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How the Pandemic Defeated America [theatlantic.com]

By Ed Yong, The Atlantic, September 2020 H ow did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom. In the first half of 2020, SARS‑CoV‑2—the new...

To overcome the stress of this pandemic, educators must lead with relationships, routines and resilience [edsource.org]

By Katie Brackenridge, EdSource, August 2, 2020 In a recent principal training session, a participant raised his hand and asked: “How can I afford to invest in social-emotional learning when my students have fallen so far behind?” The real question is whether we can afford not to invest in practices that support students’ social, emotional AND cognitive development right now. If we really care about student success, then we need to honor the biology of our brains — our interconnected centers...

Child Maltreatment Prevention in the Era of Coronavirus Disease 2019 [jamanetwork.com]

By Christopher Spencer Greeley, JAMA Pediatrics, August 3, 2020 The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed the frailty of the just-in-time medical system currently in place in the United States. Large gaps in access to care, unequal distribution of testing, and disparities in mortality rates in many ways reflect the greater inequalities that many communities and families were confronting daily before COVID-19. These inequities now may mean life or death. COVID-19 is not the...

Mindfulness for Teachers: A Program With Proof [edweek.org]

By Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, July 21, 2020 Teachers across the country are preparing for a school year brimming with unprecedented challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. A likely byproduct? Teachers’ stress levels could soar, making an already-tough job tougher. By now, it’s a truism that teaching is stressful. Researchers have increasingly documented that stress, in surveys and in the trails of burned-out teachers leaving the profession. In the last decade, many...

Virginia's First-Ever Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week: 8/2-8/8/20

Voices for Virginia’s Children and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Virginia has officially launched the Commonwealth's first-ever Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week. Over 50+ community leaders and organizations, public officials, advocates, artists, and more have joined forces.The event consists of 30 virtual programs that includes art showcases, yoga restoration activities, children’s book reading, and faith-based healing. This mission of the week is to promote healing, reconciliation,...

Cultural Humility, Curiosity, and Collaboration: Pathway to Cultural Competence – LIVE WEBINAR

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The foundation of cultural competence relies on a clinician’s awareness about themselves and the client as “cultural beings”, engaging in a therapeutic alliance from their lived experiences within intersecting social systems. The participant will learn how to broach discussions and exploration of culture with clients to develop a multicultural case conceptualization beyond the perceived “cultural differences”. The learner will learn how to practice in a culturally...

From Crisis to Systems of Care

We all face challenges. Some of us are thrust into a public health crisis. For others, they’re born into a world of adversity, trauma and chaos. 100% Community is about how we can finally create systems of health and safety that serve everyone, everywhere. 100% Community is the strategy that finally ensures trauma-free and thriving childhoods. For all children. With the 100% Community initiative, we provide you and your community with the insights to ensure that ten vital services are...

Pandemic Takes a Toll on Family Mental Health [medpagetoday.com]

By Elizabeth Hlavinka, MedPage Today, July 27, 2002 As COVID-19 infections ravaged the country from March to June, parent and child well-being felt the ripple effects, according to a national survey. Among 1,011 parents who responded to the survey, 26.9% said their mental health had worsened, 14.3% said their children's behavioral health had declined, and 9.6% said both their mental health and their children's behavioral health had slumped, reported Stephen W. Patrick, MD, MPH, of the...

Lumos Transforms, Anchoring Resilience, & The Resilience Toolkit

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, with all it's physical, mental, emotional, and financial implications, and social and political unrest across the US continues, people are really struggling. It can be hard to feel safe right now. In light of our current circumstances, Lumos Transforms continue to offer FREE Anchoring Resilience for Turbulent Times webinars. If you haven't already availed yourself of this resource, please consider signing up for an upcoming session. Lumos Transforms would...

The Healing Place Podcast: Stacy Brookman - Emotional Abuse Self-Care & Healing Strategies

Stacy Brookman is a Resilience and Life Storytelling Expert. She produces the Real Life Resilience podcast and the Emotional Abuse Recovery and Resilience Summit. She helps smart, outwardly confident women who secretly have low self-esteem issues due to an emotionally abusive partner take back control and begin to develop the resilience they need to be themselves again.

Asking mental health to take a backseat during the coronavirus pandemic is a dangerous proposition

Understanding and limiting the spread of coronavirus has consumed our focus over the past few months. Physical distancing, child care and school closures, the persistence of masks, hand washing, have been essential steps to help protect each of us from the virus. However, this physical distancing has consequences that we need to talk about: isolation, loneliness, boredom, monotony, stress, anxiety, and fear. Mental health often takes a backseat when physical health is at risk. Health is both...

