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Even awesome "top down" therapy doesn't heal trauma.

Esther Perel has a podcast https://www.estherperel.com/podcast with 19 different one-time sessions with couples. I was impressed with her technique and perceptiveness working with her couples. One of the sessions called "You Need Help to Help Her" with a couple who were dealing with their daughter's mental illness particularly moved me. As good as Esther's skill is, it is a "top down" type of therapy, cognitive. In a session called "Leaving the Shame Behind", she seems to believe that...

Michael Skinner, live performance @ Survivor Knights 3-24-19 video 1

Michael Skinner, live performance @ Survivor Knights 3-24-19 video 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1J7llqObqw&feature=youtu.be Live performance of "Pirates" and "When Your Heart Follows A Lie", brand new tune!! for the Survivor Knights Event @ The Rotunda, Philadelphia PA March 2019 More info @ http://www.mskinnermusic.com/home/music/album-pirates/ & http://www.mskinnermusic.com/home/

USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants [USDA.gov]

By USDA, July 16, 2019 WASHINGTON, July 16, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the award of more than $9 million in USDA Farm to School Program grants that will increase the amount of healthy, local f oods served in school s and c reate economic opportunities for nearby farmers. This year marks an all-time high of funding and projects in the program, with grants supporting 126 selected projects across 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These...

What Do Medicaid Spending Patterns Reveal about the Impact of Supportive Housing? [howhousingmatters.org]

By How Housing Matters, July 17, 2019. Nearly 50 percent of Medicaid costs are driven by only about 4 percent of Medicaid enrollees, primarily adults who are elderly, living in unstable housing, or have a mental illness, chronic medical condition, or substance use disorder. In response to rapidly rising Medicaid expenditures, there has been an increased focus on identifying strategies to better meet the needs and reduce the health care costs of this high-use population. Permanent supportive...

Philadelphia supervised injection site plan gets backing from attorneys general in 7 states [inquirer.com]

By Aubrey Whelan and Jeremy Roebuck , The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11, 2019. The top law enforcement officials in seven states and the District of Columbia are saying that states should be allowed to open supervised injection sites to help stop overdose deaths, and that the federal government should not interfere with such public health programs. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the federal lawsuit against Safehouse, the nonprofit planning to open a site in Philadelphia, attorneys...

White Paper on 5 Key Elements to Trauma-Informed Care

The experience of trauma leads to or exacerbates mental illnesses, substance use, and physical health conditions, making it a vital component of any effective treatment plan. A trauma-informed care framework involves real-time strategies to promote staff and organizational wellness and equip organizations to retain their staff, reduce the number of critical incidents, and increase client engagement in their care. This white paper from Relias discusses the 5 key components in implementing and...

Shame, When You’re Too Ashamed to Talk About It [psychcentral.com]

By Kurt Smith, Psych Central, June 11, 2019. Daily we all experience a variety of emotions. Certain things make us happy, others sad. We may see certain people and feel love, or see other people who make us angry. And although most of us don’t go around discussing each emotion we are feeling, we aren’t really thinking about hiding them either. There is, however, one emotion that people sometimes feel and go to great lengths to avoid discussing, showing or admitting. Shame. Shame is a painful...

Claire's Story: Davy is curious. Part 69

By K. Hecht, A. Hosack, & P. Berman I must tell Davy the truth. Why did I say it was a surprise? Now he is expecting something like a birthday party. What was I thinking? It had been a regular day to start. Everything had gone smoothly getting Davy off to school. The day at work had been long but Claire hadn’t had any difficult people to work with. She came home tired, ready for dinner and then a bouncy excited Davy had hugged her, looked up and asked, “Do I have a daddy?” Claire had...

I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked. [nytimes.com]

By Claudia Rankine, The New York Times, July 18, 2019. In the early days of the run-up to the 2016 election, I was just beginning to prepare a class on whiteness to teach at Yale University, where I had been newly hired. Over the years, I had come to realize that I often did not share historical knowledge with the persons to whom I was speaking. “What’s redlining?” someone would ask. “George Washington freed his slaves?” someone else would inquire. But as I listened to Donald Trump’s...

Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience Two-Day Intensive Training

with Author, Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D. 8:30 AM–5:00 PM $399 for 2-day Intensive Training CEUs are available for an additional charge. Each trainee must have a copy of Mind Matters ($299 plus tax (CA and SD only) plus S/H) As a result of this training , you will learn to teach: Self-soothing skills to manage emotions Ways to analyze stressful thoughts How to deal with intrusive memories Ways to develop a protective lifestyle And you, as an instructor, will learn . . . How to provide a safe...

CRI is hiring an Associate Director!

Community Resilience Initiative is seeking an innovative and passionate individual to join our organization as an Associate Director (AD). The AD reports to the Executive Director and to the Board of Directors. Job Overview The role of the Associate Director is to sustain the resilience-based, trauma-responsive capacity building work at the local, regional, state and national stage for which CRI is recognized. Success in this position will be evidenced by recognition of its exceptional...

Kicked Off the Land [newyorker.com]

By Lizzie Presser, The New Yorker, July 15, 2019. In the spring of 2011, the brothers Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels were the talk of Carteret County, on the central coast of North Carolina. Some people said that the brothers were righteous; others thought that they had lost their minds. That March, Melvin and Licurtis stood in court and refused to leave the land that they had lived on all their lives, a portion of which had, without their knowledge or consent, been sold to developers years...

Feeling Lonely? Perhaps You’d Like to Talk to Some Strangers [nytimes.com]

By Julia Hotz, The New York Times, July 18, 2019. When Ankit Shah graduated from college and moved to the Bay Area in 2013, he didn’t know a single person there. Hungry for connections, he asked his Facebook friends to ask their Bay Area-based friends if they’d like to have tea with him, a stranger. “I was very nervous that people would be like ‘who’s this weirdo on the internet?’” Mr. Shah said. “But sure enough, my friends started tagging their friends in the comments — some even shared it...

Momentum Grows In Congress To Expand Access To Quality Postsecondary Education For People In Prison [witnessla.com]

By Witness LA, July 8, 2019. Twenty-five years ago, the massive Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which, among other things, prevented incarcerated students hoping for a college degree from accessing Pell Grants, was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton, and essentially resulted in the slashing of opportunities for higher education in federal and state prisons across the U.S., a move that, as Mikaol T. Nietzel, president emeritus of Missouri State University,...

Roofing, paving, artisanal bread: Feds look to kick-start law that will free hundreds of inmates [usatoday.com]

By Kevin Johnson, USA Today, July 11, 2019. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Set in the foothills of the soaring Rocky Mountains, the mud-colored cluster of Depression-era structures has been a fixture in the federal penal system for decades. Although just 10 miles south of Denver, notoriety has rarely found its way here except on the occasions when the Federal Correctional Institute Englewood’s worn cellblocks have housed the likes of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, former Enron chief executive...

Adverse Childhood Experiences Increase Risk for Chronic Diseases - It's Not Psychological

If you have a chronic illness, research showing that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) increase risk for chronic illness may help begin to make sense of your symptoms. They explain why it's not your fault. And why it's not in your head. What Are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)? ACEs refer specifically to 10 types of trauma examined in an initial 1998 study conducted by Dr. Vincent Felitti, an internist at Kaiser Permanent in San Diego, and Dr. Robert Anda, an epidmiologist with the...

Dr. Gabor Mate speaking at ACEs to Assets in Scotland June 11, 2019 (https://www.youtube.com)

The latest gift from @ACEAwareNation #ACEsToAssets conference. @DrGaborMate talking about self-regulation, self-acceptance, self-healing, forgiveness, my favourite #AliceMiller, and good ways to intervene for child welfare. Gems of wisdom. So thankful for the access generously provided for those of us unable to attend in person. My biggest take aways: encouragement to "Keep doing what you're doing..." and validation that historical "evil is an emanation of the traumatized human unconscious."

