The missing dynamic in forming strength-based approaches in many of the family-serving systems in our state include family education, empowerment and engagement. It is quite evident that when families are educated, empowered and engaged, they become active participants in the process of healing, and improving the overall health and wel lbeing of their families. The common thread of families lack of access to appropriate ...more »
To what extent are current interventions evidence-based? Where are knowledge gaps greatest: in knowing what to do, or in knowing how to scale what we know works?
In response to this question - again, system-wide education, which would include information and implementation of supportive *tools* (as mentioned: safety cards, yoga, relaxation, exercise, focusing on feelings vs. facts) can foster a sense of empowerment and forward motion, rater than feeling stuck in the trauma and its impact. "We are here to give you tools to help manage the negative effects of stress" is one approach ...more »
In attempts to educate admins, teachers, and students about the impact of trauma on learning, I've had mixed responses. Admins/some teachers tend to view a "trauma-informed" models (Sanctuary, trauma-education, reflective supervision) as focused on "illness," making excuses for poor behavior, and stigmatizing. Other teachers are more open, and during training, one can see the "light bulb" moments happening for them ...more »
The report suggests that to separarte mental and physical wellness is artificial and can be harmful. Are there examples of how organizations or systems have overcome structural and financial barriers to providing integrated and holistic care that builds resilience in children and their families?
Community schools place health and wellness alongside learning and family supports to reinforce two-generation impact. Through community school partnerships, schools become hubs for early childhood education, well-child visits, family financial literacy, after school and summer programs, behavioral health counseling, high school and college preparation, and much more. Further, community schools present an opportunity ...more »
The Academy on Violence and Abuse (www.avahealth.org) is an interdisciplinary, non-profit professional organization that brings together experts in the health impacts of violence and abuse from across disciplines and settings. This collaborative, research-focused group was created to address the concerns highlighted in a 2002 report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding the health impact of violence and ...more »
School-Based Health Centers can be the link among several report recommendations to achieve wellness in children and youth. SBHCs increase access to integrated health services, support families and students through universal wellness programs and direct mental health services, and influence school climate through teaching trainings, social-emotional learning programs, and youth-led stigma reduction campaigns. In order ...more »
When we grapple with the normalization of violence, we know that often people's diminished sense of the seriousness of harm (and therefore their willingness to commit it) follows their experience of surviving it.That surviving violence often makes people take it less seriously be surprising to some. But when we think about masculinity, about whose victimization we are socialized to value, and about adolescent development, ...more »
The point is that mental health policy needs to effectively develop a full intervention continuum: (1) promotion of mental health, (2) a focus on prevention of MH related problems, (3) a focus on responding as early after the onset of problems as is feasible, and (4) enhanced systems of care. It also needs to encompass a sophisticated approach to the role of schools. It is especially essential not to present wellness ...more »
This study makes clear the damage done to child development and lifelong well-being to black families in disadvantaged neighborhoods where their exposure to community violence is shockingly high. Remedial or long term changes in communities are important, but the window to help kids during their critical early years is short. The evidence tells us we need to add an urgent focus on preventing or stopping stopping harmful ...more »
Regarding socio-economic disparities, in order to ensure that resources are reaching *all* children in need, education across the board is crucial. William Penn Fdn has funded programs to address this in the age 0-3 cohort; but education is needed for children, families, teachers in the K-8 and high-school levels as well, where negative behaviors tend to manifest and lead to disciplinary challenges. Teachers often comment ...more »