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December 2020

Job Opportunity - Multnomah County Department of County Human Services - Case Manager 2

Check out the full job posting here: Case Manager 2 Are you excited about helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience personal growth and development, enjoy meaningful relationships, safely live, and fully participate in communities and activities they choose? We are too! Multnomah County Department of County Human Services invites applications for Service Coordinator positions (Case Manager 2 job profile). This recruitment will be used to fill case management...

Happy Holidays from the HOPE National Resource Center [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Dr. Robert Sege, 12/22/20, positiveexperience.org/blog We wish everyone a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday season! Whatever traditions or beliefs your families hold, this is the time of year when many of us can pause, reflect, and celebrate that the long nights of winter are already getting shorter. Over at the HOPE National Resource Center, we have been thinking about everything we have heard, seen, and read in our personal and professional lives. Children’s experiences form the center of...

Wiring the Brain for Wellness by Dr. Kristin Beasley

In this episode of “Delusional Optimism”, Dr. B talks about wiring the brain for wellness. She explains how our experiences in life, from infancy to adulthood, affect our physical and neurological health. Dr. B also opens a discussion on health inequity and advocates for fairer healthcare practices that will positively impact people’s long term health. Listen to how social determinants influence your health and the health of people around you. “Loving relationships mediate trauma, mediate...

Compassion Prison Project: Transforming Prisons and Communities

Compassion Prison Project: Transforming Prisons and Communities Compassion Prison Project is the brainchild of award-winning film producer Fritzi Horstman, developed as a result of her own experiences with ACEs. CPP's mission is to transform prisons and communities through compassionate action. ACEs are disproportionatelyhigh within the prison system, so CPP is focused on bringing childhood trauma awareness, education and healing to prisons and communities within the U.S. as well as...

Federal Opportunities to Advance Child Health Transformation and Spread HOPE [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Charles Bruner and Kay Johnson, 12/21/20, positiveexperience.org/blog Our country and the world are eager to move toward the coming new year. In 2020, the triple crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and reckoning on racism have elevated attention to social injustice in both the health care system and our country as a whole. Because of COVID-19, the public and policy leaders have heightened awareness of the importance of physicians, nurses, community health workers, child care...

Christmas and the holidays are a trauma trigger

Part of me wants to scream fuck Christmas. The other part of me wants Christmas to mean something more than presents and stuff. Christmas is so triggering in an already toxic society that says it’s our duty to keep abusive family members in our lives rather than seek peace and health, and it is because, by that understanding, we find ourselves at battle with ourselves over our sovereignty. I think we need to hit the pause button and recognize for a moment that right now, and no, I don’t mean...

Uh-Oh, Your Red-Flag Detector Is Broken! Here's How to Fix It

If you look around all the friends and partners you’ve let into your life, and discover that there’s a high proportion of trainwrecks and jerks, guess what? Your red flag detector is broken. It’s broken! It’s supposed to be warning you when bad people try to walk into your life (this goes for bosses and jobs too). You’re supposed to get a bad feeling, a sense of aversion to people and situations that are going to hurt you! What shuts down that crucial function is abuse and neglect in your...

ACEs: What They Are and How They Relate to Toxic Stress

A survey across 25 states reported that about 61% of adults had experienced at least one type of adverse childhood experience (ACE) (1) . Exposure to ACEs can have lasting and adverse effects on health, well-being, and opportunity. ACEs can increase the risks of injury, transmitted infections, maternal and child health problems, and leading causes of death, like heart diseases, diabetes, and suicide. ACEs and associated conditions can also cause toxic stress, altering an individual’s brain...

New Book Integrates Trauma-informed Practices For End-of-Life Care

The pandemic has forced professionals and their organizations to practice without a relevant playbook. Reactive attention to suffering for high volumes of critically ill patients many with limited chance of survival, have replaced proactive dialogues on pain relief, symptom management, and quality of life. Trauma-informed practices have never been more vital to understand and render across populations.

ACEs Connection/CTIPP Southeastern Leaders’ call: State updates, funding information, and “mind-blowing” information about helping people out of poverty

Southeastern ACEs Connection and national CTIPP leaders on the quarterly leader call welcomed guest speaker Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz (top left) for their quarterly call. Also among those present were (top row l-r) Carey Sipp, Jesse Kohler, Jesse Hardin, (second row, l-r) Patti Tiberi, Mebane Boyd, Jen Drake-Croft, Dan Press, (third row, l-r) Mimi Graham, Christopher Freeze, Margaret Stagmeier, (fourth row, l-r) Emily Marsh, Liz Peterson, Alyssa Koziarski and Janet Pozmantier. Also present was...

"How to talk policy and influence people": a Law and Justice interview with Dr Bruce Perry

In this episode of "How to talk policy and influence people", I speak with world-renowned child psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author Dr Bruce Perry about the challenges of presenting important knowledge about the human condition to policy-makers and having them act upon it appropriately or, indeed, at all. We talk about the human brain, attachment, safety and modern child-rearing practices where care-givers are often isolated from crucial sources of social support. We discuss the...

From the Podcast: Racism Is a Public Health Crisis (UW Tacoma)

BY: Eric Wilson-Edge / October 22, 2020. UW.Tacoma.EDU. Racism is a public health crisis, says UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Sharon Laing. In July, Laing and UW Associate Professor Wendy Barrington were guests on the campus podcast, Paw’d Defiance, to talk about the social determinants of health (SDOH). “The World Health Organization describes social determinants of health as ‘the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age,’” said Barrington. “Examples include social and...

How to Overcome the Old Evil of Racism with a New Narrative of Kindness

What do you do when kids overhear stories of vile racism as they walk past their dad on the couch watching the evening news? How do you talk to a child who comes home after “learning” a new slur from a friend? And how do you help the child who was victimized by a racist in the community? Will we teach them to courageously stand up for themselves? Will we teach them the power of forgiveness and kindness in the face of such ugliness? How will we help them deal with the internal voices that...

Hope for Healing: A Mother's Triumph

It's her victory reward for overcoming her addiction. Now celebrating one and a half years sober! Look how far she's come since the first half of 2019! Hospitalized for detox from alcohol, repeated falls requiring hospital and rehab facility stays, threats of suicide, and trying desperately to escape the pain of her childhood trauma.

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