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How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

Photo credit: woodleywonderworks, Flickr

This story was produced for ACEs Too High by Rebecca…


Added by Rebecca Ruiz on July 7, 2014 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

New book: 'Last Chance at Normal'

Without knowing about 'coherent narrative' and its role in processing trauma memory, I finally wrote "Last Chance at Normal"  -  the true story of my descent into the underworld of Los Angeles, journeying among drug lords and gang members as I attempted to ’save’ my heroin addict husband. Among the proliferation of…


Added by Louise Godbold on June 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Seeking Child Therapists to Test Groundbreaking Pictorial Trauma Assessment Tool

I am a child and family therapist at a community health agency in Southwest Philadelphia.  I came to Philadelphia from Cleveland, to pursue my Doctorate of Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.  After spending years as a school-based counselor in two inner city elementary schools in Cleveland,…


Added by Jennifer Boyle-King on June 19, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

REMINDER!!! Complete Survey to Develop First Valid Measure of Trauma-Informed Care

Dear ACEs Colleagues,


The ACE Study helped launch the movement for trauma-informed care. However, at this time, there are NO reliable and valid measures of trauma-informed care. We are working on an instrument to measure staff beliefs related to TIC. When finished, this could be…


Added by Steve Brown, Psy.D. on June 4, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma” Video Series

Violence and trauma can have serious and long-lasting consequences for children’s physical and mental health. This series of eight videos from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime examines how the needs of children exposed to violence…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on May 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Patrick Kennedy delivers raw, revealing speech to mental health advocates

Just before former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy delivered the closing speech to attendees of the National Council for Behavioral Health conference earlier this week, my daughter and I had a warm, light-hearted conversation with him…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on May 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

In the middle of the night, finding resilience in a storm of ACEs

I had been asleep for a few hours when I answered the call.  At first, I did not realize it was my work cell phone.  The caller on the other end was sobbing uncontrollably and in the background I could hear someone yelling, “You’re a f#c%ing hoe.  Why do you think you are so much better than us? What makes you think…


Added by Leisa Irwin on May 4, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

DoJ’s Listenbee delivers inspiring message to lawyers and psychologists

I expected the luncheon keynoter at the American Bar Association–American Psychological Association “Confronting Family and Community Violence” meeting in Washington, D.C., to be informative, even impressive, but not necessarily inspiring and motivating.  Robert L. Listenbee Jr. was all of…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on May 3, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FDA Advisers: Ban Use of Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'

The controversial tools are used on emotionally disabled kids at a Mass. facility

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended banning the use of "electrical stimulation devices" to modify aggressive or self-harming behavior in people with severe emotional problems or developmental…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Role of the Clergy in Helping the Mentally Ill

To the Editor:

Re “Saving Minds Along With Souls,” by T. M. Luhrmann (Op-Ed, April 19):

While Ms. Luhrmann is correct that mental illness remains stigmatized in American…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 29, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

You Won’t Believe How These Experiences are Impacting Your Health

Does it all go back to childhood or not? 

Problems with universal generalizations aside, do we get to blame everything on our childhoods?  I don’t know about that, but apparently the connection between early childhood trauma and later health and behavioral problems is stronger…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 22, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Q&A: Solitary Confinement and Teens Shouldn’t Mix

Dr. Bruce Perry is a child psychiatrist and senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. His neuroscientific research has focused largely on the…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Partnership agreements fail to keep children safe

Agreements are seen by social workers as a useful tool but can give a false sense of assurance

Partnership agreements between social care authorities and parents have been in use for many years, but it is not…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Treatment of complex developmental trauma in children and youth

Children and adolescents in foster care and institutional settings often face complex developmental trauma related to multiple or continuous traumatic experiences. However, successful clinical interventions are difficult to implement because of barriers to accessibility, time…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 15, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Hereditary trauma: Inheritance of traumas and how they may be mediated

Extreme and traumatic events can change a person -- and often, years later, even affect their children. Researchers have now unmasked a piece in the puzzle of how the inheritance of traumas may be mediated. The phenomenon has long been known in psychology: traumatic experiences can induce…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 15, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Trauma Matters Newsletter

Check out the new Spring Issue of Trauma Matters newsletter, a publication of the Connecticut Women’s Consortium and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The newsletter, produced as part of the CT Trauma Initiative, provides information about trauma and trauma-informed care…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

California Assemblyman Hosts Discussion On Strengthening Youth Trauma Care

Jane Stevens, founder and editor of ACEsTooHigh and ACEsConnections, testified at this hearing.  She is quoted in the following story in Neon Tommy, a digital news site of USC Annenberg.

Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly Select…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 8, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

New Child Welfare Chief Eyes Change (New York City)

New Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner (New York City) Gladys Carrión met with City Limits in late March to discuss her vision for the agency and the legacy she inherited. In a spacious Financial District office decorated with framed posters of Eleanor Roosevelt and pioneering Puerto…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 8, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

State lawmakers take action on trauma-informed policies and programs

Lawmakers around the country are taking action to reduce the impact of childhood trauma—and the toxic stress it creates—on lifetime outcomes, particularly in educational achievement and health. The legislation being considered in Vermont as reported recently on this site is still percolating in the legislature. Another bill (H. 3528) being considered in Massachusetts seeks…


Added by Elizabeth Prewitt on April 7, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Do No Harm -- Trauma-focused courts address the roots of family problems—and the traumatic impact of court itself.

Interview by SONIA DIAZ

I grew up hurt and scared. The trauma I went through affected me when I became a mother. Sometimes I would shut myself in my room so that I didn’t scare my kids, and I smoked weed to…


Added by Jasmine Pettis on April 7, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

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