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Recent Legislation that Supports Better Children’s Health Outcomes [nichq.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
In recent months, there has been a surge of legislative actions for children’s health advocates. New laws have been passed that provide funding for programs and research initiatives essential for improving the health and well-being of children and families across the country. Here, NICHQ provides an update on the legislation, as well as a brief analysis of the impact on children’s health. We share this update to help our readers stay informed about policies that influence children’s health...
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Recently released research on ACEs; incarceration; separating families at the border

Behavioral risk factor surveillance system state survey on exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): Who declines to respond? [Children and Youth Services Review] "A wealth of research has examined the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) via various research methodologies. Some of these studies have also examined the presence of nonresponse bias, showing minimal nonresponse bias effects. More recently, many states and the District of Columbia have used the...
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Register Now for the 2018 ACEs Conference & Pediatric Symposium — Early Bird Ends July 31!

Join the Center for Youth Wellness and ACEs Connection at the 2018 ACEs Conference , "Action to Access", in San Francisco, October 15-17. This conference offers experts and practitioners working in healthcare and other sectors a hands-on opportunity to deepen their understanding of the life-long effects of ACEs, so that they can help build a better future for all children exposed to early adversity and trauma. Participants will connect with experts in health, early childhood education, child...
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Reminder: Live Chat with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

"It's really not survival of the fittest - it's survival of the nurtured." Donna Jackson Nakazawa Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 Time: 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST Where: Here / Chats ( featured chat ) Hosted by: @Jane Stevens (ACEs Connection staff) Topics to be Covered: Parenting with ACEs. What parents need to know. Affordable self-care for stressed and busy parents. Healing from ACEs & family wellness. How to Attend Online Chats: M embers of ACEs Connection : Go to Chats (top of page). Find...
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REMINDER: Nominate a Trauma-Informed Care Champion: #TICchampion

Mariel Gingrich ·
This week (Dec. 3-7), the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) invites you to recognize people around you who are trauma-informed care champions. Nominate someone via Twitter using #TICchampion, and learn about other champions across the nation by following @CHCShealth.
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Report provides rates of major depressive episodes among adolescents in every state and the District of Columbia [SAMHSA.gov]

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides state-by-state results on adolescents (ages 12-17) who experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Based on combined 2013 and 2014 data, the report shows the prevalence of major depressive episodes among adolescents residing in various states – from a high of 14.6 percent (annual average) in Oregon to a low of 8.7 percent (annual average) in the District of Columbia.
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Report reveals how foster care, juvenile and adult justice systems traumatize youth, calls for policy shifts

YWFC sponsored Sister Warriors meeting When she was 15 years old, Lucero Herrera was put in a rehab program by San Francisco’s Juvenile Court because she was getting drunk regularly. And in doing so, the court failed to explore the root of her drinking. Had they done so, she said, they would have found that anger and trauma were lurking underneath, driven by her ACEs: adverse childhood experiences. Lucero Herrera "Why did they put me in a drug program when I had an anger problem? I went...
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Report reveals how foster care, juvenile and adult justice systems traumatize youth, calls for policy shifts

YWFC sponsored Sister Warriors meeting When she was 15 years old, Lucero Herrera was put in a rehab program by San Francisco’s Juvenile Court because she was getting drunk regularly. And in doing so, the court failed to explore the root of her drinking. Had they done so, she said, they would have found that anger and trauma were lurking underneath, driven by her ACEs: adverse childhood experiences. Lucero Herrera "Why did they put me in a drug program when I had an anger problem? I went...
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Report reviews research and strategies for building resilience among trans youth

Some 41 percent of transgender adults report that they have attempted suicide at some point in their lives, according to a report by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development, Children, Youth & Family Consortium reviewing research. Those attempts are associated with bullying and victimization, according to a growing body of research, cited in the report. The authors reviewed research and strategies that could be used by communities to build resilience among...
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[Repost] Building Trauma-Informed Connections via Telehealth During COVID-19 [acesaware.org]

By ACEs Aware, April 21, 2020 The physician speakers will share opportunities and guidance for providing trauma-informed care via telehealth as well as resources providers can offer to patients to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 related stress on physical and mental health. This is particularly critical for patients who have experienced, or who are currently experiencing, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or other adversities. Futures Without Violence will share resources providers...
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[Repost] Trauma-informed Care: It Takes More Than a Clipboard and a Questionnaire

