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The Case for School-Based Mindfulness Programs

Posted on June 11, 2019
We know the world is a stressful place. Our children deal with tremendous amounts of stress from mental health…
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A Mother Responds to Childhood Trauma and a Family Begins to Heal

Posted on June 07, 2019
Morning Zen Guest Blog Post ~ Deborah Sheffield (Originally posted 3/9/15) Last week we featured a Morning Zen post from…
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For Best Results, Engagement Comes First

Posted on May 31, 2019
“Have you ever stuck a foreign object up your nose?” It’s a curious inquiry – one that you might expect…
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The Research Gap: How the Gun Debate Distracts Us from Supporting Survivors of Mass Shootings

Posted on April 12, 2019
A shooter terrorizes a college campus; dozens are hurt, several are dead. You can hear a pin drop as…
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Martin Rafferty Calls for Creation of Task Force to Create School Shooting Survivor Database

Posted on March 29, 2019
It’s been one year since the shooting in Parkland, Florida and seven years since the shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut,…
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Mindful Schools Helps Children Deal with Toxic Stress

Posted on March 24, 2019
In 2007 a small group of people who believed passionately in education, social justice, and mindfulness came together in California…
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A Prevention Valentine in Honor of Parkland: There is Solid Practical Science to Prevent School Violence

Posted on February 14, 2019
It’s 20 years since Columbine, and it’s one year since Parkland.  American has the proven behavioral science to reduce such…
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When “Business as Usual” Doesn’t Work for Young Adults: What Is a Service Provider or Researcher to Do?

Posted on February 01, 2019
When it comes to engaging young adults with lived experience in services, we’ve all heard the same old, frustrated message…
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A Mother Relies on Her “Connections” to Navigate the Complexities of In-Patient Hospitalization for a Child in Crisis. But What If Those Connections Did Not Exist?

Posted on December 17, 2018
Note: In this essay, the author uses “They” pronouns when describing “Mia.” The text came in late in the afternoon.…