WA high school tries new approach to student discipline -- suspensions drop 85%

Jane  Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jstevens/photos/2012/apr/26/233915/ THE FIRST TIME THAT principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away. Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the Old Approach to Student Discipline. This is ...

WA public health clinic uses child trauma assessment in general health screening

Jane  Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jstevens/photos/2012/mar/28/232403/ When a pregnant woman visits the [Jefferson County Public Health][1] clinic in Port Townsend, WA, a town of about 9,000 people on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, she’s asked the typical questions about tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. She’s also screened for something that most public ...

Project Unbreakable: Where child sex abuse survivors reveal abusers' words

Jane  Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jstevens/photos/2012/jan/30/229082/ Secrets erupt on page after page from people who are pictured on [Project Unbreakable][1], long-held secrets in the words on the posters they're holding. Words that fathers and step-fathers and grandfathers and mothers and brothers and boyfriends and dates and acquaintances said while abusing or raping them. "Now...Tell me ...

See no evil: child trauma research shows us how to never have another Penn State

Jane Stevens

[This is cross-posted from [ACESTooHigh.com][1]] A few days before former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges, and before Graham Spanier, president of Penn State, and long-time Penn State coach Joe Paterno were fired, NBA great Jerry West gave a [very poignant interview on ...

ACE polls reveal that many in our community experienced significant childhood trauma

Jane Stevens

To be specific: • 106 people indicated they'd lived with an alcoholic, problem drinker or someone addicted to street drugs. • 194 people acknowledged they'd been emotionally abused. • 161 noted they'd been physically abused. • 155 indicated they'd been sexually abused. For those of you who have no idea ...

Stopping trauma in its tracks

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/jul/29/217952/ For the last two weeks we've posted the simplified version of the ACE Study (the [CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study][1]) questionnaire one question at a time in a daily poll. They're [aggregated here][2]. Each daily poll is accompanied by information about child trauma. Those are [aggregated here, on the ...

A trauma-sensitive classroom for first-graders

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/jul/28/217888/ *Editor's note: This is No. 9 out of 10 in a series of posts that accompany questions from the [simple version of the ACE Study questionnaire][1] developed by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention][2]. There are 10 questions on the simple ACE Study questionnaire; we posted the [first ...

Trauma-sensitive school helping stressed kids learn

Jane Stevens

*Editor's note: This is No. 8 out of 10 in a series of posts that accompany questions from the [simple version of the ACE Study questionnaire][1] developed by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention][2]. There are 10 questions on the simple ACE Study questionnaire; we posted the [first five ...

Connie's story: Trauma at seven, decades of illness, healed 50 years later

Jane Stevens

*Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of posts that accompany questions from the simple version of the ACE Study questionnaire developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 10 questions on the [simple ACE Study questionnaire][1]; we posted the first five in [polls last ...

How physicians use knowledge of child trauma to help adult patients with chronic disease

Jane Stevens

*Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of posts that accompany questions from the simple version of the ACE Study questionnaire developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 10 questions on the [simple ACE Study questionnaire][1]; we posted the first five in [polls last ...

This is a child's brain on trauma; this is the life of that traumatized brain

Jane Stevens

What if depression wasn't a disease, but a normal response to trauma? That's one of the questions [Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-founder of the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ACE Study][1], posed this [week in a webinar][2] he did for [SAMHSA -- the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.][3] ...

Child sex abuse common, leads to lives of quiet despair -- and chronic illness

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/jul/21/217445/ In yesterday's ACE poll -- a series of questions from the simple version of the [Adverse Childhood Experience Study][1] questionnaire developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- [142 people (out of 369) said they'd been sexually abused][2] before they were 18. As mentioned in previous posts, ...

Toxic family environment wreaks havoc on baby's brain

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/jul/20/217390/ So exactly how does trauma when you're a child cause you to have heart disease or diabetes when you're an adult? It's a several step process, according to Dr. Jack Shonkoff, [Center on the Developing Child][1] at Harvard University. But it's pretty simple. When you're born your brain isn't ...

People who have ACEs -- it's not just them; it's us, too

Jane Stevens

"We should know this about everybody we encounter in health and human services," said Dr. Robert Anda, a physician and research epidemiologist. He was giving a presentation at the [Casey Family Programs Early Learning Symposium][1] last November 4 in Seattle, WA. He was referring to the child trauma histories of ...

