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The ten most significant things I've learned about healing from childhood trauma

As the year ends and the inevitable finish line of what I could call chaos is upon us, I decided to compile my thoughts on the changes and shifts of the state of my mental health. This is a top ten list about my most significant mental health and trauma recovery lessons. In no particular order: 1: No one is out to get me. - I swear this is the part about recovering from trauma and abuse that no one mentions. The world, as it turns out, is, in fact, not against me. I had been all but wrong...

Bounceback Wednesdays

Join Early Childhood Educator, Child Advocate and Community Organizer, Community Leader, and ACEs Champion, Jameelah Hanif brings ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Awareness on a Facebook Live Discussion with guests who share their childhood trauma experiences and their healing process . Our purpose is to educate, empower and encourage others to become trauma-informed with hope that those tuning in will be inspired to educate, empower, and encourage others to spread awareness about ACEs.

Pasco’s sheriff uses grades and abuse histories to label schoolchildren potential criminals.

This is deeply disturbing. How about helping these kids instead? I fit the criteria and certainly no criminal. Take care, Michael. Pasco’s sheriff uses grades and abuse histories to label schoolchildren potential criminals. The kids and their families don’t know. | Investigations - https://projects.tampabay.com/projects/2020/investigations/police-pasco-sheriff-targeted/school-data/

Why These World War II Sex Slaves Are Still Demanding Justice [npr.org]

December 4, 2020 12:11 PM ET by Julie McCarthy Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual and physical violence. Narcisa Claveria will turn 89 this year, two days before Christmas. Stepping onto the veranda of the family apartment, she takes a moment to check on her 92-year-old husband, who eyes visitors with a weary look. The couple lives in the hill town of Antipolo, an hour outside Manila, in the Philippines. Outwardly, she is grandmotherly, sweet and tranquil. But...

The Attachment & Trauma Network Resource Directory

The Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc. (ATN) is excited to announce the launch of our Resource Directory . The Directory is designed to help parents/caregivers and other adults find resources for children, as well as youth, teens, and adults, who have been impacted by trauma and have attachment challenges. We thank the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for their generous funding of ATN’s Resource Directory . If you are a trauma-informed service provider and would like to be listed in our...

Coping with the Loss of School Traditions

Compassionate Schools Newsletter | Issue 4, December 2020 Coping with the Loss of School Traditions By Carey Jacobsen, Director of Clinical Services As we enter Holiday Season, we are reminded again that this school year is so very different than any we have ever experienced. There will be no Snowball Dance, no Thanksgiving lunch with grandparents, no year-end Holiday Party with snacks and parent volunteers milling about. Semester exams look different, and every week there are adjustments to...

Self-Compassion Will Make You a Better Leader [hbr.org]

By Rich Fernandez and Steph Stern, Harvard Business Review, November 9, 2020 It’s understandable for leaders to get caught up in fear, doubt, and criticism when facing critical business decisions that will have a major impact on lives and livelihoods. But what’s needed in times of uncertainty and disruption is mental clarity, emotional balance, fortitude, and vision. To move from self-doubt and paralysis to clarity and action, you need an often-misunderstood skill: self-compassion. Based on...

Pender group wants community informed on childhood trauma (Star News)

By Emma Dill, December 3, 2020, Wilmington Star News. A new resiliency task force aims to make Pender County a stronger and more trauma-informed community. The task force will focus on educating community members and local providers about the lasting impact of childhood traumas. It will also provide training that helps residents recognize and respond to signs of trauma. [ Please click here to read more ]

COVID-19: Pandemic has hit special needs kids hard, advocate's report says [vancouversun.com]

By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2020 An astonishing number of families raising special needs children have been unable to access government respite funding and emergency supports put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a special report by B.C.’s representative for children and youth. The pandemic has cast a harsh light on a “crisis decades in the making” for families that rely on support for children with lifelong disabilities, neurological conditions and...

Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes: Understanding the Root Cause Is Key to Achieving Equity [journals.lww.com]

By La Quandra S. Nesbitt, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (January/February 2021), December 2020 As the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States increased, and public reporting of demographic characteristics improved, the stark disparities in COVID-19–related incidence and mortality became evident. 1 While these disparities were alarming to many, for others, they illuminated the unfortunate inequities in health and health care that exist and persist in the United...

Bringing Health Care Into Communities [ssir.org]

By Ahmed Sougueh and Jokho Farah, Stanford Social Innovation Review, December 2020 From balconies in New York City to the National Assembly in Kenya; across Spain, Italy, Turkey, Singapore, India, and many other nations around the world—some of the most inspiring images from the pandemic have shown leaders, celebrities, and everyday people clapping, ringing cowbells, and banging on pots to recognize and give gratitude to the health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. This...

L.A. mayor announces $800 stipends for food service workers [latimes.com]

By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2020 Los Angeles will offer a one-time $800 stipend to employees who work in food service industries, including restaurants, breweries and food stands, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday. The Secure Emergency Relief for Vulnerable Employees, or SERVE, initiative will give 4,000 workers the cash using money from the nonprofit Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, Garcetti said in an evening briefing. The news comes as the number of...

SAVE THE DATE! ACEs Aware Grant Opportunity to Support Trauma-Informed Networks of Care informational webinar will be held on December 11, 2020 [acesaware.org]

ACEs Aware Grant Opportunity to Support Trauma-Informed Networks of Care Informational Webinar The informational webinar will be held on December 11, 2020, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit questions for the webinar via email to info@acesaware.org by Noon on December 7, 2020 . The subject line of the email should read “Network of Care Informational Webinar.” Mark your calendar and join this Zoom link on webinar day. More information about the RFP and the...

Art and Trauma: Creativity As a Resiliency & Healing Factor

Art and Trauma: Creativity As a Resiliency & Healing Factor I have long believed that all of the creative arts are healing. I was drawn to music because it made me feel good, first just listening, then learning to play the drums and then performing in rock bands. Later in life, learning the guitar and singing along with songwriting. Sadly, trauma disconnects so many of us from our creative outlets...finding the ways to reconnect with our creative selves goes a long ways in healing the...

A HOPEful Thanksgiving: Follow-Up [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Chloe Yang, 12/3/20, positiveexperience.org/blog Last week, in anticipation of an unprecedented Thanksgiving experience, we published a special holiday blog post . The post was composed of crowdsourced stories, featuring individuals’ efforts to safely create positive experiences during a socially distanced time. Our first story came from Dianna Shaw, a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver in suburban Rhode Island. To recap, Dianna realized she would be the last or only person the seniors on her...

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