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16 Experiences Common to Family Scapegoats []

By Rebecca C. Mandeville, PsychCentral, February 19, 2020 As a licensed Psychotherapist specializing in Family Systems, I have worked with many clients who struggled with being in the family scapegoat role, yet they did not realize how this was negatively impacting nearly every area of their life. They often presented in my practice with anxiety, depression, and poor self-esteem, but blamed themselves for their symptoms, not realizing how being the family scapegoat had affected their ability...

Introducing the Full Potential Parenting Podcast!

I'm excited to announce that The Full Potential Parenting Podcast is here! This podcast features short (6-12 min.) segments with stress release techniques that work, offers book reviews of books that have been transformational, informative, or inspiring, introduces concepts critical to any parent of a child who is experiencing big (and confusing) emotions and behaviors, and provides insights about non-pharma approaches to healing. The first few episodes are now available on iTunes here:...

Thoughts to share

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr. “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” Malcolm X “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.” Malcolm X

Trauma Doesn’t Stop at the School Door

My newest book with Columbia Teachers College Press and a sidequel to my book, Breakaway Learners, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Columbia Teachers College Press. Publication date is June 2020, in time for faculty and staff development and classroom use for Academic Year 2020 - 2021. The title to this blog is the book’s title, and the book probes and offers suggestion for how to facilitate student success for those students PreK—College who have experienced trauma. Real in the...

ACE Surveillance Study of Teachers and Administrators in Public and Private Schools in Southwest Nigeria, West Africa 

Note: These findings were presented at the Child Trauma Conference in Lagos on October 25-26, 2019. Rationale: Many children today live with layers of stress both subtle and overt which in this report are collectively referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Specifically, these ACEs are physical, emotional and sexual abuse; physical and emotional neglect; household dysfunction and domestic violence as well as community violence. The children have a life marked by chaos,...

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I saw an Infographic somewhere that had the hour glass shape with the difference parts of the ACEs pyramid on each half and across the middle of the two sections was "building resilience". Does anyone know how I might find that infographic again; so bummed that I didn't save it? Thank you.Read More...

Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Health Care Providers, April 25-26, Long Beach, CA

Dear friends, I wanted to let you know that I will be co-facilitating a Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Health Care Providers, April 25-26 in Long Beach, California. I will be joined by Chia-Ti Chiu, a trauma informed yoga teacher from NYC ( ). I am a pediatrician and have been practicing mindfulness for over 16 years. We will cover the ACES, neurobiology of trauma, as well as the neurobiology of self compassion and resilience. I also have a resource page for...Read More...
Is anyone interested in joining us in discussing, designing and strategizing the opening of an ethnically & culturally relevant Medical, Behavioral Intensive Outpatient Agency with "next-generation' approaches' to families and person-centered care for individuals with complex health and social needs? This approach is providing the opportunity to align the delivery of critical components of high-quality care for individuals with complex medical and social needs, including complex care...Read More...
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Inclusion worksheet for local ACEs group

Angela Glore
Hello friends, I was on a webinar recently with ACEsConnection folks and they were talking about a worksheet to use with a local coalition to see what partners still need to be invited to the table. I have searched through the resource guides and can't find something that meets that description. Please, if you know how to locate a resource like that, could you point me in the right direction? Thank you! AngelaRead More...
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Substance Use Treatment Center and ACE's

I am working at a domestic and sexual assault support center. My role is ACE's Child Advocate and I am trying to reach communities that are not receiving this information otherwise. I have been thinking about doing a support group for the local substance abuse treatment center but was looking for ideas that may be effective as opposed to the traditional support group model. I am also interested in any additional resources that I could use. Thank you in advanced for any ideas you may have.Read More...
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