Mississippi Barbers Get Mental Health Training to Aid Black Communities [tennessean.com]

Article by Andrew J Yawn, Published on July 28th, 2020 - The American South The barber’s chair may be the new therapy couch for parts of the South where mental health care is in short supply. In Mississippi, one of six Southern states ranked in the bottom 10 for mental health care access, approximately 60 Black barbers have been trained over the past year to engage their clients in mental health discussions that may not otherwise happen. "As a barber, people listen to our advice a lot, and...

It's the healthcare system, stupid [mondediplo.com]

By Thomas Frank, Le Monde Diplomatique, August 2020 T he great underlying political crisis of this plague year, it is often said, is the stubborn refusal of Americans to respect expert authority. There’s an epidemic raging... and just look at those people frolicking in a swimming pool at the Lake of the Ozarks, repeating stupid conspiracy theories, spreading non-peer-reviewed medical advice on social media, running errands without a mask on, setting off roman candles in the street. And just...

Dr. Redfield's Retreat: Compromising the CDC [billmoyers.com]

By Steven Harper, Moyers On Democracy, July 29, 2020 The director of the CDC has capitulated. Under the guise of “guidance,” Dr. Robert Redfield recently released a full-throated promotion of Trump’s latest pandemic talking points urging all schools to reopen in the fall. If he had based his action on the evolving medical evidence relating to COVID-19, it would have been appropriate. He didn’t. Instead, Dr. Redfield surrendered the independence and credibility of the CDC at a time when the...

To improve student's mental health, Yale study finds, teach them to breathe [news.yale.edu]

By Brita Belli, Yale News, July 27, 2020 When college students learn specific techniques for managing stress and anxiety, their well-being improves across a range of measures and leads to better mental health, a new Yale study finds. The research team evaluated three classroom-based wellness training programs that incorporate breathing and emotional intelligence strategies, finding that two led to improvements in aspects of well-being. The most effective program led to improvements in six...

Effect of a Videoconference-Based Online Group Intervention for Traumatic-Stress in Parents of Children With Life-threatening Illness [jamanetwork.com]

By Frank Muscara, Maria C. McCarthy, Meredith Rayner, et al., JAMA Network Open, July 31, 2020 Key Points Español 中文 (Chinese) Question Is an acceptance and commitment therapy–based group intervention, delivered using videoconferencing, effective in reducing posttraumatic stress symptoms in parents of very ill children? Findings This randomized clinical trial found that videoconference-based acceptance and commitment therapy (compared with a waiting list) was effective in reducing...

Google Awards $1 Million Grant to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine to Study Raical Impact of COVID-19 [satcherinstitute.org]

By Satcher Health Leadership Institute, August 2020 The COVID-19 outbreak is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color, raising urgent questions about why that’s happening — and about what can be done to reduce risk and harm for people of color. A new $1 million grant from Google.org will help the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine answer those questions by collecting and analyzing detailed data that can get to the root causes of why...

A Memoir About CSA and Gynecological Problems

I was lucky. In a day and time when childhood sexual abuse (CSA) was little understood and usually swept under the rug, my parents and others stood up for me. That was wonderful for building resilience in the life of the little girl who was me. However, it did not prevent the cascading biological effects of the trauma from plaguing me for decades. I published my story because I saw studies that related CSA to gynecological problems but no one was talking about it in the ACEs literature.

Peacetown Family Village

Peacetown was always just a summer concert series with a vision to promote peaceful coexistence, kindness, love and joy. Peacetown is now a non profit with more room to expand and offer more to our community. Last year I founded The Family Village. This was a space sectioned off at the summer concert series where hundreds of families came through, played with their children, made positive social connections, and had a great time. Every week a different organization was invited to set up a...

Peacetown Family Village Virtual concert

Sebastopol's FREE summer concert series, Peacetown, usually attracts 800-1500 people every week. This year it is being done virtually. Last year a new element was added to Peacetown called The Family Village. This was a space sectioned off for families to play, access local resources, make positive social connections, and feel supported. This is one of the virtual Family Village videos https://youtu.be/wYXvScX1HEM

Baby courts: A proven approach to stop the multigenerational transmission of ACES in child welfare; new efforts to establish courts nationwide

The organization Zero To Three estimates that in the U.S., a child is taken into the child welfare system every six seconds. “Many of society’s most intractable problems can be traced back to childhood adversity. Being in the child welfare system increases the likelihood of more adversity and criminality. Baby court is a proven approach to healing the trauma of both child and parent, and breaking the cycle of maltreatment,” says Mimi Graham, Ed.D ., director of the Florida State University...

