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August 2019

Building Resilience to Radicalisation [thepsychologist.bps.org.uk]

By Lynn Davies, The Psychologist, August 21, 2019 Resilience means the capacity to deal with threat. But in terms of radicalisation, this initially involves recognition of something as a threat, as something harmful. Instead, radicalisers will present something as an opportunity – to be a hero, to contribute to a mission, to have adventure, to join a new family. The first task in education is the fostering of recognition, including awareness of how extremism is a threat to society as well as...

The Flores Agreement Protected Migrant Children for Decades. New Regulations Aim to End It. [nytimes.com]

By Miriam Jordan, The New York Times, August 20, 2019 Nearly 35 years ago, long before the current mass influx of Central American families making their way to America’s southern border, a different and more brutal migrant crisis was unfolding. In El Salvador, government death squads were stalking suspected insurgents. Farmers, human rights activists and even priests were being caught in the crossfire. The widening civil war would leave more than 75,000 people dead, and send tens of...

Community Power: Increasing Understanding of Base-Building Methods 2019: Call for Proposals [rwjf.org]

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 20, 2019 This CFP will support research projects to build an understanding of the range of methods applied in innovative and effective community base-building that result in changes to community-level social, economic, and physical conditions that we know influence health and equity. We are seeking to fund research projects designed to retrospectively examine various methods resulting in innovative and effective community base-building. Base-building...

Claire's Story: I want him so bad! Part 80

By A. Hosack, K. Hecht & P. Berman How can I be so selfish? I hate dreams. I hate myself. Claire is in Dr. Berman’s office. This was supposed to be a family meeting with Davy. However, at the last moment, Claire had called in and asked for a private appointment. She had her own disturbing week of dreams. She needed to do talk with Dr. Berman before she made some terrible mistake. She had already made so many of those. “Claire, you sounded so distressed on the phone, what happened?” Dr.

BU to Study Adverse Childhood Experiences, Later Life Health Outcomes [eurekalert.org]

By Boston University School of Medicine, EurekAlert!, August, 21, 2019 Lewina Lee, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and clinical research psychologist at the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston, has received a five-year, $3.5 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute on Aging to establish the Boston Early Adversity and Mortality Study (BEAMS). Lee, along with co-principal investigator Daniel Mroczek,...

Volunteer Trauma Therapists Wind Down Camp Fire Intervention [orovillemr.com]

By Camille Von Kaenel, Oroville Mercury-Register, August 21, 2019 A network of volunteer trauma therapists is winding down its intervention in Butte County after working with more than 500 Camp Fire survivors and training sixty local therapists to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The Northern California Trauma Recovery Network, a group housed under the umbrella of the Humanitarian Assistance Program, deployed around 50 therapists from all over the region who are specialized...

Opinion: Link Between Shootings and Childhood Trauma Warrants Research [detroitnews.com]

By Rick Murdock, The Detroit News, August 18, 2019 As we continue to connect the dots regarding gun violence, bringing the lens of adverse childhood experiences into play creates a meaningful context for public discussion. What brings this relationship to mind are the studies funded by the National Institute of Justice, highlighted recently by the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 4, 2019. The studies cited relate to a data-base going back to 1966 of every mass shooter who killed four or more people...

Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Evidence on Nutrition Supports for Low-Income Families with Young Children [rwjf.org]

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 20, 2019 The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to nutrition supports and reduce nutrition disparities. (RWJF is supporting research on the two other policy areas addressed in the research agenda—access to income supports and ECE—through separate calls for proposals.) Evidence generated through funded projects...

PODCAST: Physician's Guide to Trauma-Informed Healthcare Approaches

I was honored to be a guest on the podcast, Physician's Guide to Doctoring and enjoyed my interview with Dr. Bradley Block who writes ' we start out defining trauma and then get introduced to trauma-informed care. Interfacing with the medical system and physicians can be traumatizing and triggering, so we discussed ways to minimize that, and why it actually isn’t important to identify who needs trauma informed care. We should be taking a “universal precautions” like approach. She teaches us...

I Didn't Get My Just Due: Toxic Adults/Elders in Youth Organizing Spaces

And so it is… I dove head first into advocacy and organizing when I was 18. As a formerly homeless youth , the only thing that kept my head on straight and out of trouble was getting involved and supporting the community. I’ve been blessed to be able to work across the world ever since with amazing people doing radical work. Fast forward some years and while I still have passion and drive for organizing work, I am much more aware and selective in who I deal with. I would be a liar if I said...

"Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" Radio Program broadcast worldwide!

Houston – August 21, 2019 – The premiere radio program of Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams was broadcast worldwide live this past Sunday evening and now is being released to over 120 podcasts networks. Dr. Williams is on the Senior Administrative Leadership Team at the Baylor College of Medicine OB/GYN department located in the Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is the author of Shattered by the Darkness: Putting the Pieces Back Together...

Intergenerational Impacts of Family Violence - Mothers and Children in a Large Prospective Pregnancy Cohort Study [thelancet.com]

By D. Gartland, R. Giallo, H. Woolhouse, F. Mensah, and S.J. Brown, August 18, 2019 Violence and other adversities commonly co-occur, yet are usually investigated individually. The primary objectives of this paper are to investigate: (i) the relationship between maternal exposure to violence (including childhood abuse and intimate partner violence) and postpartum mental and physical health; and (ii) the extent to which exposure to violence and poor maternal mental and physical health are...

'Nobody Learns It in a Day': Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools [edweek.org]

By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, August 20, 2019 There's never been a clearer scientific picture of the ways damaging experiences and intense, chronic stress can hurt a child's ability to learn in school. But for many schools, the picture of what trauma-sensitive schooling looks like in practice is still developing. "We're in an all-fired hurry because there's this 'trauma' thing and we have to help our kids," said Melissa Sadin, the director of the Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools...

High-Ranking Maryland Officials Swap Ideas for Addressing Childhood Trauma in Baltimore [baltimoresun.com]

By Catherine Rentz, The Baltimore Sun, August 20, 2019 Just one traumatic experience in childhood can permanently impact a child’s health and decision-making, studies show. In Baltimore, where there have been more than 1,500 homicides and 3,400 shooting victims since 2015, children experience trauma on a scale that some leaders say amounts to an “epidemic.” Some of the region’s leaders came together Tuesday to look at the most recent research and discuss what more can be done. U.S. Rep.

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