April 2019

Practicing the pause: addressing tensions in widening the Window of Tolerance

Learning to be less reactive to environmental and/or psychological trauma triggers is supported by practicing the pause within a reparative relationship, which ideally acts as both a container and a scaffold. What this means is that emotional distress is seen, held and understood by supporting partner as a preface to being able to find safety within our own skin...

Free Live Webinar | Nurturing Mindful Families

Packed schedules, increasing responsibilities, and reliance on technological devices can affect how connected and supported we feel in our families. Together families can: Improve our ability to be fully present with one another Enhance the way we listen and communicate with each other Deepen our empathy for one another and decrease reactivity Expand our strategies for problem-solving and conflict resolution Wednesday May 1 Register Here 9:00-10:00 am (PDT) or 12:00-1:00 pm (PDT)

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Families Impacted by Addiction

RFQ ANNOUNCEMENT: Celebrating Families! California Expansion Project Update: Due to the expanding ACEs response in California, and subsequent interest in Celebrating Families! we are extending the due date for proposals to May 24 th. Invitation to Expand Celebrating Families!™ Statewide The California State Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) recognizing the effectiveness of Celebrating Families! (CF!), has awarded Prevention Partnership International (PPI) a $100,000, 2-year challenge...

Recap- Virginia Summit On Childhood Trauma And Resilience 4/25/19

On Thursday April 25, 2019 Voices hosted over 950 attendees at the Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience . The goal of the Summit was to connect child-serving professionals and advocates across the Commonwealth to best practices to prevent, and better address, the impacts of childhood adversity. California’s first Surgeon General and well-known ACEs expert, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, provided the keynote address. Both Governor Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam addressed the...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter April 2019

Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse & Mental Health “ Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”. Kahlil Gibran The Surviving Spirit Newsletter April 2019 Hi Folks, April is a month for recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention, National Child Abuse Prevention & National Minority Health. With that in mind, I would like to share a video clip...

Wyoming gets it!

I'll be presenting a Keynote and workshop breakout at this incredible Children's Summit in Wyoming on June 12th and 13th! The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study research is perhaps the most important research ever. I am so honored to be among an amazing group of speakers. If every school, police department, social services org, judges, -- truthfully, EVERYONE would get trained in this research and become ACE-aware; Trauma-Informed; and Resilience-Driven, our world would be more...

Power and Opportunity in the States [rwjf.org]

States have long been laboratories for innovations that influence the health and well-being of their residents. This role has only expanded with the greater flexibility being given to the states, especially as gridlock in Washington, D.C. inspires more local action. The bevvy of new governors and state legislators who took office early this year also widens the door to creativity. Medicaid is perhaps the most familiar example of state leadership on health. With costs and decisions shared by...

W.H.O. Says Limited or No Screen Time for Children Under 5 [nytimes.com]

In a new set of guidelines, the World Health Organization said that infants under 1 year old should not be exposed to electronic screens and that children between the ages of 2 and 4 should not have more than one hour of “sedentary screen time” each day. Limiting, and in some cases eliminating, screen time for children under the age of 5 will result in healthier adults, the organization, a United Nations health agency, announced on Wednesday . But taking away iPads and other electronic...

This is Why You Should be Consuming More News, Not Less [nationswell.com]

Last month, the nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network published a list of local newsrooms and other media outlets that have integrated the practice of solutions-oriented reporting into their coverage. The post was a turning point of sorts; when SJN was founded in 2013, the term “solutions journalism” wasn’t exactly common parlance, says co-founder and CEO David Bornstein. In Bornstein’s view, it’s not enough to simply lay out the facts of a problem: Society will only move forward if we’re...

The Positivities of Persistence Series: A Checklist of Positive Outcomes & Habits and Hurdles

Stop for just a moment and reflect upon your desires. If there were no hurdles to overcome (such as financial restraints, fears, health concerns, spiritual uncertainties, etc.), what would your “perfect life” look like? Where would you live? Who would be in your close circle? Would you be working? If so, doing what? What would you do for fun? What goals would you be achieving?

Generation Lockdown from March for Our Lives

“A new public service announcement released by March For Our Lives, the organization formed in the days following the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. , imagines exactly that. In the two-minute spot, titled “Generation Lockdown,” a young girl leads an active shooter training session for a group of employees at an office in Southern California.” (YahooNews, 2019). I highly recommend visiting the link below and watching the video. It reveals an...

When Being Trauma-Informed Is Not Enough

Trauma-informed care is the new gold standard. For the last several years, Echo has been providing professional development in trauma-informed care but we’re beginning to notice a worrying aspect of the new push to train staff and transform systems. Some human service professionals are seeing ‘trauma-informed care’ as another skill to add to their resume or a box to check off on a grant proposal. But if the information stays with the professionals and is not used to empower survivors, then...

Claire’s Story: Claire is falling fast – is this therapy? Part 41.

By A. Hosack, & K. Hecht, P. Berman Claire was falling fast, she could feel the crash coming. The ground was getting closer. She would hit the tree tops, and these would kill her. Would th at be for the best - finally , relief from her pain ? Yet, Davy needed her- she couldn’t die, she had to hold on. She looked up at Dr. Berman who was just sitting there quietly, watching her. Was this therapy? Was this supposed to help her? Why did she feel like she wasn’t falling any more when she saw...

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