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August 2021

ARTIC Scale: Leading the Way in Trauma-Informed Care Assessment

In August 2021, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare officially added the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale to their list of evidence-based measurement tools for child welfare. The ARTIC Scale received an assessment rating of “ A – Psychometrics Well-Demonstrated ,” the highest rating offered by the CEBC. Read more

Entering the school year prioritizing the heart, proceeding with grace

When thinking about the start of yet another unpredictable and unprecedented school year, the word that keeps repeating itself in my head is “grace.” The dictionary defines grace as “a disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency.” Kindness, compassion, lenience, and mercy. Grace for the educators and all student support staff, grace for our administrators. Grace for our youth, grace for our families, grace for the school board members and policy makers. Our own...

Climate Change and Trauma [istss.org]

From International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, August 2021 As human beings, our physical and mental health cannot be separated from the environments in which we live. Climate change, if left unaddressed, is projected to have catastrophic consequences on the mental health of entire populations. This ISTSS Friday Fast Facts series will feature ISTSS’ recent work to highlight the intersections among global climate change and trauma. Look for new materials every Friday in August 2021.

10 Kids Books Psychologists Recommend in 2021 [books.childrensbooksassociation.com]

By Sara Darnell, Children's Book Association, July 20, 2021 Psychologists everywhere have noticed an uptick in children experiencing anxiety, stress, confusion, and other issues that have come as a result of 2020. We should note that these are completely normal things for children to experience, but what is the best way to work through these feelings? Many psychologists have turned to children's books to teach young readers how to deal with their emotions. [ Please click here to see the list .]

AAP explains shift from focus on the problem of toxic stress to solutions

It might seem odd that President Theodore Roosevelt, who was described as “aggressive,” ”over-engined” and had a talent for delivering insults, would be hailed as a proponent of nurturing relationships. But that’s exactly how Dr. Andrew Garner referenced him in describing a paradigm shift in policy by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “They don’t care what you know until they know that you care,’” said Garner, referring to a quote often attributed to Roosevelt. Garner , who is a...

PACEs Connection presents the "Historical Trauma in America" series

PACEs Connection's Race & Equity Workgroup is examining historical trauma in the United States of America and its impact on American society in a series of virtual discussions. This series, which began in July 2021, highlights each unique region within the United States and outlines how unresolved historical trauma has impacted every aspect of American life and directly shapes the socio-political landscape of today as well as the overall well-being of Americans. The purpose of these...

Factors outside the classroom which influence student progress: ACES

I wrote this opinion piece after reading recent articles on a media site here in the Cayman Islands discussing the findings of the recent Education Data Report 2020 which implied that responsibility for the state of student progress falls on the public schools they attend. I noted that one needed to know about the students involved and their life circumstances including the numbers of ACEs they had experienced to be able to better understand why their progress was as it was and more...

Empowered to Hope Immersive PD Experience

Join us for this meaningful professional development opportunity...Register before September 7 with code E2H2021 to receive $50 off the registration cost. If you need a purchase order, contact us to get on the registration list and be guaranteed the discounted rate. This 2-day event focuses on relationship building and developing community among professionals with a common goal: student success! Together, we will address the most pressing topics in education today with easy-to-implement,...

This SF woman convinced 1,270 people to get vaccinated. Here's her secret. [sfgate.com]

By Michelle Robertson, SF Gate, August 17, 2021 One thousand two hundred and seventy. It’s a number Felisia Thibodeaux can list off the top of her head. That’s because it's the number of people she has gotten vaccinated by direct referral so far — and the number keeps growing. Thibodeaux is the executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, which operates out of the I.T. Bookman Community Center in San Francisco’s Ingleside Heights. Before the pandemic, Thibodeaux’s job entailed...

Children's Mental Health Gets Millions In Funding From The Biden Administration [npr.org]

By Selena Simmons-Duffin and Rhitu Chatterjee, National Public Radio, August 27, 2021 As students head back into another pandemic school year, the Biden administration has announced nearly $85 million in funding for mental health awareness, training, and treatment. The funding includes $10.7 million in American Rescue Plan funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program, which trains primary care providers to treat and refer...

Teens Are Advocating for Mental Health Days Off School [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, The New York Times, August 23, 2021 By the time Ben Ballman reached his junior year in high school he was busier — and more anxious — than he had ever been. “I had moments where it felt like the whole world was coming down on me,” he said. “It was definitely a really difficult time.” Before the pandemic shut everything down, his day started at 6:30 a.m., when he woke up to get ready for school. Next came several Advanced Placement courses; then either soccer practice or...

Hate crimes to rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says [washingtonpost.com]

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post, August 30, 2021 The number of hate crimes in the United States rose in 2020 to the highest level in 12 years, propelled by increasing assaults targeting Black and Asian victims, the FBI reported Monday. In all, the federal agency tallied 7,759 hate crimes last year, a tumultuous 12 months marked by a global pandemic, a divisive presidential election and upheaval in the economy. The total marked an increase of six percent from 2019 and the most since...

Californa Poised for Major Expansion of Community Health Workers [chcf.org]

By Rob Waters, California Health Care Foundation, August 17, 2021 When the coronavirus pandemic struck California in March 2020, community health workers at a group of school-based family resource centers in Chula Vista made a pivot. The schools where they worked closed abruptly, and it was no longer safe to meet clients in person. They started working the phones, reaching out to families to find out what they needed. As it turned out, they needed a lot. “They are desperate. They don’t have...

Meditation- An indispensable requirement for success in the modern business world

The modern business world is full of stress, worries, and chaos. Thanks to the pandemic, the competitive market, and the economic challenges that we are facing. When all these worrisome things are having their impact on your business organization’s overall performance, meditation can come to your rescue. This traditional calming technique offers immense benefits that can act as anchors for your business to survive and grow in these turbulent times. 10 super benefits that make meditation an...

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