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The First Five Years Matters: Quality of Early Relationships determines Lifelong Health

Quality of Early Relationships determines Lifelong Health The first relationship—usually this is between the mother and her infant—has an enduring impact on all later stages of human development. This relationship which occurs has been described by Bowlby’s attachment theory, which at its core, is about how the mother helps the infant regulate emotion. The mother-infant attachment communications are essential because they directly affect the development of the brain. Dr. Allan Schore, the...

The works of Alejandro Jodorowsky

I showed this film to several very traumatized people that are trying to recover. All of those who are no justifying their attachments to things that traumatized them and are ready to let go of them, usually relate to the story. Those who are not ready to let go usually find it as another unsettling horror movie.

COLUMN: Collaboration, grassroots engagement, FOCUS Pittsburgh model are a powerful combination []

In June, a group of Crawford County residents who are active participants in local work to create a trauma-informed community had the opportunity to attend a six-day workshop in Pittsburgh led by Rev. Paul Abernathy. Rev. Abernathy is the director of FOCUS Pittsburgh and is part of a coalition that is leading the way in trauma-informed community development (TICD). We were joined by other groups from across the country, including folks from Petersburg, Virginia, Kansas City, Missouri,...

Making the Case for Data Disaggregation to Advance a Culture of Health []

Racial and ethnic health disparities and inequities can only be eliminated if there is high-quality information by which to track immediate problems and underlying social determinants, as well as to guide the design and application of culturally specific medical and public health approaches. Often, health outcomes are disaggregated by broad racial categories such as "Black or African American," "Hispanic or Latino," "Asian and Pacific Islander," "White," or "Native American." However, the...

How Social Workers Improve Relationships Between Police and Communities

by MSW@USC Staff In 1955 , the Los Angeles Police Department adopted the motto “To Protect and Serve,” and over the last seven decades, many other American law enforcement departments followed suit. But in the Black Lives Matter era, those words may not resonate with some members of the communities police are tasked with protecting and serving. Community members may feel law enforcement officials exercise more authority than necessary. How can both sides work to create a more positive...

Ask the Community

I am working with a great group to finalize our charter and we are ready to host our first collaborative meeting that is open to our community. Would you please make recommendations of speakers, activities and videos that have been successful at your meetings and possibly your collaborative's launch. Our launch will be on October 9, 2018 from 5-7pm and we predict there will be about 65 people in attendance. We will be providing food and childcare. A HUGE thank you for all your help.Read More...
Last Reply By Coreen Zalot · First Unread Post
I'm looking to connect with other champions of change working in the realm of adult mental health/substance abuse residential care. In June, I became the program director of a dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse) community residence (New York state, overseen by Office of Mental Health, Congregate Care Level II). Since then I have been working to shift policy, procedure and best practices using a harm reduction model and trauma informed approaches. Although I am absolutely...Read More...
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Mental Health Needs Assessment for Schools

Stephanie E. Moehlenkamp
Good morning, all! We are working on creating a mental health needs assessment for our school division, so that we can collect data and move in the direction of becoming more trauma-sensitive in our approaches. Does anyone have a mental health needs assessment for schools, students, faculty, or any other instrument that you feel would be helpful? Thanks for any help or suggestions! StephanieRead More...
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I am looking for work

Vladimir Tolskiy
Hello everybody, I am a survivor and a mental health advocate. I live in Frederick MD. Currently I live on SSI and I work part time at a wellness and recovery center. My monthly income is $810 and I spent most of this amount as rent. It is difficult for me to do my advocacy work with such low income. Some discretionary funds are required for someone to be an advocate. I cannot earn more then $60/ month, otherwise SSA will subtract it from my SSI. Because I live in chronic pain, I cannot work...Read More...
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Teen Pregnancy

Carolyn Curtis
I am looking for research regarding ACEs and teen pregnancy. Does anyone know of any studies related to this topic? As a nation we have greatly reduced the teen pregnancy rate. I am wondering if the teens who are now getting pregnant have a higher ACEs score, so that ACEs science needs to be part of these programs. Thank you for your response. Carolyn Curtis carolynrichcurtis@gmail.comRead More...
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