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November 2022

Frances Skerritt interview w City Voices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iKEWkehsps&t=673s "THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF PEER SUPPORT" Frances pioneered peer services in Montreal, which are now unionized positions. She co-created peer networks with the rest of Canada, and internationally. During her journey, she encountered obstacles such as systemic racism and trust and boundary issues between herself and clinical staff.

It’s official: Climate reparations are on the agenda at this year’s UN climate conference [grist.org]

By Naveena Sadasivam, Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images, Grist, November 7, 2022 Wealthy nations have long dodged calls to compensate the developing world for the loss and damage that it has suffered as a result of the 1.2 degrees Celsius that the earth has already warmed since preindustrial times. Developing nations have argued that they did little to cause climate change compared to early-industrializing countries, and yet they are hit harder by climate-fueled disasters and phenomena like...

“People Feel That Their Ability to Contribute to Society Has Been Terribly Thwarted” [issues.org]

By Anne Case and Sara Frueh, Photo: Unsplash, November 1, 2022 Anne Case, the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University, has spent her career studying health across individuals’ lifespan and its relationship to socioeconomic status. Together with fellow economist Angus Deaton, she identified the pattern of “deaths of despair”—what they call the unexpected increase in mortality rates among working-class Americans in recent decades. Case...

Do You Underestimate the Impact of Being Kind? [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

By Jill Suttie, Greater Good Magazine, November 7, 2022 Now and then, I give up my spot in the grocery line to a stranger. Or, if a friend is in the hospital, I’ll surprise them by sending flowers. These random acts of kindness—given without expectation of thanks or reciprocity—feel good in the moment and help connect me to my community. But, if random kindnesses spread so much positivity, why don’t we do them more often? Findings from a recent study conducted by Amit Kumar of the University...

States Struggle to Curb Fake Emotional Support Animals [pewtrusts.org]

By Elaine S. Povich, Photo: Steve Griffin/The Deseret News/Associated Press, Pew, November 4, 2022 Numerous websites promise to qualify any pet as an emotional support animal that the sites claim can go nearly anywhere — inside restaurants and stores, into “no pets” apartments and throughout college dorms. The easily obtained certificates are making it tough for states to crack down on fake support animals without running afoul of federal fair housing or anti-discrimination laws. Emotional...

How Imprisoned People Forced to Pick Cotton Got 'Prison Slavery' Bans on The Ballot [theappeal.org]

By Bryce Covert, Photo: msppmoore/Flickr, The Appeal, November 7, 2022 Curtis Davis knows what it’s like to be forced to work while incarcerated. Davis, who helped place measures to ban forced prison labor on ballots in five states this year, served more than 25 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola. While there, Davis told The Appeal, he was forced to pick cotton, okra, and other crops but was paid only 2 cents an hour. It was grueling work: He was forced to...

Free Webinar: An Approach to Optimal Performance

A Forward-Facing® Approach to Optimal Performance Host: J. Eric Gentry, PhD 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐨 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭: https://forward-facing.com/event/forward-facing-face-to-face-an-approach-to-optimal-performance-2/ When I was 11 years old, I tried out for junior league baseball. I did not make the team. It was devastating for me because I had played first string catcher and batted third in the lineup since I was eight. However, the tryouts were held the...

Hawaii Training on Parental Incarceration

Title: “Pehea nā keiki? And How Are the Children?” Responding to the needs of children impacted by parental incarceration. Tuesday, November 29, 2022 9am HST/ 2pm EST Presenters: S. Kukunaokala Yoshimoto, Executive Director of Blueprint for Change and Ann Adalist-Estrin, director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University–Camden. Participants will gain information to understand families impacted by the criminal justice system. The...

An Approach to Optimal Performance

A Forward-Facing Approach to Optimal Performance When I was 11 years old, I tried out for junior league baseball. I did not make the team. It was devastating for me because I had played first string catcher and batted third in the lineup since I was eight. However, the tryouts were held the year after my parents had finalized an acrimonious divorce and I was bounced between my two parents multiple times during that year. During the tryouts, I was in the outfield and one of the coaches hit a...

Helping Survivors to Heal from Sexual Trauma: An Attachment Approach

This online interactive workshop is for all therapists since most people have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault by the time they are adults. Groundbreaking for a workshop about sexual healing, this workshop is led by a therapist, Reena Bernards, LCMFT , as well as a leader and author in the survivor movement, Donna Jenson, MA, each bringing their own unique perspective. The workshop will cover the stages of healing from an attachment lens, as well as techniques of...

HOPE Innovation Network and the Importance of Policy [positiveexperience.org/category/blog]

By The HOPE Team, 11/8/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ In our recent blog, HOPE in Policy , we discussed the work that the HOPE National Resource Center (NRC) will be doing to let policymakers know more about positive childhood experiences (PCEs) and how public policy can support access to the Four Building Blocks of HOPE . Likewise, the HOPE NRC works directly with organizations to make HOPE-informed changes to their internal policies. This work is important for the HOPE...

PACEs Research Corner — September 2022, Part 2

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site — abuseresearch.info — that focuses on the effects of abuse, and includes research articles on PACEs. Every month, she posts the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs, PCEs and PACEs. Thank you, Harise!! — Rafael Maravilla] Domestic Violence – Effects on Children Debelle G, Efstathiou N, Khan R, et. al. The Typology and Topography of Child Abuse and Neglect: The Experience of a...

Jeoff Gordon sees PACEs science, PACEs Connection playing a vital role in ‘relieving some of the most anguishing pain in our society.’

Note: PACEs Connection is in dire financial straits. We are asking for support, from you, our 57,586 members, to help cover the loss of foundation funding that was promised and did not come through. Pay and hours have been cut for our staff—most of us will be laid off for the month of December. Another grant will pick up in January, but we will still be underfunded. Since sounding the alarm this summer, we’ve raised about $26,000 . Thankfully, about 25% of new donors are making monthly...

History. Culture. Trauma. Encore podcast—Agnes Woodward—in honor of Native American Heritage Month

Tune into History. Culture. Trauma. – 1pm PT Thursday, November 10 – Encore of Agnes Woodward discussing murdered and missing Indigenous women. In honor of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIW/MMIP) movement and November being Native American Heritage Month, we will air an encore discussion between podcast host Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection, and Agnes Woodward, indigenous activist, mother, artist, and survivor of generational...

Response to Audrey Stillerman about American College of Preventive Medicine response to routine ACE screening—Mike Flaningham

Dr. Mike Flaningham is a physician at the Siletz Community Health Clinic in Siletz, Oregon. I very much appreciate Dr. Stillerman's thoughtful response , as well as the work of her and her co-authors to advance PACEs awareness in the health care system (How cool is it that one of the authors is a PACEs Connection member?!?!). I furthermore appreciate the ongoing discussion here on the PACEs Connection forum, started by Craig McEwen's post on ACPM's recommendations, then spurred by Dr.

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