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Webinar: Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses [acesconnection.com]

By ACEs Connection, September 16, 2019 You will learn: how climate change creates personal, family, and community traumas and toxic stresses; how those traumatic stressors trigger feedbacks that expand and aggravate ACEs and many other person, social, community, and societal maladies; why current approaches are woefully inadequate to address what is already occurring and rapidly steaming toward us and why prevention is the only realistic solution; the framework for prevention we call...

Indigenous 20-Somethings Work to End Trauma with Their Generation [opb.org]

By Kaylee Domzalski, Oregon Public Broadcasting, September 14, 2019 Josh Cocker stood among a group of Grand Ronde tribal members and asked for someone to take a healthy risk. Cocker and his co-facilitator, Shalene Joseph, had spent the last two days in a community gymnasium in Grand Ronde, Oregon, leading group exercises meant to start the healing process and deepen the community’s understanding of belonging, interdependency and generosity. On the third day, they introduced the rope...

Bill On Governor’s Desk Aims To Reduce Childhood Trauma By Diverting Parents Into Treatment, Instead Of Prison [witnessla.com]

By Taylor Walker, Witness LA, September 13, 2019 An estimated 10 million US children have parents who are currently locked up, or who have previously been incarcerated. A bill currently on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, SB 394, seeks to reduce the number of parents and children separated by incarceration by boosting diversion. Children arguably suffer the worst consequences of mass incarceration. In 2014, a UC Irvine study found that having a parent behind bars can be more damaging to a kid’s...

How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family [npr.org]

By Juli Fraga, National Public Radio, September 8, 2019 "Before I became a dad, the thought of struggling to soothe my crying baby terrified me," says Yaka Oyo, 37, a new father who lives in New York City. Like many first-time parents, Oyo worried he would misread his newborn baby's cues. "I pictured myself pleading with my baby saying, 'What do you want?' " Oyo's anxieties are common to many first-time mothers and fathers. One reason parents-to-be sign up for prenatal classes is to have...

Neurofeedback LIVE Radio Show TONIGHT

Neurofeedback: A Breakthrough For Trauma Survivors? Tune In this Sun, Sept 15th 9pm EST/8pm CST/6pm PST on Dr. Greg Williams show "Breaking the Silence" where Dr. Williams will be interviewing neurofeedback pioneer, & Brain-Trainer International Founder, Peter Van Deusen, as well as from neurofeedback practitioners: Stacey Breitmann, Dr. Sharrie Hanley & Mary Giuliani who will share their stories about how neurofeedback has made a profound difference in their lives and the lives of...

ACEs Community Spotlight Series: Feride Castillo, Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island

For our first Community Spotlight, I interviewed Feride Castillo, Director of Advocacy and co-founder of Empower LI to discuss the incredible work she is doing with trauma-informed care within the criminal justice system in Suffolk County. Please note that responses have been adjusted for length and clarity. How did you get started working with families affected by the ACEs/Trauma on Long Island? I have experience working within the criminal justice system alongside judges, defense...

Free Webinar: “Now What?” How to Create Trauma Playbooks to Unstick Your Families

Traumatized families with traumatized children often remain stuck in the “now what?” phase. After identifying the traumatic event and telling their story, the question is “now what?”. What do we do in the here and now to heal our child’s trauma to move forward? Trauma therapists often lack to the tools to answer this question. In response, the Family Systems Trauma (FST) model developed what are called trauma playbooks. These are written plans with concrete strategies to clarify roles and...

Historical trauma, racism resources from NC workshop

At a standing-room-only workshop on historical and racial trauma in Wilmington, NC this week, one of the workshop leaders, Jen Neitzel , Ph.D., executive director of the Educational Equity Institute , shared a list of resources on the topic of racism, trauma, white fragility, inequity, social justice and more. Neitzel and fellow presenters Justin L. Perry, a therapist in private practice , and Jaraun “Gemini” Boyd, a client advocate for The Bail Project , spoke and interacted with an...

