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November 2019

Parenting With ACEs: How You Can Support Your Toddler [sfbayview.com]

By Diana Hembree, San Francisco Bay View, November 11, 2019 “My 2-year-old keeps falling down when he tries to walk.” “My son is almost 24 months old, but all he can say is ‘mama’ and dada.’” “She just turned 2, and she still can’t follow the simplest instructions.” When your toddler misses a developmental milestone, like taking her first steps by age 2, it’s natural to fret. After all, in very rare cases, such delays may be a sign of an underlying condition. But a recent study suggests that...

A Quarter Century On, Schools in California Now a Welcoming Place for Undocumented Students [edsource.org]

By Louis Freedberg, EdSource, November 8, 2019 Exactly a quarter of a century ago, on Nov. 8, 1994, Californians went to the polls to vote on Proposition 187, an initiative to expel undocumented students from its public schools and universities. That was despite a Supreme Court ruling a dozen years earlier that schools were required to educate all students regardless of their immigration status. Among its many provisions was that schools officials would have had to identify all undocumented...

Unloved Daughters and the Awful Cycle of Repetitive Thoughts [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By Peg Streep, PsychCentral, October 23, 2019 Not long ago, I got a rather plaintive message from a reader who wondered whether there was a connection between her own childhood experiences and her problems dealing with stress: When I feel stressed or worried, it’s practically impossible for me to stay on an even keel; I am up most of the night, unable to shut off my brain, and all my worries seem to run on an endless loop. Of course, being sleep-deprived only makes me more anxious. How is...

Strangers, Sidewalks and Folding Chairs are One Solution for the Loneliness Epidemic [NationSwell]

By Monica Humphries, NationSwell, November 6, 2019 SIDEWALK TALK IS A MOVEMENT TO UNITE STRANGERS AND COMBAT LONELINESS. IT ALL STARTS WITH TALKING TO A STRANGER. Psychotherapist Traci Ruble believes that everybody — even folks with close-knit friends and family — gets lonely. It can happen anytime, and it doesn’t only happen when you’re alone. You might have felt it at a party with friends; or on a crowded subway watching strangers on their phones; or while you’re spending time with your...

ACEs Connection launches Cooperative of Communities

The ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities launches today. We want to continue to contribute to the ACEs movement for as long as it takes to create a worldwide healing-centered culture based on ACEs science. We want that to take hold in this world in the same way electricity has — we only notice it if it isn’t there. First, a clarification: Nothing on ACEsConnection.com changes! Membership remains free! Everything our current 300+ communities use stays free, and remains free for new ones.

How collaboration helps clinic in San Mateo County, CA, tackle ACEs in children

Dr. Elizabeth Grady is a pediatrician at the South San Francisco Clinic, a community clinic of San Mateo Medical Center. She and Susana Flores , a senior public health nurse with San Mateo County Health, spoke with me about how the clinic and other health agencies in San Mateo have been able to craft ways to work together to prevent and heal toxic stress in children. Grady also talked about how she and Flores have been working with the Resilient Beginnings Collaborative (RBC), a group of...

FEAR: The #1 Obstacle to CPTSD Recovery (Resilience Series)

If you follow me online you know I teach that Childhood PTSD is, at it’s root, a brain injury, and that therefore, resilience begins with healing the brain. This comes as a HUGE relief to most people with Childhood PTSD. It explains so much. They feel understood for the first time, and give themselves over to the work of healing. And then... obstacles appear! And mostly, they come from (of all places) within. It's normal, but if we don't build strengths to overcome inner obstacles, we get...

Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developers [healthyplacesbydesign.org]

By Josh Sattely, Healthy Places By Design, October 10, 2019 As a board member for Healthy Places by Design who works on affordable housing at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, I often tout the connection between health and housing. Luckily, and somewhat belatedly, society increasingly understands just how interconnected housing and health are when considering challenges related to access, affordability, location, quality, and racial disparities. (Healthy Places by Design offers an...

Principals to Get Specialized Training to Tackle Racial Inequities in Their Schools [blogs.edweek.org]

By Denisa R. Superville, Education Week, November 5, 2019 The country's second-largest school district—where 82 percent of students are Latino and African American—is tapping principals to root out racial bias and inequitable practices in their schools. Los Angeles Unified School District and the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California have partnered to train principals and other school leaders to tackle systemic inequities. The Racial Equity Leadership Academy for...

Symposium Addresses Childhood 'ACEs' [paducahsun.com]

By Kelly Farrell, The Paducah Sun, November 10, 2019 Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress are of grave concern to Dr. Patrick Withrow, outreach director for Baptist Health Paducah. "I absolutely agree this is a major public health crisis," he said, on toxic stress. Withrow and other panelists addressed a crowded Barnes Auditorium Saturday morning at Carson-Myre Heart Center about "ACEs," toxic stress, prevention and awareness. Their panel was part of the 13th annual Addiction &...

Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Calming Corners

In our trauma-informed classrooms blog post last week, we talked about choices. We mentioned the benefit of having a space in the room where a child can go to help them calm down and become regulated. While this has become increasingly common at the elementary level, we have found that this is a tool that can work for students of all ages. Even when we survey adults about the things that help them to calm down when they are upset, one of the most common answers we hear is that they want time...

Evidence of Trauma-Informed Care's Effectiveness in Residential Substance-Use Settings

Hello ACEs and Trauma-Informed Community, My name is Travis Hales, and I am a researcher at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. I have recently collaborated with the University at Buffalo's Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care to conduct a multi-year study on the impact of a substance-use residential agency adopting and implementing Trauma-Informed Care on a variety of organizational, staff, and client level outcomes. I wanted to briefly share the results of our study that...

[Repost] Free Webinar Today: How Troubleshooting and Dress Rehearsals Prevent Treatment Failure

Treatment fails when we provide traumatized families a plan to heal the child’s problems but do not troubleshoot loopholes or practice the plan’s delivery with dress rehearsals. Stuck families need help onboarding a plan otherwise it will fail. The FST (Family Systems Trauma) Model developed a Troubleshooting Countermoves Checklist that allows both the therapist and the family to identify any potential loopholes and “what will you do if?” scenarios to proactively address each one. A...

4 New Communities Join ACEs Connection: November, 2019

Please welcome these 4 new communities from CA, IN, and England to ACEs Connection . More information about each one of them is below. You can also find theses communities among this list of all our communities . ACEs Indiana Coalition Established in 2019, the ACEs Indiana Coalition strives to bring together organizations throughout Indiana to build resilient and self-healing communities. In addition, the coalition assists in the management of Indiana’s ACEs Interface program. This page...

Trusting Others and Knowing What to Believe: More Than 10,000 Americans Weigh In [psychcentral.com]

By Bella DePaulo, PsychCentral, October 21, 2019 If you live in the U.S. and you think that your fellow Americans’ trust in the federal government and in each other has been taking a hit recently, then you have something in common with most of them. In a study of trust and distrust in America, based on a nationally representative sample of 10,618 U.S. adults, the Pew Research Center found that 75% of the participants believed that trust in the federal government has been shrinking.

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