Mentored Boys or Monster Boys: The Two Choices for Our Future

I wrote recently about my preparations to take my 15 year-old grandson, Deon, for a four day, young men’s rites of passage, retreat. It was truly an adventure of a life-time for both of us and want to share a bit about the experience with you (that’s me in the second row on the right with Deon beside me). I’ve long believed that mentoring is critical to the well-being of our children and grandchildren, particularly the young men. It’s also critical to the well-being of our communities. Many...

For many, attending racially mixed schools has been a life changer [edsource.org]

By David Kirp, EdSource, July 1, 2019. As everyone who wasn’t Rip-Van-Winkle-ing during last Thursday’s presidential debate knows, in 1969 California Senator Kamala Harris was part of the second class to be bused across Berkeley in order to attend an integrated school. The senator deployed this bit of autobiography in a well-choreographed takedown of Joe Biden, who stumbled in attempting to explain his opposition, at that time, to what opponents decried as “forced busing.” Biden’s inept...

Google is running an employee mental health project without any metrics [qz.com]

By Lila MacLellan, Quartz, June 25, 2019. Google’s data-driven approach has long applied to its own workplaces. It has crafted onboarding and maternity leave practices around insights derived from employee statistics, gathered figures to investigate what makes the best teams, and designed its cafeteria around finely documented observations, like the importance of making dried figs easier to reach than chocolate. But now it’s supporting an employee-led program for which it is not collecting...

The Definition of "Refugee" is Out of Date and it's Leaving People Behind [psmag.com]

By Jack Herrera, Pacific Standard, June 27, 2019. TIJUANA, Mexico — The 14-mile wall that runs along the northern edge of Tijuana doesn't stop when it arrives at the Pacific, but continues out into the ocean for about 100 yards, along the imaginary extension of the border between Mexico and the United States. Out in the waves, the prison-style steel bollards and razor wire look severe, but also absurd. A strong swimmer could get out and around the wall's far end without too much trouble. In...

Most effective way to be a mental health advocate.

For the past year I was looking for the most effective way to talk about traumatic nature of mental illness, trauma psychology, adverse childhood experience and what it does as well as my personal experience of living with the stigma of mental disability. I tried to write for a local newspaper and sent my writings to several other places. On Our Own of Maryland created a workshop where C Frazer Smith told us how be a 20th century "typewriter age" journalist. I found that writing has a very...

The ACEs Connection Community Tracker — Presentations Tracker

ACEs Connection Community Tracker is an extremely useful tool for local ACEs initiatives to measure their progress as they educate their community about ACEs science. Here's a link to Northeast Tennessee's Community Tracker . It maps the presentations that your ACEs initiative has made. It tracks: who did the presentation, to what organization, when the presentation took place, how many people attended identifies the sector and subsector of those attending. To accompany the presentations...

ACEs Connection Community Resilience Tracker — Milestones Tracker

The ACEs Connection Community Resilience Tracker has two parts: The Milestones Tracker and Sector Pages. The Milestones Tracker helps track how many steps towards becoming trauma-informed that organizations in a community have taken. These milestones were chosen by ACEs Connection based on an extensive literature review of evidence-based self assessments by organizations. Here's a link to Northeast Tennessee's Community Resilience Tracker , which includes the Milestones Tracker . (Please...

Bipartisan, bicameral trauma legislation provides support for community initiatives and workforce development

In the current polarized political environment, it is no small feat for a bill to be introduced with bipartisan support in both chambers—a fact that bodes well for the future of the “Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act of 2019.” Identical bills titled “The RISE from Trauma Act of 2019” were introduced in the Senate and the House on June 10, with bipartisan support from members of Congress representing diverse states, districts, and constituencies. While...

Dr Gabor Maté On Childhood Trauma, The Real Cause Of Anxiety And Our ‘Insane’ Culture (humanwindow.com)

In this interview, we spoke about a wide variety of topics, ranging from how he believes that most mental health conditions originate from unresolved childhood trauma, to why he describes current Western culture as ‘insane’ because of its failure to meet basic human needs. He went into detail about what he sees as the root causes of conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks and fibromyalgia. We also spoke about the process of reconnecting with your authentic self. The origin of the word...

How Cities Across the U.S. are Using Philanthropy to Combat Inequality [psmag.com]

By Sarah Holder, Pacific Standard, June 26, 2019. Each year, about 40,000 people in Essex County, New Jersey, get evicted. Almost half of them are in the city of Newark, where more than three-quarters of the population are renters. As housing in Newark, spiked by a surge in interest from priced-out Manhattanites , grows more expensive, evictions keep getting filed—"sometimes arbitrarily; sometimes because of poor management," said Newark's mayor, Ras Baraka, who's trying to balance his...

Brain Injury Common In Domestic Violence (scienceblog.com)

Domestic violence survivors commonly suffer repeated blows to the head and strangulation, trauma that has lasting effects that should be widely recognized by advocates, health care providers, law enforcement and others who are in a position to help, according to the authors of a new study. In the first community-based study of its kind, researchers from The Ohio State University and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network found that 81 percent of women who have been abused at the hands of their...

Claire's Story: Claire begins to feel good about herself. Part 66

By K. Hecht & A. Hosack & P. Berman I have worked hard to help myself and Davy. I can feel good about that, despite my mistakes. Claire has been thinking a lot about her decisions. The good ones like accepting help from people like the Carsons. The bad ones, like allowing Larry to dominate her thinking- despite his lack of good judgment. Dr. Berman had talked to her a lot about paying more attention to what she was doing right and forgiving herself for what she hadn’t. It was hard.

Amid immigration crackdown, undocumented abuse victims hesitate to come forward (washingtonpost.com)

As threats of deportation continue to rattle immigrant communities, advocates and attorneys in the Washington area say they have seen a marked increase in undocumented victims of domestic violence choosing not to pursue legal recourse against their abusers. Many victims are reluctant to even start the legal process, experts say, concerned that police will turn them over to federal immigration authorities or that their partners will retaliate by revealing their immigration status. In a 2018...

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