Jim Hickman ·
California is about to launch an ambitious campaign to train tens of thousands of Medi-Cal providers to screen children and adults up to age 65 for trauma, starting on January 1, 2020. It is well-established that the early identification of trauma and providing the appropriate treatment are critical tools for reducing long-term health care costs for both children and adults. Research has shown that individuals who experienced a high number of traumatic childhood events are likely to die...
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Research

Joanna Weill ·
Gene-Environment Interactions (Rhesus Monkeys) Stephen J. Suomi, Ph.D. How Gene-Environment Interactions Can Influence Emotional Development in Rhesus Monkeys http://www.thefpr.org/private/pdf/BROWNC~1.pdf Genetic and Environmental Determinants of...
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Research roundup: ACEs and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; ACEs impact on pre-diabetes; parental incarceration and health care use; can a safe neighborhood reduce the risk of obesity?

Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Associated with Unmet Healthcare Needs among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder [The Journal of Pediatrics] Objective: "To explore associations between level of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and unmet healthcare needs among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a population-based sample." The Differential Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Development of Pre-Diabetes in a Longitudinal Cohort of US Adults [The Journal of...
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Research roundup: IPV and intergenerational trauma, screening for adversity, early child ACES and epigenetic changes

Maternal witness to intimate partner violence during childhood and prenatal family functioning alter newborn cortisol reactivity [Academic Pediatrics] I screen, you screen, we all scream for risk screens [The Journal of Pediatrics] Screening for Toxic Stress Risk Factors at Well-Child Visits: The Addressing Social Key Questions for Health Study [The Journal of Pediatrics] Environmental influences on health and development: nutrition, substance exposure, and adverse childhood experiences...
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Research roundup: New Hampshire weighs in on ACEs; ACEs and suicidal behavior; Intergenerational transmission of ACEs; ACEs in Brazilian street youth; ACE prevalence in juvenile offenders

photo by Barbara Hobbs/ wikimedia commons Addressing Childhood Adversity and Social Determinants in Pediatric Primary Care: Recommendations for New Hampshire [Institute for Health Policy and Practice] Associations of adverse childhood experiences and suicidal behaviors in adulthood in a US nationally representative sample [Child: Care, health and development] Intergenerational transmission of adverse childhood experiences via maternal depression and anxiety and moderation by child sex...
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Research roundup of studies about ACEs and resilience

photo /CreativeCommons How do parents' perception of their children's resilience match up with their ACE scores? What is the scientific evidence that separating children from parents causes trauma? How does a trusted adult and other supports counteract the impact of high ACE scores? Looking at the National Survey of Children's Health for answers about bullying
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Research roundup on ACEs and resilience

The Empower Action Model: A Framework for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences by Promoting Health, Equity, and Well-Being Across the Life Span A Srivastav, M Strompolis, A Moseley, K Daniels - Health Promotion Practice, 2019 Postpartum depression screening in primary care K Orringer, S Kileny - Contemporary Pediatrics , 2019 Toward fostering resilience on a large scale: Connecting communities of caregivers SS Luthar, NL Kumar, R Benoit - Development and psychopathology, 2019 Mentoring...
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Research roundup on ACEs, resilience and the COVID-19 pandemic

photo by Brian Wangenheim, unsplash Coping in Isolation: Predictors of Individual and Household Risks and Resilience Against the COVID-19 Pandemic NB Verger, A Urbanowicz, R Shankland … - papers.ssrn.com [HTML] Challenges and burden of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for child and adolescent mental health: a narrative review to highlight clinical and research needs in the acute phase and the long return to normality JM Fegert, B Vitiello , PL Plener… - Child and Adolescent …, 2020 -...
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Research roundup: Prospective ACE study and commentary about it; ways of asking about trauma; research on the power of internal resilience in juvenile offenders and a companion essay

