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October 2019

Minds Under Siege: Cognitive Signatures of Poverty and Trauma in Refugee and Non-Refugee Adolescents [srcd.onlinelibrary.wiley.com]

By Alexandra Chen, Catherine Panter-Brick, et al., Society for Research in Child Development, October 24, 2019 Abstract The impacts of war and displacement on executive function (EF)—what we might call the cognitive signatures of minds under siege—are little known. We surveyed a gender‐balanced sample of 12‐ to 18‐year‐old Syrian refugees (n = 240) and Jordanian non‐refugees (n = 210) living in Jordan. We examined the relative contributions of poverty, trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress,...

Dispatches From San Quentin: Is San Quentin State Prison The Future Of Prison Reform? [witnessla.com]

By James King (WLA Guest), Witness LA, October, 20, 2019 I hear it all the time. “San Quentin is unique,” “If only we could take what’s happening here and reproduce it in other prisons,” blah, blah, blah. You know what? That was kind of overdramatic. Let me start again. I have yet to meet anyone here who doesn’t think San Quentin is the best prison in the state, and possibly on the country. As a person who has been here for nearly six years, I can confirm that the opportunities at this...

Child Law Penalizes Moms for Abusive Partners [capitalandmain.com]

By Angelika Albaladejo, Capital & Main, October 16, 2019 Ingrid Archie thought she was doing everything right to protect her children. She got a restraining order against her abusive partner and moved into a domestic violence shelter with her kids. Then Archie got arrested for child endangerment. It had been only a month since she’d left the relationship and she was struggling to get back on her feet. She was stressed out and trying to run errands with her two youngest daughters. One of...

Addressing ACEs in Adults is Key (https://twitter.com/ACEs_Canada)

Twitter post Oct. 24 by Elizabeth Perry for @ACEs_Canada https://twitter.com/ACEs_Canada/status/1187400245568835585 This post I made has received a lot of interest. I thought you on ACEs Connection might also appreciate reading it. #ACEs are not just about children. That's the problem. Many who talk about ACEs just focus on prevention. But there are millions - probably billions of us living on this planet as #AdultsWithACEs Our potential is impeded by the lingering, unresolved effects of our...

This Podcast Isn’t Just About Trauma (www.thetraumatherapistproject.com)

Here's a podcast link about the host of the Trauma Therapist Podcast, Guy MacPherson, PhD. In this episode, he shares why he's "doing this work" and asking us, whether as his guest, a listener, a survivor or a therapist (or all of those things), what brings us to this work, and what is our passion, vulnerability, and purpose as it relates to thinking and talking about trauma. "As we close in on 400 episodes," he said, "I think I'm slowly being able to see what this podcast is about and I...

Experiences, Realities, and the Future: What the End of Random Searches Means to Students [fixschooldiscipline.org]

By Elvia Perez, Fix School Discipline, October 23, 2019 I am a recent LAUSD graduate and student rights activist. I believe that ending the random search policy is a tremendous victory for the #StudentsNotSuspects Coalition[1] who have spent years fighting for this very moment. I co-founded the Students Deserve chapter at my high school, in hopes of bringing an end to these “random” searches, as they serve to criminalize, traumatize, and degrade racial and ethnic groups. Students Deserve is...

Medicaid Covers a Million Fewer Children. Baby Elijah Was One of Them. [nytimes.com]

By Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times, October 23, 2019 The baby’s lips were turning blue from lack of oxygen in the blood when his mother, Kristin Johnson, rushed him to an emergency room here last month. Only after he was admitted to intensive care with a respiratory virus did Ms. Johnson learn that he had been dropped from Medicaid coverage. The 9-month-old, Elijah, had joined a growing number of children around the country with no health insurance, a trend that new...

Opinion: Why 'Sesame Street' is Smarter About Foster Care Than Your Local Child Welfare Agency [latimes.com]

By Naomi Schaefer Riley, Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2019 When “Sesame Street” adds a character and a story line to its fabled neighborhood, people notice. In May, the show’s creators introduced Karli, a Muppet in foster care, and this month they revealed the reason for her situation: Her mom struggles with substance abuse. In supplemental “Sesame Street in the Community” videos available online, Elmo’s dad explains to him that “Karli’s mother has a disease called addiction. Addiction...

Scientists Taught Rats to Drive Little Rat-Sized Cars. It Could Advance Human Mental Health Treatment [cnn.com]

By Scottie Andrew, CNN, October 23, 2019 Hormones found in their feces showed improved emotional resilience In sifting through their fecal matter, Lambert found both groups of rats trained to drive secreted higher levels of corticosterone and DHEA, hormones that control stress responses. Corticosterone is a hormone animals could secrete in high-stakes scenarios like running from a wild animal or defending themselves from predators, but it can also be expressed in lower-risk tasks like doing...

Addressing ACEs as a Social Transformation Initiative

Until we are willing to acknowledge that we collectively have not fulfilled the needs of developing humans throughout our evolution, and therefore as adults we are not operating at our optimal capacity as human organisms, we will continue to perpetuate the social conditions that hinder optimal development, all the while pretending that we adults are unaffected and traumatic childhoods are normal.

California Legislative Update – Fall 2019

Five of the bills that the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA) was tracking this legislative session were signed or incorporated into law! They are: Assembly Bill 741 (Kalra), which requires the Department of Health Care Services to provide trainings for personnel who administer trauma screenings in a pediatric or primary care providing setting for children in Medi-Cal. The substance of this bill was included in the Governor’s May Revise budget, and funded at $50 million...

Claire's Story. Mrs. Carson's letter in published. Part 103.

By P. Berman, K. Hecht & A. Hosack, I can’t believe it! Look what she did for me! I can’t… Claire was holding the Saturday morning newspaper and feeling in shock. She had planned to just lay on the sofa and relax watching TV- it wasn’t easy to find time to just hang out and not try to accomplish a chore or a job. Davy was outside playing with Mr. Carson; Claire had time just for herself. She had sipped a little milk from her glass, put it down on the coffee table, and accidentally...

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