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September 2022

Blue Collar Consulting Newsletter

Hello All! Happy to share the latest Blue Collar Consulting newsletter with you, hope you find some helpful nuggets to keep you powering through. If interested in chatting further, let's find a time to connect! Take Care, Friends NEWSLETTER LINK

We are looking for transformational leaders to join our BIGNEXT Community.

Exploring Your BIG NEXT Journey is an 8-week Workshop curated by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach for leaders looking to reconnect to their deeper calling. As leaders in a rapidly changing work environment, you may feel overwhelmed or disconnected from other people, your teams, or your organization. This feeling of disconnection to self and others is at the root of the malaise and it takes a toll on our mental health and the spirit of our organizations . The BIG NEXT journey recognizes our deep need for...

Rising tide of censorship and scrutiny has schools scrambling to avoid backlash [chalkbeat.org]

By Patrick Wall, Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images, Chalkbeat, September 23, 2022 The culture war engulfing schools has subjected educators like Richard Clifton to unfamiliar scrutiny — including, in his case, a public records request. In Savannah, Georgia, where Clifton is a longtime English teacher, a group of conservative activists earlier this year began calling for the school board to “purge” books with sexual content from school libraries. After Clifton took a personal...

‘A living, breathing building’: the rise of resilience centers amid extreme heat in the US [theguardian.com]

By Gabriela Aoun, Photo: Gabriela Aoun/The Guardian, The Guardian, September 23, 2022 O n the Saturday before Labor Day, in the east Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, temperatures outside climbed to 105F (41C). It was the fourth day of California’s longest September heatwave on record. That afternoon, the entire state was under a “flex alert”, in which Californians were asked to turn down their air conditioners and unplug appliances to avoid putting so much demand on the power grid...

Funds From Oregon’s Voter-Approved Drug Decriminalization Law Are Now Available For Counties To Support Treatment And Other Services [marijuanamoment.net]

By Lynne Terry, Oregon Capital Chronicle, Marijuana Moment, September 22, 2022 A year behind schedule, Oregon’s novel approach to drug addiction has reached primetime. In November 2020, voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 110, making Oregon the first state nationwide to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of drugs and establish service centers to help people tackle their mental health and addiction problems. The centers were supposed to be operational by October 2021. This...

How to Use Ritualization as an Accountability Tool When Practicing TIC

When we discuss implementing trauma-informed change, the conversation largely surrounds how we live trauma-informed values. How does our behavior reflect our values? What about our lifestyle choices, how we engage in relationships, or our attitude toward life’s challenges? When we reflect, we recognize that there are many ways we live trauma-informed values, but there are also many areas where we can improve. So, once we’ve identified the areas we’d like to change, the question becomes, how...

HOPE in National Hispanic Heritage Month [positiveexperience.org/category/blog]

By Laura Gallant, 9/22/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15. HOPE recognizes how culture, heritage, and tradition play a large role in a child’s access to positive childhood experiences. Hispanic identities can range from many different cultures, regions, and backgrounds. Celebrating these differences in culture that make up our history, family, and community can engage all the Four Building Blocks of...

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Using a Trauma-Informed Lens

Event Title: Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Using a Trauma Informed Lens Event Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST Event Facilitators: Porter Jennings-McGarity & Lara Kain Special Guest: Tia Martinez Join PACEs Connection’s trauma-informed education consultant (Lara Kain) and trauma-informed criminal justice consultant (Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity) and special guest Tia Martinez for our first ever interdisciplinary collaborative event...

New Transforming Trauma Episode: The Complexities of Adoption with Kimberley Mead

In this episode of Transforming Trauma, our host Emily is joined by psychotherapist, NARM Therapist and founder of Resilience Austin, Kimberley Mead. With a personal history that allows her a unique connection with clients, Kimberley uses a relational and somatic framework in working with grief and loss, C-PTSD, and adults of adoption. Kimberley always knew that she wanted to focus on adults of adoption, and specifically sought out training in how to address grief and trauma, aware that...

Shut out of DACA, and traditional jobs, young immigrants start businesses to get ahead [latimes.com]

By Cindy Carcamo, Photo: Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2022 Ten years ago, Alessandro Negrete missed out on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — better known as DACA — a policy that gives certain immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children a work permit and protection from deportation. In 2008, Negrete had been arrested for being drunk in public and fighting with a police officer. Although he eventually got...

Report: More States Are Giving Students a Say in Education Policy [the74million.org]

By Asher Lehrer-Small, Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images, The74, September 19, 2022 An increasing share of states are including student perspectives in education policymaking, a new report finds, but making sure those voices are diverse and have real power can remain a challenge. At least 33 now include formal positions for youth representatives on their state boards of education or as advisors to their state boards or their state superintendent’s office. That’s up from just 25 four...

Were you a ‘parentified child’? What happens when children have to behave like adults [theguardian.com]

By Nivida Chandra, Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto, The Guardian, September 20, 2022 I came to research the emotional neglect of children by accident. More than a decade ago, I wrote my master’s thesis on the relationship between the personal and professional lives of psychotherapists. How did they manage to keep the distress they heard in their clinics from affecting their own emotional balance? And how did they stop their personal challenges from affecting their clinical work? In our...

Mental Health Is Political [nytimes.com]

By Danielle Carr, Image: Nico Kijno, The New York Times, September 20, 2022 What if the cure for our current mental health crisis is not more mental health care? The mental health toll of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the subject of extensive commentary in the United States, much of it focused on the sharp increase in demand for mental health services now swamping the nation’s health care capacities. The resulting difficulty in accessing care has been invoked widely as justification for a...

In a first, health panel calls for routine anxiety screening in adults [washingtonpost.com]

By Rachel Zimmerman, Illustration: Washington Post illustration/Unsplash, The Washington Post, September 20, 2022 In a nod to the nation’s pressing mental health crisis, an influential group of medical experts for the first time is recommending that adults under age 65 get screened for anxiety. The draft recommendations, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force , are designed to help primary care clinicians identify early signs of anxiety during routine care, using questionnaires and...

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