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May 2021

Part 3: The Link Between Implicit Bias, Trust, and Neuroception

While being on the lookout for constant danger is normal for people who have had severe childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences, we all move through a continuum of determining whether the cues we are receiving from others are cues of danger or cues of safety. Understanding how our bodies react to cues of danger and safety is the science supporting The Polyvagal Theory.

How to Help a Kid Stop Lying and Tell the Truth: 9 Steps

Being a parent comes with sacrifices, but also with challenges. As children grow up, they begin to understand the world. And so, lying can appear as a regular behavior. I have two children, aged 10 and 14. I can say that lying was a big problem in our family during their childhood. For example, they lied they brushed their teeth. And of course, you can easily say if they brushed their teeth or not. Honesty is an important quality that helps build stronger relationships and bonds between...

S.O.A.R Into Parenting Subscription Box

In collaboration with several partners, we developed a 6-month subscription box for expectant families in our community. The box contains items for the family and educational opportunities for the extra incentives - local gift cards. Part of the purpose behind creating these boxes and this opportunity was to fill a covid-19 caused void, and provide some educational and supportive opportunities for expectant families. Many of the classes and opportunities for families to attend during the...

Webinar: Family Trauma Solutions - Technology Addiction

Our kids (and parents) are not alright with technology. And the problem has spun out of control with the recent pandemic. Up to 50% of kids surveyed feel addicted to social media and go into withdrawal-like symptoms if their devices are removed ranging from aggression to severe anxiety. And many suffer from a new phenomenon called “nature deficit disorder." In turn, the ongoing drama and conflict that ensues between parent and child often result in long-term trauma in the form of...

There is still time to register!! PACES Connection Supports 3rd Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference

HERE this NOW founder, Emily Read Daniels was thrilled when Jane Stevens agreed to have PACES Connection endorse and sponsor HTN's 3rd Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference. The conference will address the application of The Polyvagal Theory (science behind how we process trauma in our bodies) in schools for the safe return to in-person learning. The virtual conference, June 1-4, 2021, will host teachers, school administrators, and school specialists from across the U.S. and...

Why it’s Important for People with Chronic Illness to Limit Stress and Set Boundaries (Free Healing Fact Sheet to Inform Friends, Family & Your Doctor)

I created a downloadable Healing Fact Sheet in response to a reader who asked if I could create a simple guide that she and others could give to friends, family, neighbors, landlords, lodgers, acquaintances and others. Someone had recently disbelieved her and put her down when she had set a healthy boundary to support her body and her health, and she had felt despair. As so many of us with chronic illness have experienced, this kind of emotional conflict and lack of understanding can be very...

Minneapolis Lawyers Rely on 'Gold Standard' Law to Keep Native American Families Together [imprintnews.org]

By Elizabeth Amon, The Imprint, May 17, 2021 A federal law enacted 43 years ago designed to protect Native American families from separation is now under threat like no time in recent history. Last month, the Indian Child Welfare Act, widely considered to be the “gold standard” of the field, was found to be constitutional by a federal appeals court. But the justices nevertheless chipped away at key provisions that make the law known as ICWA successful. The lengthy, complicated decision could...

White male minority rule pervades politics across the US, research shows [theguardian.com]

By Alexandra Villareal, The Guardian, May 26, 2021 From county officials and sheriffs to governors and senators, white male minority rule pervades politics in the United States, according to a new report published on Wednesday. White men represent 30% of the population but 62% of officeholders, dominating both chambers of Congress, 42 state legislatures and statewide roles across the nation, the analysis shows. By contrast, women and people of color constitute 51% and 40% of the US...

Critical race theory is a lens. Here are 11 ways looking through it might refine your understanding of history [cnn.com]

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN, May 27, 2021 Critical race theory is just that -- a theory -- but the term has been weaponized, with its most extreme critics alleging that merely studying the theory is racist. Long before the concept dubbed CRT drew controversy, scholars were studying how bigotry and bias infiltrated American institutions and shaped American life. After all, any telling of American history cannot fairly ignore that 177 of the country's 245 years -- 72% of its existence, all...

What is Narcissism and How Might It Affect You Today?

It is not unusual for human beings to be a little narcissistic and is a developmental stage that every teenager and young adult passes through. However, what if that narcissism continues into adult life? What problems do narcissists cause for themselves and their children? This article will examine what narcissism is, some of the warning signs that you may be an adult victim of a narcissist, and much more. What is a Narcissist? The term “narcissist” describes people, reportedly more men than...

Why summer school in California will prioritize fun and reconnecting students [edsource.org]

By Diana Lambert, EdSource, May 26, 2021 Merced County Office of Education students will hike through a wildlife preserve, fish in the Merced River and take sailing lessons from a local yacht club as part of this year’s summer school program. Elk Grove Unified students have the option to learn to act, sing or perform slam poetry. San Francisco students can take archery at a local park or classes in a high-rise downtown building that is usually home to tech workers. Although school districts...

CPP's Fritzi Horstman Interviews Dr. Bruce Perry

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children.

ACEs Aware in Action: May Newsletter [acesaware.org]

ACEs Aware in Action May 2021 Our State of CAre is ACEs Aware This month, we launched a statewide health care provider engagement campaign to expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. The campaign is designed to help clinical health care teams understand the importance of screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and invites them to join the ACEs Aware movement by getting trained and certified to screen for ACEs. The campaign uses digital and print media to raise...

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