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LESSONS FROM MISTER ROGERS

Okay, so I know Mister Rogers may strike many of us as quaint, yesterday, trite, or maybe even scary (eek! those sweaters!), but I recently read his book and found many little nuggets that I thought many of you might find inspiring or fun as well and a lot of them are key to healing from adverse childhood experiences. Here ya go: 1. A life of spiritual wholeness is represented by looking inward with our hearts (inner disciplines affect how we see others), looking outward with our eyes (how...

Sanctuary Model Comes to Atlanta

"How are you feeling today?" "What's your goal for today?" "Who can you ask for help if you need it?" This may sound like an unusual start to your next staff meeting, but these questions, and the purpose for asking them, is deeply rooted in trauma theory and what we know about the importance of connections when healing from trauma. I've been a distant fan of the Sanctuary Model for several years now, learning about it through my work with ACEs Connection as well as my work with systems eager...

Keeping People Out of Crisis: Unit Combines Law Enforcement, Mental Health worker [spokeman.com]

By Arielle Dreher, The Spokesman-Review, July 19, 2019 Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Moman and Frontier Behavioral Health mental health clinician Holly Keller were riding around on their shift this summer when they got an urgent call. The family of a man who had run into traffic before had called 911 to report he was running away from home, and deputies who had already responded to the situation said he was not following commands. Moman and Keller rushed to the scene. When they...

Six Strategies for Creating Journalism that Engages the Communities That Need It Most [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Danielle Fox, Center for Health Journalism, August 8, 2019 Engaged journalism is the key to sustainability and gaining trust in our communities — it’s not feel-good journalism, it’s necessary journalism, Ashley Alvarado, director of community engagement at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), recently told a room full of reporters at the 2019 National Fellowship. Alvarado and ProPublica engagement editor and reporter Ariana Tobin relayed lessons from the field about how engagement...

National College Dropout Rates are a Scandal, UC Author Says [edsource.org]

By Larry Gordon, EdSource, August 15, 2019 In David Kirp’s new book “The College Dropout Scandal” (Oxford University Press), the UC Berkeley emeritus professor of public policy calls low college graduation rates “higher education’s dirty little secret.” Nationwide, only about 3 out of 5 incoming freshmen graduate within six years. The rate is dramatically worse at some schools in California. He says those statistics result from “a dereliction of duty that has gotten too little public...

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Practicum Opportunity

Hello all! I am a MSW graduate student passionate about providing advocacy and support for anyone in need. I hope to gain experience in an ACEs Connection Center and I wondered if there were any communities with internship opportunities that I could connect with. For now, I am using the ACEs Connection Map as a resource to get started on my search. Any recommendations or connections would be incredibly helpful! For right now, I am looking anywhere across the United States for an internship...Read More...
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TBI Screener - HELPS

Andrea Winkler
Hi Folks - Has any person or entity succeeded in accessing whomever has rights to the HELPS TBI screener? I'm trying to do so in order to build this tool into our EMR for mental health providers to screen for TBI (in the context of its relevance to trauma!). Please help. -Andrea Winkler, LCSW, LCASRead More...
Last Reply By Robert Olcott · First Unread Post
I am a general internist practicing in Sacramento, California. I am doing a research study (case-control) to investigate the effects ON THE CLINICIAN of a trauma-informed / ACE forward practice. I am looking for approximately 100 clinicians to fill out a 3-4 page survey to assess how this has impacted their practice, their well-being as well as level of burnout. My intent is to have this published in JAMA, and/or the results to be perhaps hit new media to help spread the word and impact of...Read More...
Last Reply By Laurie Udesky (ACEs Connection Staff) · First Unread Post

ACE's and physical therapy

Hi: Looking to find out if anyone knows of any case studies in which an individual was being seen in physical therapy for an orthopedic condition, such as, low back pain, that was not improving until the underlying affects from their ACE’s was addressed by other healthcare professionals? The thinking is once the affects from ACE’s were being addressed, one would be better able to benefit from physical therapy and improve their outcomes. I am looking to develop an educational session for our...Read More...
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