Association of Childhood Trauma Exposure With Adult Psychiatric Disorders and Functional Outcomes JAMA Open Prospective Study Delves Deeper Into Mental Health Effects of Childhood Trauma Psychiatry From Treatment to Healing: Inquiry and Response to Recent and Past Trauma in Adult Health Care Women's Health Issues Adverse Childhood Experiences and Psychological Distress in Juvenile Offenders: The Protective Influence of Resilience and Youth Assets Journal of Adolescent Health Adverse...
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Research roundup: Toxic stress biomarkers; trauma-informed curriculum; an ACEs pilot from Wales; resilience in justice-involved youth

Novel method of measuring chronic stress for preterm infants: Skin cortisol Psychoneuroendocrinology Current State of Trauma-Informed Education in the Health Sciences: Lessons for Nursing Journal of Nursing Education Asking about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in health visiting Adverse Childhood Experiences and Psychological Distress in Juvenile Offenders: The Protective Influence of Resilience and Youth Assets Journal of Adolescent Health
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Research roundup: Two-gen approach to depression; cross-sector collaboration for special health care needs; ACEs and resilience screening at a Vermont clinic, and more resilience

CC3.0/Urcomunicacion Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal Depression Into Pediatric Practice Pediatrics Psychosocial Factors in Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families Pediatrics ACEs and Resilience: Increasing patient knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences and stress coping techniques University of Vermont Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience: a retrospective study of their combined relationships with child...
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Research roundup: Two-gen study highlights case for early intervention; mitigating adversity in foster children; testing an expanded ACE survey

Linkage between teen mother's childhood adversity and externalizing behaviors in their children at age 11: Three aspects of parenting Child Abuse & Neglect Decision-making in foster care: A child-centered approach to reducing toxic stress in foster children Children and Youth Services Review Expanding Concepts of Youth Adversity: Relationships With a Positive Patient Health Questionnaire–2 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
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Resource List -- Articles on ACEs in Pediatric Practices

Do the Roots of Mental Health Issues Lie in Early Childhood? [WAMU.org] -- Short article about Dr. Rahil Briggs at Montefiore Comprehensive Healthcare Center in the Bronx. May 27, 2016 Boston's architect of Community Well-Being: Reneé Boynton-Jarrett [ACEsTooHigh.com] -- How Dr. Boynton-Jarrett integrates ACEs science into her practice and community. Feb. 22, 2016 Stemming the cycle of toxic stress -- for the kids' sake [Kaiser Health News] -- How Drs. RJ Gillespie and Teri Pettersen...
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Resource list -- Books

Brandt, Joyelle and Daum, Dawn -- Parenting with PTSD: the impact of childhood abuse on parenting , 2017. " Our Mission: 1. To build a supportive community for parenting survivors, normalize the PTSD responses they may be having, and share resources for healing from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or other traumatic events. 2. To educate professionals working in the fields of physical, mental, and social health about common triggers that arise for parents with PTSD, and the challenges...
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Resource List -- Guides & Toolkits

AAP Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care -- This 6-part series was designed with the primary care practice in mind – those who may or may not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events. The series includes: Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma (in Spanish ) Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Other Types of Trauma in the Primary Care Setting (in Spanish ) The...
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Resource list -- Handouts & tools

ACEs and Toxic Stress in Spanish -- A Spanish-language overview from AAP of "toxic stress, how it affects the body's systems, and how we can promote resiliency in children to help protect against toxic stress." ACE Surveys (different types of) -- A list of the original ACE study, adapted surveys, and expanded surveys. Circle of Parents -- " Circle of Parents ® provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can...
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Resource list -- Practices/ Frameworks

Benchmarks NC -- " Benchmarks is an alliance of nationally accredited agencies committed to providing quality care, leadership, and accountability in services to children, adults and families in North Carolina. Member agencies of Benchmarks deliver a broad continuum of behavioral health, child welfare, education, development disabilities and residential support services." Center on the Developing Child , Harvard University -- "We are a multidisciplinary team committed to driving...
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Resource list -- Professional development

Alberta Family Wellness's Professional Development & Training -- " Researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers who work with children and families need opportunities to enhance their skills, explore new ideas, and make professional connections. To provide these opportunities, the AFWI partners with leading experts and institutions across North America representing a range of disciplines and sectors. These partnerships work to develop educational tools, curricula, and training programs...
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Resource List -- Research & Reports