NIH Project Homes In on COVID-19 Racial Disparities [californiahealthline.org]

By Ashley Gold, California Healthline, July 20, 2020 While the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic Americans is no secret, federal officials have launched studies of the disparity that they hope will better prepare the country for the next great epidemic. The National Institutes of Health began the ambitious “All of Us” research project in 2018 with the goal of enrolling at least a million people in the world’s most diverse health database. Officials saw it as an...

Registration is open for the 2020 National Handle with Care Virtual Conference! [wvsp.gov]

From WV Center for Children’s Justice and the WV Children’s Justice Task Force, July 2020 Our agency is dedicated to a trauma informed response to child maltreatment and children’s exposure to crime, violence and abuse. We are proud to announce the 2020 National Handle with Care Conference. The 2020 Handle with Care Conference is going virtual this year with one 90 minute session at a time every week. You will be able to attend every session this year. No more having to choose from one out...

Lead a Journey of Healing

This training designed to give the participant a working knowledge of how to engage in the process of trauma treatment. Focusing not only on interventions, but how to sequence the interventions to maximize outcomes. This training contains 19 hours of on-demand video and 24 downloadable resources.

Surviving Spirit Newsletter July 2020

Hi Folks, The latest edition of the Surviving Spirit Newsletter is posted at the website - http://newsletters.survivingspirit.com/index.php To sign up for an e-mail copy, please write to me @ mikeskinner@comcast.net or sign up @ Website via Contact Us. FYI - The Surviving Spirit newsletter has been going out for many years. The idea behind the newsletter is to share news, resources and helpful information that could help any and all who have been impacted by the concerns of trauma, abuse or...

How Can Subsidized Jobs Help the Most Disadvantaged Workers Recover from the COVID-19 Recession? [mdrc.org]

By Leigh Parise, MDRC, July 20, 2020 Subsidized employment uses public funds to create jobs for the unemployed and are especially useful during economic downturns. Many have argued that subsidized employment programs should be part of policymakers’ response to pandemic-induced mass joblessness. MDRC has been studying subsidized employment for more than 40 years and recently completed two large-scale federal projects that rigorously tested 13 subsidized employment programs in eight states.

In Ultra-Wealthy Greenwich, Teen Parties Lead to Jump in Virus Cases [NYTimes]

“For the past six months we have been living through a pandemic.” I say that as a matter of fact because the truth is that at some point our innate systems begin to falter. Our organisms were not meant to stay on high alert for extended periods of time. Much like other systems, our fight, flight, or freeze responses are intended to help us navigate acute life or death situations and then organically return to balance. In order for us to be in our healthiest state, these systems must maintain...

Trump boasts of pushing low-income housing out of suburbs [politico.com]

By Matthew Choi, Politico, July 29, 2020 President Donald Trump is pining for support in the suburbs, and pushing out low-income housing is playing a part in his bid to get it. In a set of tweets and in remarks in Texas on Wednesday, Trump bragged about his administration’s rescinding an Obama-era fair housing rule that was meant to combat housing discrimination. He characterized low-income housing as a detriment to the suburbs and claimed that Democrats were out to uproot and destroy...

African American mayors lay out a plan for police reform without 'defunding' [washingonpost.com]

By Tom Jackman, The Washington Post, July 27, 2020 In the movement to reform American policing, some of the most powerful players, with the most immediate options available, are the country’s mayors. They typically can hire or fire police chiefs, influence police departments to change policies, oversee city budgets, and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. Realizing this, the nation’s black mayors gathered last month and devised a Peace Pact for Community Centered...

Less stress, better grades: With schools closed, some kids thrive [latimes.com]

By Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2020 Those annoying puffy spots under the eyes of eighth-grader Natalie Alvarez began to disappear, followed by the 10 a.m. hunger bouts and the midafternoon yawns — much to the Carson girl’s delight and surprise. At first, Natalie, 14, had resisted the distance learning thrust upon her when schools closed amid the coronavirus emergency. “I was worried about the distractions of being home with my mom and my sister and doing extra chores,”...

