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Our Children Can't Learn Because They're Terrified

Alicia Nunn | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Alicia Nunn

Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their highest potential. It may seem like the fat cats sitting on top of the world's wealth are not affected, but look at the state of our world. Violence is reaching into everyone's backyard.

4 Ways to Support the Entire Family in Times of Stress

Lauren Rabin | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Rabin

When one person is affected by trauma, there is a ripple effect on the whole family. My 14-year-old client sits across from me not making eye contac...

The Most Common Manifestation of Victim Shaming and Rape Culture

Dani Bostick | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Dani Bostick

When I was first labeled Victim A after reporting my childhood sexual abuse, I was devastated. I thought it would be a liberating, empowering moment, and instead I felt disgusted, pathetic. Since then, I've learned that the word "victim" simply means a person who has been harmed by a crime.

The First Time I Called 911

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sue Kerr

When someone in the family is living with mental illness, adult or child, everyone needs support. Silence and secret keeping will come back to haunt you. There's nothing shameful about talking with a therapist or counselor. Maybe just once, maybe on a regular basis. There's nothing to be lost and the world to be gained.

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

We Can Prevent Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.19.2015 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Janci, an Iraq war veteran, swallowed a fistful of pills and a bottle of wine. She called a friend and asked him to take care of her young daughter, who was in school. She locked all the doors and windows and waited for the mercy of death to free her from the ghosts that haunted her.

Tragedy and Loss: When an Anniversary Isn't for Celebrating and the Power of Acceptance

Lauren Rabin | Posted 09.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lauren Rabin

When most of us think about anniversaries, we think of celebratory ones - getting married, starting a relationship, graduating from school and even bi...

The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: 'Tell Ray Ray ... Not Around Here Bruh.' Part I

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

The causes of violence are widely varied and deeply complex and the solutions will be just as complicated. However, I do not believe the disproportionate violence within African American communities is now or has ever been a coincidence.

Treating Stress and Trauma With Mindfulness

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Mindfulness is a committed, concerted, targeted practice -- a life skill. While pausing for a few deep breaths may make you feel better in the moment, practicing and training regularly will allow you to achieve long lasting results, brain health, and that calmer, less reactive place of being.

No Guilt

Margaret Klaw | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Margaret Klaw

I am increasingly frustrated by the extremely effective hijacking of this conversation by the anti-choice movement. They have managed to define the debate to such an extent that women who have had abortions hesitate to even admit it.

On 9/11 Anniversary, a Call to Sustain Hope

Ken Brack | Posted 09.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ken Brack

Cindy McGinty, a 9/11 widow who refused to curl up in a ball when she was suddenly forced to raise two young boys alone, issues a call to action as w...

Between Identities: Trauma and Ethics in the Art of Eugene Lemay

Shai Baitel | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

His trajectory as an American Christian of Arab descent, who transformed into a Jew and then an Israeli who fights for his country, has certainly shaped Lemay as a complex individual with a variety of viewpoints relating to identity, of his own, and of the other.

Why Eight Students' Legal Case is Pivotal to Educational Reform

Paul Caccamo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Paul Caccamo

America has an epidemic of youth violence that must be addressed. If we don't put some of the responsibility on our public schools to tackle the impact of this violence, then we have few alternatives for addressing it at the scope that is required.

How to Get Rid of A Grown-Up Bully and Get Your Groove Back

Rachel Brehm | Posted 09.05.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Most people will experience a bully at some point during their life; I just didn't expect to meet mine as a 30-year-old adult. You would think that as...

You Don't Know Me

William Spear | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
William Spear

And I am no different than you, my skin wrapped around my beating heart -- pleading for mercy and loving-kindness and waiting for this long night to be over.

These Are the Rules of Trauma Club

Sezin Koehler | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Welcome to Trauma Club. The first rule of Trauma Club is you must talk about Trauma Club. The second rule of Trauma Club is you must talk about Trauma Club. Do not keep the maelstrom of emotions coursing through you inside.

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Women
Jennifer Rollin

Unfortunately, victim blaming is still a frequent occurrence when the topic of sexual assault arises. Media coverage and comments that place blame upon the survivor, only serve to perpetuate the shame and guilt that they may already be experiencing

Genetic Tags Can Pass Trauma From One Generation to the Next

Dawson Church | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

With each new research finding, it becomes apparent how strong the effects of traumatic experiences can be in both brain and body.

A Few Simple Tools for Working with Obsessive Fear

Josh Korda | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

This is where Metta practice comes in handy; if we can feel the presence of this frightened inner experience--perhaps as a tightness in the abdomen, or an unsettled quality of mind--we can send it thoughts of good will.

When Adult Children of Alcoholics Become Moms

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

Sis Wenger, CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics wanted to specifically focus on moms for Counselor Magazine. She asked me some questions on how growing up with one or two alcoholic parents might impact mothering.

Yoga for First Responders

Rob Schware | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Dr. Robert Scott, a licensed psychologist as well as a nationally recognized teacher, trainer, and consultant in the field o...

Anxiety in Children: Don't Look the Other Way

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Elisabeth Corey

Anxiety doesn't show up like we think. In children, they may have panic attacks, but they may experience more subtle responses. Here are some examples of reactions I have seen in my own children.

The Body Is a Celebration

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

With these and other tools I've learned to trust that yoga, dance and other movement are so much more than a physical practice. We heal our minds and spirits along with our bodies as we celebrate ourselves through movement.

How to Deal With Traumatic Experiences in a Positive Way

Emma Goddard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Emma Goddard

A positive attitude really can have an effect on our entire body making the recovery process easier. Whenever we have things to look forward to, family and friends encouraging us, and a good life we want to get back to, it makes it easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Canadian 'Mindful Cop' Offers Tools to Change Policing

Mel Sellick | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Mel Sellick

He also doesn't plan on stopping. In addition to doing speaking gigs and creating a site to get the word out, he's even taught his kids to meditate. Carson recommends anyone who is open to it-- especially those interfacing with the public-- should try an app like HeadSpace or take a mindfulness course just to see how it improves their life.