Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System – The Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT)

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The majority of children involved in child welfare have been exposed to trauma. In Connecticut, these children are now routinely screened for trauma exposure and connected to evidence-based interventions.

CHDI's latest Issue Brief highlights how Connecticut transformed its child welfare system over the past five years to be more trauma-informed through the Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) initiative.

KnKt'd Behavioral Health One of 10 Startups in 2016 Health Wildcatters Class

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DALLAS -- The 2016 Health Wildcatters accelerator class has been revealed, and among the 10 healthcare startups chosen is KnKt'd Behavioral Health.

Health Wildcatters is an accelerator that helps fund and mentor young healthcare startups, and accepts only 5 to 7 percent of the companies that apply. It is a leading healthcare accelerator program in the U.S. and is physician-led. Startups in the accelerator get access to a list of more than 100 high-level business mentors, one of the biggest healthcare markets in the U.S., untold amounts of potential follow-on investment and more collective wisdom than one could ever dream of.

KnKt'd Behavioral Health is an app that enables care providers to connect instantaneously with their client's wellness between appointments. They can track clients' health through questions and journals, and clients in need of help can test coping methods the app suggests or message their provider, effectively extending treatment out of the office, in-between appointments into people's everyday lives.

KnKt'd Co-Founder and CEO Matthew Holland is currently in Dallas, Texas, one of the biggest healthcare markets in the U.S., and will be there for the next 3 months. He will be bringing in team members periodically to immerse themselves in the culture, knowledge and many benefits awarded in this silver tier accelerator program.

From 100s of healthcare start-ups, Health Wildcatters whittled its list of applicants to the top 18. Then, with one quick pitch from each on a hot summer day, the final 10 of the 2016 class were chosen.

To participate, Holland left his family at home in Salem, Oregon. He'll be away from home for 3 months to grow his business and be co-locating his company time between the two states for the foreseeable future. Holland says, "We are super excited, jazzed and elated to be here and couldn't be more proud of the product and the whole team!"

New York Times Explores The Power of Perception And Race - #HereisMyAmerica

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~ Bayeté Ross Smith for The New York Times and POV ~ beyett
The portraits above show me in a variety of different clothing, all of it my own. On any given day, you might encounter me in one form or another.

It’s all part of a larger series I created, which also involved people of different backgrounds and genders. In every case, the facial expressions and lighting stay the same; all that changes is the subject’s clothing.

So the question is: What personal preconceptions do you, or any viewer, project onto me? Or others?

As an artist – now embedded at The New York Times with Race/Related in a collaboration with the independent documentary showcase POV – I’ve often tried to explore issues of identity and why we are drawn to certain visual cues, and repelled or confused by others.

Our Kind of People, which included these self-portraits, was an effort to explore perception and allow viewers to reflect on their own preconceptions. Sometimes we project our own personal notions onto individuals; sometimes onto entire communities.

Black Americans in particular tend to be defined by those among us who are struggling the most, as opposed to those of us who are doing well. Donald J. Trump, for example, has drawn scrutiny recently for reducing the black experience to poverty, lack of education and violence.

But this issue transcends Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any other politician. It also transcends black Americans. In media, in marketing and in life, it’s all too common to see large, multifaceted groups of people defined by a single narrative.

#HereIsMyAmerica — a project we’re launching here and on Instagram — is an attempt to counter that simplistic approach. And we need your help.

We’re inviting you to help build a more nuanced national portrait. What do you want to show us or tell us about your America that politicians and much of the public do not fully see or grasp?

Please post your photos and videos to Instagram (and Twitter or Facebook) with the tag #HereIsMyAmerica. We’ll be in touch if your contribution is selected for our gallery of the strongest imagery that broadens the national conversation about race and ethnicity. (It may end up looking a little like this.)

To get the project started, I also photographed and interviewed a range of black Americans who live what might be considered “prominent” lives.

These people are not proverbial unicorns. They are a small selection of people from different backgrounds, drawn from a larger percentage of black Americans who are intellectual, excelling, productive, contributing members of our society.

These are their portraits and comments, lightly edited and condensed, about their lives and how we can progress together toward a country of more mutual understanding and prosperity. We hope you’ll join in.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness and The Jed Foundation Release "Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health"

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A Guide for Families on Starting a Conversation about Mental Health

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), today released "Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health," a guide to help students and parents talk about mental health.

Approximately 75% of mental health conditions begin by age 24, making college a critical time, especially as students transition away from their support systems. With one in five young adults living with a mental health condition and suicide ranking as the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds, it is vital to talk about mental health before students leave for college. The guide contains information about mental health, privacy laws and how students can keep their parents informed.

"College is an incredible time in a young adult's life, but also a stressful time when the vast majority of mental illnesses first appear. Yet, when students prepare to go off to college, they often get vaccines and families talk about nutrition or exercise, but skip addressing mental health needs," said Mary Giliberti, J.D., NAMI Chief Executive Officer. "Reading this guide, having conversations together and knowing where to go for help are important steps to keep students mentally well and avoid tragedy from emerging mental illnesses."

Key takeaways:

- Mental health conditions are common. One in five young adults will experience a mental health condition during their college years. When facing a mental illness, students should know they are not alone.

- There are warning signs. Parents and students should learn how to recognize the warning signs of mental illness in themselves and in others before it's too late. Being informed can save lives.