Child poverty declines even as disparities persist among the nation’s youngest children

Article by Katherine Paschall and Jessical Dym Bartlett in the publication ChildTrends. September 12. 2019 The most recent Census data show a small decrease in the poverty rate among the overall U.S. population, from 12.3 percent in 2017 to 11.8 percent in 2018. Poverty rates were highest among infants and toddlers (birth through age 2), Black and Hispanic young children, and young children living in single parent-headed households—particularly female-headed households—relative to children...

From Virginia Tech to Borderline: Mass Shooting Survivor Explains the Impact of Trauma [vcstar.com]

By Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star, September 13, 2019 Michael Morisette approached the Moorpark College stage. His daughter, Kristina Morisette, a 20-year-old free spirit, was one of 12 victims killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7. On Friday, the Simi Valley man listened as Lisa Hamp explained the fog, pain and loneliness that came after she survived a 2007 mass shooting on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. At the stage, Morisette told Hamp her...

The Relentless School Nurse: A Story From a Friend in Recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week

Yelaika Lopez represents what is best about our future leaders. She is on a mission to break barriers and reduce the stigma of seeking treatment for mental health issues. Stigma prevents people from accessing treatment for up to a decade, according to The National Council of Behavioral Health . I was fortunate to meet Yelaika while she was still in high school, and I have watched her flourish as a college student. She is sharing this personal reflection to support The National Suicide...

Neurofeedback: A Breakthrough For Trauma Survivors? Tune In this Sun, Sept 15th 9pm EST/8pm CST/6pm PST on Dr. Greg Williams show "Breaking the Silence"

Hello my ACEsconnection friends! Be sure to listen this Sunday the 15th at 6pm PST/8pm CST/9pm EST for a fantastic lineup of guests discussing how neurofeedback is making a profound difference in healing the various physical, emotional and nervous system challenges of childhood trauma and PTSD. LINK to the LIVE Radio Show: https://bbsradio.com/breakingthesilence Also If you have a question for any of the guests you can call into the LIVE SHOW Toll-free By Dialing: 888-627-6008. Given that...

The Compassionate Christian Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences

Davis Community Church 401 C street will be hosting an 8 week Bible based class from Oct 6-Nov 24 from 12-1:15 entitled the Compassionate Christian Response to Childhood Adversity. RSVP through church office : office@dccpres.org or call 530-7580182. Space limited to 20 Childhood Adversity and The Compassionate Christian Response Did you know adverse childhood experiences are very common, yet they are often unrecognized as contributors to poor physical and emotional well being across...

Co-occurrence of Violence-Related Risk and Protective Behaviors and Adult Support Among Male Youth in Urban Neighborhoods [jamanetwork.com]

By Alison J. Culyba, Elizabeth Miller, Steven M. Albert, et al., Jama Network, September 13, 2019 Question How is adult support associated with detailed patterns of violence and risk or protective behavior co-occurrence among male youth in urban neighborhoods? Findings In this cross-sectional study of data from a recently completed randomized clinical trial that included 866 male youths, detailed co-occurrence patterns demonstrated association clusters of sexual violence, youth violence, and...

Age and Birth Cohort–Adjusted Rates of Suicide Mortality Among US Male and Female Youths Aged 10 to 19 Years From 1999 to 2017 [jamanetwork.com]

By Bin Yu and Xinguang Chen, Jama Network, September 13, 2019 Question Does a measure of suicide mortality calculated by adjusting for chronological age and year of birth differ from unadjusted models? Findings In this multiyear cross-sectional study using data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research database, age and birth cohort–adjusted suicide mortality rates were estimated after controlling for a curved age effect and a...

Unconditional Love: Faith Leaders as Agents of Change in the ACEs and Resilience Movement

The Rev. Sanghoon Yoo learned about the ACE Study, saw the film Paper Tigers and understood that there might be a way to bridge the chasm between faith-based views of wellness and traditional approaches to mental health. “When I heard from the science and Paper Tigers that one of the most important factors for resilience is unconditional love, I thought: That’s not medical. That’s my language. That was an ‘aha’ moment for me; I never thought mental health and faith would go together.” Yoo,...

California Legislature Approves Bill To Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate For Black Women (Podcast) [kpbs.org]

By Jade Hindmon, KPBS, September 12, 2019 California has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the country, according to the United Health Foundation's health rankings. But black women in California continue to die at a rate three to four times higher than white women from pregnancy or delivery complications. Several advocacy groups believe racial bias in the health care system in to blame. To address the disparity, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 464, the California Dignity in...

