September 2018

Memories Of Sexual Abuse, Trauma Remain Accurate Into Adulthood (scienceblog.com)

Adults can accurately recall traumatic events from childhood, including instances of sexual abuse, a new article shows. This has prompted the researchers to advocate for investigation of childhood abuse claims made by people who come forward as adults. “Time alone should not be a bar to hearing evidence about prior sexual assault,” said FIU legal psychologist Deborah Goldfarb, who is a co-author on the paper. “The evidence should be heard on its merits and arbiters of fact can then make an...

Trauma Informed Care from the Baby's Perspective

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health is pioneering a model of care that includes the baby starting at conception. Our model also includes transgenerational and intergenerational trauma, prenatal experiences, birth and attachment and bonding. We have a conference on this topic October 5-7, 2018, in Denver, CO. See: https://birthpsychology.com/2018-conference/welcome I will be a the Zero to Three conference representing our programs for a poster session. If you are...

Trauma: a Story of Hope

Trauma: a story of hope Any story about healing trauma is a story of hope, and a story for all of us. Because we all carry trauma. Whether we think of ourselves this way or not. We know now that we all carry trauma because we know that trauma is transmitted intergenerationally . And we know that in the U.S., our country was built on--and continues to be sustained by--legacies of trauma : violence against Native Africans, violence against African Americans, violence against Latinos, violence...

Don't Let ACEs Define Students

As teachers we must understand that our students are a product of all of their experiences, good and bad. We must not let their ACEs define them. It's our responsibility to help them find their own strength, meaning, and purpose despite these obstacles so they can grow up to be happy, healthy, and productive adults. This is how the cycle gets broken and we are an important part of this process. They're all great kids; some just don't know it yet. - Jim Parry, REACH Stewartville...

Wrestling Ghosts LA Premeire Was So Powerful! A MUST SEE for any trauma professional or survivor!

(Image: Kim & Matt Montleon-The main characters, Mary Giuliani-ACEsConnection.com Orange County Community Manager, Linda Yunker-ACEsconnection.com Ventura Community Manager) Wrestling Ghosts is a new documentary that follows the epic inner journey of a young mother who battles the traumas from her past in order to create a new present and future for her and her family. It is one thing to learn about ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), yet it is a completely different thing to watch Kim...

Free Trauma Webinar: Failure to Launch

Registration is now open for the Family Trauma Institute's October webinar. Our monthly webinars are designed to provide strategies and techniques that support mental health professionals in becoming family trauma experts. When Oct. 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic Failure to Launch: The Safety Planning Technique What You Will Learn Why young adults are failing to launch How failure to launch connects to family trauma and a lack of safety planning How to use the FST...

Opioid legislation with significant trauma provisions clears the Congress, awaits President Trump’s signature

On October 3, the U.S. Senate voted 98-1 (only Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT voted nay) to approve The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6 or previously titled the Opioid Crisis Response Act) , a final step before the President’s signature. The House approved the measure by a vote of 393-8 on September 28. The Senate approved an earlier version of this legislation on September 17 and as reported on ACEs Connection , it includes significant provisions taken from or aligned with the goals...

LAST CALL - NATIONAL ACES CONFERENCE - REGISTER BY MIDNIGHT PT (Sept 28th, 2018)

Last call to join experts and thought leaders in the ACEs movement as we collectively seek ways to move from action to access and ensure that all communities have access to the information, treatments, and trauma-informed systems necessary to mitigate the effects of ACEs. We believe all children and their communities need open and equal access to the tools and resources that can help them heal - and your voice is a vital part of the discussion! Register today and join the movement! REGISTER HERE

Is Rent Control An Answer To California's Housing Crisis? [npr.org]

You can add Robert Rodriguez to a growing list of Angelenos living right on the brink of homelessness. Rodriguez shares his story, talking softly, as he leans on his walker outside his old apartment. He was evicted the day before. "Everything is gone," he says. "It's all in storage." Rodriguez, 82, used to be a truck driver. He's on a fixed income and has had health problems including a heart attack. Last February, when his landlord notified he and his wife that their rent was going up by 15...

Flint program aims to build resilient, trauma-informed communities [mlive.com]

FLINT, MI -- Trauma effects people differently and how leaders respond to people's reactions to trauma is important in building a resilient community. That's why a small group of decision makers gathered to learn trauma-informed skills they can pass on to their community at a Flint RECAST workshop Thursday at the Legal Service of Eastern Michigan. Flint RECAST is a project that teaches a Community Resiliency Model to inform community leaders about trauma-informed skills and approaches. The...

Evidence justifies limiting student suspensions for disruptive behavior [edsource.org]

Gov. Jerry Brown must decide by October 1 whether to approve a bill that will expand up through grade 8 the current law that eliminated suspensions in grades K-3 for disruption or defiance of school authorities. In 2014, his approval of the law reflected a combination of his attention to research, as well as listening to superintendents, teachers, civil rights advocates and others. A new report that I co-authored shows that suspensions for disruption or defiance have nearly been eliminated...

A Collective Hippocampus Moment [Non Profit Quarterly]

The events at the Senate Judiciary Committee left many around the country feeling raw. Perhaps it is good that we can still be shocked, but shock is a state that does not lend itself to immediate mobilization, so we thought we would leave this space open today for a discussion of what our readers are thinking and feeling and what we each plan to do as a result of yesterday’s cultural spectacle.

Some Thoughts About The Harsh Reality of ACEs

So here is the harsh reality of ACEs. The child who enters kindergarten with an ACEs score of 3 or 4 will likely have that score double or more by the time they graduate from high school. For far too many students, adverse childhood experiences ARE life experiences. These life experiences affect everything from mental and physical health to relationships and academics. Our students can't simply be "fixed" with a temporary response. Trauma-informed/responsive education isn't a fad. This isn't...

Can new technologies help track resilience? [news.trust.org]

Climate extremes are in the headlines yet again. From the devastation of typhoon Mangkhut in Southeast Asia to Greek wildfires earlier in the year, timely reminders of the importance of resilience-building can be seen everywhere. It’s therefore reassuring to see resilience quickly climbing to the top of the global development agenda. A $100 million investment by the Global Resilience Partnership and the British government’s £140 million commitment under the Building Resilience and Adaptation...

How alcohol, time and trying to forget trauma can change what we remember [pbs.org]

The allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh share the two themes of alcohol and how memories change over time. Christine Blasey Ford, who is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she consumed a beer at the party where a teenage Brett Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her; he and his friend Mark Judge had been heavily intoxicated, according to her account. Deborah Ramirez, who came forward Sunday, alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her...

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