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The Positive Power of Play

Posted by Kimberly Hodges on April 22, 2019 in play category

Three Benefits of Social Media in Times of Crisis

Posted by Gretchen M. Miller on March 18, 2019

Traumatic events that are in the form of natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes or flooding, and human created disasters related to disease outbreak, terrorism, gun violence and other occurrences of mass violence, can have an immense impact on mental health and vulnerability to traumatic stress. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA, 2019)

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The Helper's Charge to Recharge: Doing and Becoming Our Best

Posted by Jennifer Sloan on February 20, 2019 in resilience, self care category

Recently a teenage client asked me a question that threw me, unexpectedly. (Over the years, I’ve amassed a considerable anthology of examples on what makes them famous for this gift, so it’s not an easy thing to do these days!)

I attended an engaging group session on characteristics of community and racial trauma, after which the group’s therapist allotted time for a “Q and A” between her adolescent clients and me, their guest. One member asked me, “How do you deal with trauma?” 

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Trauma Informed Care in a School Setting

Posted by Tara Randall on January 4, 2019 in schools, trauma informed category

It sounds so easy: take care of the student’s needs before trying to educate them…

Practicing trauma informed care in a school setting is challenging. Some students have had years of being unsuccessful in school due to lifelong chronic stress and lack of support. It takes a lot of time, energy and manpower to build resiliency in these students. 

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Post-Traumatic Growth & Resiliency Factors for Children and Adolescents

Posted by Gretchen Miller on November 29, 2018 in connection, posttraumatic growth, PTSD, Resilence, resilience-building category

An overwhelming amount of distressing news and traumatic events are reported everyday in the media and online: natural and human-made disasters, mass shootings and interpersonal violence taking place in communities, schools, families and throughout our country and world. 

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The Power of Mindfulness in the Classroom

Posted by Erin Reed on October 4, 2018 in mind and body, mindful, Mindfulness category

Notice your body. Lengthen your spine by sitting tall and straight. Feel your feet planted on the floor. Focus on your belly and imagine a balloon in that space. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nostrils, imagining the balloon inflating, getting bigger, larger. Hold. Then slowly exhale through your mouth, imagining the balloon deflating. Practice this a few more times. Notice how you are feeling in the present moment. 

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