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November 2022

In Detroit, a Home for LGBTQ Youth Balances Being Seen With Being Safe [bloomberg.com]

By Zach Mortice, Photo: Zach Mortice/Bloomberg CityLab, November 22, 2022 When the Ruth Ellis Center , a Detroit nonprofit that helps support LGBTQ youth, began a foster care program 10 years ago, they kept it very quiet; no press release, not even a sign on the door. “We were so afraid of how the community would react,” says Mark Erwin, Ruth Ellis’s co-executive director. Now things are different. In October, the nonprofit held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new permanent supportive...

Established Mental Health Care is Discriminatory and Prejudiced

Greetings. This is another open thought piece. It's not fully finished out, in part because the words haven't been ever been written for me. Not in quite this way. I had to build it myself. Not as a "hobby". It is an act of survival against oppressive forces. It's taken a lot for me to, conceptually, free myself from standard notions of mental health. Notions that I was taught for years by both experts and lay communities. I now feel ready to state the following as a position statement. I...

Historical Trauma in Northeast America Event Recap

“I feel like all my textbooks in elementary school glossed over reality and today's session leaves me wanting to read ‘what really happened,’” said one attendee during the most recent session of the PACEs Connection Historical Trauma in America series . Nearly 80 people attended the webinar on November 17, 2022. Focused on Historical Trauma in the Northeast, this most recent event was facilitated by Ingrid Cockhren, PACEs Connection’s chief executive officer, and supported by St. David's...

Encore edition: “Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Using a Trauma-Informed Lens”! Register now to attend an encore recorded version with

Join us for an encore of PACEs Connection’s “School-to-Prison Pipeline Using a Trauma-Informed Lens”, our first-ever interdisciplinary collaborative event! In this informative and interactive event, we explore the many contributing factors to our country’s school-to-prison pipeline, including outdated understandings of behavior, lack of knowledge about trauma and adversity, unexamined bias, increased presence of school police, exclusionary discipline practices, and more. We also discuss how...

FREE WEBINAR: How to Heal Trauma Through a Child’s Love Language

One of the biggest fallouts from the pandemic is that parent-child conflict was amplified or exacerbated to an extremely high level. At the Family Trauma Institute, we call this “interactional trauma” or constant conflict between parent and child (drama=trauma) that leads to resentment, bitterness, and lost attachment. Often, the quickest way to heal this type of deep trauma is through the child or adolescent’s love language. Each child has a special one. For some its “words of affirmation”...

Why these Atrocities?

People who experienced authoritative parenting rarely if ever commit atrocities. In order to prevent these tragedies perhaps it’s time for an entirely new kind of parenting education that reaches everyone, everywhere. Visit www.advancingparenting.org . In our own low tech yet highly effective way we are pioneering this new kind of education that focuses on authoritative parenting.

7 Types of Organizational Structures

Organizational restructuring is often on the table when companies decide they need transformational change. And when organizations take on the major change of trauma-informed implementation, many of them also decide to change their organizational layout. When we talk about organizational structures through a trauma-informed lens, we often focus on moving away from a hierarchal structure and toward a flat structure—but those are not our only two options. There are 5 other organizational...

Support legislation to protect and benefit children, families, communities before the end of the 117th Congress.

Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act Please sign this letter in support of key provisions of the Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Ac t— specifically programs that would support hospital-based intervention programs and community-based trauma and resilience coordinating councils. The deadline is TODAY—Monday, November 21. To sign, please contact Claire Kao at Futures Without Violence, ckao@futureswithoutviolence.org . For...

Community with Challenges Shares Their Talent...

“City Voices seeks to Make Mental Illness Fun Again! (CLICK ME!) Through good peer-to-peer programming that builds friendship and community. That helps to transform pain and suffering into joy, peace, and acceptance, even if for a little while. Seeds are being planted and watered. City Voices organizes in-person gatherings at city parks and museums, often involving a little physical exercise, qigong, yoga and energy movements. We do comedy shows and variety shows that share our talents with...

The Social Impact Investment Mirage [ssir.org]

By Amanda Levinson and Natasha Freidus, Photo: iStock/Gary Sandy Wales, Stanford Social Innovation Review, November 17, 2022 Last year, our social impact startup hit a milestone that eludes 96 percent of female founders: we hit one million dollars in revenue. It felt like reaching the summit of a mountain nearly everybody had said would be impossible to climb. We started NeedsList with the idea of creating a “wedding registry for aid”—a software solution to match needs to resources in times...

Civil Rights Advocates Call U.S. Child Welfare System a ‘National Problem’ [theimprint.org]

By Jeremy Loudenback, The Imprint, November 17, 2022 A sprawling report released today by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union describes civil rights issues within the child welfare system as a “national family separation crisis” that needs “immediate attention and action.” The analysis of federal and state data and dozens of interviews with parents draw attention to the harms of child welfare investigations and the disproportionate involvement of Black and Indigenous...

Wasted food, hungry Americans – is donating surplus produce a solution? [theguardian.com]

By Victoria Namkung, Illustration: Ulises Mendicutty/The Guardian, The Guardian, November 17, 2022 As the Mar Vista Farmers Market in Los Angeles came to an end, a small team of volunteers in bright orange aprons handed out large cardboard boxes to be filled with unsold heirloom tomatoes, apricots, berries, green peppers, lettuce and eggplants that would have otherwise gone to waste. After being weighed and cataloged, the boxes were stacked into neat piles and picked up by three local...

Congressional Briefing: Science-Driven Approaches to Reducing Inequities Through Public Health Policy [npscoalition.org]

Join us for a virtual congressional briefing SCIENCE-DRIVEN APPROACHES TO REDUCING INEQUITIES THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY Tuesday • December 6th • 1:30-3:00 ET The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) will host a congressional briefing on deploying prevention strategies to improve racial equity, particularly in issue areas such as health and education. Research and experience provide guidance about what works to reduce racial disparities and improve health outcomes...

How a Preschool on Wheels Is Driving Opportunity to Latino Immigrant Families in Colorado [edsurge.com]

By Emily Tate Sullivan, Photo: Kelsey Brunner/EdSurge, EdSurge, November 16, 2022 In a valley renowned for its world-class ski resorts and unrivaled outdoor recreation, with 14,000-foot peaks that pierce the horizon, five-star hotels, designer storefronts and multimillion-dollar mountainside mansions, there is a fleet of short, white buses stamped with geometric shapes. Parked in the lots of schools, churches and community centers, the buses are inconspicuous. Most passersby would overlook...

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