The Importance of Connecting with Your Inner Child

When I first started therapy, every time I heard the words "inner child" I wanted to puke. First of all, the only memories I have from my childhood aren't really memories. They are home videos. I have no idea how I felt as a child, and I certainly didn't care to do so. I wanted to put all of that in the past. After all, could my so-called "inner child" really play that big of a role in my life today? Well, as it turns out, she does. Sometimes, my inner child takes over, and I become an...

Building A Trauma Informed System of Care Toolkit

We are delighted to make available the Building Strong Brains of Tennessee funded, Building A Trauma Informed System of Care toolkit. This toolkit is based upon the work of the Northeast Tennessee ACEs Connection group and it's many partners since 2015. In time, Building Strong Brains of Tennessee will also have printed copies available. In preparing this toolkit, Dr. Andi Clements and I tried to share in a very transparent fashion the steps we've taken, mistakes we've made and inspiring...

'Cracked Up': Film Review [hollywoodreporter.com]

By Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, September 11, 2019 Michelle Esrick's documentary chronicles comedian Darrell Hammond's efforts to overcome the lingering emotional effects of childhood trauma. As he proved during his 14-year-stint on Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond is adept at playing any kind of character. And as the new documentary Cracked Up illustrates all too vividly and movingly, the one character he was truly uncomfortable embodying was himself. Michelle Esrick's film...

'Simply Unacceptable': Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence [nytimes.com]

By Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times, September 12, 2019 In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws. “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” the heads of nearly 150...

The Courtroom of the Future Looks A Lot Like This Navajo Tradition [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, Nationswell, September 10, 2019 The Red Hook Peacemaking program approaches justice in a new way: By sitting an offender next to their victim to resolve conflict and rebuild community. Marissa Williams has seen the power of storytelling firsthand. In her everyday life, she’s constantly telling stories about growing up in Brooklyn, New York, in the hopes that she might earn a laugh or share a positive memory. But some stories are more painful to tell: When Williams was in...

Does Abuse Lead to Incarceration For Girls? Usually Yes [jjie.org]

By Janelle Hawes and Jerry Flores, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, September 10, 2019 Recently a trial judge in Washington state’s King County Superior Court discussed his three years presiding in juvenile court. Roger Rogoff described this time as “the most emotionally-charged, inspiring and terrifying of my 25-year legal career,” citing the complicated and conflicting nature of the juvenile justice system as well as the tension, apprehension and nuances of decision-making in this...

TIC: News and Notes for the Week of September 9, 2019

ACEs, Adversity's Impact Kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods more likely to be obese as adults Understanding connection between poverty, childhood trauma and heart disease Parenting stress may affect mother's and child's ability to tune into each other Association between adverse childhood experiences and diseases in older adults: A comparative cross-sectional study in Japan and Finland Generational study looks for biological links between adverse childhood experiences and self-harm Food...

Cinema and Chat @ NY Presbyterian Hospital - a free screening of the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.”

New York Presbyterian Hospital's Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center, in collaboration with the New York State Pediatric Advocacy Coalition, is hosting Cinema and Chat- a free screening of the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” The event will be held on Sept 24, 2019 from 6p-8:45p at the Alumni Auditorium and will include refreshments, networking and a panel following the movie (itinerary below). Those interested in attending can RSVP via Eventbrite at...

2019 E-Summit from LGBT HealthLinkEarly Registration is here!

2019 E-Summit: October 1-31, 2019 Our E-Summit is an online conference held as a series of webinars during the month of October. This annual project began in 2015 as an LGBT health initiative by LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink. This year our LGBTQ+ health sessions are even more robust and inclusive. We have invited presenters who will successfully represent the diversity of our membership and partners to share successes and challenges, and lessons learned. Read below for our...

EmBRACE the Journey

SUE IRWIN MA (Education), PGCE, BSc (Physics – Hons) Sue Irwin is a very experienced consultant, with over 24 years in education and learning. As a national lead in England, UK, on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and founder of EmBRACE, Sue effectively leads other professionals to reflect and develop their practice, provide change management through an ACE Lens and build trauma-informed cultures.

