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Parents with Disabilities Face an Uphill Battle to Keep Their Children [psmag.com]

Nearly one in 10 children in the United States are at risk of being removed from their home by a child welfare agency simply because their parent has a disability. In October, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of five parents with disabilities who had their children removed by New York's Administration for Children's Services, alleging widespread discrimination. What happened to these families is not unique or uncommon; rather, their tragic experiences are part of a national phenomenon: Parents...

Science Explains How to Design Urban Spaces that Heal Us (upliftconnect.com)

Urban designers thus have a significant role to play in lowering these rates of mental illness, and the data on how nature affects our brains is central to changing the ways we design. As depression is the world’s biggest cause of disability , we cannot afford to ignore the impact of public environments on mental health. Multiple stressors associated with city living have been shown to increase activity in the parts of the brain corresponding to the ‘flight or fight’ response. How does...

The New Science of Empathy and Empaths (drjudithorloff.com)

Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and put ourselves in their shoes. However, being an empath goes even farther. Like many of my patients and myself, empaths are people who’re high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening in others in their own bodies. As a result, empaths can have incredible compassion for people–but they often get exhausted from feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to safeguard their sensitivities and develop healthy...

What is a data-driven approach to preventing of childhood trauma?

I am often asked, "What is data-driven childhood trauma prevention work?" It's a very important question. As the developer of our non-profit's Resilience Leaders program, we are supporting communities in implementing a data-driven, cross-sector and systemic strategy for the prevention of trauma and maltreatment. We have just published the book Anna, Age Eight to provide to professionals from behavioral health care, public health, child welfare, education, youth development and early...

Is School-Discipline Reform Moving Too Fast? [theatlantic.com]

One of the more radical transformations in public education today begins with a simple greeting each morning among second-graders. “Good morning, Mahlet,” says one student to another at McMicken Heights Elementary School in SeaTac, Washington. “Good morning, Liliana,” the second student responds. The exercise continues briskly until all 23 students seated in a circle have been recognized; then the children stand and greet three classmates each with handshakes and solid eye contact. Next, a...

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy [longreads.com]

Last year I worked undercover at a temp agency in Los Angeles. While I took the assignment for an article I was working on, I’d also been unemployed for over a year. It seemed I was in that middling space of over-qualified for entry-level jobs, under-qualified for the jobs I most desired, and aged out or irrelevant as a labor union organizer, where I’d gained the bulk of my work experience. One altered resume later I joined a temp agency and became the biggest ghost of them all, a member of...

Family Spirit program aims to help Native parents improve kids’ prospects [minnpost.com]

Everyone loves their children but not everyone understands that the way we care for the youngest among us will have an impact on our society for years to come. With that reality in mind, a new program run by Headway Emotional Health Services , a Twin Cities-based mental health provider for families, aims to improve the parenting skills of at-risk American Indian parents by helping them learn to give their infant-to-preschool-aged children the support they need to be prepared for success...

Concordia University Launches Trauma & Resilience Curriculum [businesswire.com]

PORTLAND, Ore.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--More than 25 percent of American youth experience a serious traumatic event by their sixteenth birthday, and many children suffer multiple and repeated traumas, according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This trauma affects children learning in the classroom. Beginning January 2018, students in Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education can complete an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Trauma and Resilience...

Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump? [theatlantic.com]

President Donald trump’s decision to brag in a tweet about the size of his “nuclear button” compared with North Korea’s was widely condemned as bellicose and reckless. The comments are also part of a larger pattern of odd and often alarming behavior for a person in the nation’s highest office. Trump’s grandiosity and impulsivity has made him a constant subject of speculation among those concerned with his mental health. But after more than a year of talking to doctors and researchers about...

From Polio To Poverty To Sex Ed: 9 Predictions For 2018 [npr.org]

What kind of year will 2018 be? Our blog covers global health and development, so we're not going to make any predictions about North Korea or Middle East peace or who will design Meghan Markle's dress. What we do have to offer: prognostications about a variety of issues, including the fight to wipe out polio, the dark side of drones and the #MeToo movement. [For more on this story, go to ...

Introduction: Here we're not outcasts [thenotebook.org]

Editor’s note: This three-part series of articles and videos about the students and staff at Lakeside School in Horsham is made possible by funding from the Van Ameringen Foundation and the Reentry Project. The Van Ameringen Foundation is supporting two years of Notebook reporting on trauma-informed education. The Notebook is one of 15 news organizations in The Reentry Project, a solutions-oriented project on the issues facing formerly incarcerated Philadelphians. The aim is to produce...

Make Self-Compassion One of Your New Year’s Resolutions [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

The statistics are bleak: On average, only nine percent of us ultimately accomplish our goals for the new year. What can you do to become one of those people? Maintaining our motivation over the span of an entire year requires preserving a belief in our ability to succeed and sustaining positive emotional experiences . Unfortunately, high standards can make us feel bad when we don’t meet them. Depending on our mindset, minor setbacks may make us abandon our goals altogether. For example,...

6 Survival Tips for Empaths (drjudithorloff.com)

Here are six strategies to help you manage empathy more effectively and stay centered without absorbing negative energies. Move away. When possible, distance yourself by at least twenty feet from the suspected source. See if you feel relief. Don’t err on the side of not wanting to offend anyone. At the gathering try not to sit next to the identified energy vampire. Physical closeness increases empathy. Breathe. If you suspect you are picking up someone else’s energies, concentrate on your...

Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence Save the Date

Benchmarks will be hosting the Partnering for Excellence Conference for the third time this year. The conference is instrumental in bringing together professionals and those with lived experience. Through a combination of experiential activities, panels, and keynote speakers, the audience learns about the impact the Partnering for Excellence initiative can have as well as being encouraged to go out and be changemakers. This year promises to be even better than those in the past as the...

Terrifying Brush With Death Drives Doctor To Fight For Patients [khn.org]

The searing abdominal pain came on suddenly while Dr. Rana Awdish was having dinner with a friend. Soon she was lying in the back seat of the car racing to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where Awdish was completing a fellowship in critical care. On that night nearly a decade ago, a benign tumor in Awdish’s liver burst, causing a cascade of medical catastrophes that nearly killed her. She nearly bled to death. She was seven months pregnant at the time, and the baby did not survive. She had a...

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