACEs covered in Politico this morning! Politico, if you're not familiar with it, is a respected publication in DC that all the policy wonks read on the Metro on their way to work every morning. So many influencial eyeballs will have this on their radar today! My favorite tidbit from the article is this: "At many talks, she said, she hears from someone acting as a primary caregiver, such as a grandmother caring for her grandchild. 'Once she begins to put the pieces...

Karen Heck: Mainers fighting addiction need treatment, not willpower

"Findings over the past 20 years have been clear that whatever scarring experiences happened to those patients as children had physical and mental health consequences throughout their lives. Fortunately, Maine is a leader in promoting the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Legislature has been willing to try to prevent ACEs, primarily by increasing children’s access to quality learning and educational experiences in their child care settings. But we also need legislators to be...

 
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