Cafe #2-Wellness at the Workplace in the time of COVID & Societal Change [healthfederation.org]

By Philadelphia ACE Task Force, July 30, 2020 Workplace Stress? Real-world workplace action steps for wellness in this Virtual Cafe - 2nd in this series Service to others is rewarding, but struggling to manage stress, sometimes traumatic stress, can be challenging for health, mental health, first responders, and other service providers when providing care to others. This cafe session shares the story from Support Center for Child Advocates about how their workplace is grappling with...

Culture of Health Prize 2021 Call for Applications [rwjf.org]

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 30, 2020 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live.

Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional [astho.org]

From Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, July 30, 2020 Join us for Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional , a special webinar offering from ASTHO and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Behavioral Health Training Institute (BHTI). As our nation continues to struggle with COVID-19, public health professionals working on the front lines leading activities may be feeling angry, confused, stressed, and dismayed. Join...

How Can Local Government Address Systemic Racism? [governing.com]

Peniel Joseph, one of the nation’s leading civil rights scholars, has studied and written about the history of race and democracy. He has some ideas on how cities and urban areas can begin to dismantle racism. CARL SMITH, SENIOR STAFF WRITER | JULY 23, 2020 Peniel E. Joseph, Ph.D ., is the founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint professorship in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and...

White employees see themselves as allies—but Black women and Latinas disagree [leanin.org]

About the study These findings are from an online poll conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey between June 19, 2020, and June 25, 2020. Our sample consists of approximately 7,400 U.S. adults ages 18 and over. Unless otherwise noted, the findings reflect responses from people who were either employed or temporarily furloughed at the time of the survey. Most white employees see themselves as allies to people of color at work When “allyship” is defined as “using one’s power or position to...

Dismantling Racism (And All The Other "Isms") [thedididelgado.com]

Join us for an interactive class and discussion forum on dismantling oppression in the new era of resistance. Nandi K, a southern born, queer, non-binary Artist, Activist, and podcast host of "Black Friends Dinner" with a passion for Black liberation, soul music, and fried chicken. will be my special guest facilitator. Date/Time: Every Monday in August from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 PM EST RSVP for all 5 Monday day sessions for $100. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the residents of YWCA...

Invitation to View CAREgivers Film - August 1-8 online and gratis!

Greetings, We invite you to view CAREgivers Film ("Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain.) anytime during August 1-8. As a tribute to our Healthcare and many other essential workers, the film is available to watch gratis during this time at www.caregiversfilm.com Even more relevant during this "COVID period" , Caregivers documentary shares the stories of many kinds of professionals who experience compassion fatigue, vicarious or secondary trauma. It is also a film...

Essay by John Lewis [New York Times]

July 30, 2020 By John Lewis Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral . Editorial Page Editor Kathleen Kingsbury wrote about this piece and Mr. Lewis’s legacy in Thursday’s edition of our Opinion Today newsletter . W hile my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, canceled for 7/30

Apologies friends, we can't meet today 7/30! Tune in next week, same bat time-same bat channel. Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to create a culture of collective care? How do we implement peer support structures for youth AND adults? What might the first two weeks of school look like with an emphasis on student and adult well-being? How do we manage the transition while...

A Proactive Approach to Student Wellness [mdlogix.com]

By Mdlogix, July 2020 Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) works hard to maximize behavioral health support to students in the county’s six independent school districts. Through a partnership with the county’s behavioral health department – which has been continuously expanded and strengthened over the past 11 years – SCOE has been able to support a variety of suicide prevention, mental health, and social emotional learning programs in school-based settings. Part of these initiatives...

Intergenerational programs can help out-of-school-kids [edsource.org]

By Trent Stamp, Ed Source, July 29, 2020 With just weeks before the fall semester begins, school districts are grappling with reopening decisions as Covid-19 cases rise across the country. It’s obviously a tough choice. We know that little can replace the hours of in-person instruction children should receive each day, and researchers and educators are so worried about these growing deficits that the term “covid slide” has supplanted the “summer slide.” But intergenerational programs can...

Why the dean of early childhood experts wants to get beyond the brain [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Ryan White, Center for Health Journalism, July 23, 2020 Harvard’s Jack Shonkoff, a luminary in the field of early childhood, has spent years showing that events in the earliest years of life have profound implications for how budding brains develop, and in turn, shape a child’s later potential at school and work. Now, Shonkoff says it’s time to connect the brain to the rest of the body. “The message now is to say that there is a revolution going on in molecular biology and genomics and in...

