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Abusers in the Juvenile Justice System Are Getting Off Scot-Free [PSMag.com]

The other week was momentous for those interested in the elusive goal of juvenile justice reform. On January 25, the Supreme Court ruled that people serving mandatory life sentences for murders they committed as juveniles must be allowed to petition for new sentencing or parole hearings. The same day, President Obama issued a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal system, citing studies of lasting psychological damage linked to the practice. [For more of this story, written...

Ebola Still Takes Mental Toll on West Africa’s ‘Burial Boys’ [WSJ.com]

As Ebola fades, a mental-health crisis is coming in its wake. At the height of the outbreak, West African countries that had no more than a roomful of doctors and too few nurses threw thousands of ordinary people—taxi drivers, accountants and college students among them—onto the front lines. Now, many of the Ebola fighters are battling their own, quieter afflictions. Alcoholism, depression and drug addiction are raging, health officials say, in countries that have even fewer...

How Ferguson Is Trying to Fix Its Police Force [PSMag.com]

Later today, the Ferguson City Council will meet to vote on a consent decree released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) after an investigation turned up evidence of civil rights violations . The document is a temporary agreement between the DOJ and the city of Ferguson, Missouri, that requires the city to reform its training, protocol, and community relations in order to avoid facing a lawsuit. The DOJ released the 131-page document late last month, giving the city council and the people...

Illinois: From Awareness to Action

   The first time Alexandrea Murphy heard someone at a meeting of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative use the phrase, “Hurt people hurt people,” she scribbled down those four words so she wouldn’t forget.    In an area—Cook County, home to Chicago and the second most populous county in the nation—that has been plagued by devastating gun violence, that phrase helped her think differently about the rising number of shootings and deaths.

Echo Conference Spotlight: Mental Health of Undocumented Students

Echo's conference this year is packed with great workshops for teachers, parents and anyone who works with children and their families. In addition to the not-to-be-missed keynotes (such as Susan Craig ), we are proud to present: Jose Ivan Arreola-Torres Workshop Spotlight: Holistic Healing for Immigrant & Undocumented Youth In this important workshop, Jose Ivan Arreola-Torres will talk about an often overlooked aspect of student mental health - the mental and emotional...

Paper Tigers Educational Purchase - available for pre-order NOW

The Educational Purchase License of 'Paper Tigers' will be available to ship starting on March 15th, 2016 for K-12, University, and Public Library institutions. This license will allow your institution to keep Paper Tigers and host multiple screenings of it in the future.  CLICK HERE to learn more. --If you'd like to host your screening in the first two week of March, please contact us at edu@tugginc.com and we'll discuss how to ensure it arrives on time. --The Educational Purchase...

Sarah Coffey: Mental health issues need to be part of school discipline consideration [TulsaWorld.com]

As I read the article “TPS board considers contracts for consultants” (Feb. 2) I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. As Tulsa Public Schools seeks to address the discipline problems in their classrooms it appears that a consultant experienced in mental health was not considered. Certainly, experts in education like Kimberly Lewis and Tisha Edwards mentioned in the article are of paramount importance to these matters. However, as a child and adolescent...

Troubled Teens Blossom in Strength-based Program With Caring Adults [JJIE.org]

Oprah Winfrey’s book, “ What I Know For Sure ,” comes to my mind often when I look at what life has presented me with and what I face each day. I often ask myself what do I know for sure about girls involved in our juvenile justice system. What I know is that our girls today are scared and often lack the guidance of a caring adult. It is my experience that many girls who come into contact with the juvenile justice system have experienced some form of trauma, mental health...

Why Are LA’s Foster Kids More Likely to Be Charged With Crimes? [JJIE.org]

Monserrat Zarza was 15 years old when she was assigned to a group home, only six months after entering the Los Angeles County foster care system. Group homes provide a placement option for hard-to-place children “with significant emotional or behavioral problems,” according to the state of California. Being in an environment with several dozen other troubled kids was not what Zarza expected when she gathered the courage to pick up her phone and ask for help after a decade of...

In Spanish: Handouts for parents about ACEs, toxic stress & resilience

The Community & Family Services Division at the Spokane (WA) Regional Health District has come through again, with a Spanish version of the parent handout (in English) that we posted last year , and which has been downloaded thousands of times. The English versions came about whiledoing a story about the trauma-in formed elementary schools in Spokane, WA .I interviewedp ublic health nurse Melissa Charbonneau who said that she'd been giving an...

‘Kids Are Renewable Resources’ [TheAtlantic.com]

The number of women selling sex along Fourth Street’s string of dilapidated motels here used to be so high that fights broke out among pimps over who controlled each block. As the city tries to fix its image as a poor-man’s Vegas and technology makes it easier to buy and sell sex online, much of the local sex market has gone underground. The shift hasn’t diminished prostitution, but it has made it harder for law enforcement and victim advocates to address. “Online...

Promoting early infant development [NursingInPractice.com]

Key learning points: – The Antenatal-Postnatal Promotional Guides promote early infant development and early parenting – Practitioners use these materials to structure and facilitate personalised ‘guided conversations’ with parents that explore key topics and priorities during pregnancy and early infancy – The guides help parents and practitioners make accurate, well-informed decisions about families’ needs at a crucial time of life...

Proposal seeks to reduce suicide among women vets [CTPost.com]

Photo by Kim Seng A study showing that women veterans commit suicide at six times the rate of civilian women has prompted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and colleagues to propose legislation requiring the VA to develop gender-specific suicide prevention programs. The “Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act” would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ annual evaluation of mental health and suicide-prevention programs to include data specific to female veterans.

Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom [PSMag.com]

If the current election cycle hasn't convinced you that racism has yet to be eradicated, consider this: The mere image of a black man is enough to stimulate an   automatic threat response in whites. Research has found faces of African-American males are more likely to be perceived as angry , and can trigger neural activity associated with rapid detection of danger. While even pre-teens can stimulate this reaction (which helps explain the tragic shooting of a 12 year old holding...

The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness [TheAtlantic.com]

There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, “ An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him. ” Johnson’s essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson’s...

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