January 2019

1st Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference

HERE this NOW is thrilled to announce its first annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference. The event will take place May 9th-May 11th at The Woodbound Inn in Rindge, NH. The event locale was selected for its central location in New England (2-hours from Boston, 3-hours from Portland, 4-hours from Albany). This conference experience will be unlike other conference formats. Registration is limited to 40 participants to maximize psychological safety, depth of learning, and individualized...

Trauma Sensitive Schools Training Package-Take a look at this robust, free training

"The Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package offers school and district administrators and staff a framework and roadmap for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach school- or districtwide. The Training Package includes a variety of resources for educating school staff about trauma and trauma-sensitive practices and for providing school leaders with a step-by-step process for implementing a universal, trauma-informed approach using package materials..." This is a great training package that...

Toxic masculinity is under attack. That’s fine. [vox.com]

If you Google “masculinity” right now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that men are engaged in an epic battle over our very right to exist. “ Masculinity isn’t a sickness ,” the Wall Street Journal intones. Who is behind this “ dubious attack ” on masculinity? It was a bit of a one-two punch, actually: Earlier this month, the American Psychological Association released new guidelines for working with men that highlighted a substantial body of research pointing to some of the harmful effects...

Brain biomarkers identify those at risk of severe PTSD symptoms [medicalxpress.com]

Using sophisticated computational tools, researchers at Yale University and the Icahn School of Medicine have discovered biomarkers that may explain why symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be so severe for some people and not for others. The findings are reported Jan. 21 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study of combat veterans who have been exposed to intense events shows that those with severe symptoms of PTSD have distinct patterns of neurological and...

Cultural Identity Is Crucial. How to Spot It in Your Child’s Classroom and What to Do About It If It’s Not There [the74million.org]

T here are few things in life that are certain when you become a parent — infants teach us the true value of a whisper; guilt, panic, and worrying automatically go into overdrive every day for the rest of your life; and we have never wanted the world to be a better place as much as we do as parents. However, as a mother of two black males, numbers 2 and 3 on the list of parental certainties have a distinct meaning for me, my life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for my children. In...

Next step in criminal justice reform could target jobs for ex-convicts, marijuana law [washingtonpost.com]

The bipartisan team that rallied House support for last year’s federal sentencing changes is drafting new legislation to clean up the existing criminal records of nonviolent drug offenders, a centerpiece of their efforts to pass further reforms. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.) are discussing how to potentially expunge the records of people who were convicted of drug crimes before minimum sentencing requirements were reduced and to restore their eligibility to...

The Government Shutdown Could Decimate America's Subsidized Housing Programs [psmag.com]

The government shutdown has hit the one-month mark, and subsidized housing programs are reeling. Between December and January, the contracts of 1,150 Section 8 units expired , putting in jeopardy the housing of tens of thousands of people enrolled in the project-based rental assistance subsidy program (over half of whom are elderly or disabled ). Another 500 contracts are set to expire if the shutdown continues into February. As administered through the Department of Housing and Urban...

America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus [hechingerreport.org]

NEW ORLEANS —“Diversity” was top of mind when Angel Carter was applying to schools. Raised in an African-American enclave in Atlanta, she said, “I would have loved to go to an HBCU,” the acronym for historically black colleges and universities. But college should stretch you, she felt, so Carter chose Tulane, where the student body is 75 percent white. “I hadn’t had many interactions with white people,” said Carter, now a senior majoring in anthropology and cell biology. “I wanted to work on...

National Cancer Rates Saw Huge Drop in Last Quarter Century, But Less So for People Who Are Poor or Of Color [calhealthreport.org]

Last week saw some good news about cancer from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual checkup report —a 25-year decline in cancer rates and a 27 percent drop in the overall cancer death rates in the United States. That’s approximately 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016. Early detection and optimal treatment get credit from the ACS, along with reductions in smoking rates, for declines in lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. “The decline in cancer mortality...

National collaborative provides roadmap for doctors to ask about adult patients' ACEs, current trauma

How do you ask patients about current and past trauma? And how do you respond to their disclosures? Those are two key questions that members of a national collaborative who are among the early adopters of trauma-informed care practices have answered in a recent article in the journal Women’s Health Issues. Dr. Edward Machtinger To Dr. Edward Machtinger, the lead author of the paper entitled, “ From treatment to Healing: Inquiry and response to recent and past trauma in adult health care” ,...

Grief and Empathy

What could make people be able to empathize? People who have experienced very little loss in their lives can miss the ability to grasp the pain others live with every day. If they had tragedy happen in their lives my wish would be that from that tragedy they would henceforth be able to empathize with those they have dismissed throughout their privileged lives.

When Self-Help Just Makes Your Life Worse [medium.com]

It started with the internet. Every time she was online, it seemed like Bénédicte Kinkolo was served up another story about some successful person doing something great: running a business, winning awards, making millions of dollars. Kinkolo, then a second-year student at King’s College in London, ate it up. She knew she wanted to be this kind of successful, though she wasn’t yet sure at what. Maybe emulating the people she read about — their habits, their routines, what they thought about...

Turning Trauma Into Strength [blogs.psychcentral.com]

Most of us have or will experience trauma at some point in our lives. Whether it comes in the form of a personal upheaval – such as a serious injury or illness, victimhood at the hands of another, job loss, or the loss of a loved one – or through witnessing a traumatic event experienced by others, trauma is likely to have a profound and lasting effect on us. By now, we are all familiar with the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD ), but there is something else that can occur...

10 years later, goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule [hechingerreport.org]

When then-President Barack Obama stood before a friendly and enthusiastic crowd at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, 10 years ago this year, the goals he set out were — as the president himself said — historic. Within a decade, he said on that day in 2009, community colleges like Macomb would collectively boost their number of graduates by five million. That would help return the United States to first in the world in the proportion of its population with the credentials needed to...

Providing a Peer “Home Base” for People with Addictions Who Are Homeless

In communities across the nation, complex care management teams are deploying “non-traditional” health care workers — including individuals with lived experience or skills that transcend the traditional bounds of health care — to better connect with high-risk patients. The New Faces of the Complex Care Workforce series showcases how these workers are helping in innovative ways to address the needs of adult Medicaid beneficiaries with complex health and social needs. In the second profile of...

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