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How to Develop an Organizational Safety Plan

Safety plans serve as a great resource for individuals to practice healthy coping skills and develop a sense of safety and security that can carry them through a crisis. Last week, we discussed the basics of creating your first personalized safety plan . Now, it’s time to discuss how an organizational safety plan can support your trauma-informed agency—and how to build one. If you work with an organization, sharing how to create an individual safety plan with your team members is a great...

Practicing HOPE During Family Fun Month [positiveexperience.org]

August is Family Fun Month, and the HOPE National Resource Center is all about families creating positive childhood experiences (PCEs) by having fun together! Throughout the month, there are several days to remember that promote PCEs and the Four Building Blocks of HOPE: Exercise with your Child Week – Starting August 7 th : There are so many ways to exercise or get moving with your children. People of different mobility levels can share in a day of intentional, and fun, exercise; from...

Feeling Dismissed? How to Spot ‘Medical Gaslighting’ and What to Do About It. [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, Illustration: Lucy Jones, The New York Times, July 29, 2022 Christina, who lives in Portland, Me., said she felt ignored by doctors for years. When she was 50 pounds heavier, her providers sometimes blamed her body size when she discussed her health concerns. One instance occurred weeks after she had fallen off her bike. “My elbow was still hurting,” said Christina, 39, who asked that her last name be withheld when discussing her medical history. “I went to my regular...

To Retain Nurses and Other Staffers, Hospitals Are Opening Child Care Centers [khn.org]

By Lauren Sausser, Photo: Westend61/Getty Images, Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2022 When Jennifer Lucier and her husband found out they were expecting a baby in 2016, they immediately made three phone calls. The first was to her mother. The second was to her husband’s family. And the third was to the Roper St. Francis Healthcare Learning Center. That last call, she felt, was particularly urgent. Lucier wanted to secure a spot for her unborn infant on the day care’s long waiting list. Lucier...

Biden’s under-the-radar executive moves would make solar cheaper for low-income renters [grist.org]

By Lina Tran, Photo: Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register/Getty Images, Grist, July 29, 2022 With his landmark climate bill seemingly dead in the Senate, President Joe Biden had been facing mounting pressure to find ways to take climate action that didn’t rely on Congress. It looked like one holdout Democrat, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, stood in the way of passing any version of Build Back Better, insisting just two weeks ago that he would refuse to support any...

“It’s Crushing”: The Lasting Trauma of the Exonerated [themarshallproject.org]

By Jamiles Lartey, Photo: Steven Hirsch/New York Post/Associated Press, The Marshall Project, July 30, 2022 If there’s one story of wrongful conviction that most people know, it’s that of the Exonerated Five. The New York City teens, all Black or Latino, were convicted in the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger, and incarcerated for six to 14 years each before another man confessed. Few people remembered that there was a sixth defendant on that indictment: Steven Lopez, who had accepted a...

Manchin’s Climate Bill Includes $27 Billion for a Green Bank. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal [insideclimatenews.org]

By Kristoffer Tigue, Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images, Inside Climate News, July 29, 2022 For 13 years, Reed Hundt has chased the idea of a national green bank, but to no avail. As CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a global incubator for green banks, Hundt has long believed in the green bank financial model of leveraging limited public resources to attract private investors for clean energy projects that governments have been reluctant or can’t afford to support by themselves. He...

PA criminal justice community all-in on PACEs science & trauma-informed practice & policy

A state deputy attorney general, a police chief, two judges, a filmmaker who was once incarcerated, and representatives of a county parole department and the state department of corrections appeared earlier this year at the Bucks-Mont Collaborative Virtual Community Summit for a two-hour discussion about the remarkable progress being made to align Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system with the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences. Why it matters : The CDC-Kaiser Permanente...

‘History. Trauma. Culture.’ podcast: Back-to-school with journalist Anthony Conwright, Thursday, 1 p.m. PT

As the summer winds down and millions of students return to school, “History. Culture. Trauma.” podcast hosts Ingrid Cockhren, PACEs Connection CEO, and Mathew Portell, director of communities, launch a series of education-related podcasts. The first podcast features guest Anthony Conwright, a writer and long-time educator who has focused on humanities, critical race theory, Juneteenth, and giving students voice and choice in the classroom. “In recent years, COVID-19, school shootings,...

Mental Health apps and online concerns

Hi. Sharing this for anyone who might not be aware. Top Mental Health and Prayer Apps Fail Spectacularly at Privacy, Security. May 2, 2022, Mozilla. https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/top-mental-health-and-prayer-apps-fail-spectacularly-at-privacy-security/ Two notes about the guide linked in it (based on a quick review): It’s a little confusing and takes reading through. It appears to be being ongoingly updated, e.g., Sesame Street was updated June 9 th , after updating their privacy...

FREE WEBINAR: Technology Addiction: Family Trauma Solutions

This free webinar training by Dr. Sells is for professionals who want to know why technology addiction has exploded with both children and parents since the COVID Pandemic and why it causes family trauma. This problem is further exacerbated by what is called “nature deficit disorder”. Family trauma solutions are offered to end or prevent technology addiction. DATE: Wednesday, September 14 TIME: 12 - 1 pm EST COST: Free with REGISTRATION HERE Join Dr. Scott Sells to learn: The top four lies...

Multi-level Public Health Resilience Building Intervention For Perinatal Mental Health: Building Maternal Resilience Through Mindfulness Mobile App

Multi-level Public Health Resilience Building Intervention Building Maternal Resilience Through Mindfulness Mobile App Section 1: Background and Epidemiology of the Critical Public Health Issue of Perinatal Mental Health Section 2:Priority population and rationale for geography Section 3: Marketing/Theme Products and Recruitment – Intervention Poster & Radio Ad Section 4: CDC Social Ecological Levels Postpartum depression is a critical public health issue that has been intensified in the...

Exploring the Connection Between ACEs and Academic Achievement

An adverse childhood experience (ACE) is an event that causes toxic stress between the ages of 0 and 17. They're incredibly common, considering many circumstances can cause a child toxic stress. ACEs can stem from the abuse of any kind, family financial struggles, family members’ substance use, and many other issues. A single child can even experience multiple ACEs before becoming an adult. ACEs can rock a child’s foundation, disrupting their physical, mental, and emotional development. But...

Equitable and Resilient Infrastructure Investments [nap.nationalacademies.org]

By National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Photo: Unsplash, August 2022 Communities across the United States are subject to ever-increasing human suffering and financial impacts of disasters caused by extreme weather events and other natural hazards amplified in frequency and intensity by climate change. While media coverage sometimes paints these disasters as affecting rich and poor alike and suggests that natural disasters do not discriminate, the reality is that they...

Your Happiness Calendar for August 2022 [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

By Kira M. Newman, Image: Greater Good Science Center, Greater Good Magazine, August 2022 Our monthly Happiness Calendar is a day-by-day guide to well-being. This month, we hope it helps you get creative and connect with your body. To open the clickable calendar, click on the image below. (Please note: If you are having trouble clicking on calendar links with the Chrome browser, try these tips to fix the issue or try a different browser.) [ Please click here to view the post .]

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