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March 2018

ACES prevention/Advancing Parenting

Isn't it more desirable to prevent a problem than fix a problem? Trauma informed care happens after the occurrence of adverse childhood experiences. How about trauma informed prevention?? Since most of the ten original adverse childhood experiences are examples of harmful parenting, prevention of aces must take the form of some kind of proactive parenting education that discourages harmful parenting and encourages supportive parenting. Visit advancingparenting.org and support our work. We've...

How To: ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship

Would your community like to start an ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship to help spread awareness and build capacity for action? Sonoma County would like to share our tools and lessons learned with you. 1. What was the ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship? This remarkable program is unique to Sonoma County California. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship is a 9-month intensive interdisciplinary program designed for community members who serve as community educators...

Disorder, Disability or result of Adverse Childhood Experience?

As a speech and language pathologist, it is so important to listen to children and understand who they are, what their development experience has been how they cope in the world. The big question for me is "What is the influence of environment and relationship have on speech and language development?" "Does a child have a speech and language disorder or have they experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) that have impacted their brain development in such a way that language is...

CONFERENCE -CALLING ON THE WARRIOR SPIRIT TO HEAL HISTORICAL TRAUMA (Sacaton, AZ)

Calling Upon the Warrior Spirit to Heal Historical Trauma -- A Conference on Creating Trauma-informed Tribal Communities and Using Traditional Practices to Address Historical and Childhood Trauma On Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, the Roundtable on Native American Trauma Informed Initiatives, supported by the Gila River Tribal Employment Rights Office, the Viejas Mission Band of Indians, Native Health Care Solutions LLC, the Van Ness Feldman Law Firm will be hosting a conference entitled...

The Recidivism Trap [themarshallproject.org]

ANY DISCUSSION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE policy inevitably includes the word “recidivism.” Usually more than once. Recidivism is the reoccurrence of crime among people known to have committed crimes before. At all levels of justice, from local probation offices to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, if we judge the impact of interventions at all, we do so in part by measuring recidivism. In a report we published today with the Harvard Kennedy School, we conclude that recidivism is often the wrong measure.

More women commit suicide and self-harm in prison than men [medicalxpress.com]

Female prisoners - often anguished at being parted from their children - are more likely to commit acts of self-harm than their male counterparts. A University of Huddersfield researcher has been researching the issue for more than a decade and is now co-author of an award-winning book that sets out strategies to tackle the problem. Dr Tammi Walker, who has joined the University as Reader in Forensic Psychology, wrote Preventing Self-Injury and Suicide in Women's Prisons alongside her...

County addresses gun violence as public health issue [signalscv.com]

County supervisors are looking to change the way L.A. County responds to gun violence, by treating it as a public health issue. A unanimously approved motion introduced by 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and Mark Ridley-Thomas of the 2nd District, adds more control on guns in the county and starts a plan to create an Office of Violence Prevention. The Department of Public Health and the county’s CEO Sachi Hamai have 90 days to create the plan that outlines staffing and resources need...

The Trauma-Informed Revolution: Oprah, Healing Developmental Trauma & NARM

Something big happened last Sunday evening – big for countless individuals who are struggling in their lives, but also big for our society. Thanks to Oprah Winfrey , the world was introduced to the concept of developmental trauma ( on CBS 60 Minutes ). Oprah calls this a “game changer”. As she writes: “This is one of the most life changing stories I’ve ever done. I hope it starts a Revolution in helping people.” A similar game changer occurred in the early 1980s when Post-Traumatic Stress...

Understanding protective factors

I was 31 when I became a mother. Many years after what I thought was enough time to get away from my abusive childhood. My life was turned upside down after my first child was born. I breast fee him, Not knowing what to expect from my body. The physical feeling of milk letting down and vaginal blood rushes was something I had ignored since my childhood. Then I did not have control of my body as my step father sexually abused me. It was the first of having memories flood my mind of my...

Rethinking your presence on Facebook in light of this kind of story

The Guardian reports today that "Facebook has been forced to apologise after it spent hours suggesting bizarre, vulgar and upsetting searches to users on Thursday night. The social network’s search suggestions, which are supposed to automatically offer the most popular search terms to users, apparently broke around 4am in the UK, and started to suggest unpleasant results for those who typed in “video of”. Multiple users posted examples on Twitter, with the site proposing searches ... " here...

Trauma Informed Care is Essential- How Will We Know If We Are Doing It?

Interest in trauma-informed care (TIC) is growing rapidly in the United States and internationally. In the 60 Minute segment on this topic , aired Sunday, March 11 th , Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry described trauma-informed care and gave examples from Saint A’s agency. Oprah stated that the story of trauma-informed care “has had more impact on me than practically anything I’ve ever done.” She added “…it is so important to me, and I believe to our culture, that if I could dance on the...

How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides? [npr.org]

Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend's bathroom looking down at the sink. "I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back," Ohlman recalls. She doesn't remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor. "But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?" [For more on this story by MARTHA BEBINGER, go to...

Gang Databases are a Life Sentence for Black and Latino Communities [psmag.com]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez's home on the southwest side of Chicago just weeks after the father of three was shot and left partially paralyzed while leaving a restaurant. During the raid, agents slammed him to the floor and cuffed his hands behind his back, aggravating the injuries that he had suffered to his head and shoulder. ICE didn't have a warrant for Catalan-Ramirez, but instead targeted him because the Chicago Police Department had...

New Mapping Tool to Help Advocate for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

Casey Family Programs , a national grant maker in the child welfare field, has launched the Community Opportunity Map, a tool that allows users to see localized indicators connected to community health and maltreatment prevention. “We hope the tool will be used by community members, policymakers, child welfare leaders, city government officials and other stakeholders to build hope and promote well-being for families and children,” said the foundation, in a statement announcing the map. Using...

Where Hate Groups Are Concentrated in the U.S. [citylab.com]

Hate in America is on the rise. There are currently nearly a thousand known hate groups in the United States—an increase of 4 percent just this past year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). At the cusp of this are white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, which have surged the most, according to the most recent data . Furthermore, there is evidence that hateful acts have proliferated since Donald Trump began his presidential campaign . How can we make sense of this growth in...

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