Diane Sawyer's interview with Jaycee Dugard extraordinarily compelling

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/jul/18/217303/ It was last week, so if you haven't checked it out yet, it's worth it. Dugard did the interview to mark the debut of her book, "A Stolen Life", about her kidnapping and 18-year captivity, from which she was freed two years ago. According to the post on ABCNews.com, ...

What do cholesterol scores and ACE scores have in common?

Jane Stevens

For the answer, you'll have to read to the end. And the story behind this link between cholesterol scores and ACE scores begins with, of all things, our polls. Our [WellCommons polls][1] are entirely unscientific — you can't tell if they're accurate or not — but we think they're kind ...

When a parent says, "I don't like my kid," what then?

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/may/15/214032/ “I can’t tell you how many parents who fill out our survey say, ‘I don’t like my kid’,” Jack Edgerton said. Edgerton is executive director of [Parent Trust for Washington Children][1]. Now, that’s a sentence that convinces me that people can be divided into two camps: Those who *cannot ...

ACE scores higher in families in trouble

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/may/8/213529/ If families don't receive any help to prevent trauma, can child trauma increase from one generation to the next? That's a question that begs to be answered if you look at the ACE scores of families participating in three programs for parents and caregivers run by [Parent Trust for ...

Parenting While Juggling Kittens

Tonid

http://wellcommons.com/users/ToniD/photos/2011/may/6/213432/ What does society expect of parents? How often are we expected to be the “Top 10 Most Perfect People” image of a parent? Better yet, what do family, friends, and those we work with in the community expect of parents when trauma has been a part of their life? ...

Arizona ACE consortium partners with PBS station to look at link between child trauma and adult chronic disease

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/apr/15/212168/ Arizona has a statewide ACE consortium that's coordinated by Marcia Stanton, a social worker at the [Injury Prevention Center][1] at Phoenix Children's Hospital. In an email, she noted that the consortium is "working to enhance public awareness of the issue of childhood trauma and evidence-based prevention policies and programs." ...

ACE Study inspires pediatrician to change her practice

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/apr/7/211673/ "Can a stressful childhood make you a sick adult?" In [this fascinating article in the March 21 issue of The New Yorker][1], author [Paul Tough][2] addresses that question as he looks at how Dr. Nadine Burke, a pediatrician who founded the [Bayview Child Health Center][3] in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters ...

Launching a community of people who talk ACEs

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/apr/5/211563/ Last month, a small group of people met to talk about trauma, specifically to discuss the ACE Study (the CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) and how to incorporate trauma prevention and trauma-sensitive care into Lawrence-Douglas County organizations, businesses and institutions. The big question is: how can we start and ...

Definitions of trauma

**Trauma** A traumatic event is defined as “sudden and unexpected, and perceived as dangerous. It may involve a threat of physical harm or actual harm, leading to intense fear. It overwhelms our immediate ability to cope. Traumatic experiences have several key components: intense feelings of helplessness, terror and lack of ...

Link between child abuse, type 2 diabetes in women...but there's a surprise

Jane Stevens

A study of 70,000 nurses found a link between abuse they experienced as children and teens, and type 2 diabetes they developed as adults. Patricia McAdams [wrote up the study in Health Behavior News Service][1]. It was [published in the December 2010 issue][2] of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. ...

What's your ACE score?

*This is a much-shortened version of the ACE Study questionnaire that 17,337 adults filled out at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. The [original questionnaire][1], which is on the CDC ACE Study site, has more than 200 questions.* Tthe ACE Study shows a direct link between child trauma and diabetes, heart ...

More Mental Illness Among College Students

Jane Stevens

In a study at mid-size private university, severe mental illness among college students increased from 1997 to 2009, [Science Daily reported][1] from [last week's American Psychological Association meeting][2]. > "In the last 10 years, a shift in the > needs of students seeking counseling > services is becoming apparent," said ...

Teen girls ID the benefits of using alcohol & other drugs

Jane Stevens

In case you missed this [short USA Today article][1] about a survey sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America that looked into the reasons why teen girls use alcohol and other drugs, it's worth checking out. > In the 2009 Partnership Attitude > Tracking Study, more than two-thirds > ...

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