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ACEs Research Corner — October 2018

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site -- abuseresearch.info -- that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she's posting the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! -- Jane Stevens] Harris HR, Wieser F, Vitonis AF, Rich-Edwards J, et. al. Early life abuse and risk of endometriosis. Hum Reprod. 2018 Sep 1;33(9):1657-1668. PMID: 30016439 Using...

Treating Childhood Trauma Becoming a Public Policy Priority [governing.com]

There’s a lot that’s indisputable about childhood trauma. Emotional or physical abuse early in life impacts health outcomes as children grow up. Community- and family-based approaches to dealing with trauma are better than institutional settings. And children of color are more likely to face traumatizing childhood experiences. Those events can include something as common as divorce, but also encompass circumstances such as having an incarcerated parent, living with someone with a substance...

Child’s behavior may be linked to parent’s adverse childhood experiences [contemporarypediatrics.com]

Parents who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction, are more likely than parents without these experiences to have children with behavioral health problems, according to an analysis of data from several large, nationally representative surveys of US households that addressed ACEs and children’s behavioral problems and diagnoses. Of the more than 2500 children for whom researchers had data, one-fifth had a parent who reported...

"Moving from Understanding to Implementing Trauma-Responsive Services" Takeaways from SAMSHA Forum in Johnson City 9.5.19

Speakers and guests at the SAMSHA Forum included (l-r) Mary Rolando of the Department of Children's Services; Chrissy Haslam, First Lady of Tennessee; Dr. Joan Gillece, SAMSHA Center for Trauma Informed Care; Dr. Andi Clements, East Tennessee State University; Becky Haas, Johnson City Police Department; Carey Sipp, ACEs Connection, and Robin Crumley, Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County. It was easy to be both inspired and a bit overwhelmed at the Substance Abuse and...

‘Mindful People’ Feel Less Pain; MRI Imaging Pinpoints Supporting Brain Activity (scienceblog.com)

Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the answers – mindfulness. “Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment,” said the study’s lead author, Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the medical school, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “We now know that some people are more mindful than...

Hi!

Hello South Dakota! As your Regional Community Facilitator, I am excited to work together. I have an affinity for homegrown movements. I, myself, am a part of a thriving collective impact in Nashville, TN called ACE Nashville. I have extensive experience creating a local movement and I hope I can be a resource for you, not just on ACEs Connection but also with your efforts within your cities and communities. I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to collective impact and collective...

Little Red Suitcase

I went to Washington DC last summer for work. It was the first time that I had been in a major airport in years. I was shuffling bags, and trying to keep my kids in tow, and watching as everyone was rushing from gate to gate. Sometimes you would see people trip over their bags or another person's bag; and there would be this dance to get around all of this baggage! This is how I see trauma. We are all hurriedly moving throughout our day, from one station to another, but the suitcase dance is...

How words shape our lives….

"Everyone has a story to tell and they will just keep sharing with their words, behaviors, and choices until they feel heard.” – Co-worker, 1995 “When you think you know more than your client, go sell real estate.” – Professor, 1999 “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” Brene Brown, 2014 These are a few of the quotes that I carry in my heart and my mind. They are cued up and ready to be played at a moment’s notice. They have led me where I am today and...

Welcome from CPCM Director Carrie Sanderson

Congratulations on your selection as an ACE Master Trainer! Your dedication to creating positive community change through trauma education must be applauded. We recognize the personal sacrifices each of you make as you work evenings and weekends to present ACE Interface materials – thank you for committing to building a stronger South Dakota through education. In the first two months of your advocacy, over 800 South Dakotans were trained on ACEs. That is an outstanding accomplishment in and...

Planting Seeds

There is this passion that ignites when you develop a new skill or take on a new project. The energy is almost palpable when you leave the training. You are on fire and you are ready to spread your message to the farthest corner of the state. Then one week, two weeks, maybe even months pass by and it can feel a little daunting. You might find yourself wondering, "what was I thinking?" "How am I going to reach every person in my circle...let alone my state?" "Who am I to take this on, who's...

Finding Your Why

"Love and compassion are necessities. Without them humanity cannot survive" - Dalai Lama When we started this fellowship...but let's be honest, they quickly become like family...we were asked about our "why". "Why" do you have a passion for helping other's understand trauma? I would be lying if I knew what it was right away. "Because it's my job?" "Because it's a new experience?" Nothing felt right. I started thinking about my family and my own journey, and the last two years of slowly...

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