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Life Lessons Are in Our Stories - Human Trafficking Survivor's Life Lessons

Victims of human trafficking are subjected to ongoing trauma and they have such a hard time embracing their survival because they get stuck focusing only on the traumas. They carry a much heavier load of shame that no one person can carry alone. So they try to forget it and bury it. They keep it all tucked away in the past and try to pretend it never happened. Revisiting the past for the purpose of examining it and healing from it is too painful for them. So the traumas keep haunting them,...

Rethink Child Trauma Using Feedback Loops

Unhealed trauma can lead children to act out their wounds and create trauma for the whole family. Parents feel hopeless and lost as their entire family experiences the effects of trauma. One father shared: “As the dad, I am supposed to protect my child from hurt and pain. When my daughter started cutting on her arms with our kitchen knives, I was a deer in headlights. I didn’t know what to do.” Feedback loops are a technique used by therapists to rethink child trauma through a family systems...

Podcast 12: Paulette Tomasson Interview

So, sit back and enjoy our "conversation between friends" with trauma therapist, Paulette Tomasson, as she discusses her vast therapy modalities from experiential to equine therapy and so much more. We discuss trauma, resilience/drive to survive, the blossoming of self-reflective men overcoming their sex addictions, internet pornography, critical need for parental controls on all devices, and embracing/celebrating our "note in the symphony"!

Funding bills in House and Senate call for the Surgeon General to address ACEs and health outcomes

Committee reports for the fiscal year 2019 funding bills for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor/HHS) call for the Office of the Surgeon General to report on the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and negative long-term health outcomes, including future substance misuse. The House Appropriations Committee report contains stronger and more specific language than the Senate report—it directs the Office of the Surgeon General to submit a...

A Looming Family Leave Plan in Congress Could Harm Parents With Disabilities [rewire.news]

Efforts to pass paid family leave are gaining momentum across the country. Just last month, Massachusetts became the sixth state , along with the District of Columbia, to pass legislation mandating it in some form. As attention to the importance of paid family leave, intensifies, however, it is vital that the needs of all families be considered—including parents with disabilities. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate held a hearing to discuss potential federal family policies, featuring two...

Taking Away the Phones Won’t Solve Our Teenagers’ Problems [nytimes.com]

Apple has introduced new software designed to help users restrict the time they spend on their phones — just change your settings and your favorite app will lock you out after a certain number of hours. It’s been especially welcomed by parents who fret about the habits of their “screenagers” — young people who seem permanently attached to their mobile devices. Even Silicon Valley insiders demanded that Apple make its devices “ less addictive .” Some researchers have gone so far as to declare...

Petty Charges, Princely Profits [themarshallproject.org]

A wide array of criminal charges send people to jail in northeastern Mississippi: the familiar DUI or robbery, or the less expected, such as public profanity or possession of beer in a dry county. But no matter the charge, odds are that if you land in lockup here, you will buy your freedom from Corbett Bonding. Brian Corbett has sewn up the bail bond trade in this largely rural corner of the nation’s poorest state, minting millions from people charged with minor offenses. Operating out of a...

Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention [nytimes.com]

Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights out by 9 p.m. and lights on at dawn, after which make your bed according to the step-by-step instructions posted on the wall. Wash and mop the bathroom, scrubbing the sinks and toilets. Then it is time to form a line for the walk to breakfast. “You had to get in line for everything,” recalled Leticia, a girl from Guatemala. [For more on...

It’s Still ‘Show Me’ the Money [themarshallproject.org]

Nearly four years have passed since a 28-year-old white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown on the streets of Ferguson , the working-class suburb near St. Louis. Civil unrest, a militarized police presence, and unrelenting national publicity have brought energy and organized introspection to long-festering policing and justice issues. Ferguson may have been ground zero, but evidence of a wide range of police and judicial abuses extended broadly to suburban municipalities surrounding...

Why Resilience is Harmful and How to Improve it

Resilience is awesome, but also poses some risks and challenges. In 2012 a special edition of the Social Justice Studies academic research journal explored some of the risks. An intro and 5 academic research articles go very deeply into the topic of the "Dangers of Resilience Promotion." All the articles can be downloaded free at this link. https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/SSJ/issue/view/70 I will attempt to summarize those 6 articles here in common language, cuz the articles are...

Helping Traumatized Kids [Nationswell.com]

Experts worry that family separation could cause long-term developmental challenges for migrant children. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images MIGRANT CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS ARE AT A HIGH RISK FOR TOXIC STRESS. HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO SUPPORT THEM. It’s been a devastating summer for child migrants. Over 2,000 kids, some only toddlers, have been separated from their families at the border. With no easy way for these kids to be reunited with their families, experts worry that the...

A Better Way to Run Schools [Opinion, The New York Times]

Gaismen Campbell moved frequently as a young child. She started to come into her own in middle school, a few years after Katrina, and became her high school's salutatorian. A recent graduate of Spelman College, in Atlanta, she will start teaching eighth-grade English in New Orleans next month. Credit William Widmer for The New York Times The New Orleans turnaround shows the power of giving more freedom to teachers and principals — and then holding them accountable for their performance.

When Calling The Po-Po Is A No-No [npr.org]

Melissa DePino didn't take the infamous April video that showed two black men being handcuffed and ejected from a Philadelphia Starbucks—but she agreed to post it. "I know these things happen," the writer says, "but I'd never actually witnessed it myself. And when I saw it I thought 'people need to see this.'" So she uploaded and pressed "send." It got millions of views, and people are still talking about it. [For more on this story by KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, go to...

Watchful Eyes: At Peer-Run Injection Sites, Drug Users Help Each Other Stay Safe [npr.org]

People who use injection drugs in Vancouver, British Columbia, can do so, if they choose, under the watchful eyes of someone trained to help them if they overdose. This is the idea behind supervised injection sites, and it's an approach that over a dozen U.S. cities or states are considering to prevent drug overdose deaths and the spread of disease. Public health authorities in Vancouver, Canada, have run a supervised drug use center, Insite , since 2003. And as the death toll reaches record...

In the Middle Class, and Barely Getting By [nytimes.com]

Over the months that I was pregnant, my overriding fear was that I would not be able to afford a child. How much do diapers cost? I asked a friend with a 1-year-old, as if the answer wasn’t online. She couldn’t answer; diapers were just one of countless minor recurring expenses. The cost of child care, however, she could tell me. If it didn’t cost an arm and a leg, it did seem that every month she cut off a finger and a toe and Venmo’d them to her nanny — a payment that despite its size was...

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