Kamala Harris Unveils Justice Reform Plan Focused on Youth and Families [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Sara Tiano, The Chronicle of Social Change, September 9, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris rolled out a criminal justice reform plan Monday that focused heavily on youth justice and child welfare issues. Harris’s plans aligns with several fellow Democrats on proposing reforms to the juvenile justice system, but she is the first in the crowded Democratic primary field to talk about addressing some child welfare issues. A key tenet of Harris’s plan is the creation of a...

What Does the Research Say Is the Best Way to Treat Victims of Child Maltreatment? [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Giles Bruce, Center for Health Journalism, September 9, 2019 Much of the discussion around child maltreatment understandably focuses on prevention. But what about kids who have already suffered abuse and neglect? What does the evidence show is the best way to treat them? The answer, it turns out, is complicated. [ Please click here to read more .]

Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families [fostercarecapacity.com]

By The Chronicle of Social Change, September 11, 2019 There are more than 400,000 children and youth living on foster care today. The questions the Who Cares project endeavors to answer are: Who are the people caring for them, and in what types of settings? Most foster youth live with relatives, in the home of foster parents, or in group homes or residential facilities. But as foster care numbers have crept up in the past six years, and there has been a push towards phasing out group homes,...

North Carolina Statewide ACEs Connection Site Launches

Community managers from 12 of 17 North Carolina ACEs Initiatives and the North Carolina statewide site met and exchanged information and ideas. North Carolina launched a statewide ACEs Connection site at the Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence Annual Conference today. "We are excited to organize the state and connect people with their local resources to each other, and to be able to capture and catalogue all the great work that is being done on the community level," said Catherine Joyner.

CRACKED UP in a week of screenings in NYC starting this Friday, Sept. 13th

This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen, not just because it addresses ACEs, but because the storytelling is stupendous! Darrell Hammond and filmmaker Michelle Esrick will do Q&A’s after the 7:25 pm shows on Sept. 13th and 14th. There are three showtimes daily from September 13th through Sept. 19th. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will join them for the Q & A on September 13.

6 Communities Join ACEs Connection: September 2019

Please welcome these 6 new communities from North Carolina, Florida and Maine to ACEs Connection . More information about each one of them is below. You can also find theses communities among this list of all our communities . Van Buren (ME) Resiliency Project ACEs Connection VBRP is a non-profit grassroots volunteer organization in northern Maine. Its mission is to educate our small rural community about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and empower persons from all segments of the...

Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018 [nytimes.com]

By Ben Casselman, Margot Sanger-Katz, and Jeanna Smialek, The New York Times, September 10m 2019 Fewer Americans are living in poverty, but for the first time in years, more of them lack health insurance. About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first increase since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, and experts said it was at least partly the...

Association of Childhood History of Parental Incarceration and Juvenile Justice Involvement With Mental Health in Early Adulthood [jamanetwork.com]

By Nia Heard-Garris, Kaitlyn Ann Sacotte, Tyler N. A. Winkelman, et al., JAMA Network, September 4, 2019 Question: Is a childhood history of parental incarceration and juvenile justice involvement associated with mental health conditions in early adulthood? Findings: In this nationally representative cross-sectional study, young adults with a history of both parental incarceration and juvenile justice involvement reported more mental health conditions compared with peers with no justice...

Fear of Deportation Adds to Plight of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Sacramento [sacbee.com]

By Theodora Yu and Panchalay Chalermkraivuth, The Sacramento Bee, September 9, 2019 Three to four years ago, Lalita went furtively to the leasing office of her home in Sacramento and, in tears, asked if she could borrow the phone to dial the National Domestic Violence hotline. Hearing her recount her plight, the staff member told her to move her belongings to the office as she waited for help to come. All the shelters she called were full. But they directed her to My Sister’s House. [ Please...

Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones [npr.org]

By Selena Simmons-Duffin, National Public Radio, September 9, 2019 Plenty of research shows that adverse childhood experiences can lead to depression and other health problems later in life. But researcher Christina Bethell wondered whether positive experiences in childhood could counter that. Her research comes from a personal place. In the 1970s, in a low-income housing complex in Los Angeles, Bethell had a tough childhood. Sometimes she didn't have money for lunch. Sometimes, when a free...

