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June 2018

Suicide Prevention – 10 Questions and Answers

The tragedy of suicide has struck again, here in Northern Virginia. I am heartbroken to learn of four student deaths in three days, in nearby Prince William County. Each one was ruled a suicide. As we grieve more dreadful losses to mental illness, I must ask, how can we stop this from happening again? “Tell your children you love and support them,” urges a message from the school superintendent. I wholeheartedly agree. Further, I ask you to do something more to help prevent another suicide,...

Virtual Book Club: Treating the Traumatized Child

Join co-author Scott Sells and your colleagues for a monthly discussion of family trauma tools and techniques from Treating the Traumatized Child By Scott P. Sells, PhD and Ellen Souder, MA LPCC-S. • Each month, the group will discuss 2-3 Chapters of the book with Dr. Sells. • Book Club is free, however, participants will need to purchase a copy of the book . • Participants will need to prepare for the meeting by reading the chapters in advance. • Chapters to be read will be announced at the...

Psychotherapy is Less Effective and Less Accessible for Those in Poverty [madinamerica.com]

A special issue of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research examines the role social inequality plays in the success of psychotherapy and on the mental wellbeing of individuals. The issue, edited by Jaime Delgadillo, a clinical psychologist at the University of Sheffield, aims to bring attention to this pressing issue in the field of psychology. Findings suggest that people living in poverty are more likely to develop mental health issues and less likely to make progress in psychotherapy, as...

MIT looked for slavery in its past... and undergrads found it in the present [pri.org]

Yale, Brown, Harvard, Georgetown, Princeton — they’ve all found that they directly benefited from slavery. But all those places were founded in the 16-and 1700s. MIT didn’t exist until two days before the Civil War. So you might not expect connections to slavery in its past... Unless you redefine what you mean by 'slavery.' [To listen to this podcast by Otherhoodm, go to https://www.pri.org/programs/otherhood/mit-looked-slavery-its-past-and-undergrads-found-it-present ]

The Forced Psychiatric Treatment of a Child [madinamerica.com]

A tremendous amount of courage is required to share about my childhood forced psychiatric treatment experience. It has necessitated decades of actively addressing the trauma caused by the coercion and oppression, in order to be able to tolerate the fear that comes with publicly expressing personal involvement with the psychiatric system as a mental health professional. In America, there is a taboo about mental health professionals seeking treatment in the same system they work in, with fears...

Why pregnant women with depression often slip through the cracks [theconversation.com]

Judy’s first pregnancy was planned, and she was looking forward to having a baby. Yet, halfway through the pregnancy, something changed. She began to feel down and bad about herself. She had less energy and struggled to concentrate. Thinking this was a normal part of pregnancy, she ignored it. After she delivered her son, it all got worse. She felt as if she was in a black hole of sadness. She often gave her son to her mother, thinking he was better off without her. It wasn’t until a year...

Loneliness is bad for the heart [medicalxpress.com]

Loneliness is bad for the heart and a strong predictor of premature death, according to a study presented today at EuroHeartCare 2018, the European Society of Cardiology's annual nursing congress. The study found that feeling lonely was a stronger predictor of poor outcomes than living alone, in both men and women. "Loneliness is more common today than ever before, and more people live alone," said Anne Vinggaard Christensen, study author and Ph.D. student, The Heart Centre, Copenhagen...

What is an adverse childhood experience prevention program?

As I do my community talks and agency trainings I always have to remember that for many people the phrase, “adverse childhood experiences” requires an explanation. Like many of you, I go down the list of the ten ACEs in a group setting and I find people nodding in recognition. Some start crying. This leads to a discussion about how each of these ten adverse experiences might be prevented. This is a much longer and more complex discussion. I explain that ACEs prevention may mean increasing...

Wisconsin Dept of Health Services - Trauma-Informed Care News & Notes, June 11, 2018

ACEs, Adversity's Impact A psychologist explains how mental and emotional health changes your body (No matter how much you work out) 50,000 child sex abuse school-age children and young offenders to take part in largest cross-cultural psychology survey to date The conflicting education of Sam Schimmel When ACEs are held by more than one generation, the outcomes are concerning The truth about the sex trade: Vulnerabilities leading to "the life" Healing the United States of Trauma America's...

Administration Challenges ACA’s Preexisting Conditions Protection In Court [khn.org]

The Trump administration is refusing to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, essentially arguing that federal courts should find the health law’s protection for people with preexisting conditions unconstitutional. The federal lawsuit hinges on the ACA’s individual mandate, or the requirement to get health coverage or pay a penalty. The mandate has long been a sticking point for conservatives, who argue that the government should not be telling individuals what coverage they must...

Fair Housing’s New Champions [nytimes.com]

Soon after taking office, Ben Carson, the housing and urban development secretary, tried to derail a voucher program that helps disadvantaged families rent homes in healthy, high-opportunity communities with better jobs, schools and transportation, as a way of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. In December, the Federal District Court in Washington wisely blocked that move . Now, Republican and Democratic Congress members are standing up for the principle of economic...

Early Takeaways from 50-State Look at Extended Foster Care [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

Juvenile Law Center (JLC), with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has built an excellent new resource for the field in its National Extended Foster Care Review , a website that breaks down each state’s foster care guarantees after the age of 18. Fittingly, the site was launched on the 10th anniversary of Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, a law signed by President George W. Bush in 2008. Fostering Connections, among other things, amended the Title IV-E...

The Inside Story of a Legendary Prison Debate Team [themarshallproject.org]

“I can’t believe they lost!” I blurted out to confused looks from my five cellies while reading a recent edition of The New Yorker. Thinking my outburst was likely baseball-related, one of the guys asked me, “Did your Pirates drop another one, Throop?” “No,” I replied. “Norfolk lost to Harvard.” [For more on this story by Daniel S. Throop, go to https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/06/07/the-inside-story-of-a-legendary-prison-debate-team ]

A family was separated at the border, and this distraught father took his own life [washingtonpost.com]

A Honduran father separated from his wife and child suffered a breakdown at a Texas jail and killed himself in a padded cell last month, according to Border Patrol agents and an incident report filed by sheriff’s deputies. The death of Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, has not been publicly disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security, and it did not appear in any local news accounts. But according to a copy of a sheriff’s department report obtained by The Washington Post, Muñoz was found on the...

Axed teen pregnancy prevention programs win back federal funds [revealnews.org]

A federal judge in a fifth lawsuit has ruled that the Trump administration illegally terminated the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program , restoring grants to all 81 programs nationwide that had their funding abruptly axed last year. U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s decision on a class action suit, issued last week, ordered the administration to handle all the applications “as if the agency had not undertaken to shorten these grantees’ federal awards.” Reveal from The Center...

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