Reopening K-12 Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic [jamanetwork.com]

By Kenne A. Dibner, Heidi A. Schweingruber, Dimitri A. Christakis, JAMA Network, July 29, 2020 The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to the nation’s kindergarten-grade 12 education system. 1 The rush to respond to the pandemic led to closures of school buildings across the country, with little time to ensure continuity of instruction or to create a framework for deciding when and how to reopen schools. States and school districts are now...

California Probation Can Handle COVID, Proposed Transition of High-needs Youth to Counties [jjie.org]

By Brian Richart, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, July 27, 2020 Probation in California has the responsibility of treating and supervising our community’s most high-needs and high-risk youth. We take our role in promoting healthy, prepared and positive adolescents seriously and provide each youth the supervision and support services they need to help guide them into adulthood. The use of individualized, evidence-based practices to advance the long-term well-being of youth is...

Collective Decision-making Can Neutralize Politics of Fear [jjie.org]

By Judge Steven Teske and Naomi Smoot Evans, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Judge Teske first used collective decision-making beginning in 2003 to reform his local juvenile justice system, which has netted an 80% decline in juvenile arrests. Most striking, however, is how it was employed at the statewide level in the Georgia juvenile justice reform effort to net a 57% reduction in youth committed to state facilities, which resulted in the closure of three secured facilities. Most...

The Teaching That Works for Traumatized Students [theatlantic.com]

By Laura McKenna, The Atlantic, July 28, 2020 W hen ben started flipping desks in the classroom, his teacher Heather Boyle ushered the rest of her first-grade class into the hallway for safety. Things had begun to unravel a few moments earlier, when Ben—whose real name isn’t being used, to protect his privacy—struggled with a math lesson. He crawled under desks, bumping into other children’s legs. When his classmates complained, Boyle asked him to come out. “I don’t know how to do this...

Zoominar on Creating Trauma Responsive Institutions: July 31

In case you are interested, there is an affordable, easy to register for Zoom course at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work on how to create trauma responsive institutions. The focus is not limited to social work organizations. There is also a discount for the presenter's book, Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door and recently published by Teachers College Press. Session runs from 9:30 -- 12:30 on July 31, 2020. Look forward to seeing you there. Here's the needed link (can also be...

Prioritize a trauma-sensitive approach for the 2020-21 school year [playworks.org]

Playworks believes in a trauma-sensitive approach Educators should focus on providing a trauma-sensitive approach to the reopening of school. Students are all having different experiences right now. For some students, the shutdown of schools due to COVID has provided them with a welcome reprieve from toxic situations or stressors. For others, it has created an increased chance that they’re experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences or new stressors. “A trauma-sensitive school is one in which...

How Colleges Are Supporting Students Leaving Abusive Relationships [calhealthreport.org]

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett, California Health Report, July 27, 2020 Ana Blanco looked up from her hospital bed at the police officer. Her legs were bandaged, and stung with pain. She tried to focus on what he was saying. Did she want to file a restraining order against her husband? Blanco had just told the officer how, on the way home from her college psychology class, her husband had ordered her out of the truck and then begun driving away as she tried to remove her school bag. She had been...

In Stockton, a Powerful Program to Prevent Violence [nytimes.com]

By Betty Marquez Rosales, The New York Times, July 27, 2020 Julian Balderama’s daily mission, stated starkly, is to keep a dozen boys and young men in Stockton alive and out of jail. His official job title is “Neighborhood Change Associate” for a violence-prevention program called Advance Peace. But on the streets, Mr. Balderama is what is known as an “interrupter” — he defuses conflict. Through constant home visits, sometimes bearing takeout meals, he shows his 12 mentees how to steer clear...

Philadelphia's crime rates have risen and Anti-Violence Partnership has a mission to reduce the cycle of violence. [aldianews.com]

By Maritza Zuluaga, Al Dia, July 27, 2020 In the last year, murders in Philadelphia have had a significant spike, almost 23% from the year before. On July 22, President Donald Trump addressed the crime rate in Philadelphia, and went so far as to threaten to send federal agents to combat the surge in violence. To date, there have been 232 homicides in Philadelphia. On July 6,, 23 people were shot throughout the city, this being the most in a single day since 2013. Of them, six victims died,...

Resilience in the Face of Covid-19: What the Data Shows [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Dr. Robert Sege, 7/29/20, positiveexperience.org/blog In times and places when Covid-19 is on the upsurge, most of us worry about our own safety and that of the ones we love. Is it a safe to go to work? It is safe for children to go to school? When will the pandemic and this uncertainty ever stop? At other times, public health restrictions are first in our minds—we can’t gather to celebrate or mourn, we need to wear masks to protect others even if we don’t feel sick ourselves, and every...