UC Davis study has something good to say about the video game "Minecraft"

By Caroline Ghisolfi, The Sacramento Bee, July 17, 2019. Video games often come under fire for their violent and potentially addictive properties. But a new study from a UC Davis researcher and a Swiss colleague has found that they can have their benefits. UC Davis researcher Seth Frey and Swiss scholar Robert W. Sumner studied users of the online game “Minecraft,” in which players build structures, creations and artwork by breaking three-dimensional blocks. The game has nearly 65 million...

What The Attention Economy Does To Workers—And How It Drives America Insane [psmag.com]

By Rebecca Stoner, Pacific Standard, July 15, 2019. According to labor historian E.P. Thompson , pre-industrial societies measured time by task and season. "In Madagascar time might be measured by 'a rice-cooking' (about half an hour) or 'the frying of a locust' (a moment)," Thompson writes. In 15th-century England, people spoke of a pater noster wyle, the minute or so required to recite the Lord's Prayer. With the advent of wage labor, time became money, and was therefore regimented,...

Can You Get Addicted To Sugar?

Sugar is something we as humans all have indulged in and enjoyed. For the most part, it is usually viewed as a treat or reward for something, maybe something you have after a nice dinner for dessert, it's a very enjoyable experience. There is also the well known fact that too much sugar is bad, our moms would tell us it would rot our teeth while she made us ration our halloween candy but how bad is sugar for us? What if I told you it is very possible to become sugar dependent ? Let's take a...

Addressing ACES - A Call to Action

Nearly 700 members of our community gathered in Blountville, Tennessee last week for the inaugural Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Summit.This call to action provided inspiration and education for professionals to take the next steps toward implementing trauma informed programming in their specific service areas. Keynote speakers Liz Murray “Homeless to Harvard”, Dr. Stephanie Covington, Dr. Andi Clements and Becky Haas. #balladhealth #addressingaces #East Tennessee State...

76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic [washingtonpost.com]

By Scott Higham , Sari Horwitz, and Steven Rich, The Washington Post, July 16, 2019. America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history. The information comes from a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path...

Health Care's Role in Meeting Patients' Needs [rwjf.org]

By the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 11, 2019. Purpose The purpose of this call for proposals is to identify grantees who can lead an effort to provide: Part I: Clear Principles that set a high standard for the health care sector to provide equitable care that fully addresses people’s physical, emotional, and social needs; and Part II: Guidance for implementing care delivery that is fully responsive to patients’ goals, needs, and life circumstances, using maternal morbidity and...

A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children [propublica.org]

By Ginger Thompson, ProPublica, July 16, 2019. The Border Patrol agent, a veteran with 13 years on the job, had been assigned to the agency’s detention center in McAllen, Texas, for close to a month when the team of court-appointed lawyers and doctors showed up one day at the end of June. Taking in the squalor, the stench of unwashed bodies, and the poor health and vacant eyes of the hundreds of children held there, the group members appeared stunned. Then, their outrage rolled through the...

What We Can Do About Toxic Stress [developingchild.harvard.edu]

By the Center on the Developing Child Harvard University. As adults, experiencing toxic stress that just doesn’t let up—caused by things like violence or poverty, not being able to find a job, or not having enough to eat or a place to live—can feel overwhelming, like a heavy burden. Much like a truck that’s been loaded down with too much weight so it can’t move forward, these difficult circumstances can make it challenging to get through life. It can make you feel like you can only plan one...

10 Steps To Success: Building Systems to Prevent and Treat ACEs

Here are ten tested steps that guide our 100% Community initiative focused on the data-driven and cross-sector prevention of ACEs, trauma and health disparities. The ten steps are those taken by local stakeholders as part of the 100% Community initiative. Action teams will choose to focus on one of ten family-focused sectors, following the key phases of continuous quality improvement which include: assessment, planning, action and evaluation. We seek improvements in all ten sectors, from...

