Plan to phase out pepper spray this year at L.A.'s juvenile halls hits a potential snag [latimes.com]

By Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2019. When Los Angeles County leaders voted unanimously in February to ban the use of pepper spray in its juvenile detention facilities, officials were tasked with phasing out the chemical agent by the end of the year. But on Tuesday, the head of the county’s Probation Department — which runs juvenile detention facilities — told the Board of Supervisors that her agency will need more time. Chief Probation Officer Terri McDonald projected that it will...

Teen pregnancy prevention program for Native American youth expands to Minnesota [caih.jhu.edu]

By Center for American Indian Health - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, June 4, 2019. Nationally, teen pregnancy rates have declined by 67% since peaking in 1991. Yet significant disparities remain. Native American teens have the highest teen birth rate of any U.S. group and 4 in 10 Native American women begin childbearing in adolescence. Working closely with tribal partners, the Center for American Indian Health (Center) developed Respecting the Circle of Life, a...

Thrive Washington: 3rd Edition of NEAR@Home Toolkit Released

Thrive Washington is pleased to announce that the 3 rd edition of the NEAR@Home toolkit is now available and offers home visitors more guidance on how to safely, respectfully and effectively address Adverse Childhood Experiences with the families they serve. This new edition reflects what was learned when the toolkit was incorporated into a Facilitated Learning Process with 225 home visitors and 54 supervisors in the four states of federal Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It's...

Creating a Podcast: The Must-Have Checklist

As producer and host of The Healing Place Podcast , I have been asked quite a bit, "So, how do I start a podcast?" I thought I'd share my podcast journey with the world via my blog as I'm sure there are many others who are intrigued by the idea of sharing their magnificent content dreams with the universe. A Catchy Name In the summer of 2017, a therapist friend of mine asked me if I'd be interested in creating a podcast with her. Well, yeah! How much fun would THAT be? We sat down next to a...

Claire's Story: Larry worries about Claire's safety. Part 64

By A. Hosack , P. Berman , & K. Hecht The book says share your worries and concerns with your loved one. This sharing business freaks me out. Larry was nervous and unsure of himself. The book talked about in a good relationship, each person tried to understand the needs and wants of the other person. Claire was clearly trying to put being a good mother first. He needed to understand when she was doing that and not assume it meant she was ignoring him. I might lose my edge, not be the...

3 Minute Meditation for ACEs to Calm Power at the Beach

#Stress #ACE Study #Psychology & EXCITING VIDEO ATTACHED. Why you should never underestimate yourself in 3 minutes: https://vimeo.com/344376421 drbrianalman FREE SESSION attached to help you Celebrate Your Wellness & how to focus on what’s right about your life. PLEASE WRITE ME BACK WITH YOUR EXPERIENCES & we will help others together.

Happiness Is an Activity [psychologytoday.com]

By Nigel Barber Ph.D., Psychology Today, June 25, 2019. Staying still can be miserable. It can feel like a punishment not only because a person is deprived of contact with family and friends, but because they miss many favored activities. Why don't the rich and retired just sleep in the shade like lions? There are many basic biological reasons for being highly active. The most basic ones are to find enough food and to avoid becoming food for a predator. Predator Versus Prey: Humans Are Both...

How Trauma Creates Gaps in Academic Achievement [hogg.utexas.edu]

By Josephine Gurch, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, June 20, 2019. Every year, the Hogg Foundation gives the Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award for Mental Health Dissertation Research to eligible doctoral candidates at institutions of higher education in Texas. Awardees receive a $1,500 scholarship to help cover research-related expenses. Angela M. Powell is a 2018 recipient. While pursuing a degree in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University, Powell formulated a study that...

The scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens [qz.com]

By Jenny Anderson, Quartz, June 22, 2019. For nearly 30 years, Javier Aceves worked as a pediatrician in Albuquerque, New Mexico, focusing primarily on disadvantaged families. His approach was holistic: along with treating children, he did outreach with teens, and helped children’s parents with everything from addiction to learning how to be a supportive caregiver. For all the programs he helped develop, the patterns he kept seeing haunted him. He could treat young kids’ medical problems,...

Homes to Heal Trafficked Children [nytimes.com]

By Rikha Sharma Rani, The New York Times, June 19, 2019. Lisbeth takes out her cellphone and flashes a picture of her foster daughter. Two years ago, the teenager was living on the streets near Miami. Her mother, who was addicted to drugs, would disappear for long stretches at a time, and her father was in jail. The 14-year-old girl would steal noodles and cold cuts from local bodegas to feed herself and her two half-siblings, aged 4 and 5. She wasn’t in school. Eventually, she was found by...

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth of 100 Resilient Cities [citylab.com]

By Laura Bliss, City Lab, June 12, 2019. In late April, at a town-hall meeting in New York City, Raj Shah, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, addressed the staff of 100 Resilient Cities. The nonprofit, launched by the philanthropy in 2013, has helped cities around the world plan for natural disasters and social shocks, especially the ravages of climate change. Earlier that month, the foundation had abruptly announced plans to shutter the program. Now Shah was explaining why. “This...

Beyond ACES Summit: The Impact of Race, Culture, and Poverty Social Media Toolkit

The Beyond ACES Summit: The Impact of Race, Culture, and Poverty registration is LIVE! The summit theme is #MovingBeyondACES (adverse childhood experiences). This year is historically significant because it marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia. It was also a time that marked significant trauma. The summit touches on many different aspects of life and history. It will showcase the heartfelt talent of youth through dance and movement, music, theatre and...

Developing compassion for our neighbors and ourselves: trauma-informed faith

Even when we feel like God doesn’t hear us, he can guide our path to people and ideas that will resonate with our spirits and bring healing... The process of becoming trauma-informed can help us to develop compassion. We can overcome personal barriers that prevent us from reaching out to others in loving ways. We will be able to feel and share more of God’s love.

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