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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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23
May

Honoring Our Military Heroes and War Veterans

Katie Couric salutes our troops and shares amazing stories from the front lines. The first female soldier amputee shares her journey from the battlefield to the Paralympics. Then, the scars you don’t see soldiers fighting – PTSD. Plus, ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff opens up to Katie on the injury he sustained while covering the […]

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06
Apr

NY Times: Wars on Drugs

LAST year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle. This fact has been reported so often that it has almost lost its jolting force. Almost. Worse, according to data not reported on until now, the military evidently responded to stress that afflicts soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan primarily by drugging soldiers on the […]

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29
Mar

The new Praeger Handbook for Community Mental Health Practice

This book includes a case study by Laurie Leitch in which effective trauma work is explored through stories from one of Laurie’s trips to a internally displaced persons camp in Kenya. The new Praeger Handbook for Community Mental Health Practice was published in February 2013 and is a new textbook for graduate courses in counseling […]

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04
Mar

War and Ink: Images and Stories Told Through Tattoos

Laurie Leitch (L.leitch@comcast.net) and Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton are in the process of putting together a book about the war-related tattoos of OEF/OIF active military and veterans. The book is intended to be a way to inform the public about the war experience through image and story. If you have a tattoo that reflects […]

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