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The Partnering for Excellence Model or Walking the Trauma-Informed Talk

I’ll admit, as an activist, I’m often in fight the system mode. I approach even do-gooders with defensiveness. Why? Because trauma survivors have not been invited to the table for decades even when it’s to have a conversation about what trauma survivors need. We need a lot because we’ve been through a lot. Many of us have […]

Svava Brooks: Survivor-Led Trauma Summit Online

Survivor-led. Free. Online summit about trauma. Any of these things would get my attention but put them all together and I’m intrigued. So when I heard that Svava Brooks is hosting an online summit about trauma recovery with over 20 guests that she’s interviewed and making the content available for free I had to know more. […]

Trauma-Informed Parenting: Supplemental Resources ( & Review

Cross-posted at ACEsConnection Network where Gail Kennedy, Director of Programs, shared this fantastic resource with me last week. It’s called: Trauma-Informed Parenting: Supplemental Resources and is available through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) . It was originally called Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and as part of a workshop for resource parents in the child […]

Guess Who Made the Top 20 Recovery Blogs of 2016?

Got my social security statement in the mail yesterday. Not pretty. Income went up ad down and down some more. I became a stay-at-home mother, by choice. Down. I went through divorce (also a choice). It opposite of soared. Activism is not usually lucrative. Writing is not normally well-paying. But I’m freakin rich and will […]

You Can Help Survivors Book Launch

You can help. Isn’t that the best title? Today is the day Rebecca Street’s book got launched out into the world. It’s a guidebook for friends and family of survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Whaoo… Congrats to her for being so bold, hopeful and ambitious. Rebecca is a survivor who is passionate about helping people. Not […]

I Wish…

I wish I didn’t spend so much of my life as a spoon in the garbage disposal of someone’s metal machinery cycling. How many times did I get myself bent, dented and dizzied?

Choked & Soared: Speaking Publicly about Parenting After Trauma

I gave a keynote address to over 100 people. I’m not bragging. It was an epic failure and an epic triumph. And I’m still here which is something since I traveled alone, spoke in public, met new people and shared meal times with total strangers! I tackled social anxiety, figured out flights, luggage and directions. I went in […]

I love the #Iwishmyteacherknew campaign

Crossposted on Parenting with ACEs on the ACEs Connection Network. A brilliant idea by Kyle Schwartz, a grade school teacher, was used in class. She started a sentence students could finish. It was “I wish my teacher knew….” It became a Twitter campaign #iwishmyteacherknew and a book by the same name. I’m so glad. The experiences […]

Partnering for Excellence Conference

Victory pose. Victory power. What a wonderful conference today in North Carolina. If you are looking for today’s Power Point images, please email me.

You Have Options Program – Anonymous Reporting & Respect

Detective, Carrie Hall was intereviewed on WBUR’s Here and Now program today speaking about theYou Have Options program (YHOP) she directs.

Dear Summer: I’m Sorry and I See You

Dear Summer: Too many pecks on the cheek and not enough eye-contact, savoring and skin. We’ve brushed up against each other for sure. It’s not been total neglect. Before you have to head out and go let’s luxuriate. Books. Iced cream. Lemonade. Sandy feet while holding hands or wet without being raw and cold. Laughing. […]

The “F” Words – Fear & Forgiveness

“If your parent is the bear in the living room, it is biologically impossible to run to that parent when they are either over or under reacting. If your parent is scary you can’t run to them. And you also can’t run away from them because you are a child, you can’t function in the world […]

PTSD, Children & Images

Former foster children are almost twice as likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as U.S. war veterans, according to a study released Wednesday by the Harvard Medical School (HMS), the University of Michigan and Casey Family Programs. I saw this important article by Candice N. Plotkin today on a the Attachment and Trauma Network page. […]

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