Key Takeaways from Pete Buttigieg’s Douglass Plan [psmag.com]

By Kelley Czajka, Pacific Standard, July 11, 2019. Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled new details of his Douglass Plan , a comprehensive program to combat racial injustice in the United States, on Thursday morning. Buttigieg, who is polling at 6 percent (behind four other Democratic candidates) and recently announced a $24.8 million fundraising sum over the past three months, has been struggling to gain the support of black voters. His...

L.A.'s ShakeAlert earthquake warning app worked exactly as planned. That’s the problem [latimes.com]

By Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2019. More than 500,000 people have downloaded Los Angeles County’s new ShakeAlertLA app to warn them of impending earthquakes. So when the two strongest earthquakes in almost two decades hit Southern California this month, those residents were surprised by what they saw on their smartphones: nothing. Officials were quick to explain to outraged app users that the shaking in the county wasn’t strong enough to trigger an alert. But that...

Foster Care Entries for Parental Drug Use Surge [usnews.com]

By Katelyn Newman, US News & World Report, July 15, 2019. INCIDENTS OF CHILDREN entering America's foster system as a result of their parents' drug use have surged since 2000, new research shows, coinciding with the country's recent opioid crisis. Using case data from the federally mandated Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, researchers from Cornell and Harvard universities found that 1,162,668 – or nearly 24% – of 4,972,911 entries of children into foster care...

Tackling America's loneliness epidemic [nbcnews.com]

By NBC News, July 11, 2019. Nowadays, we are more connected to people than at any other time in history, thanks to technology. And yet many Americans report feeling lonelier and more isolated than ever before. Social isolation and loneliness have been shown to pose a growing threat to health, having the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Heart disease, a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are just some of the negative effects...

Most kids on public coverage have parents who work for big companies, new study finds [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Giles Bruce, Center for Health Journalism, July 3, 2019. The conventional wisdom is that kids are on government health insurance because their parents are unemployed or work at small businesses with meager benefits. A study released this week debunks that theory. Research from the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that the majority of children insured through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — more than 70% — have a parent employed by a large...

Medical students' ACE scores mirror general population, study finds

A national survey published in 2014 revealed a disturbing finding. Compared to college graduates pursuing other professions, medical students, residents and early career physicians experienced a higher degree of burnout. Citing that article, a group of researchers at University of California at Davis School of Medicine wondered whether medical students’ childhood adversity and resilience played a role in their burnout, said Dr. Andres Sciolla, an associate professor of psychiatry and...

ACEs Research Corner — June 2019

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site — abuseresearch.info — that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she posts the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! -- Jane Stevens] Wickramasinghe YM, Raman S, Garg P, Hurwitz R. Burden of adverse childhood experiences in children attending paediatric clinics in South Western Sydney, Australia: a...

FSU Launches Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience [csw.fsu.edu]

By Karen Oehme, Institute for Family Violence Studies Director, July 15, 2019. Florida State University has launched a new online curriculum for professional certification in trauma and resilience. The curriculum was developed by the Clearinghouse on Trauma and Resilience within the Institute for Family Violence Studies at the FSU College of Social Work in conjunction with FSU Center for Academic and Professional Development . “This training addresses a gap in the knowledge base of human...

Thank you for attending the 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference!

Community Resilience Initiative is incredibly grateful to all who attended, helped created, and supported our 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference! We were honored to be joined by approximately 450 people from 23 different states and 2 Canadian provinces. Each session felt charged with energy due to the passion and dedication from each of our attendees. CRI was thrilled by the participation, whether during the pre-conference social, or in the creation of the 7-Sentence Stories! And...

Why It’s Wrong to Withhold Gentleness to Show Our Kids How “The Real World Works” [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By W.R. Cummings, Psych Central, June 14, 2019. How many times have you heard a parent say something like, “If I baby my kids, they’ll never know how the real world works.” Or maybe they’ve said things like, “How will they learn to keep going if I teach them it’s okay to stop when things get hard?” Or maybe they talk about people who are “whiney” because they want their feelings to be validated. Or maybe they think therapy and counseling are both a bunch of crap. We all know parents (or...

