Reply to "Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma"

Very insightful article!!  I agree with Daun whole-heartedly.  He expressed very real and problematic concerns our Philadelphia School systems face daily.   Being in the Trauma Counseling Program at Philly U has instilled in my mind (and my class-mates), that the superficial "surface" issues we witness from children are only the tip of the iceberg - there are more than likely underlying concerns to be uncovered.   Families living in urban, poverty-stricken areas are exposed to micro and chronic stressors throughout their lifetime.  In order for children to receive a fundamental education, they must first be grounded in the foundation of stability, consistency, and safety from their families at home. The question arises, however - - how can these children receive this support from their families if their families have experienced similar trauma along with (more than likely) un-diagnosed PTSD?         We must must must focus behavioral and cognitive health of the families living in these conditions - by reaching out to these families and making therapists more available and accessible to those in need.  Gaining more funding for mental health services with appropriate application will lead to furthering growth and progress in the urban community of Philadelphia.     The re-framing of the paradigm, I believe, should begin with the mental health community.

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