July 2018

Hope for Healing Newsletter - August Excerpt

Falling in line with the definition of trauma-informed care, this organization recognized the prevalence of trauma in a guest's life, acknowledged the role it plays in my life (as well as my anxiety-inducing triggers), and used that knowledge to respond in an appropriate way to my trauma needs.

Parents who had severe trauma, stresses in childhood more likely to have kids with behavioral health problems

A new study finds that severe childhood trauma and stresses early in parents' lives are linked to higher rates of behavioral health problems in their own children. The types of childhood hardships included divorce or separation of parents, death of or estrangement from a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, exposure to substance abuse in the household or parental mental illness. "Previous research has looked at childhood trauma as a risk factor for...

On "Making It" with 8 ACEs & rACE & Joseph Capehart's Poem

The longer I'm in the movement the more I understand why the Pair of ACEs is essential to all conversations about ACEs. I've been asked how I "made it" with an ACE score of 8. I'm not sure what making it means, or if I'll beat the odds in terms of risks for early mortality. But I do think of why things haven't been worse. For me, it boils down to five things: I'm white My father left when I was a toddler I went from poor to working class to middle-class and upper-middle-class all before I...

Honoring Survivors

Look what this world has come to: approximately 150 survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during ABC's broadcast of the 26th annual ESPY sports awards this Wednesday (7/18/18) live from 8-11 p.m. ET. A video piece about their ordeal will be shown before all of them take the stage. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman will be one of several survivors who speak when accepting the award. And, here’s another wonderful fact: the ESPY production personnel...

Self-control and obesity: Gender matters in children [medicalxpress.com]

A toddler's self-regulation—the ability to change behavior in different social situations—may predict whether he or she will be obese come kindergarten, but the connection appears to be much different for girls than for boys. Self-regulation is something all children must develop, and poorer self-control in childhood is associated with worse adult health, economic and social outcomes. However, a new study from The Ohio State University found that more self-regulation may not necessarily...

Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor [pewtrusts.org]

HACKLEBURG, Ala. — On a recent sultry summer afternoon, 81-year-old widow Nellie Allen sat on the porch of her one-story brick home, one in a strip of government-subsidized houses surrounded by fields and country roads. Allen makes do on $900 a month from Social Security. She raised four kids and never worked outside the home. She doesn’t drive, so she can’t get to the nearest grocery store, which is several miles away. Even if she did, she wouldn’t be able to afford to buy what she needs.

Educators to Trump school safety commission: Don’t repeal Obama discipline guidelines [edsource.org]

As the federal commission on school safety headed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ramps up its schedule of public forums, an unusually broad array of individuals and organizations has sent a letter imploring DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to retain federal guidelines issued by the Obama administration to combat racial disparities in school discipline. The letter is significant both for its strong defense of students’ civil rights and because the more than 80 signatories...

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules [nytimes.com]

The top Massachusetts court unanimously ruled on Monday that a judge can require defendants with substance use disorders to remain drug-free as a condition of probation and send them to jail if they relapse. The case, which challenged a requirement routinely imposed by judges across the country, had been closely watched by prosecutors, drug courts and addiction medicine specialists. For many, it represented a debate over the nature of addiction itself. The defense argued that addiction is a...

How One Rural Community Is Fighting to Save Lives from Drug Overdose [thefix.com]

The Driftwood Motel on Oak Island, North Carolina, has seen better days. All around it, pastel-colored vacation homes with kitschy names like After Dune Delight reel in tourists with promises of beachfront sunsets and shaded hammocks by the pier. Though the Driftwood Motel is also painted in cheerful pastels, the paint is flaking off in dry strips and littering the ground next to cigarette butts and busted beer bottles. Rhonda C. lives on the bottom floor of the Driftwood with her bed, couch...

Why We Need To Collect Data on LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

In the United States , the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects demographic and other types of information on all youth who enter the foster care system. This practice allows the government and the public to track how well the system is meeting its ultimate goal — to place all children into stable and loving homes. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) made a final rule that would...

What Cities Do Right to Integrate Immigrants, in 4 Charts [citylab.com]

As anti-immigrant sentiment erupts in Western democracies from Germany to the United States , some cities are still finding ways to make immigrants feel at home. I conducted hundreds of interviews with immigrants in New York, Paris, and Barcelona intermittently for over a decade to understand how each city integrates—or excludes—its migrants. My new book, A Place to Call Home , explains why some cities and their residents do better at incorporating foreign-born newcomers in the local...

Why Treating Postpartum Depression As Trauma is Key to Good Care

Most health professionals understand postpartum depression (PPD) and other mood disorders are a serious mental health concern. Raising awareness of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) is so important for two reasons. First, professionals need to be more proactive with evaluation and diagnosis. Women very often hide their struggle with overwhelming anxiety, worry and depression. Just because a new mom arrives for a checkup, nicely dressed and with her makeup on, it’s not safe to...

Life Lessons Are in Our Stories - Human Trafficking Survivor's Life Lessons

Victims of human trafficking are subjected to ongoing trauma and they have such a hard time embracing their survival because they get stuck focusing only on the traumas. They carry a much heavier load of shame that no one person can carry alone. So they try to forget it and bury it. They keep it all tucked away in the past and try to pretend it never happened. Revisiting the past for the purpose of examining it and healing from it is too painful for them. So the traumas keep haunting them,...

Rethink Child Trauma Using Feedback Loops

Unhealed trauma can lead children to act out their wounds and create trauma for the whole family. Parents feel hopeless and lost as their entire family experiences the effects of trauma. One father shared: “As the dad, I am supposed to protect my child from hurt and pain. When my daughter started cutting on her arms with our kitchen knives, I was a deer in headlights. I didn’t know what to do.” Feedback loops are a technique used by therapists to rethink child trauma through a family systems...

Podcast 12: Paulette Tomasson Interview

So, sit back and enjoy our "conversation between friends" with trauma therapist, Paulette Tomasson, as she discusses her vast therapy modalities from experiential to equine therapy and so much more. We discuss trauma, resilience/drive to survive, the blossoming of self-reflective men overcoming their sex addictions, internet pornography, critical need for parental controls on all devices, and embracing/celebrating our "note in the symphony"!

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