As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services [childtrends.org]

By Brandon Stratford, Child Trends, July 28, 2020 Regardless of whether students return to school in person or via distance learning , education leaders and policymakers across the country must equip schools to address the social, emotional, and behavioral effects of the ongoing pandemic. To address these issues, many policymakers are turning to school-based mental health services as a key strategy for supporting student wellness. Although mental health services are a critical, often...

Richmond area students talk about what they'll remember from this year of protest and Covid-19 [edsource.org]

By Valerie Echeverria, Ronishlla Maharaj, Karina Mascorro, and David Sanchez, Ed Source, July 28, 2020 Black Lives Matter and the coronavirus have etched deep memories, as well as life lessons, this year for Richmond area students. Here are reflections from students and recent graduates, based on interviews conducted by participants in the West Contra Costa Student Reporting Project. Except for graduates, their class levels indicate their status in the upcoming school year. Irene Kou, 15,...

Donald Trump is the product of abuse and neglect. His story is common, even for the powerful and wealthy.

“In order to cope,” writes Mary Trump, “Donald began to develop powerful but primitive defenses, marked by an increasing hostility to others and a seeming indifference to his mother’s absence and father’s neglect….In place of [his emotional needs] grew a kind of grievance and behaviors—including bullying, disrespect, and aggressiveness—that served their purpose in the moment but became more problematic over time. With appropriate care and attention, they might have been overcome.”

Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network, first to join ACEs Cooperative of Communities, shows what it means to ROCK!

In 2012, Greater Richmond SCAN and five other community partners hatched a one-year plan to educate the Richmond, Virginia, community about ACEs science and to embed trauma-informed practices. Eight years later, the original group has evolved into the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (GRTICN) with 495 people and 170 organizations. And they're just scratching the surface.

The Benefits of Screening for Social Determinants of Health [medicalhomeinfo.aap.org]

Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet series discusses social determinants of health (SDoH) screening and referrals for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. Opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians are discussed. State-level case...

How one hour of slow breathing changed my life [theguardian.com]

By James Nestor, The Guardian, July 26, 2020 T he place looked like something out of an old horror film: all paint-chipped walls, dusty windows, and menacing shadows cast by moonlight. I walked through a gate, up a flight of creaking steps, and knocked on the door. When it swung open, a woman in her 30s with woolly eyebrows and oversize white teeth welcomed me inside. She asked me to take off my shoes, then led me to a cavernous living room, its ceiling painted sky blue with wispy clouds. I...

A Better World: Nonprofits need to redouble efforts to address racism across society [bizjournals.com]

By Jeanne Tedrow, The Business Journals, July 17, 2020 Many nonprofit leaders, along with other business and community leaders, have made public statements recently about structural racism, especially in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and in light of the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. These expressions offer hope that we are at a crossroads. Such remarks, including my own, assert our commitment to work together to dismantle structural...

GUEST EDITORIAL: We need a new model for mental health [heraldtribune.com]

By Andrea Blanch, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 27, 2020 People are really stressed out right now. A recent national survey reports that “serious psychological distress” — the kind that can lead to longer-term psychiatric disorders — has more than tripled since this time last year. We are already seeing the consequences in Sarasota County, with the number of opioid-related deaths in the first half of 2020 more than double the number in all of 2019. And based on experience with SARS, experts...

The Healing Place Podcast: Michael Skinner - Mental Health Advocacy and "Songs for the Keys to Your Life"

Michael Skinner is a nationally known award-winning advocate survivor addressing the issues of trauma, abuse and mental health concerns through public speaking and his music – he has spoken at the National Press Club, was a keynote presenter for a conference held by the United Nations, The State Department and Georgetown University on the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and adults and he has appeared on many TV, radio and Internet shows – he was part of the Oprah Winfrey Shows .

Christine (Cissy) White Returns. Hear My Story (www.thetraumatherapistproject.com)

Yesterday, Guy McPherson of the Trauma-Therapist Podcast shared the interview we did a few months ago. It was just after my last round of chemo and though I was tired and pale and my wig kept slipping - and also - I was super excited to be on one of my favorite podcasts and engaged in conversation. Here's an excerpt and the link to the video and audio. I appreciate how often Guy McPherson shares the perspective of trauma survivors with his podcast audience. Here's the link to the Trauma...