'Clear Link' Between Childhood Trauma and Substance Abuse, Addiction Doctor Says [johnsoncitypress.com]

By Jonathan Roberts, Johnson City Press, September 2, 2019 Almost half of all American children have experienced at least some form of childhood trauma. Many of these adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, can be tied back to drug and substance abuse, but their impact may be more widespread than many perceive. In Tennessee, an estimated 49% of children have at least one adverse childhood experience, and 24.1% have at least two. Nationally, those numbers sit at 45% and 20.5%, respectively.

'If Only We Were Bulletproof': 8th Graders in Chicago Confront the Trauma of Gun Violence [chalkbeat.org]

By Gregory Michie, Chalkbeat, September 10, 2019 Ask a room full of eighth-graders what they like about their Chicago neighborhood and you’ll get a wide-ranging cascade of answers: the close bonds they feel with neighbors, the cumbia rhythms blasting from apartment windows, the summer festivals, the programs at Holy Cross Church, the street vendors, the tacos at Internacional. But if you ask what they don’t like about Back of the Yards, situated on the city’s southwest side, a single topic...

The Relentless School Nurse: Wrestling Ghosts - An Experiential Film

Last June, I had the honor of speaking in a panel after the screening of the documentary Wrestling Ghosts at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Conference in Denver. Wrestling Ghosts explores the impact of childhood trauma and provides a rare opportunity to witness the healing process. I sat among 1200 school nurses from the US and abroad, and the experience was memorable and deeply transformative. There is a trauma epidemic in our schools. There is a trauma epidemic in our...

Depression and Suicide Among Young Adults & Early Childhood Trauma Survivors

On The Brink! As an 18 year old young man in the US Navy in 1965, I was very lucky! Click here … Thanks to the excellent care by US Navy mental health professionals, I'm here today at age 73. I struggle with lifelong symptoms of agitated depression , but with loving support from family, friends and effective clinical therapy, I feel a peace of mind that everything is going to be okay. I know now from receiving my medical records from that time that traumatic experiences from childhood years...

Jennifer Kent Resigns from [CA] DHCS Effective Sept. 30 [stateofreform.com]

By DJ Wilson, State of Reform, September 10, 2019 Jennifer Kent leads the Dept. of Health Care Services. Today, she sent the following email to employees announcing her resignation from the position. ————————– I have had the privilege and honor of being the Director of the Department of Health Care Services since February 2015. I always said that it was the best job I would ever have – and it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had. And one of the hard things about this job is leaving. However, I...

What Every Student Needs This "Back to School" Season: A Felt Sense of Safety

Having been an educator much of my life and attended a lot of school, there is something powerful in my somatic memory about this time of year. It’s a swirling dervish of anticipation, hope... fear, trepidation. It all collides tightly in my belly. I recall the many years of being up early on the first day of school, staring at my toast and jam as nausea rolled through me like short waves - cresting and breaking. I remember standing at the bus stop with my hair parted strictly down the...

Podcast Episode, "The Power of Peer Learning and Capacity Building: Improving Access to Quality Early Care and Education in Philadelphia"

The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) at Vital Village Network is excited to share the fourth episode of In the Arena with NOW , a podcast series that lifts up the voices of community leaders who are “in the arena” -- in classrooms, playgrounds, Congressional halls, hospitals, and neighborhood streets -- working to make sure that all children and families can live healthy, thriving lives. In our fourth episode, The Power of Peer Learning and Capacity Building , we speak with...

Climate Change Isn’t Just Frying the Planet—It’s Fraying Our Nerves [motherjones.com]

By Rowan Walrath, Mother Jones, February 18, 2019 Over the last year, Rebecca, a 35-year-old woman living in Washington, DC, had been losing sleep over the seemingly endless flow of apocalyptic environmental news. She fretted about the Trump administration’s loosening of emissions regulations and the United Nations’ dire predictions about climate change. In October, she sought help from a psychiatrist who put her on an antidepressant. “It sort of saps your emotional reserves,” she says,...

How To Feel Attractive and Worthy as a Trauma Survivor—Just the Way You Are!

