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December 2023

Message from our CEO, Ingrid Cockhren: PACEs Connection has the Tools Communities Need

Click here to make your donation today. PACEs Connection is a social network that recognizes the impact of a wide variety of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and that promotes trauma-informed, healing-centered and resilience-building practices and policies in all families, organizations, systems, and communities. We support communities to accelerate the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences to solve our most intractable problems.

What Is Implicit Bias Training?

What is Implicit Bias? Implicit bias, often described as unconscious bias, refers to the subconscious attitudes, stereotypes, or beliefs that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions toward a specific social group. Bias is rooted in societal and cultural conditioning, and formed through experiences, exposure to media, upbringing, and societal norms. Biases operate involuntarily and without our awareness, shaping our perceptions and judgments, which leads to unintended discrimination...

New Transforming Trauma Episode 121: 2023: The Podcast Year In Review with NARM Training Director Brad Kammer and Host Emily Ruth

On this episode of Transforming Trauma, Emily Ruth, Transforming Trauma Host, and Brad Kammer, NARM Training Director and Transforming Trauma Executive Producer, reflect on podcast highlights over this past year, a season filled with vital voices that inspired and supported us during 2023. Emily Ruth and Brad were thrilled to share the mic with influential NARM Therapists like Monti Pal, Amanda Huffman, Salman Alawadi, and Brian Peter Monson. Conversations traversed a wide range of topics:...

Service Accessibility Through North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion

On December 1 st , 2023, Medicaid Expansion took place in North Carolina, giving hundreds of thousands of previously ineligible people access to Medicaid Services. Medicaid Expansion has allowed many new families to access Medicaid health services, including adult mental health and substance use services. Benchmarks is piloting the Standardized Assessment Protocol (SAP) project in North Carolina. This project has expanded to In-Home Family Services (IHFS), which is a part of the child...

Mindfulness Through a Trauma-Informed Lens []

By Elaine Miller-Karas, Photo: from article, Psychology Today, December 26, 2023 Trauma-informed care serves as a guiding light for countless individuals who have endured traumatic experiences. It embodies a benevolent and compassionate approach, with its paramount objective being to avoid inadvertently re-traumatizing trauma survivors. There are many healing practices categorized under an overarching set of practices called " mindfulness " that, although helpful and transformative for many,...

Childhood Trauma Linked To 45% Greater Risk Of Chronic Pain In Adulthood []

Platinum print made by F W Edwards c 1892-1893 from an original wet collodion negative by Oscar Rejlander. (Photo by The Royal Photographic Society Collection / Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Getty Images) By Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, December 26, 2023 A new meta-analysis of 57 studies including over half a million people found that childhood trauma is associated with a 45% higher risk of developing chronic pain and pain-related disability in adulthood. Researchers estimate that more...

Childhood trauma can affect your sex life: Here’s how []

Childhood trauma can affect a woman's sex life. Image courtesy: Freepik By Natalia Ningthoujam, healthshots, December 26, 2023 Be it emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a kid or growing up in a home with violence or insecurity due to parent’s divorce, traumatic childhood experiences may have lasting effects on your well-being. It is not just mental health that may be affected. You may also notice childhood trauma affecting your adult sex life. Let us tell you how childhood trauma and your...

Americans are lonely and it’s killing them. How the US can combat this new epidemic. []

By Adrianna Rodriguez, Image: from article, USA TODAY, December 24, 2023 America has a new epidemic. It can’t be treated using traditional therapies even though it has debilitating and even deadly consequences. The problem seeping in at the corners of our communities is loneliness and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is hoping to generate awareness and offer remedies before it claims more lives. “Most of us probably think of loneliness as just a bad feeling,” he told USA TODAY. “It...

America Isn’t Ready for the Two-Household Child []

Photo-illustration by The Atlantic. Source: H. Armstrong Roberts / Getty. By Stephanie H. Murray, The Atlantic, December 8, 2023 For most of american history , when parents separated, their kids almost always ended up living with just one of them. But recent studies have confirmed a new era: Joint physical custody, in which a child resides with each parent a significant portion of the time, has become dramatically more common in the U.S. The trend was first documented in Wisconsin, where...

PACEs Research Corner — December Part 2, 2023

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site — — 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 Ragavan MI, Murray A. Supporting Intimate Partner Violence Survivors and Their Children in Pediatric Healthcare...

Thoughts to share

" Hope is a bridge that keeps healing alive. You are healing every moment, even if you can't see the progress. Hope gives your body the encouragement it needs to heal. It's the storms that bring the rain to help us to grow and heal." - Unknown "If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment." - Carlos Santana “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust

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