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Good Article Alert: Should Child Trauma Be Treated as a Public Health Crisis

This article, Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated as a Public Health Crisis , is definitely a must read and is based on results from a local, NC-bread study. It reviews a 22 year longitudinal study on the experiences of individuals from the Great Smoky Mountains Study , which followed over 14oo children from mostly rural parts of western North Carolina. The article discusses the uniqueness of the study in that it avoids something that many trauma critics scrutinize studies focusing on the...

Farewell Friend: Longtime Benchmarks NC Member & PFE Champion Margie Christopher Retires

Last month, Benchmarks North Carolina celebrated another year at our Annual Dinner and Conference. While there was much to celebrate, Benchmarks had the bitter sweet privilege of honoring and saying farewell to long time member and child and family advocate Margie Christopher, Executive Director of Children’s Homes of Cleveland County (CHCC). This year’s annual meeting was the last in which long time Benchmarks member and innovative thinker Margie Christopher will have been in attendance.

Do more cops in schools make them safer? New study looking at NC schools says no. []

RALEIGH - A new report looking at security in North Carolina schools is challenging the belief that putting more police officers in schools will make them safer. The study of North Carolina middle schools found no relationship between increased funding for school resource officers and reduction in cases of reported school crimes. Kenneth Alonzo Anderson, the report’s author and an associate professor at Howard University, said legislators across the country should consider the findings...

Lessons Learned from Sandra Bloom: Tackling STS at the Workplace

"We must be conscious and deliberate in engaging in self-care behaviors." ~Dr. Sandra Bloom Benchmarks North Carolina hosted our annual meeting at the beautiful Grandover Resort in Greensboro. At this meeting, successes are celebrated, and visions are sketched for the upcoming year. This year, members had the privilege of hearing from keynote speaker, Dr. Sandra Bloom, founder of the Sanctuary Model. Dr. Bloom shared how chronic stress and trauma impacts us at an organizational level.

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