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  • November 14 We Need Each Other: Building the Resilience of Systems

      We are social creatures. We grow inside another individual and hear the intonation and accents of the people around us before we are even born. We bring our socially-dependent selves into the world where our social world continues to exert a powerful impact on every aspect of our development. The potency of social relationships […]

  • July 4 What is Health Literacy and Why Do We Need to Know About It?

    The term “health literacy” attracted my attention a couple of years ago when I was reading some work by the World Health Organization (WHO). The definition they were using for this concept of health literacy included not only having information about health and ways to access services but also having skills. Whenever I see “skills” […]


  • September 19 Correction Officer Wellness: A Critical Challenge

    I am recently back from giving a presentation on “Stress, Trauma, and Suicide” for the National Symposium on Correctional Worker Health in Saint Louis. The topic is a grim one and the statistics on correction officer suicide are daunting. Some studies show that corrections staff have rates of PTSD several times higher than combat veterans. […]

  • July 12 Operation Ceasefire Detroit

    It is a sad but true fact that many youth in our largest cities do not expect to live beyond their early twenties. These are youth who are caught up in gang-related dynamics in which even a perceived slight or semblance of disrespect can set in place a process of violent retribution. In one community […]

  • January 5 2017 Individual and Institutional Resilience: Start the New Year Right

    At Threshold GlobalWorks we are excited about the work that lies ahead in 2017 and are dedicated to making a difference in the United States and globally. In today’s highly networked and demanding, often under-resourced environments, increasing rates of burn-out, secondary traumatization, demoralization, and staff attrition, as well as depletion of physical  well-being, often characterize […]


  • September 8 An Orientation to SRM: 50 minute U.K. interview with Chris Johnston

  • August 1 Neuroscience Sheds New Light on Juvenile Crime

    It is encouraging and exciting to see neuroscience research being used in the criminal justice system. If you haven’t read Lawrence Steinberg’s book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, I highly recommend it. It describes the confluence of sex hormones and an abundance of dopamine receptors and the resulting teenage drive for intensity […]

  • March 29 The Joys of Collaboration!

    This has been a busy time for us at TGW. It is exciting to see how many organizations and communities are expanding their lens to recognize the strengths of individuals and not just their vulnerabilities and are including our SRM skills-based approach to amplify resilience. It is not enough to be “trauma-informed.” There have to […]


  • November 13 Rwanda: Communities That Heal

    The photo shows the President of Rwanda, Paul Kigame, speaking at the Twelfth National Dialogue (called the 2014 Umushyikirano) on 11/11/15. In his remarks he highlighted the country’s intention to “tackle trauma cases related to the Genocide Against Tutsis.” Our Peacebuilder Project is a contribution to this goal and is now embarking on the data […]

  • July 16 Posting From Nepal: Building Resilience Through Play and Skills

    July 5, 2015 Flying into Kathmandu it is hard at first to see the effect of the earthquake. The city was not at the epicenter of the quake and, although there is damage it does not appear to be widespread. Once you leave the city, however, the impact of the disaster is clear…damaged roads, collapsed […]

  • June 9 Rwanda: Resilience in Action

    I returned 2 weeks ago from Rwanda where we have an on-going project focused on the re-entry of genocide perpetrators after prison into their communities. We have developed an intervention model that joins council practice (a process of deep listening across difference) and SRM’s self-regulation skills. During each of our trips we orient relevant people […]

  • May 24 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 […]

  • April 19 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 […]

  • March 9 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 […]

  • January 20 “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, […]


  • November 8 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 […]


    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 […]


    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 […]


    Loree Sutton has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the NYC Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs, a position she will assume on September 2, 2014 (see link below for details). Effective immediately, she is stepping down from her role as Co-Director, Threshold GlobalWorks, LLC, transferring full directorship duties to Laurie Leitch. We look forward to tackling […]

  • April 28 What’s “Organizational Plasticity” Got to Do With It?

    As springtime gets underway we have been reflecting with gratitude and excitement on the ways in which our work is expanding and the many individuals and organizations that share our goal of building “communities that work.” We started Threshold GlobalWorks in order to expand beyond a focus on individual-level resilience to systems-level resilience. Work and […]

  • April 14 ALL THE WAY HOME

    As the Fort Hood memorial services wind to a close, we are called as a country to cultivate an abiding empathy for the strengths and struggles of our Armed Forces and their families as they continue to navigate the complex challenges of military service compounded by over a decade of continuous wars. The stories they […]


    Our history of emergent cultural change, led by military experience, provides reason for optimism as well as enduring civilian oversight. Vigilance and oversight, in that no institution blocks change like the military; confidence and optimism, in that no institution on earth tackles change as successfully as the US military. The current issue under debate is […]


    Laurie Leitch 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 your experience […]


  • November 14 Women as Transformational Leaders

    Marking the 50th anniversary since Betty Friedan authored The Feminine Mystique in 1963, recently published books, blog discussions and articles focusing on women, work and leadership are in rich abundance.  In preparing to lead a discussion at the University of California at Riverside on this topic, I loaded up my Kindle with a handful of […]

  • November 6 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 […]

  • August 1 Resilience, Repentance and Reverence: An Emerging Vision of Wholeness

    Sitting at my Villa Serbelloni studio perch, overlooking the majesty of nature’s bounty that is everywhere in Bellagio, Italy, I pen these thoughts on wholeness . . . The whistling wind underneath the balcony door signals that change is on the horizon.

  • July 3 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 […]

  • June 4 The Invisible War: Breaking the cycle of sexual assault in the military

    If there is a defining theme in all of the testimony in “The Invisible War,” the searing documentary film released this week about military sexual assault, it’s betrayal.

  • June 3 Don’t Trust the Pentagon to End Rape

    (nytimes.com) The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing today on sexual assault in the military. This comes after months of revelations of rapes and other violent attacks at military bases and academies.

  • June 1 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.

  • May 23 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 […]

  • April 6 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 […]

  • March 29 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 […]

  • March 4 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 […]


  • November 30 Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Ecstasy as PTSD Treatment?

    CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on research conducted by MAPS on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a PTSD treatment, featuring interviews with researchers, participants, and military experts. Watch this video at maps.org

  • September 25 Wired for Resilience

    Excerpt from nyharbor.va.gov (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs) Wired for Resilience: The Challenges Ahead: Optimizing Resiliency in the Newest Generations of Veterans, VISN3 Conference VA New York Harbor Healthcare System’s Mental Health experts are looking head on at the stark and daunting challenge of the reported “1-a-day” national suicide rates among returning Veterans and mobilizing […]

  • June 23 Video: Building Resiliency in a Weary World

  • June 4 Video: Tapping Social Resilience

    From Pop!Tech June 2012 (Reyjavik, Iceland) Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, MD and clinical trainer Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., founded Threshold GlobalWorks to explore a neurobiological approach to social resilience. “We are all wired with it, in case you did not know that,” says Leitch. “We are born neurologically wired for resilience because our system […]



  • January 29 PBS’ ‘This Emotional Life’: Healing The Invisible Wounds Of War

    Originally posted on The Huffington Post The invisible wounds of war are not new to our Warriors, Veterans and their loved ones. For many, “coming home” is not the end of war–far from it. Leaving the battlefield far behind, the war often continues–in hearts and minds, relationships and communities following deployment. War is hell . […]