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Trauma-Informed Practice with Youth in Foster Care

13 Aug, 2016

"This issue brief defines trauma, then discusses the trauma foster kids may go through and how caregivers and social workers should be ready to help."

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  • The Teenage Brain

    Published - 15 Aug, 2016

    "Positive youth development services, opportunities and supports are essential in promoting healthy brain and social development in adolescence. "

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  • Children’s brains and family violence

    Published - 11 Aug, 2016

    "In The Same Way That Combat Affects A Soldier, Violence Causes A Kid’s Natural Alarm And Response System To Become Too Sensitive."

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  • Preventing Teen Pregnancy Starts Early

    Published - 09 Aug, 2016

    "The most recent data from the Tennessee Department of Health shows teen pregnancies are down about 50 percent from 2004-2014."

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  • Alarming rise in teens psychological distress

    Published - 05 Aug, 2016

    "One-third of the students in the survey were found to have moderate to severe symptoms of psychological distress – an alarming leap from two years earlier, when only one-quarter of students met the same threshold."

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  • Stopping addictions and why "tough treatment" doesn’t work

    Published - 04 Aug, 2016

    "We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough and tough enough to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case"

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  • Helping underage kids resist alcohol

    Published - 03 Aug, 2016

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  • Helping Quiet Kids tap their Superpower

    Published - 02 Aug, 2016

    "Lily needs to talk more. She is too quiet"

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  • Signs of Depression in Teens

    Published - 30 Jul, 2016

    "You have a teenager who sleeps until noon, spends most of his time in his room, and barely speaks (except when he’s snapping at you). After a few weeks of this, you start to wonder: Is he just being a teenager, or could he be depressed?"

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  • Social Media "Likes" and Teen Brains

    Published - 28 Jul, 2016

    "The findings of a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles has many people comparing "likes" on social media to sex, but don't dismiss teens as being thirsty for social media attention so quickly."

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  • Children need some stress to build resilience

    Published - 26 Jul, 2016

    "The legend has it that if you take any of Pele’s tears away with you, you will be cursed for the rest of your life, unless you return them to where they belong."

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  • How to raise Brilliant Children

    Published - 25 Jul, 2016

    "What we do with little kids today will matter in 20 years," she says. "If you don't get it right, you will have an unlivable environment. That's the crisis I see."

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  • Gates Foundation Speech to National Education Summit

    Published - 22 Jul, 2016

    "America’s high schools are obsolete...By obsolete, I mean that our high schools – even when they’re working exactly as designed – cannot teach our kids what they need to know today."

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  • The Impact of High Expectations on Kindergartners

    Published - 20 Jul, 2016

    "Schools seem to be expecting more of their youngest students academically, while giving them less time to spend in self-directed and creative play."

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  • Personality Changes, can you change who you are?

    Published - 18 Jul, 2016

    "The first was that people had different personalities, and that those personalities could be defined by certain traits, such as extroversion, conscientiousness, sociability."

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  • 5 ways education could produce a brighter future for Indigenous people

    Published - 08 Jul, 2016

    "A little over a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report, the federal government has committed to repairing the relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and the rest of Canada. The question is how."

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  • Celebrating Indigenous

    Published - 30 Jun, 2016

    "To celebrate National Aboriginal Day, we want to introduce you to seven of Ontario’s inspiring and innovative Indigenous community builders. These individuals stand tall against stereotypes and represent the resilience and hope of First Nations communities across the province. "

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  • Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

    Published - 28 Jun, 2016

    "Parents are understandably worried about their teens. Last year’s spate of teen suicides in Palo Alto, coupled with high rates of teen depression, make parents wonder what they could be doing to better help their kids navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of their adolescent years."

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  • Growing Healthy Relationships

    Published - 21 Jun, 2016

    Steinberg states, “The adolescent brain undergoes particularly extensive maturation in regions that regulate the experience of pleasure, the ways in which we view and think about other people, and our ability to exercise self-control. These three brain systems—the REWARD system, the RELATIONSHIPS system, and the REGULATORY system—are the chief places where the brain changes during adolescence.”

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  • Growing Intrinsic Rewards

    Published - 20 Jun, 2016

    In our last blog we examined the three primary tasks of adolescence as defined by Laurence Steinberg in his book, Age of Opportunity. Here is how Steinberg defines it, “The adolescent brain undergoes particularly extensive maturation in regions that regulate the experience of pleasure, the ways in which we view and think about other people, and our ability to exercise self-control. These three brain systems—the REWARD system, the RELATIONSHIPS system, and the REGULATORY system—are the chief places where the brain changes during adolescence.”

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  • Becoming Best in your Field

    Published - 20 Jun, 2016

    "According to Ericsson's research and logic, the sole reason you aren't a virtuoso violinist, or an Olympic athlete, or another kind of world-class performer, is that you haven't engaged in a process he calls "deliberate practice.""

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  • Critical Adolescent Tasks

    Published - 19 Jun, 2016

    In his book on the neuroscience of adolescence, world renowned speaker and author, Lawrence Steinberg, Ph.D., talks about new findings in understanding the brain development of teens that need to be applied in the work of all focused on the adolescent years.

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  • The Evolution of Foster Care; Placement to Treatment to Development

    Published - 17 Jun, 2016

    Foster care has largely been driven to focus on the placement of children and not because of the rewards in the system (outcomes), but largely because of the punishments (risks) in the community. When something does go wrong with a placement, an injury or death of a child or youth, the forces around the foster care system punish it severely, but rarely constructively.

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  • Group helps former foster kids establish a home all their own

    Published - 01 Jun, 2016

    "Statistics show that many former foster youth will experience homelessness, poverty or incarceration along with higher rates of suicide, teen pregnancy and drug addiction."

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  • 5 Powerful Strategies That Help Children Grow Braver And More Confident

    Published - 30 May, 2016

    "In my years as a marriage and family therapist, I worked with many families in trauma, and witnessed first-hand how afraid so many children are – of being alone, of dealing with sad things, of disappointing their families, of not having friends, of being ostracized, abandoned or humiliated, and the list goes on."

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  • Crisis Text Line for Teens

    Published - 25 May, 2016

    "The line is a mental health support nonprofit focused on helping people in a modern way – via text messages. The organization targets teens living in the U.S. but is available to anyone with a cell phone. Users have exchanged nearly 7.5 million texts with counselors since the line launched in August 2013."

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  • Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

    Published - 30 Apr, 2016

    "Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once."

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  • Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

    Published - 30 Apr, 2016

    "Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once."

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