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August 2019

Author and Meditation Teacher Kevin Griffin Daylong

Joanie Lane and A Positive Light meditation center -Kelseyville, Ca. Hosts; Kevin Griffin - Daylong 10:00AM TO 4:00PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, 2019 Learn to navigate your life with clarity and joy in this experiential daylong, open to all. In a time of great conflict and contention in our society, it can be extremely valuable to learn how to approach these relevant topics: • The challenges of living with other people; • The risk of hating anyone, even your enemies; • And the dangers inherent to...

Dr. Mona Delahooke Will Present at The Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference in California

Have you been hearing all the buzz about Dr. Mona Delahooke's new book, Beyond Behaviors ? In my opinion, it’s the best new book of 2019. Dr. Delahooke is a practicing pediatric clinical psychologist of thirty years. She is gaining critical acclaim and grassroots support for challenging the prevalent and pervasive behaviorist bias in schools. As a result, she is an emerging authority in the growing revolution to re-interpret children's misbehavior. She highlights much of the books' content...

Doctors Warn of Health Effects of Trump Immigration Changes [sfgate.com]

By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press, August 18, 2019 Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Some advocates say they’re already seeing the fallout even...

Better Child Abuse Fatality Reviews are Key to Overhauling Child Welfare [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Theresa Covington and Ilana Levinson, August 15, 2019 The Family First and Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which passed into law as part of the 2018 budget resolution, is one of the largest overhauls of our nation’s child welfare system in the last decade. The law aims to realign resources toward prevention and intervention before a child reaches the critical point of being placed into the foster care system. Most of the attention on the new law is focused on new ways to use Title IV-E...

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Can be a Great Coping Tool & Here's How to Bring it Into Your Practice [bustle.com]

By Jay Polish, Bustle, August 18, 2019 Whether you’ve never tried yoga or are deeply into your practice, you probably know that yoga has an intense way of integrating your body’s movements with your mind’s inner chatter. For some, that connection facilitates a sense of calm and restoration. For others, that peace seems far away, if not impossible, and yoga classes offer more fear than relief. When yoga calls unexpected attention to your mind and body — and when it involves subtle competition...

'Trauma Doesn't Go Away By Itself.' How El Paso is Tackling Mental Health Stigma After the Walmart Mass Shooting [time.com]

By Jasmine Aguilera, Time, August 20, 2019 For decades, health professionals in El Paso County have made efforts to increase access to mental health care by reducing the leading barrier to care — stigma — with some minor success. But since the mass shooting at a Walmart in the border city that killed 22 people on August 3, those working in the mental health care field say there has been increasing demand for their services and they believe it may be a turning point in public perception.

Report: Racism, Discrimination, Trauma Harming Health Outcomes [columbian.com]

By Wyatt Stayner, The Columbian, August 19, 2019 The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative has identified discrimination, racism and trauma as the main drivers of health concerns for people in Clark County and the Portland metropolitan area, according to the recently released 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. The Collaborative is made up of four Public Health departments — Clark County and Oregon’s Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties — as well as 15 hospitals and one...

Leaders in SF public housing deal with their own and community trauma head on

Sengthong Sithounnolat, Jeris Woodson, Donald Greene, Ashley Blanco On a recent Saturday, 10 people gather around a table at the offices of Trauma Transformed in Oakland, Calif., where quotes from figures like Frederick Douglas, Nelson Mandela, and Coretta Scott King grace one wall as light streams in from a skylight above. The group is known as the Resident Warriors, which meets weekly. One participant talks of her recovery from addiction and her mother’s murder. Another mentions being...

‘I Began Feeling Like I Mattered’: How On-Campus Mental Health Counseling can Make a Big Difference [washingtonpost.com]

By David Leffler, The Washington Post, August 19, 2019 At 9 on a chilly February morning in Austin, Elizabeth Minne met in her office with a former counseling client and her mother. The three were all smiles, catching up for the first time in ages. As their laughter faded, they recalled their weighty introduction five years before, when Minne’s mission to create a comprehensive mental health-care system for Austin’s schools was still in its infancy — and her client, Sarah Luna Newcomer, was...

Iowa ACEs 360: Catalyzing a Movement

Iowa ACEs Policy Coalition joins Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds as she signs a "Resilient Iowa" proclamation in 2018. Photo courtesy of Lisa Cushatt. _______________________________ For years, advocates for a statewide children’s mental health system would stand before Iowa legislators and speak passionately about their own particular concerns. Psychiatrists pointed to a need for more inpatient beds for youth with severe mental illness. Pediatricians said the answer was better screening to identify...

Claire's Story: Davy talks about his nightmare with Claire. Part 79

By P. Berman , A. Hosack & K. Hecht, I hoped those two sessions would stop Davy’s nightmares. I guess it takes more. Davy had a nightmare about Larry again. It seemed so unfair to Claire that after such a great session with Dr. Berman, he should have a nightmare. Still, she knew what to do when it happened in the middle of the night. First, she hugged him for a few minutes. She then looked down into his eyes and asked him if the black scary thing was gone. He shook his head with tears...

WhyTry & Hope 4 The Wounded Offering Resilience Workshop

Two of the nation's leading experts on trauma, social emotional learning, & resilience are partnering for a student resiliency workshop October 8-9, 2019, in Ohio. Participants will bring HOPE & healing to wounded youth through: Trauma-Informed Education Social Emotional Learning Resilience Education Relationship Building Techniques Strategies to Keep Wounded Children Engaged Both Christian Moore and Joe Hendershott are internationally renowned authors, sought-after speakers, and...

Attachment, Trauma and the Neurobiology of Opioid Use Disorders

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @12 pm CT Is there a neurobiological link between childhood trauma and susceptibility to addiction? Steve Delisi, MD, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will explain how traumatic experiences can increase the risk of addiction by influencing the brain’s development, and discuss the need for specific, trauma-informed care for those with opioid use disorder and attachment issues. Objectives: Understand the neural circuitry of chronic opioid use Recognize the...

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