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Trauma-Informed Leadership: The Anecdote for Collective Occupational Trauma

The healthcare workforce is amid a unique epidemic, coping with the ravages of collective occupational trauma . Physicians and nurses have been heavily impacted, but also an endless list of behavioral health professionals (behavioral analysts, counselors, social workers, psychologists), case managers, community health workers, medical assistants, nutritionists, pharmacists, phlebotomists, public health workers, rehabilitation professionals, respiratory therapists, not to mention those...

A Gathering of the Tribes, 9/11 & The Surviving Spirit Newsletter September 2021

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter September 2021 Healing the Mind, Body & Spirit Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse & Mental Health “ Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”. Kahlil Gibran Hi Folks, Twenty years ago today at this time of the morning I was getting ready to leave for Ellenville, New York to perform and speak at the Annual New York Association of...

Resilient Yolo Workshop Series 2020-2021

REGISTER HERE: https://ycoe.zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_FO7yn1FhSD- fsyZlICGVvg Resilient Yolo is educating people in Yolo County, CA, about adverse childhood experience (ACEs). Our intent is that everyone in Yolo County integrates trauma-informed and resilience-building practices into their work, family, community and individual lives. Our quarterly workshop series will explore how we can advance this mission. Join us for the following sessions (subject to change): ** November 5:...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter August 2021

Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse & Mental Health “ Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”. Kahlil Gibran The Surviving Spirit Newsletter August 2021 Hi Folks, Welcome to the month of August...from my part of the country here in New Hampshire-land it is a time of summer and heat...but the whole month of July and coming into August has been more...

Return to Work? Not With Child Care Still in Limbo, Some Parents Say. [nytimes.com]

By Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, August 9, 2021 Brianna McCain left her job as an office manager when the pandemic started, to care for her two young daughters. By last spring, she was ready to go back to work. But she hasn’t been able to, because her children are still at home. She has been searching for a job with flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but these are hard to find, especially for new hires and for hourly workers. She can’t take an in-person job until...

5 actionable ways to support employee mental well-being as they return to work

“It’s so important that we all speak up on mental health.”- Anne-Marie Mental health still remains a taboo in most parts of the world. People are afraid to talk about their struggles because they fear that they won’t be understood and will be ridiculed. As a result, they don’t speak about their struggles and suffer silently. But, now with the prevalence of the pandemic, the world has also witnessed a mental health crisis. People are speaking about the anxiety and depressive episodes...

Unlearning Ableism for Educators - free, interactive workshop

Back by popular demand! I am excited to share the registration for a special edition August workshop! Register here: www.bit.ly/riseaug Image description: A black background with bright yellow text says Free, Interactive Workshop August 18, 2021 | 3:30PM PT/6:30PM ET Unlearning Ableism for Educators Register www.bit.ly/riseaug The workshop is scheduled for 2 hours with a brief break included and will be recorded. A copy of the recording and slides will be sent out to all registered...

Impact of a Resiliency Training to Support the Mental Well-being of Front-line Workers [traumaresourceinstitute.com]

By Linda Grabbe, Melinda K. Higgins, Marianne Baird, and Katherine M. Pfeiffer, Trauma Resource Institute, July 2021 Background: Front-line workers (FLW) are at risk for secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and related psychiatric sequelae: depression, anxiety, suicidality, posttraumatic stress disorder, and sleep and substance use disorders. FLW are in need of self-care programs to support their mental health. Methods: Quasi-experimental study to assess the impact of a simple mental...

Trauma-Informed Care [pediatrics.aappublications.org]

By Heather Forkey, Moira Szilagyi, Erin T. Kelly, and James Duffee, American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2021 Abstract Most children will experience some type of trauma during childhood, and many children suffer from significant adversities. Research in genetics, neuroscience, and epidemiology all provide evidence that these experiences have effects at the molecular, cellular, and organ level, with consequences on physical, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health across the life...

The Powerful Connection Of Music With Michael Skinner - Cybertrap 60

The Powerful Connection Of Music With Michael Skinner - Cybertrap 60 Published on July 20, 2021 Here's the latest episode of "The Cybertraps Podcast," co-hosted by Frederick Lane and Jethro Jones. Michael Skinner is an award-winning advocate, educator, writer and critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, addressing the issues of trauma, abuse and mental health concerns through public speaking, writing and his music. He has spoken at the National Press Club, was a keynote presenter...

Trauma-Informed Policies: Shifting organizational cultures

During the July Kings County ACEs Network of Care event, we dove into a deeper understanding of evidence-based trauma-informed policy development by looking at a real-life example of a training policy developed by Kings United Way, one of our Network of Care partners. Finally, we invited the community to share their successes and lessons learned through a Community Highlight segment. As we move our community toward being ACEs Aware and trauma-informed, we feel it is imperative that we lead...

Employers must create space for authenticity at work (workforce.org)

I arrived at the interview 15 minutes early, wearing my freshly pressed outfit and holding copies of my resume. As I walk through the door, I am flooded with anxiety. Not because I feel unprepared for the interview or concerned that I lack the skills and experience needed for the job; the anxiety stems from a fear that they will see through the protection I hoped my outfit offered and I wouldn’t get hired because they know I am a lesbian. For myself, and so many other members of the LGBTQ+...

8 Hours a Day, 5 Days a Week Is Not Working for Us [nytimes.com]

By Bryce Covert, The New York Times, July 20, 2021 With more than half of American adults fully vaccinated against Covid , employers and employees alike have turned their eyes back to the office. They’re locked in a conflict over when they’ll return and, when they do, what the return will look like. But we shouldn’t just be talking about the parameters of how we get work done in a postpandemic world. We should be pushing to do less of it. In truth, the debate over the return to the office is...

Heather Forkey and Jessica Griffin co-author Childhood Trauma and Resilience [umassmed.edu]

From UMass Medical School Communications, July 15, 2021 The American Academy of Pediatrics has published Childhood Trauma & Resilience: A Practical Guide , written by UMass Medical School child trauma and treatment experts Heather Forkey, MD, and Jessica Griffin, PsyD, along with co-author Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, president-elect of the AAP. The new resource for clinicians and caregivers provides guidance on trauma-informed care and the protective power of resilience. It details the ways...

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