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I'm an American raising my child in Ireland. I don't want to move back to the US because I feel safer here. (newsbreak.com)

Photo: Betsy Cornwell Author: To read Betsy Cornwell's article, click HERE . I'm originally from New Hampshire but have lived in Ireland since 2012. My 5-year-old son was born here, and I didn't pay anything for his birth. When I drop him off at school, I don't worry whether there's going to be a shooting. I grew up in New Hampshire, but I've spent most of my adult life in Ireland . I first came to County Galway in 2012, intending to stay for a few months — but after I met my, now ex,...

Study: The occurrence and co-occurrence of ACEs and their relationship to mental health in the United States and Ireland

Abstract: Background Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have various deleterious effects on mental health but few studies have been conducted in Ireland. Objective The primary objective was to determine if there were significant differences in occurrences of ACEs in U.S. and Irish adults. We also sought to determine if there were unique associations between individual and multiple ACE events and mental health. Participants and setting Preexisting nationally representative adult samples...

Resilience & Growth after Trauma

There is something very powerful about being able to adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, stress or pain. Resilience has been defined and used to describe a person who bounces back from intense difficult circumstances. More often than not, with resilience comes deep personal growth that prepares a person for what’s ahead. Resilience drives us to stand strong; it is a process of adapting & moving forward. Trauma can be debilitating. It is life altering. But there is another truth...

Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice with Special Guest, Becky Haas, Pioneer in Developing Trauma-Informed Judicial Initiatives

Please join us for our new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity, PhD/LCSW, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being...

The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implicit Bias Awareness Training

The Dibble Institute is pleased to present an introductory webinar by Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr. of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity , which will provide foundational information on implicit bias. It will focus at the individual level and discuss how implicit bias affects everyone. Strategies to reduce or manage implicit bias will be discussed. Broadly speaking, group-based bias involves varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice...

Me & My Emotions: A New, Free Resource for Teens

The pandemic has had a lasting effect on youth mental health. Moved by a desire to reduce youth’s toxic stress and increase their resilience, The Dibble Institute, in partnership with a team of students and alumni from ArtCenter College of Design and author Carolyn Curtis, PhD, is releasing Me & My Emotions —a new, free adaptation of our beloved Mind Matters Curriculum. The mobile-friendly Me & My Emotions website features engaging graphics and bite-sized lessons teens can access and...

8 week online course on "Childhood Trauma, Consequences and Essential Responses" starting October 4th 19:00 Irish time

Sign up, sign up! There are still places on my planned 8-week online adult ed course on "Childhood Trauma, Consequences and Essential Responses". It will kick off on Monday the 4th of October at 19:00 Irish time (if ten people sign up!). ALL are welcome. I'd especially be delighted if some trauma survivors join, as well as curious parents, doctors, early years practitioners, teachers, social workers, police, lawyers, judges, addiction counsellors, receptionists - and everyone in between.

FREE WEBINAR - The Impact of Mind Matters: Preliminary Evidence of Effectiveness in a Community-Based Sample

Becky Antle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and esteemed University Scholar at the University of Louisville, won The Dibble Institute’s national competition to evaluate Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in 2019. As a result, Dr. Antle and her colleagues have conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of Mind Matters on a host of outcomes related to trauma symptoms, emotional regulation, coping and resiliency, and interpersonal skills for at-risk...

Self-Love Isn’t Selfish: It’s Key for Collective Healing (wakeup-world.com)

Self-Love is Selfless Expansion That which we love, expands. Looking at children who are loved fully and thoroughly, we see them expand and flourish as they grow. Of course many other factors contribute to a child’s well-being, but genuine love and care are inevitably at the top. The same goes for other people, animals, and even plants. When given loving care, they thrive – and when neglected, they wither. Love is nature’s fertilizer; whether offered through loving attention, presence,...

What HOPE Adds [positiveexperience.org/blog]

By Bob Sege, 7/22/21, positiveexperience.org/blog Summertime offers a chance to pause and reflect. This past year our team has had the good fortune to meet with, teach, and learn from dozens of organizational leaders and well over 10,000 participants from around the country and beyond. HOPE resonates with the values and work of so many other programs, organizations, and frameworks. At the same time, HOPE coalesces many years of research, thinking, and practical experience. What does HOPE...

Jacksonville Teachers Learn How To Reach Students Through Their Trauma [news.wjct.org]

By Sydney Boyles, WJCT, July 9, 2021 More than 1-in-4 students in Jacksonville schools has what’s considered a high level of trauma, according to state data. To help teachers address the symptoms of that trauma in their classrooms, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is looking to build out a training program the district is piloting with a nonprofit organization called Hope Street. “Trauma causes emotional dysregulation and sensory dysfunction,” said Hope Street founder Callie Lackey.

Discover the Truth Behind Where Your Anxious Feelings Are Coming From.

At the heart of my coaching practice is my wish to help people re-discover their authentic selves and help them understand the role thought plays in driving their behaviours and in how they experience life. It was this knowledge that lead to the biggest change in my own life, leading me from a life coloured by trauma, insecurity and hyper-vigilance, to one of ease, peace, compassion, and a greater trust in my innate resilience. We feel 100% of our thoughts, how many of them are you suffering...

Wrestling Ghosts Watch Weekend on PACEs Connection (June 11-13th) & Zoom Discussion with Director Ana Joanes on June 15th at 7p.m. EST. 

Wrestling Ghosts is the fourth and final film in the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival series. The film can be watched, free of charge, on PACEs Connection from Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th where it will be streamed all weekend. The streaming will be followed by a Zoom discussion with Wrestling Ghosts Director, Ana Joanes, and the co-sponsors of the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival (CTIPP, PACEs Connection, & the Relentless School Nurse) on...

Workshop for MEN ~ How Supporting Womens Wellbeing Supports Us All ~ Friday 26 March at 8pm Irish Time GMT (Noon PT, 3pm ET and Sat 27 at 7am Sydney/Melbourne Time)

STRESSING = FRIDAY 26th at 8PM (wrongly stated as Sat 26th, should be FRIDAY 26th) A life-changing workshop : "HOW MEN SUPPORTING WOMENS' WELLBEING SUPPORTS US ALL" Next Friday evening at 8pm (Irish Time=GMT), I will be presenting a live workshop titled "How Men Supporting Womens Wellbeing Supports Us All" ~ in the World's FIRST Online Mens Gathering OMG! ~ A 3-day event with dozens of outstanding presenters. If you agree that Domestic, Sexual and Societal Violence is the scourge of our...

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