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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.…
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Family Voice Speaks to Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Youth

Posted on November 28, 2018
Family Champion Susan Graham wrote the creative narrative that appears below to give voice to the emotion-filled stories of family…
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Empowering Communities Through Yoga, Mindfulness, and Self-Care

Posted on October 29, 2018
What happens when three friends, fresh out of college, are sitting around contemplating the meaning of life? When those three…
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Surviving a School Tragedy and Returning Back to Class

Posted on October 18, 2018
I remember as a kid when I used to get excited for a new school year. I would look forward…