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A school sought 50 men to stand in for absent fathers at ‘Breakfast with Dads’ — nearly 600 showed up [washingtonpost.com]

Something somewhat extraordinary happened last month at Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas. The school — with a student population of nearly 900, about 90 percent from low-income families — planned to host its first “Breakfast with Dads,” according to the Dallas Morning News . About 150 male students, ages 11 to 13, signed up. But event organizers were concerned that some would attend without a male figure at their side, so they put out a call for volunteers who could serve as mentors.

To be a trauma-informed city takes a cultural shift and partnership [ctmirror.org]

When a kid acts out in New Britain, the first question teachers, administrators and mental health professionals are asking is no longer, “What’s wrong with you?” but, “What happened to you?” The reaction is no longer to punish, but to empathize. The shift is just the beginning of the city’s efforts to become “trauma-informed.” [For more on this story by JULIA WERTH, go to https://ctmirror.org/2017/08/28/to-be-a-trauma-informed-city-takes-a-cultural-shift-and-partnership/ ]

Where RFK Was Killed, a Diverse Student Body Fulfills His Vision for America [smithsonianmag.com]

His fight may have been cut short before they were born, but he would have recognized the struggles they face: the children of janitors and gardeners, dishwashers and security guards, Mexican, Salvadoran, Korean, Filipino, their adolescent yearnings and hardships percolating through the most densely populated corner of Los Angeles. Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, when Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered his final address, he was standing in their library—then the Embassy Ballroom of...

The Midwives’ Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms [rewire.news]

Aboriginal or indigenous midwifery is seeing a resurgence as conventional health-care policies in hospital and clinics perpetuate an environment in which most contemporary pregnant Native women are considered pathologically unhealthy. “The mainstream medical narratives surrounding Native women depict moms who don’t breastfeed and don’t have partners. According to this portrayal, Native women don’t exercise, eat poorly, and have diabetes. We are seen as hopeless,” said Marinah Farrell, an...

How a new design process helps communities create their own health programs [curbed.com]

It would seem that, by definition, social services and community health programs help the neighborhoods where they operate. But talk to community leaders on the ground, like Adair Mosley, CEO of Pillsbury United Communities in Minneapolis, and it becomes clear that while intent isn’t lacking, designing services that really reflect community need is a challenge. “Typically, social service is prescriptive in nature, anchored in hubris,” says Mosley, whose group serves underestimated...

Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence [nytimes.com]

“Be more confident,” a friend once told me as we made the rounds at a swanky networking event where I felt terribly out of place. Faking confidence is easy: I pulled my shoulders back and spoke louder and with more assertiveness. Like many soft-spoken, mild-mannered people, I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to present myself this way. As it turns out, confidence may be overrated. “We like confidence because it feels good and gives us a sense of control. The alternative would be constant...

Oprah's Receives Cecil B. DeMille Award & Talks Race, Class, Power & #MeToo Movement

In case you missed Orpah's powerful, moving, and emotional speech or want to watch it fifty-nine more times.... here you go. The first clip, from a fast-moving YouTuber who got it online quickly, is about Oprah receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The second is from her acceptance speech. Celebrating Oprah Oprah's Acceptance Speech Here's more about Recy Taylor who Oprah talks about in her speech. Here's more about the #MeToo Movement founder , Tarana Burke. Here's @Jane Ellen Stevens essay...

Peace4 Communities Gathering Jan. 13 - Creating Trauma-Informed Community

The first Peace4 communities gathering takes place January 13, 2018, in Tarpon Springs, FL. The current Peace4 communities include Tarpon Springs and Gainesville, FL; Peace4theBigBend (Tallahassee, FL area), and Crawford County, PA. Connect with the visionary "Peace4" leaders as they share successes, lessons learned, visions for the future and why they are engaged in this unique and powerful work. Learn how they began and where they are on the journey to create trauma-responsive,...

Applications for National Council's Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Approaches Learning Community Due January 15

Is your organization facing increased community, school, and domestic violence? Does your team feel challenged by the complex needs of the people they serve? Is the impact of the opioid epidemic overwhelming? Is diminished funding compromising your workforce? If you want to rise above these forces and develop skills to address trauma and nurture resilience, join the National Council’s 8 th annual Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Approaches Learning Community . Over the course of this...

Sarah Silverman's response to a Twitter troll is a master class in compassion [cbc.ca/]

Laura's note: Based on this article, I'd say Sarah Silverman gets it. Sarah Silverman may be known for her biting comedy, but her recent exchange with a Twitter troll is being held up as a model of compassion. A few days ago, Silverman sent out a tweet, and a total stranger replied cruelly with nothing but the "c" word. But instead of lashing back or blocking the user, Silverman opted for a compassionate response. "I believe in you. I read ur timeline & I see what ur doing & your...

4 Reasons to Try Mindful Singing (mindful.org)

Synchronizing body, speech, mind, and breath allows you to be completely in the moment, says Temple University professor Alexander deVaron. Alexander deVaron teaches music theory and composition at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recently he wondered what would happen if he gave himself permission to sing during formal meditation—This is what he discovered: 4 Reasons to Try Mindful Singing 1) Sometimes you need to break the rules 2) Singing...

The Power of Beliefs: What Babies Are Telling Us

In 2002, I wrote a JOPPPAH article, The Power of Beliefs: What Babies are Teaching Us . In it I discuss how young babies already portray a sophisticated and established complex of beliefs and patterns of being in the world. I describe four clinical stories of babies in PPN-oriented BEBA therapy sessions who are expressing very difficult patterns based upon earlier experiences in the womb, during birth and as newborns. Babies and children live in the inner world of their earliest experiences,...

Research uses music to reach people with traumatic brain injuries (inewsource.org)

Science has shown music has a way of invoking memory. It’s been used to help people suffering from dementia reconnect to themselves and to their environment. Now, researchers are trying to figure out whether music can be used as therapy for people once considered unreachable. “There is neuroscientific evidence that music is very embedded deep in the brain … and linked to experiences,” said Debra Bakerjian , an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the...

Wisconsin to Close 2 Juvenile Detention Centers Dogged by Abuse Charges [jjie.org]

Reform advocates declared victory today after Wisconsin agreed to shutter two troubled detention centers and take steps advocates hope will drag its juvenile justice system into the 21st century. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced today that his administration will close the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls and build at least five new detention centers that will “align with nationally recognized best practices.” The two correctional facilities had become...

Resolutions of a Cancer Doctor [nytimes.com]

My mom was given a diagnosis of lung cancer this past year. And whether I liked it or not, almost midway through my career, it put me squarely in the position of being re-educated about cancer from the other end of the biopsy needle. It also gave me the opportunity to approach my patients with a new resolve in the coming year. My mother lives in Rhode Island, and I live in Ohio. It took weeks for her to get her diagnosis, and I quickly found, as family members of my own patients have told me...

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