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To Raise Resilient Kids, Be a Resilient Parent [nytimes.com]

As parents, we want our children to be emotionally resilient — able to handle life’s ups and downs. But parents’ ability to foster resilience in our children hinges a great deal on our own emotional resilience. “A parent’s resilience serves as a template for a child to see how to deal with challenges, how to understand their own emotions,” said Dr. Dan Siegel, author of “The Yes Brain,” which focuses on cultivating children’s resilience. Yet for many parents, taking the temper tantrums and...

United Way gives teachers lesson in understanding traumatized kids

Beth Tomlinson challenges a room full of 100 people to imagine her hand is a brain. Her wrist, the brain stem, which controls functions such as breathing and heart rate. Her thumb, the limbic system, which controls emotions and the fight-or-flight response. Her fingers, the cerebral cortex, where thinking and reasoning takes place. A typical learning brain is like a fist, all pieces working together. But for students who experience trauma — anything from divorced parents to sexual abuse to a...

The Body Remembers

She had a poster of Where’s Waldo? on the wall, presumably there to distract her patients from what was happening while they lay on the exam table. This was my third appointment, and on the drive over I had fought down rising waves of panic at walking back in to this room, with Waldo and her gloved fingers. When my physiotherapist had first recommended this treatment after months of physio exercises had failed to produce the desired results, I went home and cried. I called Dawn and told her...

RESILIENCE Virtual Screening & Twitter Townhall — Tomorrow, April 3rd

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope Virtual Screening & Live Twitter Townhall April 3rd, 2018 Deepening The National Dialogue on ACEs and Childhood Trauma [Registration closed on Thursday. People can still participate in the Twitter Townhall tomorrow evening by tweeting their questions and comments to @DocResilience using #ResilienceReset.] KPJR Films is thrilled to announce that over 6,000 people from across the country have registered for the Tuesday, April 3rd...

Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Series [changelabsolutions]

What are the elements of a healthy and equitable community? How do we create conditions in which all children and families can thrive? ChangeLab Solutions is excited to announce the Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Series —a virtual space for collaborative exploration of the topic of health equity. In this multimedia training series, we examine how law and policy coupled with community power can catalyze new opportunities for everyone to achieve their full health potential. Roughly...

Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds Of Depression And Suicide In Transgender Youths (scienceblog.com)

In one of the largest and most diverse studies of transgender youths to date, researchers led by a team at The University of Texas at Austin have found that when transgender youths are allowed to use their chosen name in places such as work, school and at home, their risk of depression and suicide drops. “Many kids who are transgender have chosen a name that is different than the one that they were given at birth,” said author Stephen T. Russell , professor and chair of human development and...

Relationship Advice from a Rabbi: Listen to How ACEs are Embedded in This Lecture!

As an editor, I sometimes coach writers as they're in the process of creating a manuscript. At present, I'm working with a novelist who "needs a better ending." I asked her to ask her characters to reveal what they needed from her, but I suggested that some research be done in the "outer world." Not content to leave the issue to the writer alone, I had some time to a bit of research on my own, and look...I found this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdhnP7MvvWo Rabbi Manis Friedman, author of The...

The Unfulfilled Promise of Fair Housing [TheAtlantic.com]

“Kill him,” a white mob chanted as Martin Luther King Jr. marched across Marquette Park in the late summer of 1966. King had recently moved to Chicago, and on that August afternoon, he joined a Chicago Freedom Movement march to demand that realtors not discriminate against black residents seeking to live in white neighborhoods. But a group of white counter-protesters grew violent and started hurling rocks, bottles, and bricks at the demonstrators, eventually striking King in the head . “I’ve...

The Learning Curve: 'Restorative Justice' Can Make Schools More Violent If Not Done Right [VoiceOfSanDiego.org]

In 2014, a team of Harvard researchers visited San Diego Unified and produced a report that convinced school district administrators their punitive, zero-tolerance policies weren’t working. According to the researchers, a disproportionate number of suspensions and expulsions had involved students of color and those with disabilities. Students repeatedly suspended from school were more likely to drop out of school or be involved with the criminal justice system. [For more of this story,...

Chronic pain and childhood trauma [Health.Harvard.edu

Recently a journalist colleague of mine put out a call for quotes from those who suffer from severe premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysmorphic disorder (more commonly known as PMS and PMDD, respectively) who also suffered a history of childhood abuse. Her interest was piqued by a 2014 peer reviewed article that appeared in the Journal of Women’s Health linking the disorders with early onset abuse. I answered the call, having both PMS and PMDD, as well as a history of child abuse by...

Funding home visiting for our children [JacksonSun.com]

On March 11 of this year, “60 Minutes” aired a report on the long-term effects of childhood trauma, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The report featured renowned psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Perry who stated that because of their developing brains, children are much more sensitive to developmental trauma than adults. As evidence of the impact of childhood trauma continues to permeate child-serving institutions, teachers, social workers, pediatricians and caregivers are changing the way...

The Hidden Causes of Depression: 5 Things Your Doctor Never Told You About [GoodMenProject.com]

Like millions of others in the U.S. and throughout the world, I’ve been depressed a lot in my life. I’ve taken medications to help relieve the hopelessness, irritability, and lack of energy that plagued me. In 2004, I wrote a book, “ The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression ” that gathered the information I had discovered in 35 years as a psychotherapist. But since then, I’ve learned something new about the hidden cause of depression and have...

Addressing Child Trauma at the Mexican Border [MedPageToday.com]

On the day after the 2016 presidential election, a group of pediatricians arrived at the Customs and Border Protection processing center here. Their host was Marsha Griffin, MD, a pediatrician who practices in this border town and is co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Immigrant Health Special Interest Group. Griffin had been at work with two fellow AAP members on a policy statement for the academy calling on the government to stop separating families who've been apprehended...

Expert Offers Free Video Training On Attachment (Week of April 2, 2018)

Last week I shared the link to the video with Oprah on 60 minutes. In that show, she talked about the role of childhood trauma in her life. I believe that this was an important event for all of us in the Trauma and Attachment fields. It furthers our work and brings collective light on these important issues so they do not stay in the shadows! I'm also excited to let you know that next week we will be reopening our free video training series on Attachment, for the first time since 2016. You...

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