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October 2020

Mark Your Calendars! Oct. 28, 2020 — Cracked Up: The Evolving Conversation, with special guest Dr. Jacob Ham

Join comedian Darrell Hammond and filmmaker Michelle Esrick on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, for the fifth episode of CRACKED UP: THE EVOLVING CONVERSATION. This episode features Dr. Jacob Ham , a clinical psychologist, associate professor and director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Ham is a highly sought-after trainer and consultant on trauma-informed engagement and maintains an active clinical practice at Mount...

From: THE LANCET: The opioid crisis and the 2020 US election: crossroads for a national epidemic

From: THE LANCET : The opioid crisis and the 2020 US election: crossroads for a national epidemic By Leana S Wen and Nakisa B Sadeghi Published:October 06, 2020 This is the conclusion followed by a brief outline of the 3 key points Please read the entire article which is linked here Dennis Haffron htthttps://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32113-9/fulltextps://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32113-9 Conclusion On the cusp of the presidential election and in the midst...

Wikipedia and W.H.O. Join to Combat Covid Misinformation [nytimes.com]

By Donald G. McNeil Jr. on October 22, 2020 for the New York Times As part of efforts to stop the spread of false information about the coronavirus pandemic, Wikipedia and the World Health Organization announced a collaboration on Thursday: The health agency will grant the online encyclopedia free use of its published information, graphics and videos. The collaboration is the first between Wikipedia and a health agency. “We all consult just a few apps in our daily life, and this puts W.H.O.

Closing California’s State Youth Prisons is a Victory for Racial Justice [jjie.org]

By Renee Menart on October 19, 2020, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange In a long-awaited decision, California leaders have moved to close the state’s youth correctional institutions managed by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Throughout its 80-year history, DJJ has come under harsh criticism for its prison-like conditions, rampant violence and dramatic racial disparities among youth behind its walls. Recently, the rapid spread of COVID-19 inside DJJ facilities sparked...

Landlords Challenge U.S. Eviction Ban and Continue to Oust Renters [bloomberg.com]

By Kriston Capps , October 22, 2020, 2:11 PM EDT for Bloomberg City Lab In September, the Trump administration announced a national moratorium on evictions , via an order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus. The four-month temporary suspension applies to any tenant who can’t make rent due to economic conditions and who presents a written declaration about their circumstances to their landlord. But the CDC ban now faces legal...

For Pregnant Women, Stigma Complicates Opioid Misuse Treatment [thefix.com]

By Amarica Rafanelli 10/22/20, for The Fix.com New and expectant mothers face unique challenges when seeking treatment for an opioid use disorder. On top of preparing for motherhood, expectant mothers often face barriers to accessing treatment, which typically involves taking safer opioids to reduce dependency over time. The approach is called medication assisted therapy, or MAT, and is a key component in most opioid treatment programs. But with pregnant women, providers can be hesitant to...

Register now for Bridging to Resilience virtual conference by the ESSDACK Resilience Team

Bridging to Resilience is a virtual conference to connect us with the ideas, strategies, tools, and people to help build resilience and heal trauma in our own communities. When: November 12-13 Where: Zoom virtual conferencing. Links to keynotes and sessions will be shared with registered participants before November 12. Cost: $99/person for 2 full days of virtual learning + 1 year of On-Demand access to all the sessions after the conference closes. Can't attend on November 12-13? No problem!

Back to the Basics of HOPE [positiveexperience.org/blog]

By Dr. Bob Sege, 10/22/20, positiveexperience.org/blog [...] The spirit of HOPE is simple: children are not products to be graded, sorted, and labeled, and parents are complex human beings who love their children and do everything in their power to care for them. This sounds simple. However, we live in an age where accountability has been translated into systematic evaluation–including children’s physical and developmental progress, parents’ and caretakers’ mental health education and...

Psychotherapy: What to Expect and How to Find Help

In the last two posts, we have examined together some of the types of psychotherapy and the therapeutic alliance. In this piece, we shall explore what to and not expect in psychotherapy, and how to find the help you need. Important Qualities of a Great Therapist Just as there are many different types of therapists with many varying qualifications, finding one that meets your needs may take time and be frustrating. However, if you understand the qualities that make a great therapist you stand...

The Social Determinants of Mental Health: Definition, Validation, and Action

Mental health disparities, are as much a public health issue as racism itself, which is affirmed in over 20 states, 700 counties, and rising). The gaps in culturally-informed and inclusive treatment providers and interventions must also be mitigated. Defining the Social Determinants of Mental Health (SDoMH) is an unparalleled opportunity for integrated and wholistic health care models moving forward, plus all behavioral health professionals

After serving prison time, these students excel in Fresno State Program. How it works [fresnobee.com]

By Ashleigh Panoo, The Fresno Bee, October 21, 2020 After working for three months as a tutor at Fresno City College in 2016, Khoi Quach got a call that he needed to go to the campus police station. “As soon as I heard that, I knew there wasn’t going to be any good news,” the now 28-year-old said. At the station, he was told his background check came back, showing a conviction. He was fired. [ Please click here to read more .]

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