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Fathers’ Day in America [Message by The Rev. Patricia Templeton]

I recently finished a haunting novel, Before We Were Yours , in which Lisa Wingate tells a fictionalized account of the true story of one of this country’s great scandals, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its director, Georgia Tann. From the 1920s through 1950, Tann and her organization facilitated the adoption of thousands of children across the country. Tann was a prominent member of society, held up as the “Mother of Modern Adoption,” and consulted by Eleanor Roosevelt on issues...

Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! Returning to the Body: the Relaxation of Yoga Therapy with Kelly Kreutz

“With Trauma-informed yoga therapy, we can tap into how our stresses are stored in the body, and find healing and relaxation,” Kelly Kreutz asserts. Kelly, a yoga instructor and an LICSW, will be teaching morning yoga and mindfulness classes at CRI’s Beyond Paper Tigers (BPT) conference later this month. Her interest in yoga developed alongside her work as a counselor specializing in trauma, grief, and anxiety. As she witnessed the benefits of yoga in her own life, she felt inspired to blend...

What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’ [The Washington Post]

This is what happens inside children when they are forcibly separated from their parents. Their heart rate goes up. Their body releases a flood of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in brain cells that transmit mes­sages. In time, the stress can start killing off neurons and — especially in young children — wreaking dramatic and long-term damage, both psychologically and to the physical structure of the...

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Rapid Resolution Therapy

I am interested in knowing if there is anyone out there who is using RRT in work with children and adolescents? I have attended several trainings and have really seen the positive results it has with adults who have suffered from complex trauma and toxic stress. I am wondering about the efficacy of using the method of therapy with young people.Read More...
As part of a comprehensive "Vote for Kids" campaign, we (the advocacy program at my organization, in coordination with the ACEs-focused Initiative I direct) are gearing up for election season this year in Alaska. We are trying to figure out how to get questions inserted into candidate debates and published candidate questionnaires about issues affecting family and children well-being. These questions will include topics from childcare to wages to housing and something about ACEs and...Read More...
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