To smooth transitions from home to pre-K to kindergarten, states must invest in every aspect of early ed [hechingerreport.org]

By Peggy Barmore, The Hechinger Report, July 8, 2019. LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Shenandoah Cochran, 34, greeted the two teachers at the front door of her elevated house in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, like family friends. Her youngest children, 5-year-old Daniel Pearson and Shenabelle Pearson, 3, abandoned a late-morning snack of fresh-sliced strawberries and mandarin orange pieces to join the trio of adults at the door. “He’s been asking when you all were going to get here,” Cochran said as...

Coaches and Team Sports Can Help Children Heal from Trauma

Recent media attention has been given to connection between sports and its powerful effect on youth, particularly the power of sport to help youth heal from trauma. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics by Molly Easterline has caught national media attention including the recent article in the New York Times “ Team Sports May Help Children Deal With Trauma ” (by Perri Klass) and NPR’s “Playing Teen Sports May Protect from Some Damages of Childhood Trauma ” by Susie Neilson. These...

As Above So Below..

As Above - So Below. One thing we know about unaddressed Trauma - it's going to come out somehow - somewhere and we will bear witness to it in our lives. Community Peace is possible when we work together to reduce the ACEs of children and do what we can across the generations to encourage folks to begin to process what has happened to them. When we change our lens from blame and shame to provide an atmosphere of safety, and build relationships to support them, everything begins to shift and...

3 New Communities Join ACEs Connection: July, 2019

Please welcome these three communities from CA, OR, and VA to ACEs Connection . More i nformation about each one of them is below. You can also find theses communities among this list of all our communities . Humboldt County (CA) ACEs Connection : We are educating and raising awareness about ACEs and resiliency in Humboldt County. Our hope is to empower our people to prevent ACEs, actively work to heal trauma, and build resilience for all children, families and their communities through a...

New Study Supports Positive Effects of $15 Hour Minimum Wage [irle.berkeley.edu]

The recent Congressional Hearing on Preventing Childhood Trauma included a robust dialogue about the correlation between poverty, trauma and ACEs (time stamp 2:49). Panelists were asked what policies could positively impact income as a means to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma and ACEs. Raising the minimum wage was not discussed. The following press release, describing new research from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment , supports it as an effective strategy , one...

How to improve health outcomes for Indigenous peoples by making space for self-determination [theconversation.com]

By Dominic O'Sullivan, The Conversation, July 10, 2019. Indigenous public policy fails consistently. The research evidence is compelling . Across post-settler colonial societies like New Zealand, Australia and Canada, schooling is not as effective for Indigenous citizens, employment and housing outcomes are not as good, and health outcomes are worse. In Canada, the government says the solution lies in stronger nation-to-nation relationships between the state and First Nations . In Australia,...

Young People are Using Musical Theater to Heal Their Trauma — and it's Working [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, Nation Swell, July 12, 2019. On the drive home from Priya Shah’s first Storycatchers musical, she pulled over to cry. Shah, who now serves as the executive director of Storycatchers, had just seen a musical at the Illinois Youth Center, a juvenile detention center in Warrenville, Illinois. She watched girls tell stories of sexual abuse, battery and neglect. She also saw stories of hope and resilience. “It struck me that these characters I had just watched struggle, joke,...

How private sector tools can enhance governmental cooperation [brookings.edu]

By Stuart Butler, Brookings, July 12, 2019. In many areas of domestic policy, effective solutions to a problem typically need the coordination of different government programs and agencies. For instance, achieving good health in a community requires not just good medical care, but also attention to transportation, housing conditions and other “social determinants” of health. Collaboration and coordination across agencies and programs is no easy matter at any level of government. For one...