It's Time for State Prevention Services Systems [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Jennifer Jones and Bart Klika, The Chronicle of Social Change, July 21, 2020 As we navigate the effects of a global pandemic and economic recession, we have the opportunity to rethink the ways we provide services and supports to children and families before they find themselves in crisis. Essential to this new thinking is the realignment of our systems to make them more prevention-oriented, integrated, science-informed, and equitable, and thereby better meeting the needs of children and...

How a Pandemic Could Advance the Science of Early Adversity [jamanetwork.com]

By Danielle Roubinov, Nicole R. Bush, and W. Thomas Boyce, JAMA Pediatrics, July 27, 2020 The reach of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is global, a health crisis with a ubiquity never before experienced. While the physical health consequences of COVID-19 appear to affect proportionally fewer children compared with adults, its psychosocial consequences may be magnified within families who consistently weather a landscape of severe stressors or adverse childhood experiences...

How Police Unions Fight Reform [thenewyorker.com]

By William Finnegan, The New Yorker, July 27, 2020 In May, just days after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, Lieutenant Bob Kroll, the bellicose leader of the city’s police union, described Floyd as a violent criminal, said that the protesters who had gathered to lament his death were terrorists, and complained that they weren’t being treated more roughly by police. Kroll, who has spoken unsentimentally about being involved in three shootings himself, said that he was...

Offset trauma for students by promoting positive experiences [exclusive.multibriefs.com]

By Sheilamary Koch, Multibriefs: Exclusive, July 27, 2020 When Christina Bethell was little, she lived in a low-income housing complex in Los Angeles where her neighbor, a quiet lady the kids called Mrs. Raccoon, always had her door open for the neighborhood kids. Every Saturday she threw a little tea party with candy to celebrate any child with a birthday that week. Bethell fondly remembers the woman’s kindness as source of comfort during her challenging childhood. Dr. Bethell, now a...

Nonprofits So White: New Report on Lack of Inclusion Offers Strategies [taketheleadwomen.com]

By Michele Weldon, Take The Lead Women, June 22, 2020 Nonprofits in this country are failing on their diversity and inclusion efforts, even as their missions address social justice and fairness issues, according to a new report of more than 5,000 workers in nonprofits. “The sad — but unsurprising — truth is that people of color and whites have a different set of experiences in nonprofit organizations. This gap in how professionals experience their workplaces — whether they receive...

Race in America: Diversity in Corporate America [washingtonpost.com]

From The Washington Post, July 17, 2020 Diversity has been on the corporate agenda for many years, but it was not until the recent Black Lives Matter protests galvanized the nation that substantial change seems possible across American industry. Fortune 500 companies are committing to new standards and hiring practices. Senior executives are reassessing pipelines to upper management and scrutinizing company culture. Ariel Investments co-CEO John W. Rogers, Jr., joins The Washington Post’s...

Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed [PA Governor Tom Wolf Press Release]

July 27, 2020 As a companion to Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma initiative, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) is releasing the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA. This plan is the result of four months of work from OAR and the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank, formed in February. The think tank was made up of...

JULY WEBINAR - Register Now Fundamentals of ACE Screening & Response in Adult Medicine [acesaware.org]

With introductory remarks from Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, California Surgeon General Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the Webinar Presenters Brent Sugimoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP – Family Medicine Physician and New Physician Director, American Academy of Family Physicians Mimi Mateo, CNM, MSN, CDE – Certified Nurse Midwife and Clinical Director of Midwifery, North County Health Services Denise Gomez, MD, PharmD, ACP – Internal Medicine Physician and Associate Medical...

VA TICNs eNote July 27 2020 [grscan.com]

A preview of the programs happening during Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week is up on the Voices for Virginia's Children blog! All programs will be posted by July 31, and we'll share more at the end of this week! You can already take a look at the Art & Activism Virtual Showcase , sign up to be a Partner in Solidarity , read stories , and access a Social Media Toolkit . From a Moment to a Movement: Envisioning a Child Welfare System We Have Yet to See from the Chronicle of Social...

Health Care Payment and Delivery System Reform for Children as a Tool to Improve the Health of Vulnerable Communities [familiesusa.org]

From Families USA, July 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic, and its disproportionate impact on low-income people and people of color, has starkly demonstrated the need for long-term investments targeted at social drivers of population health. Although chronic physical and behavioral health problems are not the only source of these disparities, they are among the most important causes. Health inequities often start in childhood. Yet important efforts to re-orient our health care system to focus more...

