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Broken Places- A 2019 BPT Film Screening

"The world breaks and afterward many are strong in the broken places" - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms During the BPT Pre-Conference on June 25th, CRI will be screening Broken Places - a documentary that posits why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. Filmmakers explored 40 years of film archives following children who experienced immense childhood stress, watching with curiosity as some overcame hardship and thrived in their adult...

Queer Social Journalism, Excelling the ACE Movement

A Trans-Parent Inclusive Body of Artwork What: a netart (internet art) queer social advocacy project; a response to the call to action for more trans bodies in art & research. LGBTQ+ Version of The ACE Questionaire LGBTQ+ reading list & answered call to action from the UNCA library. Resources for LGB T Q+ living in WNC & how to be an ally A neurodiverse friendly library exhibition of art/research cataloged online Where : The Univerisity of North Carolina in Asheville's Disability...

Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels [npr.org]

By Dan Charles, NPR, June 12, 2019. Take a walk through the grocery store; the packages are talking to you, proclaiming their moral virtue, appealing to your ideals: organic, cage-free, fair trade. When I dug into the world of eco-labels recently, I was surprised to find that some of the people who know these labels best are ambivalent about them. Take Rebecca Thistlethwaite , for example. She has spent most of her life trying to build a better food system, one that's good for the...

People encouraged to make meaningful connections during resiliency conference (Utah) [hjnews.com]

By Matilyn Mortensen, The Herald Journal, June 13, 2019. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox encouraged audience members to focus on individual-level solutions and building a sense of community while speaking at the Resilience through Caring Connections conference on Wednesday afternoon. “The only way that we are going to fix what is wrong in our society is to work directly with the individual,” Cox said. The conference was hosted at Utah State University by the Resilience through Caring Connections...

Stop Dreaming & Start Doing

With graduation season upon us, I have been thinking a lot about one of my favorite graduation speeches. It’s the speech that Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, gave in 2014 at Dartmouth College. She references the typical expected advice from a graduation speech: “Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big..." And then she says, “I think that’s crap.”

TIC: News and Notes for the Week of June 10, 2019

ACEs, Adversity's Impact How emotional trauma drives nearly everything we do Adverse childhood events linked to worse patent-reported SLE outcomes A global survey sheds new light on how bad events affect young people Childhood adversity tied to sleep problems decades later Childhood adversity linked to early puberty, premature brain development and mental illness Video: ACEs and toxic stress: Rewriting the story for the next gene How childhood trauma impacts our families, our work, our...

Claire's Story: Claire is a Hygienist! Part 59.

By P. Berman, K. Hecht & A. Hosack I have a job. I really have a job. It is not one of my dreams. It is real. I start today! Claire is starting work today. Unlike her literally “dream job,” her real job is not in the same office as Shelly. However, it is in a beautiful building that also has a small coffee shop inside so that she can eat out to lunch sometimes on special occasions. She has practiced going there on the bus twice and knows where to stand for the bus, the schedule that it...

Why Focus on Resilience? 2019 BPT Conference Big Idea Session with Teri Barila

“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in” -Desmond Tutu. This quote captures the essence of why resilience matters. To Community Resilience Initiative, Resilience is not about “lifting yourself up by your bootstraps” or “bouncing back” from serious harm or injury. To us, Resilience is about self-discovery and self-awareness based on what the ACE Study, neurobiology, and epigenetics tell us...

Toward a Trauma-Informed Model [americanlibrariesmagazine.or]

Intent on finding a safe place to spend the day, the elderly woman trudged into the public library, burdened with several bags of precious possessions. She was immediately greeted by the sight of a library worker thrusting out a hand and snapping, “No, you can’t bring those things in here.” “She said she felt like she was being struck,” explains Caroline Sharkey. A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) on the faculty of the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work in Athens, Sharkey...

Systems Are Not People-Shaped

A few weeks ago I was at a big kickoff event for a new county-wide project to address what our communities feel are the biggest concerns we face. It definitely had its moments and I was all eyes and ears ready to absorb new info and be inspired by the power of coming together for a purpose. One of the last things that I heard that morning was to show the promise of next steps – the speaker said that basically in order to do anything meaningful – you, of course, need a building which – good...

Trauma and Nursing Home Admission: Engaging in the Life of a New Community

“How has Mrs. Smith handled change in the past?” This was how we predicted how well a new resident would cope with nursing home admission in 1983, when I started my career in aging services. For the most part, this simplistic rule of thumb seemed to work, but I look back now and see that question as but an opening to a deeper conversation, one that might help any organization understand how to best adjust its own practices and environment to support an Elder new to its services or community.

Helping Dads Support Their Kids’ Health and Development [rwjf.org]

By Jamie Bussel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, June 13, 2019. This Sunday, families around the country will celebrate Father’s Day and pay tribute to the special caregivers in their lives. It’s a time when I find myself feeling especially grateful for all the positive ways my own father has influenced my life and the crucial role my husband plays in raising our daughters. I also think about the many dads I have been lucky enough to meet throughout my life. These are the special dads who...

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