Health Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence

You can listen to About Health, on KPFA.org, 94.1FM, hosted by me (Rona Renner, RN) Listen Here: https://www.nurserona.com/health-consequences-of-intimate-partner-violence/ or here: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=314353 I was honored today to be joined by Dr. Brigid McCaw and Michiko Scott to discuss Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). I was moved by Michiko's courage to talk about her own experience with IPV. As an IPV survivor she overcame various challenges as an immigrant single mother of...

SEL in the House: Democrats Approve Millions in Landmark Federal Funding for Social-Emotional Learning in Bill That Now Faces Test in Senate

In what’s been described as a landmark investment from the federal government in social-emotional learning, the House of Representatives approved a spending bill last month that included $260 million in funding for what it calls “whole child” initiatives within the Department of Education. The funding is divided into four areas : 1. $170 million through the Education Innovation and Research program to provide grants for evidence-based innovations that support students’ social, emotional and...

Mental Health and Self-care: When You Can’t Give Your All to Your Work [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By Jenna Grace, PsychCentral, June 13, 2019. In my over 20 years of working, I’ve learned that, when it comes to your mental health, pushing yourself just isn’t worth it. Sometimes you can’t be your best. And sometimes your work suffers. My husband and I are moving into our first house this week. Well, our first purchased house. Which means we’ve been packing our current rental and getting our new house ready to move into. Which saves little time for much else. And while I’m lucky to have...

What I learned after spending four years chronicling the impact of trauma on one woman’s life [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Marisa Kwiatkowski, USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. How do you know when someone is emotionally ready to be interviewed about a trauma he or she has experienced? What do you do if she wants to back out just before publication? How do you respond to a source’s complex family dynamic when it is affecting the reporting process? How do you protect yourself from becoming emotionally entangled in a story? While producing a five-part series, “ Ashley’s Story ,” published in April in...

Personal stories from witnesses, U.S. representatives provided an emotional wallop to House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on childhood trauma

Room erupts in applause for the grandmother of witness William Kellibrew during July 11 House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The power of personal stories from witnesses and committee members fueled the July 11 hearing on childhood trauma in the House Oversight and Reform Committee* throughout the nearly four hours of often emotional and searing testimony and member questions and statements (Click here for 3:47 hour video). The hearing was organized into a two panels—testimony from...

Family Trauma Institute

Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from Dr. Scott Sells who is one of the leading experts in the field on treating Family Trauma. Please register today as there is a limited number of spots available for tomorrow's free webinar. Click on the link to register . Together, we can make a difference! Find us on Facebook .

Rethinking Resilience: A Review of Change your World

Change Your World is the newest addition to the body of resources on Resilience. It has been written by Michael Ungar, PhD - one of the most informed voices in resilience research. Although the reviewer was skeptical leading up to reading the book, expecting more victim blaming, which is often the predominant theme of resilience promotion, she was pleasantly surprised. She now recommends this book to everyone interested in learning how to build a healthier humanity.

White Fragility - A Self-Reflection

While working through the book My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem, I recorded my thoughts and questions about White Fragility and my embodiment of it. I'm still cleansing from centuries of trauma from my own ancestors, and disrobing from the lies my cells have been steeped in. This is deep work. This record captures my process at one juncture.

Whom do we call to report the mistreatment of children by the federal government? [washingtonpost.com]

By Nadine Burke Harris, Washington Post, July 11, 2019. Nadine Burke Harris is the surgeon general of California. Children in dirty clothes who haven’t been bathed in days. Eight-year-olds caring for toddlers out of necessity. Kids deprived of the safe, stable and nurturing care that’s fundamental to their health and well-being. As a pediatrician who has spent my career working to address childhood trauma, I’ve unfortunately seen it all. And I’ve had to make my share of reports to Child...

Why We Must Turn Up the Heat on Tobacco Products [rwjf.org]

By Matt Pierce, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 12, 2018. Although smoking rates have dropped by more than half over the past 50-plus years, tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States. And not everyone has benefited equally from reduced rates in smoking—there are deep disparities in tobacco use and quit rates, depending on where people live, how much money they make, and the color of their skin. Tobacco products disproportionately harm people...

