The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems [ptcommunity.com]

By Jessica Gardezy, Center for Youth Wellness, December 3, 2019 The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) announced today it is partnering with two leading U.S. health systems in the Southeast to launch a screening program on childhood adversity. CYW's National Pediatric Practice Community (NPPC) has done on-site training at the headquarters of Atrium Health and Novant Health in Charlotte, N.C., in preparation for trauma screening at six pediatric clinics across the city. The Charlotte-based...

ACEs Questionnaire in Spanish

I was doing a translation for a classmate of mine and I struggled to find a valid ACEs questionnaire in Spanish. I searched all over the internet and a lot of them had tons of gramatical issues, including spelling errors and using an informal pronoun. I took it upon myself to then come up with a better version that could be used to reach the Spanish speaking community. This questionnaire lacks the point system portion but that is a portion that is for the staff giving the survey. If you have...

How Many of Our Children Should Endure Trauma?

As we were writing our book 100% Community: Ensuring trauma-free and thriving children, students and families , we were honored to have our foreword written by New Mexico state senator Bill Soules, PhD. He captures the urgent need for data-driven and cross-sector ACEs prevention in every county across the nation. FOREWORD “What percentage of our kids can we protect from trauma?” is a question that arises often in my day as I work as a teacher, a state senator and an advocate for students. My...

The Relentless School Nurse: The Angel and the Assassin by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Author, journalist, researcher, science detective are just a few of the descriptors I can use to depict Donna Jackson Nakazawa. You may recognize her name from prior books, notably, Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology And How You Can Heal . Donna is a gifted science storyteller. She translates complex biological processes seamlessly and describes them in relatable terms that are memorable. The Angel and the Assassin is the story of how neuroscience has been turned on...

Trauma, Attachment, and Relationships

Interventions in the Attachment and Relationship Problems Trauma Can Cause Julie De Wilde Alfred Adler Graduate School Abstract Much research has been done on the negative effects of trauma on attachment, which then has negative effects on relationships. Research more recently has focused on the positive post traumatic growth that can happen when clients receive safe, healthy attachment to a therapist they can trust. Research also includes the benefits to the client when a therapist includes...

Substance Use Disorder and Brain Development

The inputs a brain experiences during its developmental stages have a profound impact on whether that person will develop a substance use disorder (if they choose to drink or use other drugs). In turn, developing a substance use disorder (SUD) as a tween, teen, or young adult dramatically influences that person's brain development. And why is understanding this causality important? The risk factors for developing a substance use disorder are the result of inputs the brain experiences (or...

ACES blog Post Kevin Johnson, Student @ Adler Graduate School

Kevin A. Johnson Adler Graduate School Minnetonka, MN I was first introduced to ACE study while I was working on my undergraduate degree in psychology. I was working as an intern at an outpatient, gender-responsive, trauma-informed MICD facility. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn the nuances of providing a special level of care to a very resilient population. The curriculum that was being used was written by Dr. Stephanie Covington and Richard Dauer. During my time at this site, I had...

The Power of Hope to Mitigate Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified child maltreatment as a major public health concern, and adult survivors of child maltreatment are at significant risk of chronic disease and premature mortality. This constant exposure to child maltreatment makes these health care practitioners uniquely vulnerable to stressors associated with burnout.

Lost Days: Inside One Rural California District's Effort to Combat Chronic [edsource.org]

By G. William Hogland, MedPage Today, December 4, 2019 Fifty years ago this week (Dec. 2-4, 1969), President Nixon called to order the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health. The conference grew out of the public's shock from Congressional testimony that there were malnourished children in the U.S. who were "hungry, weak, apathetic ... exactly what 'starvation' means." It was largely because of this testimony that I began my public career seeking solutions to...

Teaching Resilience in the Face of Climate Change [nytimes.com]

By Janine Zeitlin, The New York Times, December 2, 2019 Damariya Carlisle, age 9, jumped as an instructor hauled a crab pot onto the steel deck of the barge docked on the Elizabeth River, a Chesapeake tributary in Norfolk, Va. She marveled at the Atlantic blue crabs’ claws but worried they might pinch her. The visit was part of a fourth-grade class trip in October. “They get to see and feel real crabs,” said Janet Goldbach Ehmer, an educator with the Elizabeth River Project who pulled the...

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