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November 2019

Grateful in a Grand Way

Children don’t come to live with their grandparents or relatives because everything is going great. The transition can be tough for the new family. As a grand“Parent” guardian of my grandson, I’ve written previously about the sad stuff, the tough stuff, and there’s a lot of it. It’s easy to get sucked into the negative, rehashing the entire past, the guilt, the anger, and projecting into an ugly future. Today is the last day of National Adoption Month. It is a month I celebrate, not as a...

Boys Indoctrination into Manhood in Society and the Damaging Effects of CPTSD

Almost from day one, boys born into modern society are bombarded with the idea that they are different from females. Not that females are not made to feel odd about themselves, but boys have it much harder in many ways. We give boys guns, cars, fire engines, and other “manly” conventions and expect them to live up to what the symbolism these things infer. When something horrible, such as sexual abuse occurs, boys receive two messages, each destructive in their own way.

What Causes Addiction?

We all know that addiction is an incredibly complex disease, however, some people still wonder what causes this problem. This is a valid question but it is also one with a complex answer. There are a number of different factors that can cause and trigger someone’s addiction, everything from biological changes, family history, environmental factors, and more can all contribute to this problem. As we know from ACEs, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, there are many environmental factors that...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter November 2019

Hi Folks, The latest edition of the Surviving Spirit Newsletter is posted at the website - http://newsletters.survivingspirit.com/index.php http://newsletters.survivingspirit.com/pdfs/2019-11-The_Surviving_Spirit_Newsletter_November_2019.pdf To sign up for an e-mail copy, please write to me @ mikeskinner@comcast.net or sign up @ Website via Contact Us, Thanks! Michael. Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse &...

10 Simple Steps for Reducing Toxic Stress in the Classroom

As the brain science on adverse childhood experiences evolves, teaching must, too By Jim Hickman & Kathy Higgins We all know that when children aren’t well, they’re less likely to learn. More and more teachers recognize that children who can’t sit still in class, act out, or have asthma may be showing warning signs of a toxic exposure to childhood trauma. More than two decades ago, landmark research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente found that...

Holistic tools for coping with PTSD or any trauma related reaction

Good morning everyone. I have not posted for a long time. I wanted to share some tools because the holidays tend to be stressful for many people especially for trauma survivors. I'd like to share some ideas from my still looking for a publisher book Unlocking The Puzzle of PTSD, A Holistic Guide to Restoring Inner Peace . I hope these ideas are helpful. I am a retired therapist, Trauma Specialist with 25 years in the field. I also have 22 years of post Masters training. Wishing everyone...

The Relentless School Nurse: Love Wins and Also Saves Lives

December 14th marks the seventh anniversary of Sandy Hook. These anniversaries come fast and furious. Name the event and the date comes to mind. Sandy Hook – 12/14, Parkland – 2/14, Columbine 4/20 are just a few of the hundreds, yes, hundreds of mass school shootings that have happened in our country. To be specific, there have been more than 230 school shootings since Columbine. I connected with Nelba Marquez-Greene on Twitter. She is the mother of Ana Grace, who died at Sandy Hook...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy During Recovery

When it comes to addiction recovery, there are no silver bullets. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to help people with substance abuse. It is important to understand that every patient should get their own individualized treatment plan to help them achieve long-term sobriety. These treatment programs should be based on multiple aspects of the patient's life including substances being used, medical history, and more. With that said, there are still a few consistent portions of the...

When ACEs collide with Social Adversity and Disparities

When ACEs collide with additional social adversity outside the home, our children and youth can face daunting challenges. Social adversity in the form of community violence or growing up in areas where isolation and poverty are the norm, rather than robust services and opportunities, can also diminish every family member. Far from the public eye, academics and health researchers use terms to describe various forms of social adversity. There’s an entire field of study focused on the social...

TraumaInformedMD.com, a New Website for Professionals and Parents

TraumaInformedMD.com is a new website, launched in March of 2019, with the aim of consolidating and curating resources for physicians, parents, and professionals working with children in a way that is easy to search when seeing a patient. It is also an easy way to learn the basics of ACEs and trauma informed care, evidence-based treatments, and ways of bolstering resilience at your own convenience. I have been a pediatrician in the Oklahoma City area for 11 years. After having three...

Saquon Barkley Helps With Sleep Out on Newark Streets 'So Homeless Kids Don't Have To' [northjersey.com]

By Shaylah Brown, NorthJersey.com, November 22, 2019 When the hard floor of Newark Penn Station served as her bed, sleep was fitful for Queen — often interrupted by the cold winds whipped up by passing trains and their loud-sounding horns. “Some days the rain was so bad, I was freezing," said Queen who now lives at Covenant House in Newark. "Whenever I go back to Newark Penn Station now, it’s hard because I see people who still haven’t made it out.” On Thursday night into Friday morning,...

Hundreds Attend ACEs Town Hall Featuring California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris (with video) [northcoastjournal.com]

By Iridian Casarez, North Coast Journal, November 22, 2019 The Sequoia Conference Center on Humboldt County Office of Education’s campus was at capacity, 448 people had landed a seat — while at least another 100 watched from a live stream in a separate room. The draw was a conversation among California’s first Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris and a panel of locals spearheading Humboldt County’s efforts to alleviate the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs. “Thank...

How to Honor Indigenous Knowledge [medium.com]

By Lisa Urlbauer, Medium, November 22, 2019 Next week, our friends in the U.S. are celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a celebration of the blessings of the year, especially of the harvest — enjoyed by many with turkey, stuffing, and pie. Thanksgiving is also a good opportunity to learn about indigenous communities. “There’s just no way to celebrate Thanksgiving without celebrating Native genocide,” says a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. When the pilgrims arrived, the Wampanoag tribe...

These Mobile Showers for the Homeless Offer Much More Than Hot Water [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, NationSwell, November 22, 2019 In Jersey City, New Jersey, weekday mornings are bustling at the Journal Square station. People rush in and out of trains and across platforms; most are coming from or going to New York City, commuting to work or dropping children off at daycare. But a few people near the Journal Square station won’t be stepping onto a train. Instead, they’re stepping into a mobile shower. They’ll be met with soap, warm water and clean towels. This month,...

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