Feeling confident and attractive in today’s world is a huge challenge for all of us. Images, voices and messages from mainstream media can get in our heads, holding us up to impossible standards. Self-acceptance and healthy sex after trauma can be even more challenging for those with a history of sexual abuse. Add those unrealistic ideals to past abuse or trauma, which lends itself to a negative self-concept, and a person can be left struggling with a very painful self-image. So much of what...

News For Teens, By A Teen [npr.org]

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro, National Public Radio, September 8, 2019 LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: We interview a lot of journalists on our program. Here's one that's attempting to reach a coveted audience - teens. Olivia Seltzer is 15, and she's created a daily newsletter that covers the day's top headlines for her peers. It's called The Cramm. Olivia joins us now from Santa Barbara. She's founder and editor-in-chief. Olivia, it's great to speak with you. OLIVIA SELTZER: It's so great to speak...

Oakgrove Hosts Trauma Informed Compassionate Schools Programme [derryjournal.com]

By Derry Journal, September 8, 2019 Oakgrove Integrated College last week became the first school in Northern Ireland to take part in the innovative ‘Trauma Informed Compassionate Schools Initiative’ – a programme designed to help educators better understand how and why Adverse Childhood Experiences can impact a child’s development. Held in the school’s assembly hall on Wednesday last, the event saw over 100 members of staff take part in the programme delivered by a team from Ulster...

New CMSI Study Reveals How Major TV Programs and Newspapers (Mis)Represented Homelessness and Housing Security Issues in 2018 [cmsimpact.org]

By Center for Media & Social Impact, September 9, 2019 Issues of housing security and homelessness in the United States are being grossly under covered, oversimplified and misrepresented by the country’s “most-watched” television programming and “most read” newspaper coverage, according to our new CMSI study, part of our ongoing examinations about portrayals of pressing social issues in news and entertainment. The report, Homelessness & Housing Security in U.S. Culture: How Popular...

Nurturing relationships in childhood boost adult mental health, relationships

We're proud to announce major research that suggests that positive childhood experiences — such as supportive family interactions, caring relationships with friends, and connections in the community — are associated with reductions in chances of adult depression and poor mental health, and increases in the chances of having healthy relationships in adulthood. This association was true even among those with a history of adverse childhood experiences.

(Repost) Free Webinar: How to do Root Work in Trauma Treatment Using Feedback Loops and Playbooks

The traumatized child will present extreme problem symptoms (i.e., self-harm, depression, aggression, suicidal thoughts, etc.) when they first enter treatment. Without specialized tools, the therapist will often only treat the child’s symptoms (the weeds) and not impact the underlying causes or undercurrents (the roots) of the trauma. When this happens, relapse in trauma treatment is high. In response, the FST| Family Systems Trauma Model uses the techniques of feedback loops to help your...

Cracked Up Movie announces Theatrical Release this September!!

Witness the impact that childhood trauma can have over a lifetime through the incredible story of award-winning actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live star, Darrell Hammond . Theatrical release dates begin September 13th & 14th at IFC Center in NY and September 20th & 21st in LA at Laemmle Monica Film Center . Tickets and additional events can be found on the Cracked Up website at crackedupmovie.com. # CrackedUpMovie Watch the trailer here .

Call for proposals open: The 27th APSAC Colloquium, New Orleans June 7 - 11 2020

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is excited to announce the call for proposals for our 27th Colloquium in New Orleans , bringing high-quality learning opportunities to researchers and practitioners across the field of Child Maltreatment. Priority will be given to presentations including an emphasis on using research findings to promote excellence in prevention, investigation and intervention for all fields working with child maltreatment. This year's theme...

Hearing to be held this week on education and trauma in House of Representatives Ed and Labor subcommittee

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, will be the lead witness in a hearing on trauma-informed practices in education on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the House of Representatives Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. The hearing is titled "The Importance of Trauma-Informed Practices in Education to Assist Students Impacted by Gun Violence and Other Adversities." Other witnesses include I ngrida Barker, Ed.D. , Associate...

