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24
May

Threshold GlobalWorks in Nepal

On April 25, 2015 a huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and was followed by more than 240 aftershocks, one of which was a 7.3 magnitude. The death toll is in the many thousands (8,500 at a minimum) with many thousands injured, and reports say that 2.5 million are homeless. Spiritual treasures were destroyed as […]

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19
Apr

A Neuroscience Lens: Intimate Partner Violence

“Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Justice-involved Women” was the topic of a panel I participated on at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice yesterday. The panelists were eloquent as they spoke about the distressing statistics that describe the high percent of justice-involved women who have experienced IPV. My role on the panel was to […]

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09
Mar

Essential Lens: Neuroscience and Corrections

Threshold GlobalWorks (TGW) has been developing programs for inmates and corrections officers (COs); programs that help increase the capacity to self-regulate, decrease reactivity, and increase positive and resilient behavior. I have just returned from work in a maximum security prison in California where we worked for two days with a group of inmates using the […]

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20
Jan

“We can’t solve problems if we use the same kind of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein.

On Sunday January 18, 2015 the New York Times Week in Review had a lead article by Dick Morris, a veteran of the Iraq war diagnosed with PTSD. He was very compelling in describing his negative experience with an intervention called Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET). PET includes regular re-exposure, over time, to the images, sights, […]

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08
Nov

NYC Federal Reserve Bank Supports Veterans Reintegration

Recently, I was fortunate to participate on a panel at New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank in honor of Veterans Day. The bank has had a veterans network made up of employees who served in the military for many years now. They sponsor programs for their employees to not only sensitize them to the challenges […]

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24
Oct

PEACEBUILDER PROJECT: RWANDA

Our Peacebuilder Project in Rwanda had a very generative beginning over 2 weeks in late September. This project is a collaborative effort between Threshold GlobalWorks and the Center for Council, (www.centerforcouncil.org ) which is based in California. It incorporates the council model of relationship building and deep listening with our SRM self-regulation skills and attention […]

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24
Oct

STRONGER TOGETHER: RETREAT

Our retreat for women veterans (and one active duty Canadian) was an amazing and gratifying experience. A diverse group of 30 women came together to share perspectives and build community. What is so striking is how many women had not gathered with other veterans before. This kind of isolation from others who have a shared […]

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06
Nov

Thinking Outside the Box

A better title for this would be “Thinking Outside the Brain.” Are you familiar with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT? The work being done there reflects the extraordinary pace at which understanding of the health and disease of the human brain is growing. Research coming from the labs of this leading neuroscience […]

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03
Jul

Bottom-Up

Because I’m a science geek I am always on the lookout for new developments in neuroscience. My best excuse for trolling all the neuroscience sites I can find is so that our Social Resilience Model Training is always on the leading edge. This morning, I came across this introduction to an article in Cerebrum, a […]

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01
Jun

Islands of Healing: Trauma Resiliency in the Schools

Jean Berg’s thesis, “Islands of Healing: Trauma Resiliency in the Schools,” incorporates the Trauma Resilience Model with elementary school age children in Oregon. The self-regulation and attentional skills of TRM/SRM can be used with children, their families, and teachers.

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