AcademyHealth -- "As the professional home and leading national organization for health services researchers, policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders, AcademyHealth – together with its members – increases the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhances the professional skills of researchers and research users, and expands awareness." Anda RF, Felitti VJ, Bremner JD, Walker JD, Whitfield C, Perry BD, Dube SR, Giles WH. The enduring effects of abuse and...
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Resource List -- Training (whole practice)

Screening Time [AAP.org]-- " The American Academy of Pediatrics developed this site - which includes video-based training modules, conversation simulations, a screening tool selector, and a resource center - to help you learn more about the screening process for maternal depression, developmental concerns, and social determinants of health. Useful for doctors, nurses, front office staff, care coordinators, and others involved in the process, this resource will help you gain a better...
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Resource: Screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in pediatric practices

Lisa Schafer ·
Now that we know that trauma early in life can have a significant impact on an individual’s health and wellness throughout their life, health care organizations are beginning to focus on providing more trauma-informed care. Screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in pediatric, clinical settings promotes early intervention and can be a tangible entry point for organizations interested in providing trauma-informed care. The Center for Community Health and Evaluation is a nonprofit...
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Resource: What is epigenetics?

Bonnie Berman ·
How does epigenetics relate to child development? New resource from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child explains. Science tells us that the interactions between genes and environment shape human development. “Epigenetics” is an emerging area of scientific research that shows how environmental influences—including the experiences we provide for children—actually affect the expression of their genes. This means that the old idea that genes are "set in stone" has been disproven. Nature...
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Resources for health care providers to prevent burnout during COVID-19

Editor's note: We will be providing ACEs in Pediatric members with resources to help navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Please see these resources below, including registration for a webinar to help prevent burnout in health care providers. It was complied by the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative. Healthcare Workers and the Workplace Healthcare providers, human service workers, journalists, and the service industry are all facing enormous difficulties in the face of coronavirus.
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Responding to the Mental Health Crisis among America’s Children

Former Member ·
  This is from the official blog of the American Board of Pediatrics: Thanks to all of you who responded to  my last post  about the mental health crisis among American children. Your comments confirm the impression I’ve...
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Review of ACE studies confirms supporting parent-child relationship is key

When health care providers screen their pediatric patients for ACEs, what interventions might help improve outcomes for children? Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell, a pediatrician in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University, and a colleague sought an answer to that question in a systematic review of studies that was published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As part of their inquiry, Marie-Mitchell and her co-investigator, Rashel Kostolansky , who was a...
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Review of Tools for Measuring Exposure to Adversity in Children and Adolescents [Journal of Pediatric Health Care]

photo/ Creative Commons " Exposure to childhood adversity can result in negative behavioral and physical health outcomes due to potential long-term embedding into regulatory biological processes. Screening for exposure to adversity is a critical first step in identifying children at risk for developing a toxic stress response. We searched PubMed, PsycArticles, and CINAHL for studies published between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016, as well as other sources, to identify potential...
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Rural Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction Find a Doctor, Not a Judge (chcf.org)

With her husband and two young children, (Dr. Candy) Stockton packed up and moved hundreds of miles north to rural Shasta County. Today, Stockton, 42, practices family medicine at the Shingletown Medical Center in a tiny town in the shadow of Mt. Lassen, 30 miles east of Redding. The majority of Stockton’s patients live in poverty. “The economy is terrible,” she said, adding that the lack of educational opportunities for kids creates a cycle of despair that can afflict families for...
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Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015 Video from the NCTSN)

Former Member ·
This video  from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network introduces the viewer to the needs of LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma.    For educators, juvenile justice professionals/law enforcement/first responders, mental...
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SAVE THE DATE! ACEs Aware Initiative Webinar [acesaware.org]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Join a live webinar with: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH – California Surgeon General Dr. Karen Mark, MD, PhD – Medical Director, Department of Health Care Services Dr. Melissa Merrick, PhD – President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America Dr. Brigid McCaw, MD, MPH, MS, FACP – Clinical Advisor, ACEs Aware The webinar will provide an overview of the ACEs Aware initiative; why providers should screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); the...
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Screening for ACEs in Pediatric Practice [American Academy of Pediatrics - CA Chapter 2]