New Research Analyzes State-Level Impact of USDA Proposal to End SNAP Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility [stateofobesity.org]

By The State of Obesity, September 8, 2019 A proposed rule from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would eliminate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)’s broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) would cause SNAP households in 39 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to lose program eligibility, according to an impact assessment conducted by Mathematica. The analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, finds that...

These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk [nytimes.com]

By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, September 7, 2019 His body dependent on opioids, he writhes, trembles and cries. He is exhausted but cannot sleep. He vomits, barely eats and has lost weight. He is also a baby. Just 1 month old, he wails in the nursery of the CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital here. A volunteer “cuddler” holds him while walking around, murmuring sweetly, hour after hour, but he is inconsolable. What his body craves is heroin. Every 15 minutes in America, a child is...

Organizations that Help Children Thrive in Calhoun County Work Together to Learn from One Another [secondwavemedia.com]

By Jane Simons, Second Wave Southwest Michigan, August 29, 2019 “Calhoun County is a great place to raise a child right now,” says Dawn Sperry, a Family Coach and Welcome Babies Specialist for the Calhoun County Intermediate School District’s Early Childhood Connections program. Sperry, who lives in a neighboring county, says there are significant differences between the services available to children in Calhoun County compared to her home county. Access to established and education-based...

Trump Administration Announces $1.8 Billion in Funding to States to Continue Combating Opioid Crisis [hhs.gov]

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 4, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced more than $900 million in new funding for a three-year cooperative agreement with...

Preventable trauma in childhood costs north America and Europe US$ 1.3 trillion a year [WHO]

By World Health Organization (photo by WHO/Malin Bring) The findings of a new study on the life-course health consequences and associated annual costs of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) show that preventable trauma in childhood costs north America and the European Region US$ 1.3 trillion a year. The article, published in the Lancet and co-authored by Dinesh Sethi and Jonathon Passmore, Programme Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO/Europe, looks at the legacy of ACEs and their...

Arizona ACE Consortium: Catalyzing a Statewide Movement [MARC.HealthFederation.org]

The elementary school principal routinely broke into tears. At Wednesday afternoon meetings of the Creating Trauma Sensitive Arizona Schools work group, a committee of the Arizona ACE Consortium , the leader of a high-need, inner-city K-5 school frequently wept as she talked about the trauma her students carried into the classroom and the ways it percolated throughout her campus: in lagging test scores, behavior problems, even teacher retention. The other committee members became her...

Veterinarians Are Killing Themselves. An Online Group Is There To Listen And Help (npr.org)

Dr. Carrie Jurney is on the board of an online organization that works to prevent suicides. It's called Not One More Vet . This isn't a mental health support group for veterans — it's for veterinarians. Veterinarians are killing themselves in alarming numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found male vets are 2.1 times as likely and female vets 3.5 times as likely to die by suicide compared with the general population. The much higher rate for women is especially concerning...

Yolo County Residents Graduate from Steps to Success [dailydemocrat.com]

By Woodland Daily Democrat, September 7, 2019 Four Yolo County residents graduated from the Steps to Success diversion program recently. The well-attended ceremony on Aug. 28 in Woodland honored Jose Maldanado, Jose Mariscal, Dennis Cortopassi and Javier Padilla. “S22, as it it is called, reported Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven, is a voluntary diversion program that uses restorative justice as well as trauma-informed care principles and practices to provide treatment and wrap-around...

Let's Talk: Mental Health Pro: Open Conversations can Help Prevent Suicide [mcalesternews.com]

By Adrian O' Hanlon III, McAlester News-Capitol, September 7, 2019 Suicide is rarely discussed, despite being one of the leading causes of death. Stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016; suicide rates increased by 30% from 1999 to 2016; and 54% of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. Stacy Williams, the southeast Oklahoma director of children’s services for CREOKS Behavioral Health...

Why is Gun Violence in Philly 'Exploding' When Solutions Exist? [inquirer.com]

By Erin Arvedlund, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 7, 2019 There was a shooting in Philadelphia every six hours in 2018. Jim MacMillan contends that didn’t have to be. “We know how to stop gun violence,” MacMillan, founder of IBGVR.org, the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting, said Saturday at a conference designed to spread the word on what he and others contend are effective deterrents. Community activists; young people from the inner city; mothers of children killed by guns;...

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