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December 2019

‘We are just destroying these kids’: The foster children growing up inside detention centers [Washington Post]

Photo credit and caption: Heard leaves the courtroom at the Boone County Courthouse in Madison. He hopes to train to be a tattoo artist. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) Dec. 30, 2019 Though he's never been convicted of a crime, Geard Mitchell spent part of his childhood in a juvenile detention center, at times sleeping on cement floors under harsh fluorescent lights left on through the night during lockdowns. He attended high school by clicking through online courses and had “no one to...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter December 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/2019-12-The_Surviving_Spirit_Newsletter_December_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. Contents List: 1] A neuroscientist's advice for combating stress this holiday season by Dr. Patrick K. Porter 2] Peer...

Plymouth County Drug Endangered Children's Initiative Team at BJA/OVC Grantees Meeting

Edward Jacoubs, MSW, Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and Melinda Kneeland, Director of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Community Connections, Family Center and Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative were asked to present on the skill-building topic of “Successful Partnerships + Strong Collaborations = Safe and Healthy Children”

20 Caregiver Resolutions for 2020

20 Caregiver Resolutions for 2020 Let someone make you a meal at least once a week and that someone can be anyone (including a fast-food chain restaurant Keep a daily Gratitude Journal and start each day with, “ I am grateful that the World has me” Don’t fold any fitted sheets for the entire year, just roll them into a ball Once a month go to a playground with a friend, a neighbor, sibling, spouse, co-worker and ask them to push you on the swing Stay in the shower or tub 5 minutes longer...

A Closer Look at the Symptoms of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There can be no doubt that the symptoms of complex post-traumatic stress disorder are life-altering and debilitating. In this article, we begin a series outlining the symptoms of CPTSD a few at a time to help bring understanding that the world is correct, complex post-traumatic stress disorder is important and should be included in the DSM’s next iteration so that providers of mental health services can better diagnose and treat it.

Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Educator Self-Care

Working in a school is hard. It doesn’t matter if you work in a suburban, urban, or rural area. It doesn’t matter if you work with 5 year-olds on building empathy, teach 11 year-olds about symbiosis, coach teachers in aligning curriculum, or help high school seniors choose their postsecondary pathways. It is hard work. From the cacophony of lockers closing at dismissal, to the challenge of getting 25 sets of 8 year-old eyes looking at you in synchrony, schools are a special kind of organized...

NEW YEAR. NEW YOU.

Take the road less traveled. As the New Year quickly approaches, many of us spend time in review and reflection of the past year’s events and initiate strategic planning for the upcoming year. We create and contemplate lists of resolutions, often featuring some of the same goals from the previous year. But we convince ourselves that this is going to be the year for change and transformation. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 " Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed...

Association Between Objectively Measured Sleep Duration and Symptoms of Psychiatric Disorders in Middle Childhood [jamanetwork.com]

By Bror M. Ranum, Lars Wichstrom, and Stale Pallesen, JAMA Network Open, December 27, 2019 Question: What is the long-term and bidirectional association between sleep duration and symptoms of psychiatric disorders in school-aged children? Findings: In this population-based cohort study of 799 Norwegian children participating in the Trondheim Early Secure Study, when all time-invariant confounders and baseline levels of study variables were accounted for, short sleep duration was...

Idaho Ranks Among Worst States for Childhood Trauma. Here's the Path Forward [idahostatesman.com]

By Scott McIntosh, Idaho Statesman, December 26, 2019 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put together an analysis of adverse childhood experiences, or ACES, and the potential positive impacts of preventing such experiences. In a study released last month, the CDC concludes that reducing the number of adverse childhood experiences that a child encounters could reduce cases of depression by 44%, or by 21 million cases, reduce heart disease by 1.9 million...

The Crisis of Youth Mental Health [ssir.org]

By Eliot Brenner, Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 20, 2019 One in five children in the United States has a diagnosable mental health condition. Unfortunately, access to care for these children is poor: At least 85 percent of those in need of treatment do not get it. More than half of mental illness emerges before age 14, so getting children the help they need, in addition to ameliorating their immediate suffering, can also prevent future pain. The result of not getting help can be...

Children in Arkansas are Getting a Storybook Moment Because of This Program for Incarcerated Parents [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, NationSwell, December 19, 2019 On bookshelves across the country, there are stories about mice and cookies, princesses with long hair and a very hungry caterpillar. But in Arkansas, thousands of children won’t curl up with a parent in bed and listen to a bedtime story. Instead, they’ll listen to a recording of a family member reading them a story. That’s because 16% of children in Arkansas currently or previously have had a parent or guardian incarcerated — the highest...

jonetta rose barras: A Birth, a Family, and the Burden Some DC Children are Made to Carry [thedcline.org]

By jonetta rose barras, The DC Line, December 26, 2019 “I think about the man who works across the street from my house, a lot. I wonder whether he ever feels guilty for only being there to help direct me towards the right aisle whenever I can’t find something in the store on my own. The only conversations we ever have follows a pattern: “hey, did you find everything okay?” // “did you want your receipt in or outside the bag this time? “We never talk about anything else. More importantly we...

An Ebola patient treated in the U.S. chose to remain anonymous. Now he’s telling his story.[Washington Post]

Photo caption and credit: Preston Gorman, now living in Austin, was disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder for years after surviving Ebola in 2015. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/for The Washington Post) December 27, 2019 When they wheeled Preston Gorman into a light spring breeze outside the National Institutes of Health nearly five years ago, he was, medically speaking, among the most fortunate people on the planet. Gorman’s doctors had just defeated advanced Ebola virus disease , one of the...

Countering the Pandemic of Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People: The Lancet Commission [thelancet.com]

By Felicia Marie Knaul, Flavia Bustreo, and Richard Horton, The Lancet, December 20, 2019 Violence against women and young people is persistent and perverse. Few if any health conditions or risk factors affect such large segments of the global population, and people living in poverty and vulnerable situations, including forced migration and humanitarian emergencies, are especially at risk. More than a third of women and girls—over 1 billion people—experience intimate partner violence or...

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