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February 2020

Help Prevent the Public Charge Rule's Chilling Effect [chcf.org]

By Sandra R. Hernandez, California Health Care Foundation, February 12, 2020 On January 27, the US Supreme Court lifted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the new public charge rule proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This reckless policy change is set to take effect in California on February 24, even as multiple legal challenges continue to move through the federal courts. The new public charge rule is a radical and harmful change in federal...

Behind That Anger is Grief: A Mother-Daughter Relationship

I remember last year on Mother’s Day, I was researching articles about complicated mother-daughter relationships and did not seem to find any that described my experience. What sparked this Google search? All the beautiful messages I saw on social media from daughters to their mothers. These messages described a relationship I did not know of. I wondered why instead of honoring my mom I was very angry at her, this time a type of anger that I could not hide, ruminate in silence as I had done...

Understanding Child Development and Parenting Science Through High School Curriculum: A Human Right for Future Generations

“… I shall have to assert that impressions of the second year of life, and even the first, leave an enduring trace upon the emotional life of subsequent neuropaths [i.e. neurotic persons], and that these impressions—although greatly distorted and exaggerated by the memory—may furnish the earliest and profoundest basis of a hysterical [i.e. neurotic] symptom …” —Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

The Absence of Punishment in Our Schools

Where to begin... My heart is full of hope and joy as I watch the trauma-informed schools movement swell across our nation and planet. The science of ACEs is mind-bending to say the least and we are now able to open up a much deeper dialogue about human behavior and health. Ultimately this work is about healing… All. Of. Us. A new consciousness is taking root around ending the “us vs them” construct. The idea is growing that we’re all on this journey together and that no matter where our...

Placing Foster Children with Relatives May Help Prevent Congregate Care [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Jeremy Loudenback, The Chronicle of Social Change, February 20, 2020 California foster youth placed with relatives are less likely to spend time in group homes or institutional placements, and black children are more likely than their white counterparts to do so, according to new research. According to the study, which looked at six years’ worth of data on 12- to 14-year-olds in California foster care, about one in five children in foster care (17 percent) moved from a family-based foster...

Twenty Years in the Making: CHCF's Funding of Health Care Journalism [chcf.org]

By Steven Birenbaum and Sally Mudd, California Health Care Foundation, February 21, 2020 For-profit journalism has undergone seismic changes to its business model during the last 15 years. The steady stream of advertising revenue that made the industry profitable for so long is now gone. As a direct result, the infrastructure of local and beat journalism has suffered dramatic losses of capacity and quality. This is one of the prime reasons it is essential for philanthropies, for the...

The workplace is not immune to the impact of childhood trauma

There is increasingly a greater understanding that one’s work life impacts their personal life and vice versa. The two do not exist in separate bubbles. Adverse childhood experiences — potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood — can impact how people cope with stress, how their brains develop and how much risk they have toward certain health issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . ACEs include violence, abuse and growing up in a family with mental...

In 'Minor Feelings,' Asian American Racial Trauma is Laid Bare [npr.org]

By Elise Hu, National Public Radio, February 27, 2020 Halfway through her debut essay collection, Minor Feelings, author and artist Cathy Park Hong makes clear her mission: "I have some scores to settle ... with this country, with how we have been scripted." The "we" here are Asian Americans and how we're seen in this country in a time when the us-versus-them dynamic can feel overpowering. In Minor Feelings, the author asks us to reconsider the effects of racism against Asian Americans and...

How to Connect With a Child Exposed to Trauma [psychreg.org]

By Beth Tyson, Psychreg, February 27, 2020 Are you struggling to help a child who has been through hard times? Does the child seem unreachable, unmanageable, and unwilling to try? Are you at your at the end of your rope with explosive behavior? If so, I have a concept to share with you that might help the two of you connect and increase positive interactions within your family or classroom. I want to start by saying that it can be incredibly frustrating and anxiety-provoking to witness a...

Recovering From the Narcissistic Parent and C-PTSD [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By Rebecca C. Mandeville, PsychCentral, February 19, 2020 I’m really interested in exploring the ways in which Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and my experiences with parental narcissism and dysfunction have shaped my internal and external behavioral patterns. I want to understand it all. The good, the bad, the ugly and the sad. I think that’s probably close to the proper ratio, three awful things for one good. They are all lessons. For positives, I need to know them in...

With Promising Early Stats, Chicago Expanding a New Youth Violence Prevention Strategy [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By John Kelly, The Chronicle of Social Change, February 27, 2020 The full results won’t be in until next year on Choose 2 Change (C2C), a youth violence prevention effort in Chicago. But the city likes what it’s seen so far, and is expanding the reach a model that could well gain traction in other urban areas. Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) announced that the program, which began in 2015 and has served about 600 youth so far, would be extended for three years to serve an additional 2,000 youths.

How Community Land Trusts Can Advance Racial and Economic Justice [housingmatters.urban.org]

By Gabriella Velasco, Housing Matters, February 26, 2020 Neighborhood “revitalization” that spurs private real estate investment in disinvested neighborhoods has, both intentionally and not, contributed to gentrification and displacement in low-income communities. To combat these consequences, practitioners increasingly use community land trusts (CLT) as a tool to concentrate community control and protect against low-income resident displacement. CLTs are nonprofit, community-based...

Dear Marsha

How do we build a life worth living? Professor of behavioral psychiatry and director of Research and Therapy at the University of Washington in Seattle, Marsha Linehan is the founder of a clinical intervention called Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT; a tool that has helped many people hammer their way out of hell, including Marsha. Building a Life Worth Living , her debut memoir, unifies the personal and the professional, something that until very recently has been considered virtually...

Trauma-Informed Care, Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness

The entire series in January will be focusing on how trauma-informed care can help adults overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). However, to understand the process of healing, we must first explore what happens to the brains of traumatized children, and how neuroplasticity and mindfulness aid us in healing. Childhood Trauma, Who is Affected? According to a report published in 2012 by the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence, 60% of adults...

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