- Seek help when you need it. Students should be aware of the mental health resources and care options available to them— for example, most colleges have health clinics on campus—and should not hesitate to ask for help.

- Know the laws. Health privacy laws prevent mental health professionals from sharing sensitive information with families. Having a support system that is aware and involved will better enable students to overcome mental health challenges.

"Going to college is a major life milestone and time of significant change for students and their families," said John MacPhee, JED Chief Executive Officer. "This guide will help students and parents better prepare for this transition by helping them understand and discuss issues related to college student mental health and establish a plan to address potential concerns together."

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health is a resource for students and parents to start this important conversation. While it may be hard to initiate, it can make all the difference. 

  • Download the guide here.

Announcing, Third International PAX Partner Training

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November 2-4, 2016–Dayton, Ohio • SAVE THE DATE

paxHaving PAX Partners dramatically improves the implementation and results of PAX GBG–that means significantly increasing the protective elements of PAX, which have been shown to reduce substance abuse or involvement in violent crimes. With PAX Partner training, PAX Partners are able to support teachers with in-depth knowledge and skills to develop Tiered Support for children with higher needs. Research in adult learning indicates that partner-model interventions similar to PAX GBG have better implementation and results as well as improved staff outcome among implementers.

Registration for the 2016 PAX Partner Training includes:

  • 4th Edition PAX Good Behavior Game Manual
  • 1st Edition Partner Workbook
  • 1-year subscription to online videos and PAX Partnering materials
  • 3-day training (possible CEU/Grad Credit for additional cost)

  • Partnering PAX Kernels and Cues
  • Brain and Behavioral Science of PAX
  • Using PAX for RTI and PBIS
  • Skills to Create Nurturing Environments and Increase Self-Regulation
  • Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks
  • (Breakfast and dinner on your own)
  • Dinner reception at Wright State University
  • $20 PAX Bucks to use with attending vendors

Registration Fee:
$1950 per person
$1500 per person for returning PAX Partners, and for groups of three or more

Suicide: The Ripple Effect

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Network faithful are encouraged to watch the OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK TRAILER for the forthcoming film Suicide: The Ripple Effect, Directed, & Produced by Kevin Hines and Greg Dicharry. The feature film is scheduled to be ready in Spring 2017. Please show your support by sharing!

"Suicide: The Ripple Effect" is a feature length documentary film, currently in production, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and action that are helping millions of people find the hope needed to stay alive.

The film takes you on a journey with Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today Kevin still battles many extreme symptoms of bipolar disorder, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who has helped thousands of people choose life. Join Kevin on this global mission to spread a message of hope, recovery, and wellness as he visits some of the people who have been impacted by his suicide attempt, and connects with other extremely inspiring individuals around the world who are utilizing personal pain to bring hope and healing to others #TeamRippleWorld.

  • Learn more about "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" here.

Sponsorhip & Exhibit Opportunities for the 30th Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health

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Participating as a Sponsor at the 30th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference is an excellent opportunity for organizations to receive marketing exposure in addition to gathering knowledge and networking with key researchers, administrators, policymakers, family members, youth, clinicians, and other stakeholders. Sponsorship is not limited to financial support per se, but can also take the form of provision of other materials and resources utilized at the conference.

The Troubled-Teen Industry Has Been a Disaster For Decades. And It's Still Not Fixed.

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Emily Graeber sat on a plane, her long hair falling over her face, and pressed her nose against the window. Then she leaned back in her seat, trying not to cry.

It was October 2007. Graeber, a 15-year-old from Clayton, Missouri, had just spent a happy week with her family. Now she was headed back to Island View, a residential treatment center in Syracuse, Utah, that prided itself on its therapeutic approach to helping teens with behavioral problems.

Graeber hated Island View. Staff and other kids yelled at her for sins as small as making eye contact with other students. They gave her medication that made her gain weight and feel like a zombie. When she broke even minor rules, they isolated her for days, forbade her from speaking and forced her to sleep on a mattress in a hallway. At night, the bright fluorescent lights would keep her awake for hours until, crying, she fell into an exhausted, restless slumber.

She didn't want to go back. So when the plane landed in Utah, the teenager didn’t move. She stayed in her seat and waited to see what would happen. Eventually, the aircraft rumbled to life again. It was heading on to California. She was free.

But when Graeber arrived in San Francisco, she realized her baggage was probably drifting around an airport carousel in Utah, and the clothes on her back wouldn’t be enough to keep her warm. With no idea what to do next, she headed for the one place in the Bay Area she had heard of: the San Francisco piers. Hours passed. The sun set. She fell asleep curled up on a bench and woke up the next morning to find other homeless people had bunked down with her.

The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From Afar?

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trumpIn the midst of a deeply divisive presidential campaign, more than 1,000 psychiatrists declared the Republican candidate unfit for the office, citing severe personality defects, including paranoia, a grandiose manner and a Godlike self-image. One doctor called him “a dangerous lunatic.”

The year was 1964, and after losing in a landslide, the candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, sued the publisher of Fact magazine, which had published the survey, winning $75,000 in damages.

But doctors attacked the survey, too, for its unsupported clinical language and obvious partisanship. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association adopted what became known as the Goldwater Rule, declaring it unethical for any psychiatrist to diagnose a public figure’s condition “unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”

Enter Donald J. Trump.

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