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ACEs Science Champions Series: Eulanda Thorne Applies ACEs Science Awareness at School and at Home

When school counselor Eulanda Thorne discovered the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in 2018, she felt as if she were on fire. “I felt that I had missed a vital part of my education. Anyone who is in college for social work or teaching, a class on ACEs and trauma should be a required course.” Without an understanding of ACEs, she says, “I would think the students who are sent to me are being defiant or rebellious.” Instead, she helps the children change their behaviors with...

Teaching People To Control Their Brainwaves Can Boost Their Attention, Too (MIT)

An original story for MIT, published December 6, 2019. Having trouble paying attention? MIT neuroscientists may have a solution for you: Turn down your alpha brain waves. In a new study, the researchers found that people can enhance their attention by controlling their own alpha brain waves based on neurofeedback they receive as they perform a particular task. The study found that when subjects learned to suppress alpha waves in one hemisphere of their parietal cortex, they were able to pay...

3 New Communities Join ACEs Connection: December, 2019

Please welcome these three new communities from South Carolina and Washington to ACEs Connection . More information about each one of them is below. Resilient Benton-Franklin (WA): Serving the Benton and Franklin area, we are strongly committed to serving as a network for community members across various sectors to collaborate in preventing and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We aim towards creating a resilient and trauma-aware community. Community Manager: @Carla Prock Risk...

New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope with Depression []

By Andrea Petersen, The New York Times, December 8, 2019 Anne Firmender, 74, was working with her psychologist to come up with a list of her positive attributes. “I cook for others,” said Ms. Firmender. “It’s giving,” encouraged the psychologist, Dimitris Kiosses. “Good kids,” continued Ms. Firmender, who has four grown children and four grandchildren. “And great mother,” added Dr. Kiosses. Ms. Firmender smiled. [ Please click here to read more .]

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Understanding Childhood Trauma pamphlet for Parents/Caregivers

Please help us distribute the attached pamphlet written for parents and caregivers with the assistance of the Boston University School of Public Health, the Boston University School of Social Work, the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Parent/Professional Advocacy League and two parent focus groups. The parents told us the information could be "life changing." I am currently working on simplifying the language of a Spanish version. If you...Read More...
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Dissociative Identity Disorder in the Courtroom

I had a hearing yesterday, it didn't go well at all. How is someone who is mentally impaired able to correctly represent themselves in a court of law, especially one who has two severe anxiety disorders? I wasn't allowed to bring in my boyfriend to help me feel safe. I had a teddy bear. How is one with a memory issue and one who is unable to control her own emotions due to the brain not working when under stress from severe childhood abuses and neglect for at least 9 years, supposed to have...Read More...

Survivor Group

Hello.. About 2011 I wrote an article for Chattanooga Times Free Press sharing my personal story of abuse . I was my mother's surrogate. The response came in numbers that at first alarmed but encouraged .. I wasn't alone.. The group of about 8-10 victims of horror stories far worse then mine came to my home at first. As numbers increased the need for a place more central was found and weekly we met sharing but more importantly, supporting victims of sexual abuse. To a person all said they...Read More...
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Prison ACE's educational module

Brian Ward
Hi Folks, I work as a CBT based therapist in a high security prison in England. I've just joined the ACE's network but have long promoted the ethos and science behind ACE's in treating mental distress and illness. I'm currently preparing a 6 week ACE's educational module to be delivered to prisoners, and it occurs to me that other members may have some best practice or existing materials which could help me in this work? I find that forensic populations particularly have a critical need for...Read More...
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Speaker on Intergenerational Trauma and Resiliency

As the author of a highly regarded book on Intergenerational Trauma and Resiliency, I would welcome any inquiries for speaking engagements, including keynote lectures for relevant conferences. My most recent book, SURVIVOR CAFE: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, is ideal for general adult audiences and has also been used in numerous academic settings. Interviews with me have been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in The New York Times ; you can find out much more...Read More...
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