Tagged With "Stress"

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Therapist Resource Guide - Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress

Stephen DiDonato ·
Working with children and families experiencing medical traumatic stress: A resource guide for mental health professionals What do mental health professionals need to know about pediatric medical traumatic stress? How can mental health professionals improve their collaboration with medical providers around pediatric medical traumatic stress? What resources and tools are available for professionals working with children and families who have experienced pediatric medical traumatic stress?
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What’s Killing America’s Black Infants? [The Nation]

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
"Racism is fueling a national health crisis." The author, Zoe Carpenter, examines the infant mortality, with a close look at the city of Milwaukee, whose health commissioner has identified reducing high infant mortality a primary health priority. Racial disparities in infant mortality continue and "a growing body of evidence points to racial discrimination, rather than race itself, as the dominant factor in explaining why so many black babies are dying." " Chronic stress raises amounts of...
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Letters: Relieve stress for Philly teachers, too [philly.com]

Leslie Lieberman ·
Kerri McGinley, PhD a former teacher and principal with the SDP, thoughtfully responds to my letter to the editor regarding the end of kindergarten suspensions with her own letter (below). Dr. McGinley urges all to consider teacher stress too. Thank you Dr. McGinley for raising this important point, reminding us that addressing employee stress and secondary traumatic stress is an imperative if we are to develop the trauma informed education and other systems we strive for. Ease teachers'...
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"How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind" and a Key way to Combat it!

Aniela Zygmont Glinski ·
With recent brain science research, specifically focused on trauma and toxic stress, we now know how much stress can impact the functioning of our brain.  While there are multiple levels of stress, some actually being good for us, the ways...
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Re: Therapist Resource Guide - Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress

Jennifer Hossler ·
This is a great resource. Thank you, Stephen!
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The City of Philadelphia wants to help its frontline workers better deal with trauma [generocity.org]

Leslie Lieberman ·
A PGW worker is killed by an explosion in 2016 and his coworkers are still dealing with the emotional toll more than two years later. A longtime school nurse calls it quits when the school police officer who broke up fights between students has a heart attack and dies. A parole officer tries to deal with the personal emotional toll when one of his parolees commits a rape and a murder. These are a few of the tales of secondary traumatic stress — the stress that results from indirect exposure...
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Re: The City of Philadelphia wants to help its frontline workers better deal with trauma [generocity.org]

Sylvia Young ·
As a nurse for 30 years , I have felt the affects of secondary stress. I am very thankful that this area is being studied and hopeful that all professionals who encounter secondary stress will be understood, embraced and assisted to deal with the effects.
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‘Burnout is real’: The importance of engaging in self-care practices when faced with secondary trauma [whyy.org]

Caitlin O'Brien ·
Chera Kowalski remembers working at McPherson Square Library when overdoses became a more common occurrence in Kensington. It was 2015, and Philadelphia saw 696 overdose deaths that year — a 52% increase from just two years before — eighty percent of which involved opioids. There were more than twice as many overdose deaths than homicides. At the time, library staff didn’t have naloxone — an opioid overdose reversal medication — or the training to administer it. The best staff members could...
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After reversing more than 100 overdoses, the trauma is starting to take a toll on me [kensingtonvoice.com]

Caitlin O'Brien ·
As a citizen who has reversed more than 100 overdoses, every now and then I have a cry that is so uncontrollable, and painful, and deep, that I wonder if I will ever stop crying. Recently, I experienced one of those cries. It was after reversing a young man who was overdosing who looked just like my son. He was 16 or 17 years old, still with his school ID around his neck. It took three doses of Narcan — the overdose reversal medication — to bring him back. Surprisingly, he wanted me to call...
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