Experts note connection between adverse childhood experiences, mass shooters

This article was originally published by La Crosse Tribune In the aftermath of the recent trio of gun massacres in the United States, social workers, psychologists and researchers in La Crosse and nationwide are calling attention to the effects of adverse childhood experiences, trauma in their formative years appearing to be a commonality among many […]

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How Adults Can Spot Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children

This article was originally published by Tapinto New Brunswick. A recent report by the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers University showed a rise in suicide attempts by pre-teens over the past 18 months —  a trend that has been seen across the nation. “This illustrates the need for people who encounter children regularly to be aware […]

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‘Nobody Learns It in a Day’: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

This article was originally published by Education Week. Bethlehem, N.H. There’s never been a clearer scientific picture of the ways damaging experiences and intense, chronic stress can hurt a child’s ability to learn in school. But for many schools, the picture of what trauma-sensitive schooling looks like in practice is still developing. “We’re in an […]

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Key Steps for the Michigan ACE Initiative Future

My last blog post contained some hearty thanks for our recent conference and a hint for where we need to go in the future. More of the same—not exactly. Here are 10 key steps I think we need to take and how it relates to our revised strategic planning as we look at a five […]

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Michigan ACE Initiative conference highlights

For the past several weeks I have had “writers block” and  I wanted to immediately communicate with folks following our May conference. I was (and still am) basking in the energy, networking and statewide interest in our Initiative, took some time off to “recharge” and began quiet discussions regarding our future.  First, some thanks are […]

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