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Something to Consider... for the next time you teach or preach on worry

As I start to talk with pastors about why ACEs matter and why they should inform themselves and their congregations, I regularly hear something like this: "But why does it matter? What difference should it make in ministry? Can't I simply preach and teach the Bible and leave the results up to God?" By way of answer to these questions, I am starting to put together a training called "10 things that kid with ACEs would like you to know: moving your church toward greater empathy." The following...

Through InterPlay, Refugee Teens Practice English, Speak Freely, Experiment with Identity [YouthToday.com]

In the high-beamed auditorium at the Clarkston Community Center near Atlanta, a dozen teenagers sit in a circle on metal chairs. Each one sings out his or her name, making the sound musical and adding a dramatic gesture at the request of instructor Ruth Schowalter. Shy participants screw up their courage to become dramatic. The entire group repeats each name and movement, singing the sounds loudly and energetically. Schowalter asks the group to do another exercise. It begins with the words:...

More, Longer Solitary Confinement Molds Recidivists [JJIE.org]

I arrived at the Anamosa Iowa Men’s Reformatory in October 1992. I can still remember riding in the van, wearing a set of cold steel shackles and handcuffs attached to a long dog chain that went around my waist and attached to a black box. The black box was padlocked around the cuffs, immobilizing my hands. I had heard rumors that a prisoner actually invented this black box contraption and I cursed him silently as we took a 2½-hour trip, which seemed more like it took all day. Immobilized in...

Lesson Learned For Baltimore's Health Commissioner: 'I Like A Fight' [NPR.org]

To wrap up our series on public health in Baltimore , Audie Cornish met up with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen in Freddie Gray's neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester. The health department recently opened a new outpost of its violence prevention program Safe Streets there, employing ex-offenders to mediate conflicts before they erupt in violence. Wen spoke about pushing a public health agenda in a city that has long struggled with poverty, violence and addiction. She also talked...

It's April Again, Camping Season in Northern Michigan Begins

Growing up in Iowa, once a summer my dad would pack a tent, sleeping bags, and load up our camper which sat securely on the bed of my dad's pick- up truck. My mom would pack hot dogs to roast, and of course s'mores. We would then head off to a local campground on the shores of Saylorville Lake for an overnight adventure. We laughed as we burned marshmallows, and sometimes my mom even brought her guitar to play for us. This is all, thankfully, I knew of camping until I became an adult living...

More Research on Spanking

I have shared my opposition to spanking children to anyone who would listen, including the 2 mothers of my children. While we were married, the mothers didn’t, as far as I was aware, spank our kids. When we divorced, however, the resumed doing what their parents were doing. And a typical response from others was “my parents spanked me and I turned out just fine, so I don’t see anything wrong with it.” As a social science junkie, I look at the research and apply what I feel is common sense...

Our Use of Language- and New Course

Unique Trauma-Informed Care Course Coming Soon Making It Real is a unique course- there is nothing else like it. It is NOT a course in which individuals go through the course and get some new knowledge about trauma and how it affects the brain. Those courses are very valuable. But that’s not what this is. Making It Real is a course for a TEAM to IMPROVE THEIR TREATMENT . As a team, you work through it together. You learn from the videos. The Resources enlarge your options and possibilities.

Why Are Americans Killing Themselves? [PSMag.com]

So much for a country built on boundless optimism. More Americans are committing suicide now than at any other time in the last 30 years, according to a new analysis by the National Center for Health Statistics. The NCHS study released last week indicates that the national suicide rate jumped an astonishing 24 percent (to 13 in every 100,000 people) between 1999 to 2014, the highest it’s been since 1986, according to the New York Times . The increase was particularly pronounced among...

How Destiny Won Over Baltimore [CityLab.com]

A few years back, Destiny Watford was canvassing her Curtis Bay neighborhood in south Baltimore, alerting her neighbors to the potential dangers of a gargantuan trash incinerator planned for their community. At 90 acres, the facility would be one of the largest incinerators in the world, and also one of the dirtiest. It would reportedly spew as much as 1,000 pounds of lead into the air annually, along with 240 pounds of mercury and millions of tons of greenhouse gases. And this would all...

Paid Leave and a Different Kind of American Exceptionalism [PSMag.com]

Americans in favor of paid leave are often quick to point out that the United States is one of only two countries that do not have it . That only the U.S. and Papua New Guinea have decided not to make this particular investment in our labor force. Their detractors will be happy to know that this is actually untrue. The U.S. and Papua New Guinea are not the only two countries in the world without paid parental leave, a policy that keeps women in the workforce and adds millions, if not...

Can a Notorious New York City Jail Be Closed? [TheAtlantic.com]

For Glenn E. Martin, the fight to close New York City’s Rikers Island is personal. Martin spent a year as an inmate there and served five years in a New York State prison after being convicted of armed robbery. He believes his experience, like that of hundreds of thousands of individuals released every year, provides needed perspective in the growing national call for reform. He also believes New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio could do more. The mayor published an opinion piece this month in...

Monroe Community Coalition coordinator mixing methods [MonroeMonitor.com]

For more than a decade, Sultan resident Joe Neigel has worked to improve the health of communities throughout Snohomish County using focused, evidence-based strategies meant to help prevent young people from abusing drugs and alcohol. Last year, after nearly 11 years as a prevention coordinator with Snohomish County, Neigel shifted gears and went to work as a prevention specialist for Monroe Public Schools. His decision came on the heels of the county’s announcement it would no longer serve...

Harvard Has a New Center for Happiness [TheAtlantic.com]

As two enormous, golden doors part, sunlight pours into an atrium filled with babies and puppies. Everyone is smiling. The air smells of freshly mown mint. Ripe avocados rain from the sky. (Somehow, they always miss the babies.) This is Harvard University’s new Center for Health and Happiness. At least, this is how I imagine it could grow to look. At a launch ceremony on Friday, the Harvard School of Public Health announced a $21 million initial investment in the happiness center. Its goal...

19 Ways You are Emotionally Abusing Yourself [PsychCentral.com]

He is a multimillionaire client of mine. Handsome. Accomplished. Respected. Gentle. Reflective. Kind. And I was examining every angle of why he was allowing a clearly destructive woman (borderline personality disorder) out of his life. He agreed over and over again that she was bad for him, that she felt no remorse, that suddenly abandoning partners was her longtime modus operandi, and yet, he couldn’t let go. With enough digging, a story emerged. “I was small as a kid. I was the last guy...

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