June 2019

Training In Trauma Awareness, Resilience To Systemic Racism, or Helping Children Respond To Violence

The final session of the 2019 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) starts on June 10, 2019. We have several partial scholarships still available due to many visa denials for international applicants. Click here to apply for any of the following courses: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Level 1 : Explore processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building resilience. Increase awareness of the impact of trauma on the body, mind, beliefs,...

Why Two Ex-Surgeons General Support the ‘Juliana 21’ Climate Lawsuit [nytimes.com]

Richard Carmona and David Satcher, NY Times, June 3, 2019. In 2015, 21 young people from around the country and various walks of life sued the federal government over its role in creating a “dangerous climate system” that violates their right to an environment “capable of sustaining human life.” The Trump administration has sought to have the case dismissed , and on Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is scheduled to take up the...

At the Front Lines in Tennessee: Rural Clinic Offers Trauma-Informed Treatment for Substance Use Disorder [chcs.org]

Mariel Gingrich, MPH, CHCS, June 3, 2019. After serving as a Navy corpsman during the Vietnam era, Dan Sumrok, MD, DFASAM, ABAM, ABPM, published an article in the West Virginia Medical Journal on what he perceived as a connection between combat experience and physical and behavioral health problems: “Suicide; child and spouse abuse; jail terms; and, psychiatric and physical maladies are the public health legacy of the Vietnam War.” Years later, a team of researchers at Kaiser Permanente and...

Inflammation and Mental Health Symptoms [psychologytoday.com]

Odelya Gertel Kraybill Ph.D., Psychology Today, May 31, 2019. A decade ago, soon after I moved to Africa, I got sick a lot. I had several bacterial and viral infections, and many small colds. I was tired all the time, mothering toddlers in a new environment, and working as a trauma therapist with clients facing enormous amounts of trauma and pain. I got gradually sicker, experiencing muscle pain, nerve and joint pain, irritable bowel, and severe hormonal changes. I was bloated, unable to...

Registration Deadline for Virtual Screening of Cracked Up is Friday, June 7th

The exclusive virtual screening to all ACEs Connection members of the new, acclaimed film, CRACKED UP is fast approaching. The registration deadline is Friday, June 7th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST To register , please complete this form . This documentary film is about the long term effects of childhood trauma, told through Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond’s journey in discovering adverse childhood experiences at the root of his lifelong battle with self-harm, addiction, and...

Claire's Story: Claire practices interviewing. Part 54.

By K. Hecht & A. Hosack, P. Berman What if no one wants me? What if they hate me on sight? What if I just freeze up ? Claire was practicing job interviews with Shelly while Mrs. Carson played with their kids. Even though these were just “practice”, Claire kept having negative thoughts about being rejected. Shelly was asking Claire simple questions, but her fears shut her brain down and she didn’t know what to answer. Shelly had just asked, “Why did you want to be a dental hygienist?”...

Free Webinar: Using Client Feedback to Improve Outcomes

Free Webinar: Family Systems Trauma (FST) Ethnographic Interview Technique - Using Client Feedback to Improve Outcomes Date: June 11, 2019 Time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time Cost: Free To register, Click here today! In this webinar you will learn how to: How to dramatically improve your trauma treatment outcomes by formally eliciting client feedback at the end of each session using five FST| Family Systems Trauma Model ethnographic questions (i.e., “What was most and least helpful in...

Responding to adverse childhood experiences: An evidence review of interventions to prevent and address adversity across the life course [Public Health Wales]

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful events during childhood that can have a profound impact on an individual’s present and future health. Growing up in the face of such adversities is recognised as an important public health concern in Wales and internationally. Actions to prevent and mitigate ACEs and their associated harms are essential to improve population health for present and future generations.

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference 2020

Early Bird Registration is open for our 3rd Annual Conference, Feb 16-18, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. https://creatingtraumasensitiveschools.org/conference/ The Call for Presentations remains open through Saturday, June 15, 2019. Submissions for workshops are accepted online only at this link: https://ww2.eventrebels.com/er/CFP/OnlineSubmissionEMailLogin.jsp?CFPID=1005&Submit=Reset

Ground-breaking Bible study on trauma-informed ministry/ACEs now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble

I've been busy trying to make the study as accessible and available to those interested in sharing trauma-informed principles within their churches and fellowships, and I am pleased to announce a few new developments: First, the study is available as an e-book on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In fact, to celebrate the release of the book on Barnes and Noble, you can get the study for half price through June 15. Just use the code BNPCHRIS50) at check out! Click HERE to go directly to the...

The Relentless School Nurse: The Fierce Urgency of Now

I co-authored an Op-Ed with Dean Donna Nickitas from Rutgers-Camden Nursing School and Donna Mazyck, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). MLK wrote about the "fierce urgency of now," a message that rings as true today as it was when he shared it more than 50 years ago. Addressing the public health crisis of gun violence requires that sense of fierce urgency and action. This Op-Ed, published today, the very weekend following the aftermath of yet another mass...

Webinar—Florida's Early Childhood Courts:
 Transforming Child Welfare on June 6 (3:00-4:30 ET)

Please join this June 6 webinar on Florida’s early childhood courts (aka “safe babies courts”) hosted by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and co-sponsored by the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice and ACEs Connection. Background: Every six minutes in the U.S., an infant, toddler or child under the age of 3 is removed from their homes for alleged abuse and neglect and placed in state custody through the child welfare system (Zero to Three).

Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) Recognized by APA!

Less then 5 years ago long-time trauma informed advocates, Sandra Bloom, MD and Andrea Blanch, PhD, brought together a small group of similarly-minded folks to talk about forming a new national organization focused on trauma informed policy and practice. Months later the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice CTIPP was born. In May of 2019, CTIPP was selected by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to receive its Distinguished Service Award for meritorious service to the...

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