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Structural Racism: Trauma in Marginalized Populations

A new mother who had just worked nine hours as a retail associate entered a medical clinic to seek care for her four-month old son who has been coughing over the past three days. Her google search yielded a clinic in the economic upper echelon of the southwest suburbs, between her place of employment and her condominium, which she recently purchased to give her infant son a chance at a better life, far from the violent community of Austin on the westside of Chicago. After a two-hour wait, a...

Child Separation, What it does to young developing brains - A trigger for me

We've been parenting our youngest daughter since she was a toddler adopted from China. She came to us with unspeakable pre-adoptive abuse. There was a big learning curve but we (all of us) jumped in and learned what we need to know about RAD and the underpinning trauma. As child separations and the news continued - it was clearly a trigger for me. This separation of children from parents is what happens to all the children in China as a result of the cruel one-child policy was enforced, and...

Even Toddlers, Preschoolers Need Trauma-Informed Intervention [youthtoday.org]

Benjamin Franklin once said; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this axiom truer than in the field of children’s mental health. My years of education, training and experience as a school-based clinical social worker at The Guidance Center , working with children, their families and educators, has led me to realize the value of a trauma-informed lens. This means I have an understanding of how the brain forms and functions in relation to the environment, and that...

Why Communities of Color Disproportionately Miss out on the Benefits of Rooftop Solar Power [psmag.com]

One of the fundamental drivers of the environmental justice movement is that low-income communities and communities of color are often at the forefront of environmental harm, since they are more likely to live in the path of air pollution and near toxic facilities like oil refineries . But a study recently published in Nature Sustainability highlights the fact that communities of color are also disproportionately missing out on the benefits of rooftop solar power. Led by Deborah Sunter, an...

Climate Change Is Causing Food And Mental Health Crisis For These Indigenous People [huffingtonpost.com]

One of the key findings of the most recent United Nations report on the mounting perils of climate change is that rising temperatures pose a distinct risk to indigenous people, who are often small farmers, fishers or herders. The report noted that punishing storms, lasting drought and stifling heat threaten the lives and livelihoods of aboriginal groups from the Amazon rainforest to the Arctic Circle. The Sámi people offer a case in point. The only recognized indigenous group in Europe has...

The Relentless School Nurse: The Source of My Grit

How do you measure a year? The cast of Rent sings about measuring life over the course of a year in love. It's been five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes since my niece hid in a closet during the Parkland shootings that killed 14 students and 3 staff members. It has also been almost seventy years since my father survived the mass shooting that killed his mother, father, and grandmother, along with 10 others. Over the course of this past year since the Parkland shooting, I've...

What is Present-Centered Therapy?

Present-Centered Therapy is a non-trauma focused treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This therapy modality is called “present centered” as the goal is to focus on the client’s current/present life while recognizing the connection between PTSD symptoms and current struggles. All the while doing this without focusing on past traumatic events.

Claire’s Story: Even the Carsons can’t get Davy to stop crying. Part 10.

By P. Berman, K. Hecht, & A. Hosack This is a weird place. So much rushing around. Claire can just barely hear someone talking on a phone in the next room. Who are these people? What will they do to her and Davy? Claire takes a risk and asks Nancy, “Do you know what Ms. Alexandra is going to do with me and Davy?” Nancy has been working with Ms. Alexandra for about a month. It has been mostly good, but she has been warned that if her drug testing ever becomes positive, Sara is going into...

COA Awareness Week 2019

Are you a part of this week-long focus on children of addiction (COAs), the issues that face them, and a celebration of recovery possible for them? Join this international campaign as we explore the hope and healing possible for COAs during COA Awareness Week 2019 . Learn more . This year we are focusing on the #7Cs : from Betty Ford Center Children's Programs Jerry Moe; the best guide to provide hope and healing to children living with parental addiction. We will be featuring one each day...

Compton Students Tasked with Addressing Massive Public Health Problem [prnewswire.com]

COMPTON, Calif. , Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Serena and Venus Williams' Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC), in partnership with Compton Unified School District (CUSD) and the Carrot Group, today announced the Mission: Impact Challenge - Connected Communit y , a competition for CUSD students within grades 6-12. Their mission: Dream up new solutions using their S.T.E.A.M. knowledge to help people who are showing signs of trauma, and build a connected community to support them. The 10-week...

How Trauma Impacts Your Body [teenvogue.com]

Often, when someone survives a traumatic incident — such as a sexual assault , police brutality , a hate crime , or a school shooting — the trauma stays with them, even though the danger is gone. If trauma is left untreated, it can impact your physical health. In other words, if you’ve survived a traumatic incident, ignoring mental health treatment can negatively impact your body. If you have endured at least one instance of trauma before your 18th birthday, you’re not alone. The rates of...

Stress is hurting kids’ health. California’s new surgeon general has a plan to help [qz.com]

The US medical system isn’t particularly good at preventing illness . Once someone is sick, doctors hopefully know how to treat them. But historically, there’s been far less focus on preventing people from needing treatment in the first place. That’s finally starting to change, thanks to a growing movement in the health-care community that looks to address the environmental and behavioral causes of many common diseases. Prevention, experts say, will save money (though it’s unclear how much )...

ACEs: Light bulb moment or magic bullet for social ills in Scotland? [scotsman.com]

In the mid-1980s, doctors running a weight loss programme at a clinic in San Diego happened upon a startling discovery. Struggling to understand why successful slimmers were quitting, lead physician Dr Vincent Felitti began interviewing the leavers and found many had experienced sexual abuse in childhood. His findings led to a conclusion that would have major implications for public health – overeating was being used unconsciously as a protection from trauma suffered early in life. [For more...

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