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The Revolution That Restorative Detention Can Be [JJIE.org]

“This doesn’t look like any detention I ever seen!” Marcus says about the ring of chairs I’ve set up for our school’s daily in-school detention. I welcome him to the group and ask him to take a seat. “Welcome,” I say, “I am so happy that I get to work with you today. Today we will be discussing some topics, but really it’s an opportunity to practice our personal and social skills — skills that help us become successful in life!” As a restorative justice (RJ) facilitator at a high school in...

Four Reasons to Give Someone a Second Chance [PsychologyToday.com]

When you’ve been hurt, betrayed , or disappointed by someone you care about, it’s hard to imagine giving that person another chance. Yet, forgiveness is a value that we’re taught that is basic to human relationships. Giving up on people because they’ve let you down, whether it’s your favorite sports team , a political figure, or your best friend, seems antithetical to that value. Even though we’re taught to forgive and then give someone an opportunity to make up for past wrongs, not everyone...

Is School Integration Finally Making the Grade? [PSMag.com]

A federal judge ruled that the Boston School Committee had deliberately segregated the city’s public schools by race. To remedy this constitutional violation, the judge ordered about 18,000 black and white students to take buses to schools outside of their neighborhoods. The backlash to this plan was swift: White parents threw bricks and stones as the buses arrived and refused to let their children board. The violent riots that later occurred led some reporters to describe the city as “ a...

How to Help Students by Helping Their Parents [RWJF.org]

We’re all well aware that education leads to better jobs and higher income. Just as important, research also links education to reduced risk of illness, increased vitality, longevity and academic success that extends to future generations . That’s why the situation for schools in Lawrence, Mass., was particularly concerning back in 2010. At the time, more than one out of every four Lawrence kids dropped out of high school . This led the Massachusetts Department of Education to put Lawrence’s...

Wanted: Creative Research—From Any Field—Revealing What Makes Everyone In America Healthier [RWJF.org]

What does it take for Americans to lead healthier lives? Seems like a simple question, but it takes research to get answers we can act on. Research is how we will discover what happens to resident and community health when a low-income community in Seattle —pocked with aging infrastructure and troubled, publicly subsidized housing—is transformed into one that sports mixed-income housing, new parks and services that support well-being. It’s a way we can measure the value of litigation aimed...

As coal mining declines, community mental health problems linger [TheConversation.com]

The U.S. coal industry is in rapid decline, a shift marked not only by the bankruptcy of many mine operators in coal-rich Appalachia but also by a legacy of potential environmental and social disasters. As mines close, states, the federal government and taxpayers are left wondering about the costs of cleaning up the abandoned land , especially at mountaintop removal sites, the most destructive type of mining. As coal companies go bankrupt, this has left states concerned taxpayers may have to...

How Experiencing Racism Can Impact Your Mental Health [WomensHealthMag.com]

Racial discrimination is a well-documented, widespread problem in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement has recently been shining a necessary light on the growing number of police shootings involving innocent victims, but we have many miles to go before reaching a place of total equality. Unfortunately, people of color also have less access to health care, employment, and education, according to previous research . And now, a new study published in the American Journal of Public...

Why many people don’t talk about traumatic events until long after they occur [TheConversation.com]

When longtime former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed suit July 6 for sexual harassment against the network’s former boss, Roger Ailes, the public response was less than kind. There were expressed disbelief and rebuttals that she was fabricating her story in retaliation for being fired. Many asked: If it was so bad, why didn’t she come forward earlier? As a trauma psychologist, I know her behavior was consistent with many women who experience various forms of sexual assault. Many women...

When 'Gentrification' Is Really a Shift in Racial Boundaries [CityLab.com]

The diverse coalition of delegates who attended the Democratic National Convention last week may not have realized they were visiting one of the most segregated cities in the U.S. But even as a child growing up in a gentrifying, white enclave of West Philadelphia, Jonathan Tannen knew that people with his skin color rarely crossed 49th Street. It was the invisible line that separated his neighborhood from majority-black areas in the 1980s. Two decades later, Tannen would spend six years at...

The county with the highest obesity rate in every state [MercuryNews.com]

The American Medical Association defines obesity as a disease . That means 35.7 percent of Americans -- those with BMIs over 30 -- are considered ill. That's a lot of sick people. Whether you agree with the AMA's decision or not, it underscores the gravity of the condition. The World Health Organization even considers it a global epidemic . Worldwide, the relationship between wealth and obesity follows a positive trend: as wealth goes up, so too does obesity , according to Dr. James A.

Peace, At Last [PsychCentral.com]

Peace. For the first time in over three decades, I’m (pretty much) at peace. Yeah, I can’t believe it either. It just kinda’ crept up on me. I didn’t try to attain peace. Didn’t grit my teeth and play mind tricks on myself. It just…kinda’…happened. The other day I realized that I was calm, happy, not obsessing anymore. But why? I think it had a lot to do with my therapist giving me permission to stop obsessing about the past. “We’ll deal with it later,” he said, soothingly. In the meantime,...

The Long-Term Effects of Adult Sibling Bullying [PsychCentral.com]

You know that sinking feeling all too well. You’re expected to make an appearance at an upcoming family gathering, and you just know your sibling will be there — putting you down, as usual. While some parents see bullying among their children as a normal form of sibling rivalry, few people realize that, in many families, it can continue well into adulthood. So, what is it and why does it occur? Sibling bullying can take many forms, but it is always done with the intention of shaming,...

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling- Apply Now!

Philadelphia University’s Community and Trauma Counseling program offers a 4-course certificate for master’s-level professionals. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling provides an advanced understanding of trauma theory, principles, tools and strategies that support trauma-informed practice with adults and children. A new cohort will begin Late August with enrollment in the first course in the program: Foundations of Trauma Counseling. Please find a complete list of...

What If Foundations Moved From Grand Theories to On-the-Ground Practice? [PSMag.com]

National private foundations that focus on poverty have, for years, brought a pretty consistent set of protocols to their community-based work. First, program officers and consulting experts identify root causes and look for possible interventions, focusing on places with a concentration of poor people. Then, program planners study a number of possible approaches in these “places,” based on consultation with these experts and followed by the development of position papers. In the course of...

From ketamine to cupboard therapy: the future of mental health treatment [TheGuardian.com]

O nce upon a time, the future of mental health treatment was drugs. The advent of Prozac and whole class of similar medication in the 1990s gave doctors an easy option and big pharma easy money. But 20 years on, the problems have not gone away. In fact, mental illness is much more pervasive, with depression now the world’s second biggest cause of disability. Moreover, a dramatic reduction in drug research and development suggests pills will not be the only – or even the primary – answer to...

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