July 2019

Medical students' ACE scores mirror general population, study finds

A national survey published in 2014 revealed a disturbing finding. Compared to college graduates pursuing other professions, medical students, residents and early career physicians experienced a higher degree of burnout. Citing that article, a group of researchers at University of California at Davis School of Medicine wondered whether medical students’ childhood adversity and resilience played a role in their burnout, said Dr. Andres Sciolla, an associate professor of psychiatry and...

ACEs Research Corner — June 2019

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site — abuseresearch.info — that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she posts the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! -- Jane Stevens] Wickramasinghe YM, Raman S, Garg P, Hurwitz R. Burden of adverse childhood experiences in children attending paediatric clinics in South Western Sydney, Australia: a...

FSU Launches Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience [csw.fsu.edu]

By Karen Oehme, Institute for Family Violence Studies Director, July 15, 2019. Florida State University has launched a new online curriculum for professional certification in trauma and resilience. The curriculum was developed by the Clearinghouse on Trauma and Resilience within the Institute for Family Violence Studies at the FSU College of Social Work in conjunction with FSU Center for Academic and Professional Development . “This training addresses a gap in the knowledge base of human...

Thank you for attending the 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference!

Community Resilience Initiative is incredibly grateful to all who attended, helped created, and supported our 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference! We were honored to be joined by approximately 450 people from 23 different states and 2 Canadian provinces. Each session felt charged with energy due to the passion and dedication from each of our attendees. CRI was thrilled by the participation, whether during the pre-conference social, or in the creation of the 7-Sentence Stories! And...

To smooth transitions from home to pre-K to kindergarten, states must invest in every aspect of early ed [hechingerreport.org]

By Peggy Barmore, The Hechinger Report, July 8, 2019. LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Shenandoah Cochran, 34, greeted the two teachers at the front door of her elevated house in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, like family friends. Her youngest children, 5-year-old Daniel Pearson and Shenabelle Pearson, 3, abandoned a late-morning snack of fresh-sliced strawberries and mandarin orange pieces to join the trio of adults at the door. “He’s been asking when you all were going to get here,” Cochran said as...

Why It’s Wrong to Withhold Gentleness to Show Our Kids How “The Real World Works” [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By W.R. Cummings, Psych Central, June 14, 2019. How many times have you heard a parent say something like, “If I baby my kids, they’ll never know how the real world works.” Or maybe they’ve said things like, “How will they learn to keep going if I teach them it’s okay to stop when things get hard?” Or maybe they talk about people who are “whiney” because they want their feelings to be validated. Or maybe they think therapy and counseling are both a bunch of crap. We all know parents (or...

Coaches and Team Sports Can Help Children Heal from Trauma

Recent media attention has been given to connection between sports and its powerful effect on youth, particularly the power of sport to help youth heal from trauma. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics by Molly Easterline has caught national media attention including the recent article in the New York Times “ Team Sports May Help Children Deal With Trauma ” (by Perri Klass) and NPR’s “Playing Teen Sports May Protect from Some Damages of Childhood Trauma ” by Susie Neilson. These...

As Above So Below..

As Above - So Below. One thing we know about unaddressed Trauma - it's going to come out somehow - somewhere and we will bear witness to it in our lives. Community Peace is possible when we work together to reduce the ACEs of children and do what we can across the generations to encourage folks to begin to process what has happened to them. When we change our lens from blame and shame to provide an atmosphere of safety, and build relationships to support them, everything begins to shift and...

3 New Communities Join ACEs Connection: July, 2019

Please welcome these three communities from CA, OR, and VA to ACEs Connection . More i nformation about each one of them is below. You can also find theses communities among this list of all our communities . Humboldt County (CA) ACEs Connection : We are educating and raising awareness about ACEs and resiliency in Humboldt County. Our hope is to empower our people to prevent ACEs, actively work to heal trauma, and build resilience for all children, families and their communities through a...

New Study Supports Positive Effects of $15 Hour Minimum Wage [irle.berkeley.edu]

The recent Congressional Hearing on Preventing Childhood Trauma included a robust dialogue about the correlation between poverty, trauma and ACEs (time stamp 2:49). Panelists were asked what policies could positively impact income as a means to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma and ACEs. Raising the minimum wage was not discussed. The following press release, describing new research from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment , supports it as an effective strategy , one...

How private sector tools can enhance governmental cooperation [brookings.edu]

By Stuart Butler, Brookings, July 12, 2019. In many areas of domestic policy, effective solutions to a problem typically need the coordination of different government programs and agencies. For instance, achieving good health in a community requires not just good medical care, but also attention to transportation, housing conditions and other “social determinants” of health. Collaboration and coordination across agencies and programs is no easy matter at any level of government. For one...

Young People are Using Musical Theater to Heal Their Trauma — and it's Working [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, Nation Swell, July 12, 2019. On the drive home from Priya Shah’s first Storycatchers musical, she pulled over to cry. Shah, who now serves as the executive director of Storycatchers, had just seen a musical at the Illinois Youth Center, a juvenile detention center in Warrenville, Illinois. She watched girls tell stories of sexual abuse, battery and neglect. She also saw stories of hope and resilience. “It struck me that these characters I had just watched struggle, joke,...

How to improve health outcomes for Indigenous peoples by making space for self-determination [theconversation.com]

By Dominic O'Sullivan, The Conversation, July 10, 2019. Indigenous public policy fails consistently. The research evidence is compelling . Across post-settler colonial societies like New Zealand, Australia and Canada, schooling is not as effective for Indigenous citizens, employment and housing outcomes are not as good, and health outcomes are worse. In Canada, the government says the solution lies in stronger nation-to-nation relationships between the state and First Nations . In Australia,...

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