Can Cities Build Their Way to Housing Equity? A New Book Suggests Not [psmag.com]

By Roshan Abraham, Pacific Standard, July 8, 2019. Solange Knowles, when asked about her song "Cranes in the Sky" by her sister Beyoncé for a 2017 feature in Interview , said the lyrics had been a response to luxury construction in her then-home of Miami. She felt the buildings kept ascending, without solving the social problems of the world below. Solange told her sister the song was about "this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive...

Growing Resilient Kids

Resiliency is defined as the ability to bounce back from stressful events we encounter in life. When something we encounter is so overwhelming to us that we become stuck in it, that is one definition of trauma. Resiliency can be viewed as the antidote to trauma. In fact, when we effectively process trauma we have experienced, we often come out the other side far more resilient than before. Our nervous systems have a higher stretch capacity, so to speak. How do we help our kids stretch and...

UC Davis Commencement address - Michelle Melton

Gail's note: I met Michelle a year ago at a UC Davis Guardians Scholars program meeting and was so impressed with her grace, compassion and intellect. I have stayed in touch with her and learned that she was the commencement speaker for the UC Davis undergraduating class of 2019. Read more about Michelle and please watch her video. I am honored to stay connected with her as she heads off for her next adventure across the country to graduate school at Univ of Buffalo! And I have already...

Structure of brain networks is not fixed (neurosciencenews.com)

Summary: Brain networks are spatially and functionally fluid, and not static, as previously believed. Source: Georgia State University The shape and connectivity of brain networks — discrete areas of the brain that work together to perform complex cognitive tasks — can change in fundamental and recurring ways over time, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The interaction and communication among neurons, known as “functionally connectivity,” gives rise to brain networks.

30% of Veterens Suffer from PTSD. Science Says Yoga Will Help Them Heal (nationswell.com)

Brianna Renner had just given birth to her second daughter when she felt herself slipping into postpartum depression. Renner, who served in the Marines Corps for five years, was accustomed to serious life challenges, but her colicky infant’s nonstop tears left her feeling hopeless and alone. So she turned to the mat — her yoga mat, to be precise — and then things turned around. Renner rediscovered her mojo. Renner felt that she’d stumbled across something that could profoundly change the...

Tracey Farrell on Resilience, Trauma and Lived Experience (www.youtube.com)

@Lisa Cherry and @Tracey Farrell are having conversations so many of us are having as well as related to our personal and professional work and healing. The video is above. I'll share just one quote from each of them that stayed with me so you can get a sense of who they are and what's being discussed. The video about resilience that Tracey Farrell created and that's mentioned in the conversation above is included down below and and here. Lisa's other video...

This is Us - Meet Peace4Tarpon - Mary Sharrow!

Mary has worked in several fields, but has been a volunteer all of her life. She is an enthusiastic autodidact, and has been one since childhood. Her main in terests are family, friends, working with people who care, early childhood education, the arts, thrifting (bringing things once discarded back to their original glory), ikebana, mental health advancement, natural health, and constant learning. Mary also has deep appreciation for delicious food. Mary is vice chair of Peace4Tarpon. She...

Time for a national discussion on the causes and effects of ACEs in Jamaica

In 2016 the US Embassy and Jamaica’s Child Development Agency (CDA) hosted a series of presentations on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) which were delivered by Dr Nadine Burke–Harris, a leading figure in the global ACEs movement. Despite this promising start and the efforts of a few Jamaican writers and researchers, Jamaica is still in the early stages of exploring how the conceptual framework of ACEs could help us understand and address the links between child abuse and many of our...

Teasing Children Won’t Help Them Lose Weight [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By Alicia Sparks, Psych Central, June 10, 2019. As it turns out, not only will teasing an overweight child or teenager not help motivate them to lose weight; the teasing could actually contribute to an increase in weight. According to a new study , children who were teased or ridiculed about their weight saw an annual increase in weight by 33 percent. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health theorize weight-associated stigma might have led to the youths engaging in unhealthy...

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