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Why we should be concerned about ACEs

Why we should be concerned about ACEs Stephanie Guthman Published Sep 26, 2018 at 8:0 0 am (Updated Sep 26, 2018 at 7:47 am) This is a story about Jordan, a seven-year-old boy who lives in a two-bedroom apartment in a neighbourhood close to town, along with his mother, grandmother and three siblings. They all have to share one tiny bathroom. When Jordan was 5, he watched as his father was arrested by the police and taken away in handcuffs in the middle of the night. Jordan hasn’t seen him...

When It Comes To Trauma, Who Helps The Helpers? [wnpr.org]

From veterans returning from Iraq, to survivors of mass shootings, to those putting together the pieces after a hurricane--we know that the emotional and psychological scars of violence and tragedies sometimes last even longer than physical wounds. But what is the psychological toll on those who help victims of traumatic experiences? We talk with Dr. Megan Berthold, professor of social work at UConn, about the often-unrecognized "secondary" trauma that first responders, journalists, and aid...

Giving up on the American Dream [medium.com]

On a muggy Saturday morning in August, 18-year-old Dajourn Anuku stood outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, wearing cutoff jean shorts and a baseball cap sporting the phrase “Be Humble.” A large, meaty kid, Dajourn was sweating beneath the weight of his massive backpack and a plastic shopping bag stuffed with laundry detergent, paper towels, and dryer sheets. Earlier that morning, he’d lugged all of this from a Georgetown University dorm room to his bus, where the driver...

Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis [theatlantic.com]

Ten years ago, the subprime-mortgage crisis stripped millions of Americans of their homes. Many haven’t gotten those homes back and now face skyrocketing rents. Ask an economist, or any recent graduate trying to afford rent, and they’ll tell you: America is still in a housing crisis. On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill tackling the issue head on, trying to lower the cost of homes in neighborhoods with greater economic opportunity. The legislation, titled the American...

Income inequality is changing how we think, live, and die [vox.com]

Researcher Keith Payne has found something surprising: When people flying coach are forced to walk past the pampered first-class flyers in the front of the plane, the likelihood of some sort of air rage incident rises sharply. In his 2017 book The Broken Ladder , Payne, a social psychologist at the University of North Carolina, argues that humans are hardwired to notice relative differences. When we’re reminded that we’re poorer or less powerful than others, we become less healthy, more...

Ask the Community

Dear ACEs Connection Community Managers & Community Managers-to-Be: We have about 160 Communities and all have one or more several dedicated (formally or informally) Community Managers. We have many former Community Managers who are now members. We here at ACEs Connection have a question for all of you. Q) Would you rather be called a Community Manager or a Community Champion? Please let us know if you have a preference on that title. Comments from all are welcome but we are specifically...Read More...
Last Reply By Laura Pinhey · First Unread Post
Hello, September 25, 2018 I am writing my dissertation on the benefits of creating a trauma informed higher education institution. I am looking for HE institutions that are already doing trauma informed practices in specific areas but more so for institutions that are implementing the practice throughout the organization. Do you have any resources that you might direct me towards? I would also appreciate any non-health and non-social service organizations who are incorporating these...Read More...
Last Reply By Gail Kennedy (ACEs Connection Staff) · First Unread Post

ACEs and Physical Health

Hello all! I am currently a graduate student at California State University Fullerton, and I am in the process of completing my thesis-equivalent for my M.S. in Counseling. I am conducting a qualitative research study on the experiences of therapists who treat adults with physical illness, particularly clinicians who are aware of and emphasize the links of ACEs and physical health. If anyone is interested in participating, or know of any other individuals who might be able to speak to this...Read More...
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