By Ariane Marie-Mitchell, American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2019 In the August newsletter, we provided an overview of the definition and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) (http://aapca2.org/aces). In this article, we will explore the argument in favor of screening for ACEs in pediatric practice, and describe the process and results of a California state advisory group on screening for trauma. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended screening for toxic stress...
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Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

Mariel Gingrich ·
This new technical assistance tool from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) offers a variety of approaches for screening adults and children for adverse childhood experiences and trauma, including examples of screening protocols used at several provider practices that have embraced trauma-informed care.
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Screening for childhood adversity: the what and when of identifying individuals at risk for lifespan health disparities [Journal of Behavioral Medicine]

"Existing research on childhood adversity and health risk across the lifespan lacks specificity regarding which types of exposures to assess and when. The purpose of this study was to contribute to an empirically-supported framework to guide practitioners interested in identifying youth who may be at greatest risk for a lifelong trajectory of health disparities. We also sought to identify the point in childhood at which screening for adversity exposure would capture the largest group of at...
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Second-Generation Antipsychotic Drug Use Among Medicaid-Enrolled Children: Quality-of-Care Concerns

Former Member ·
This evaluation  from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General examines the quality of care provided to children receiving second-generation antipsychotics that were paid for by Medicaid.  ...
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Senate Resolution re Diaper Banks and National Diaper Network

May 14, 2019: Resolution Recognizes The Importance Of Diaper Banks And Providing Diapers To Families In Need Senate Resolution re Diapers RESOLUTION Expressing the gratitude of the Senate for the people who operate or support diaper banks and diaper distribution programs in their local communities. Whereas the lack of a sufficient clean diaper supply can adversely affect the physical, mental, and economic wellbeing of infants, toddlers, and their families; Whereas diapers are a material...
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September 2017 Special Issue of Academic Pediatrics: Child Well-Being and Adverse Childhood Experiences in the US

Former Member ·
The United States is on the threshold of advancing much needed improvements in child and population well-being by addressing the epidemic of adverse childhood experiences and finding ways to come together, use what we know, and heal and catalyze a new epidemic of child and family flourishing. A special issue of Academic Pediatrics highlights new national research with inspiring commentaries across a wide range of leaders, each of whom calls out the critical importance of an immediate, strong...
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Beyond Paper Tigers is Back!

Jennifer Hossler ·
Back for the second year, Beyond Paper Tigers conference will take place June 28th and 29th in Walla Walla, WA. Featuring Dr. Ken Ginsburg from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as the keynote speaker, BPT builds on the story of one community and how they've learned that embracing trauma-informed care and implementing ACEs science truly takes a village. Operationalizing the latest in brain science, BPT will provide concrete strategies for intervention with youth, families, and communities...
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Beyond the ACE score: Examining relationships between timing of developmental adversity, relational health and developmental outcomes in children (www.sciencedirect.com)

Highlights excerpted on Science Direct about a new study by Erin P.Hambrick, Thomas W.Brawner, BruceD. Perry, KristieBrandt, Christine Hofmeister, and Jen O.Collins published in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Link to Science Direct about a new study by Erin P.Hambrick, Thomas W.Brawner, BruceD. Perry, KristieBrandt, Christine Hofmeister, and Jen O.Collins published in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.
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Beyond Trauma: Building Resilience to ACEs (brochure)

Wish you had a fairly easy and short way to share all about ACEs? Wish it was in-depth enough to share with teachers, doctors, nurses and therapists but not so long or jargony it puts family and friends to sleep? Here's the perfect thing to share when you've been all up in the faces with ACEs and want to back up your words before, during or after. This brochure is comprehensive but not so long that it remains in the "I'll get to it later," pile. Please feel free to print, forward, download...
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Birth and Attachment Book Review

Myrna Martin ·
A review of Myrna Martin's short and direct pamphlet about the importance and approach to "co-creating secure attachment". The book is available in four languages and can be found at www.myrnamartin.net/books
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Book: Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Guide to Implementation and Evaluation

Edited by Dr. Rahil Briggs, Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Guide to Implementation and Evaluation , the book focuses the primary care environment as an ideal venue in which to promote preventive, two-generation, behavioral health efforts. The book, with a foreword from Dr. Jack Shonkoff and published by Springer in 2016, Outlines the implementation of integrated early childhood behavioral health programming into pediatric primary care, Explores the process of...
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