November 2019

New Study Dispels Myths About What Makes Youth Sports Fun for Kids [sciencedaily.com]

By George Washington University, ScienceDaily, November 14, 2019 "Our data indicate girls and boys are more similar than different when it comes to what makes playing sports fun," said Amanda J. Visek, PhD, an associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). "What counts most for girls and boys are things like 'trying your best,' 'working hard,' 'staying active,' and 'playing well...

I Watched Friends Die in Afghanistan. The Guilt Has Nearly Killed Me. [nytimes.com]

By Adam Linehan, The New York Times, November 11, 2019 When my grandfather Michael Linehan Jr. arrived in North Africa in December 1943 to begin his tour of duty with the 15th Air Force, the average life expectancy of an Allied heavy-bomber crewman was roughly six combat missions, less than a fourth of what he was required to fly. As the 25-year-old pilot of a B-24 Liberator, my grandfather flew in some of the most decisive engagements of the war, including the Battle of Anzio and the second...

The Healing Place Podcast - Sarah Peyton: Your Resonant Self

Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma. She brings together depth work and self-compassion that integrate relational neuroscience with the transformative potential of language. She teaches and lectures internationally, and is the author of the book 'Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing.

Major New Project to Use Nature-Based Solutions to Help Laos Adapt to Climate Change [unenvironment.org]

By UN Environment Programme, November 13, 2019 The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a major funder of climate projects, has approved a US$10 million project that’s expected to benefit 10 per cent of Laos’ population. The project is using nature-based solutions in four cities to build resilience towards ever-increasing floods caused by climate change. The project represents a major ‘paradigm shift’ of urban flood management in Laos, from hard infrastructure towards the integration of...

'How Do We Recover?': Experts Weigh In on How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings [latimes.com]

By Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2019 The shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Thursday touched off intense, heart-sinking fear among many teenagers who ran for cover, barricaded classroom doors with tables and chairs, and hid in closets. Later, as they were reunited at a park, evacuated students and parents collapsed into one another’s arms in long, tearful hugs. “Fear made it feel like we were waiting in silence forever,” said Andrei Mojica, 17, who locked...

More Adolescents Seek Medical Care for Mental Health Issues [californiahealthline.org]

By Phillip Reese, California Healthline, November 11, 2019 Less than a decade ago, the emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego would see maybe one or two young psychiatric patients per day, said Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, the hospital’s interim director of child and adolescent psychiatry. Now, it’s not unusual for the emergency room to see 10 psychiatric patients in a day, and sometimes even 20, said Maxwell. “What a lot of times is happening now is kids aren’t getting the...

How healthy compassionate touch transforms

When Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, asks children across the United States what love looks like, they almost always turn to one another and give a hug or touch in some way. Touch is one of the strongest tools for building love and connection, and when used appropriately, it shapes bonds, builds self-esteem and encourages a positive outlook. Touch is a vital way of connecting and providing emotional support. Yet there seems to be an increasing trend of kids...

Teri Wellbrock on "Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" Radio Show

This Sunday (November 17th) at 8 pm CST, Terri Wellbrock will be the special guest on "Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" Radio Program. The program will spotlight the entire hour on Teri and her wonderful work with Hope for Healing. To listen in on this exciting and informative program simply hit this link: https://bbsradio.com/breakingthesilence or download the BBS Radio app. After the LIVE radio program on Sunday evening then the program is released to over 115 podcast...

Webinar Slides and Recording: The Human Impact of Climate Change

Recorded live November 13, 2019. Find the slides attached below. Speaker: Elaine Miller-Karas, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director and Co-founder, Trauma Resource Institute. Guest: Kelly Doty, MA, Strengthening Families Program Manager, Youth for Change Host: Carey Sipp, Southeast Community Facilitator, ACEs Connection. Climate change emergencies are real and the human toll during and in the aftermath impact children, teens and adults. This webinar will hear from Kelly Doty, a survivor, who lost...

Despite Gains, the Emotional Lives of Children Often Forgotten by Our Medical System [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By A.K. Whitney, Center for Health Journalism, November 11, 2019 I don’t remember the date, or even the time of year, though the medical records tell me it was 1977. I was 6. But I will always remember that day: the gloomy, wood-paneled exam room at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, the hard, high table I sat on, the doctor looming above me as he muttered about swan necks and hammers, though there were no birds or tools in sight. He didn’t bother making eye contact with me. I’m not sure he...

New York Expands Eligibility for Kin Who Want to Foster Children [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Rachel Nielsen, The Chronicle of Social Change, November 14, 2019 When caseworkers remove children from their homes and place them into foster care, it can be jarring and traumatic. A new law in New York aims to ease the transition by enabling a wider circle of family members and even non-relatives to become the kids’ foster parents. That law, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed in late October, broadens the definition of relatives. Previously, only certain blood relatives of a parent of a...

One Woman's $5 Vegan Meals are Served in an Unexpected Place: The Bodega [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, NationSwell, November 13, 2019 Picture your local convenience store. It might be the 7-Eleven around the block or that one bodega with the best drip coffee. The image that comes to mind is likely filled with shimmery, plastic-wrapped candy bars, brightly colored lotto tickets and, well, unhealthy food. While bodegas and corner stores often aren’t known for healthy snack options, they are known to foster community. Bodegas, most commonly found in New York City, have a...

DACA Changed a Generation of California Immigrants. These are Some of Their Stories [latimes.com]

By Cindy Carcamo, Andrea Castillo, Teresa Watanabe, and Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2019 They are doctors and pharmacists, business owners and students who were brought to the United States as children, unaware that they had entered illegally or on visas that later expired. Without legal status, their hopes for the future were dim. Seven years ago, their lives dramatically changed when the Obama administration announced it would defer deportation and allow work permits for...

The Little Book of ACEs

What this little book tells you This little book has been written by a small group of front line practitioners who have extensive experience in supporting children who are living with trauma and/or experiencing traumatic events. We are all based in the North West of England and work in the education sector and the NHS. We have written this Little Book to inform other practitioners about what ACEs are, what their immediate effects are and how they can affect children both in the short-term...

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