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January 2020

The Positive Side of Family Estrangement and Creating a Family of Choice

This series on family estrangement may seem to be a strange topic to cover during the holiday season. Yet, being separated from family during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s is a familiar occurrence for many survivors. The purpose of these articles is to offer support to all who come to this blogsite looking for hope. This article will concentrate on two topics, the positive side of family estrangement and creating a family of choice to spend the holidays with and warm your heart.

Writing as Medicine for survivors of sexual abuse and assault

Announcing three Spring 2020 online (audio only) writing circles for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Led by Donna Jenson, author of, Healing My Life from Incest to Joy . Circle 1: Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 9 Circle 2: Sundays 4:00 to 6:00pm March 8, 22, April 5, 19, May 10 Circle 3: Wednesdays 5:00pm to 7:00pm March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6 For more information go to:

Using Infant and Toddler Data to Support State Policymaking [NSCL Blog]

Brain development in the first years of life provides the foundation for all future learning and development, and yet the randomness of where a child is born or lives often determines whether they have access to the services they need to thrive in their earliest years. So how are infants and toddlers doing in your state? ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends has produced a first-of-its-kind publication to answer how the 12 million infants and toddlers are faring in the United States. The State of...

Under the Skin: Tattoos, Trauma, and Tackling Stigma on 'Black Ink Chicago' []

By Angela Helm, The Root, January 15, 2020 Much has been finally been made and explored in terms of this notion of trauma—what it is, who experiences it most, what its effects are. But the scary part about trauma is that if it happens too often; too frequently, it can start to feel normal, which can be dangerous. Your body’s fight-or-flight response, triggered one too many times, shuts down or goes into overdrive and one becomes numb to all the wounds until one spills over and poisons the...

'Stuck in a Tornado of life': A Patient's Chaos Narrative []

By Jay Baruch, STAT First Opinion, January 15, 2020 Cheryl overdosed on heroin — or so she’d hoped — the night before. But that’s not the reason she’s in the emergency department late the next day with me sitting at her gurney, confused. She woke up this morning so upset to be alive she kicked a wall at the homeless shelter and broke her toe. But that’s not why she’s in the ED, either. Something came up a few weeks ago that made her miss her appointment at the methadone clinic. That absence...

CCBHC UPDATE: $200 Million in Expansion Grants Now Available []

By William Glanz, National Council for Behavioral Health, January 15, 2020 Clinics across the nation are now eligible to apply for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants, according to new guidelines outlined this week in a funding opportunity announcement by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Council has strongly advocated for increased funding for the Expansion Grant program. We’ve also been a vocal advocate...

Are You Addicted to Drama, Drama, Drama? []

By Lenora Thompson, PsychCentral, January 2, 2020 There are certain days that are ingrained in your memory. This was one of those days. A day in which I had two flashes of realization. Vividly I recall sitting on my bedroom floor, holding my face in my hands. Listening, waiting, almost longing for the relief when the inevitable bellow of rage exploded from my parents’ bedroom. On the one hand, it would be horrible. On the other hand, the excruciating expectation of the inevitable...

The Brain Architects Podcast: Laying the Foundation []

By Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, January 15, 2020 Why are the early years of a child’s life so important for brain development? How are connections built in the brain, and how can early brain development affect a child’s future health? This episode of The Brain Architects dives into all these questions and more. First, Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child, explains more about the science behind how brains are built—their architecture—and...


By Tugg, January 15, 2020 Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond will be guests on DR. OZ to discuss childhood trauma and the path to recovery tomorrow, January 16. Check your local listings to tune in! In CRACKED UP we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Behind the scenes, Darrell suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury,...

The Everyday Activist Guide []

By Futures Without Violence, January 2020 We are living in an extraordinary time. Survivors of sexual violence are coming forward and some are finally being heard and believed. And while a few powerful abusers are paying the price for their unlawful conduct, workplaces overall have been slow to respond to the structural, institutional, and cultural norms that underlie #metoo in the workplace. But what if we could stop sexual assault and harassment in the workplace before it happens? We can.

'A Lifeline' For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression (NPR)

By Ruth Chatterjee, January 15, 2020, for Morning Edition For 1 in 7 pregnant women and new moms, things can feel off. They can have trouble sleeping or feeling connected to their baby, feel weepy, have low energy. They could be clinically depressed, and depression during or after pregnancy is very treatable if it's diagnosed. But only a small percentage of those women get the treatment that they need. Massachusetts is trying to change that. NPR's Rhitu Chatterjee has this story about how...

The Relentless Nurse: Robin Cogan, to be the Special Guest on this week's Breaking the Silence Radio Program

Robin Cogan, aka The Relentless Nurse, will be the special guest on the "Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" Radio Program this Sunday evening from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm CST. Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 19th year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Legislative Co-chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA). She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School...

Cabin Fever Tips for Stir Crazy Kids

Cabin fever grabbed the 3 yr. old boy relentlessly in the winter weather. Grumpiness took over until I offered him a big poster board on the floor and crayons-to-boot, suggesting he use his whole body to get all those tense feelings out. He jumped into the activity like a thirsty horse heading for water. His whole body swiveled and swerved, moving with the action of the crayons. He continued until he was out of breath, then leaned back and looked at his creative expression of tension leaving...

The Day That Never Happened []

By Farnoush Amiri, National Public Radio, January 8, 2020 Have you ever had a memory, but you aren't sure whether you dreamed it or read it or saw it in a movie? Have you ever had a day that changed life as you knew it, but no one ever spoke about it again? For me, that day started early on a Sunday morning in June 2005. I had just turned 12. Half-asleep, I heard footsteps surround the corners of my bed. [ Please click here to read more .]

Deep Water []

By Tim Layden, NBC Sports, January 8, 2020 This is one of those Olympic stories. You know: A story about talent, passion and very real sacrifice in pursuit of gold, silver or bronze. It is the story of a judo player named Jack Hatton, who practiced his sport from just before his fifth birthday until four days past his 24th, when he stood on the cusp of qualifying for his first U.S. Olympic team, this summer in Tokyo, the cradle of his sport and a country that Jack had come to love almost...

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