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April 2019

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind [nytimes.com]

There’s an anecdote that Ruth Wilson Gilmore likes to share about being at an environmental-justice conference in Fresno in 2003. People from all over California’s Central Valley had gathered to talk about the serious environmental hazards their communities faced, mostly as a result of decades of industrial farming, conditions that still have not changed. (The air quality in the Central Valley is the worst in the nation, and one million of its residents drink tap water more poisoned than the...

What it’s Like to Teach at One of America’s Least Racially Integrated Schools [theatlantic.com]

On a late February afternoon, Angela Crawford, an English teacher, stood in front of about three dozen Philadelphia educators—mostly young, black women—as they all swapped stories of small victories and challenges in their classrooms. Dressed in a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt and slim black slacks, Crawford, at one point, reflected on what has helped her remain resilient while working in some of the nation’s least resourced and most segregated classrooms for 23 years. “Black women are...

Indigenous Arctic Teens are using Art as a Method of Suicide Prevention [psmag.com]

I'm standing deep in snow on a moonlit night on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea, watching the people of this community, nearly all of them Siberian Yup'ik, await the arrival of walrus hunters who are bringing in one of the principal sources of food for the village. For the past few weeks, I've been a guest art teacher at the high school here, learning about the community's triumphs and struggles, so I'm feeling invested in the outcome of the hunt. A student I'll call Molly walks up...

Latest ACEs science research from PubMed, April 29, 2019

Mental Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: It's About Time. Shatkin JP. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry . 2019 May;58(5):474-477. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2019.01.012. PMID: 31029197 Childhood Adversity and Intimate Partner Violence in Adulthood: The Mediating Influence of PTSD in a Sample of Women Prisoners. Jones MS, Peck BM, Sharp SF, McLeod DA. J Interpers Violence . 2019 Apr 26:886260519844277. doi: 10.1177/0886260519844277. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31027448 Similar articles...

"Faces of ACEs: The Lifelong Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences" Conference 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019 marked an exciting, auspicious, and perhaps pivotal day in the history of Monroe County, Indiana. That’s a lot of adjectives—and pressure—to pile onto just another glorious spring day in Bloomington. But I think many folks who virtually congregate on a site that supports communities implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices grounded in ACEs science would agree that a county’s first-ever ACEs conference deserves a little ballyhoo. But this ACEs...

Want to reduce child neglect? Put more money in the pockets of poor families [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

Is our country looking in the wrong places in our efforts to prevent child neglect? By focusing on individual families accused of maltreatment, are we letting society off the hook? That is the contention of a new paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut, University of Illinois and Georgia Tech, who say we can reduce child neglect by putting more money in the pockets of poor families. The authors say our current approach is a version of the "streetlight effect." "A guy is looking...

Towards an ACE-Aware, trauma-responsive Ireland: Firkin Crane event Cork 08 April 2019

https://soundcloud.com/jane-mulcahy/firkin-crane-event-towards-an-ace-aware-trauma-responsive-ireland This event was an open discussion with survivors of childhood trauma and professionals working in the Early Years sector, education, health, addiction and homeless services about the desirability of raising public and political awareness of the prevalence and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Ireland and the need for a collaborative cross sector trauma-responsive approach for...

The Brain Change Summit, A FREE Online Event (Now through May 2nd)

I want to be sure you are all aware of this opportunity. The Brain Change Summit is a FREE 10-day online event. It’s currently underway and the speakers have been really outstanding. For registration and further details: https://www.soundstrue.com/store/brain-change-summit/free-access#a_aid=5c82ab8fc7797&a_bid=48584946 I’ll be speaking on Calming the Fear-Driven Brain on April 30 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Once you’ve registered, you will be able to watch the speakers here:...

How Self-Compassion Supports Academic Motivation and Emotional Wellness (www.kqed.org)

"In contrast, “self-compassion isn’t about self-evaluation at all,” said Neff. “It’s about being kind to oneself. Self-compassion is a healthy source of self-worth because it’s not contingent and it's unconditional. It’s much more stable over time because it is not dependent on external markers of success such as grades.”" "But self-criticism brings with it “lots of unintended consequences such as anxiety and fear of failure,” said Neff. Students may become more susceptible to perfectionism...

Growth through Trauma-Informed Strategies: Coaching and Consultation with Rick Griffin

There is a Chinese proverb that states, “If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people." The benefits are evident, yet the real question becomes, “how do you grow people?” This Big Idea Session, Community Resilience Initative (CRI)'s Trauma Coaching and Trauma Consultation Training, answers this question. Schools, organizations, and parents are discovering that the traditional “command and...

Webinar readies doctors for universal ACEs screening in Ca and beyond

Editor’s note: Governor Gavin Newsom set aside federal funds and funds through Proposition 56 that will reimburse health care providers for screening patients in the Medi-Cal program for trauma beginning July 1 using the CPT code 96160. Notably the Department of Health Care Services recommended in March that only California providers using the PEARLS tool to screen pediatric patients will be reimbursed. ACEs Connection has made repeated public records requests for public comments submitted...

Claire’s Story: Could Claire’s therapist read her mind? Part 40.

By P. Berman, A. Hosack, & K. Hecht Will Dr. Berman be able to read my mind? Will she think I’m a waste of space? I feel like I am being sucked in to nowhere . Dr. Berman came in and called Claire’s name. Jumping up in a daze, Claire looked at Mr. Carson. He smiled at her, waved her on, and then picked up his book and started reading. To Claire, h e looked so calm ; everything must be okay . Mr. Carson was just pretending to be calm. He had never met a therapist before . He didn’t know...

Broken Places Documentary

The new documentary by Roger Weisberg was shown at the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) today. Following the viewing, Director Weisberg and a film participant, Daniella Ron Hover, responded to questions about the film. It will be released in 2020 on PBS but if you have an opportunity to see it sooner, seek it out! Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone is also featured. https://twitter.com/brokenplacesdoc/status/1117941962290503680?s=21

Did Childhood PTSD Teach You to Fit Yourself to Unacceptable People & Situations?

One of the harmful effects of growing up with abuse and neglect, is that we get ALL too good at fitting ourselves to unacceptable people and situations. Long after normal people would have left the scene, our minds tell us it's our fault, it's a unique situation, we should stay and make it work. In this video I crack open what I call "CRAPFIT" -- the tendency to fit ourselves to crap. READ MORE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

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