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Tennessee looks to change culture on childhood trauma

The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and WE ACT for Environmental Justice cordially invite you to: Translating Research to Policy: …

“There is no cure for trauma. Once it enters the body, it stays there forever”

<b>(Reynaldo Leal)</b><p>Survivors say the day of their trauma marks the end of a chapter in their lives. The IED attack in Iraq was mine<p>David J. Morris<p>February 1, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”<p>We are born in debt, owing the world a death. This …

Childhood trauma affects the health and wealth of middle-aged adults

Traumatic experiences from early childhood go on to negatively affect adults well into middle age, reports a new study published in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS). Much of the connection between childhood stress and adult health is indirect, linked to unhealthy behaviors like …

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Trauma

PTSD is a much-talked-about-syndrome these days. Soldiers who experience battle muster psychological defenses to get through. However, when they return home the pain that they couldn't allow themselves to feel then comes crashing in on them weeks, months or even years after the fact. The pain gets …

Trauma can be inherited: Why the descendants of Holocaust survivors suffer altered stress hormones

<b>The former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau near Munich, southern Germany. (AP/Christof Stache)</b><p>Research suggests parents’ past experiences may hamper their offspring’s ability to recover from emotional injury<p>Tori Rodriguez<p>March 7, 2015 9:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by …

Schools Fail To Help Students Deal With Severe Trauma, Lawsuit Says

Peter P., 17, spent two months sleeping on his school’s roof after becoming homeless in April. When administrators at Dominguez High School learned of his situation, they didn't help with essential services or support. They suspended him and turned him over to the police for trespassing, according …

Education

Weapons exposure linked to trauma symptoms in U.S. kids, study says

Exposure to incidents involving guns, knives and other weapons is taking a toll on the mental health of American kids, researchers said Monday — estimating that more than 1 in 4 children ages 6 to 17, a number greater than 17.5 million in all, have been exposed to violence involving a weapon as a …

Your brain is particularly vulnerable to trauma at two distinct ages

Our brain’s ability to process information and adapt effectively is dependent on a number of factors, including genes, nutrition, and life experiences. These life experiences wield particular influence over the brain during a few sensitive periods when our most important muscle is most likely to …

The Brain

'Citizen: An American Lyric' meditates on the trauma of racism

Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric," a series of prose poems on the manifold ways racism manifests itself in contemporary society and burrows into black consciousness, glides down its own lyrical path with beguiling confidence.<p>The collection, which includes meditations on tennis champion …

Kids With Parents In Prison Often Deal With Untreated Trauma

Arlene Adams killed her partner with the knife she kept in bed with her.<p>Adams, then 21, had just put her two daughters, Armani and Jameeyah, to bed when their father came home drunk and belligerent. As the girls slept in another room of their small apartment, their parents began arguing.<p>They …

Mental Health

Compton Unified fights a lawsuit over children's 'demons'

Students who say trauma from abuse and violence requires special attention at school demanded that the Compton Unified School District immediately have teachers, administrators and staff undergo training to recognize and understand the effect of such incidents.<p>The request was made Thursday in U.S. …

How Teachers Help Students Who've Survived Trauma

One out of every four children sitting in American classrooms has experienced significant personal or emotional distress.<p>When I was teaching at an independent middle school, the term “professional development” meant shoring up my skills in English and Latin, strengthening my cultural literacy base, …

Teacher prep fails to prepare educators for diversity, child trauma, panel says

WASHINGTON—Too many new teachers are unprepared for the classroom and especially lack experience working with diverse, low-income students and the …

Effects of trauma could constitute disability, judge rules in Compton Unified case

Students who have experienced trauma could be eligible for some of the same protections as students with disabilities based on the effects of that trauma, according to a ruling by a federal judge Tuesday.<p>But the degrees, types and effects of trauma that would trigger such protections have yet to be …

From Trauma to Redemption: How My Teachers Helped Me Survive My Life

<i>America's Promise Alliance published a new study this fall, Don't Quit On Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships, and invited young people to share their stories about the power of relationships. Amnoni's story is the second post in a series by young people about</i> …

Empathy

Trauma Informed Schools--An Essential for Student & Staff Success

Part I: The Implications of Trauma & Student Misbehavior<p>In this three part series we will explore the issues of complex trauma, the effect on emotional and cognitive development of young people, and interventions at the classroom and system level that can mitigate negative outcomes.<p>Theodore …

Education

Fontaine anniversary a reminder trauma begets trauma

Tina Fontaine (right) with her sister Sarah in a family photo. (Lyle Stafford for the Globe and Mail)<p>As the anniversary of the discovery of Tina’s body approaches, Ms. Favel is confronting the harsh reality that the killing has rendered the girl’s loved ones – herself included – more conscious of …

6 Rules for Ethical, Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Shares 99<p><i>Christopher M. Anderson says a full understanding of trauma must inform advocacy efforts for abuse survivors.</i><p>There are many pitfalls waiting …

Feminism

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: ... And How are the Children?

This is the second in a series of articles addressing ways in which the "transgenerational transmission of trauma" (see the work of Dr. Vamik Volkan) manifests itself within the African American community.<p>In her highly-acclaimed book, <i>Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring</i> …

African-American News

Trauma Informed Schools: Part 2

By Erin Browder, Transformation Facilitator, and Lara Kain, Senior Director, Transform Schools, LAEP<p>Part 2: Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms<p>In October a video showing a senior deputy yank a student from her seat and flip her desk at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina went …

How to cut your trauma insurance premiums

Trauma insurance is often at the bottom of many people's insurance "must have" list. Life cover? Got it. Income protection insurance? Tick. Trauma …

The Spectrum of Educational Trauma

Current methods of education, and evaluating academic achievement, are causing long-term damage to people and communities, with the greatest impact occurring in people of color, and in low-income areas. In 2011, I defined Educational Trauma as "the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of …

Education

Here's another reason kids don't belong in detention: trauma changes growing brains

A bill that would release the 112 children in immigration detention in Australia will soon go before the House of Representatives. The bill passed …

9 Tips for Talking to Kids About Trauma

After a tragedy like the Paris attacks, kids will have questions. How do we respond?<p><i>By Kira M. Newman</i><p>In a video that has gone viral after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, a father comforts his son, who is worried about "bad guys" shooting them.<p>"They might have guns, but we have flowers," …

Mental Health

School-based mindfulness training may reduce stress, trauma

Middle-school students in urban areas may benefit from in-school mindfulness programs, a new study suggests.<p>Students taking a mindfulness-based stress reduction program during the school day ended up with less symptoms of stress and trauma than children attending classes on health topics, …

Surviving Family Trauma, Silence to Strength

Several years ago, I created a set of text-study sessions to accompany a series of talks by Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg at the Isabella Friedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut.<p>I will not try to replicate Dr. Zornberg's talk on the Joseph Story here. For one thing, you can find it in <i>The</i> …

Siblings

School-based mindfulness training may reduce stress, trauma

(Reuters Health) - Middle-school students in urban areas may benefit from in-school mindfulness programs, a new study suggests.<p>Students taking a mindfulness-based stress reduction program during the school day ended up with less symptoms of stress and trauma than children attending classes on …

Overcoming Poverty as a Barrier to Education

Povery and Education