It's Time to View Severe Medically Unexplained Symptoms as Red-Flag Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety [jamanetwork.com]

By Robert C. Smith, JAMA Pediatrics, July 23, 2020 The study by Saunders and colleagues in JAMA Network Open is an important contribution to the field of what I’ll call medically unexplained symptoms (MUSs). MUSs in their most severe form encompass what the authors call somatic symptom and related disorders, as well as numerous other similar terms, such as somatic symptom disorder from psychiatry and chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia from medicine.

REAL TALK: A Generational Approach to Inequity

Friends of the Children - Los Angeles' Executive Director Thomas Lee, with Friends of the Children - New York's Executive Director Gary Clemons join together on Tuesday, July 28th, to discuss how Friends of the Children's Two-Generation (2Gen) approach impacts the inequity facing our families. Friends of the Children has known for more than 25 years that the presence of a Friend in a child's life has ripple effects to parents, caregivers, siblings, friends, and communities. Los Angeles and...

CAREgivers Film -- Tribute Screenings gratis at www.caregiversfilm.com August 1-8

Greetings to Everyone in the acesconnection community! As a tribute to our Healthcare, EMT's, social workers, mental health and other essential workers and with gratitude for their wonderful care during these difficult times, our team invites you to view the Broadcast version of CAREgivers film FROM AUGUST 1-8 at www.caregiversfilm.com Please feel free to contact me as well with any questions about the film, other kinds of screening opportunities and/ or virtual presentations and discussions...

What Can You Do About Complex Trauma and Racial Inequities? [thenationalcouncil.org]

From The National Council for Behavioral Health, July 27, 2020 We are living in a time of unprecedented stress impacting individuals, families and communities across cultures, generations, genders and racial groups. Our nation is reckoning with the systemic racism laid bare by COVID-19 racial disparities and the death of George Floyd sparking outrage and bringing to light the additional traumas experienced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Are you looking for the tools and training...

CAREgivers film: Free access for healthcare, EMT, and essential workers from August 1-8, 2020

As a special tribute to our healthcare, EMT, and many additional essential workers during the COVID epidemic , the producers of CAREgivers film invite you to view the film for free online. When? August 1st through August 8th, 2020 Where ? www.caregiversfilm.com About the Film (from our website) Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain is a documentary film based on interviews with nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors, firefighters, first responders...

ACEs and Children's Environments

It seems clear to most that not all communities in the United States are created equal and not all people are treated as equals. How do environments—both physical and atmospheric—affect our children and do Adverse Community Environments place our children at as much risk as Adverse Childhood Experiences?

California State University students required to take ethnic studies or social justice class under new policy [edsource.org]

By Michael Burke, Ed Source, July 22, 2020 Students at California State University for the first time will be required to take a course in ethnic studies or a class with a social justice component under a policy approved Wednesday by the system’s Board of Trustees. The trustees voted 13-5 to approve the new general education requirement for students who enter the 23-campus system beginning in 2023-24. Students will be required to either take a class in one of four ethnic studies disciplines...

10 Ways to Reduce Our Reliance on Policing and Make Our Communities Safer for Everyone [theappeal.org]

By Alex S. Vitale, The Appeal, July 20, 2020 Policing in America has gone too far. It has now become the one-stop response to our communities’ public health and public aid problems. Police officers must enforce traffic laws and respond to domestic disputes. They must manage mental health crises and drug overdoses. They must deal with homelessness and school discipline. Police officers, of course, are neither trained nor equipped to be part of our social support systems, and so it’s...

The Neuroscience of Narcissism and Narcissistic Abuse

This article is purely scientific and does not, in any way, excuse the behaviors of narcissistic parents and the abuse they perpetrate against their children. All adults are entirely responsible for their actions, no matter the extent of their illness. This article will attempt to answer the question above. Also, we shall talk about the scope of the damages done to the brains of children of narcissists.

The Art & Science of Resilience, Yoga & Mindfulness for Working with Trauma **Donation based

This workshop is holistic, interactive, applied, and designed for those who want to incorporate mindfulness-based practices such as yoga and meditation into their daily lives in order to increase their own and/or their client’s ability to handle the ordinary and sometimes extraordinary stresses of daily life. We will dive deep into what trauma and resilience look like from scientific, psychological, and cultural perspectives, explore some of the origins and impacts of trauma and learn...

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