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16
Jul

Racialized Trauma

“History is not the past, it is the present.                                                             We carry our history with us. We are our history.”   James Baldwin The United States has […]

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12
Jun

Video Interview with Laurie Leitch: The Social Resilience Model (SRM)

This interview between Fleet Maull and Laurie Leitch describes the Social Resilience Model‘s practical neuroscience-based concepts and skills. The model has been used extensively nationally and internationally with individuals and groups suffering from stress, distress, and trauma. SRM is grounded in respect for the capacity of individuals to contribute to their own health and well-being.

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04
May

See the 5 SRM Video Seminars for First Responders!

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear heartwrenching stories about the challenges faced by our dedicated first responders. Facing unprecedented life and death decisions the heroism they have displayed and the determination they have shown will never be forgotten. Many of us undoubtedly ask ourselves regularly, “Is there anything I can do to […]

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15
Apr

It Should Be No Surprise

The recent spate of articles in our newspapers and statements from government officials expressing surprise and sometimes bafflement about the higher rates of COVID-19 infection and deaths from it in communities of color reflects a major blind spot among many journalists and politicians. The United States of America was founded on what some have called […]

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08
Apr

SRM: A Strategy for Uncertainity

The pandemic that has swept the planet has brought us face to face with two of life’s most essential components, health and finances. Our coping strategies are stretched to the max…and in many families the ways of coping are not the same among family members. This can be an additional source of stress. Everyone is […]

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06
Nov

Building Resilience State By State

It is gratifying to watch awareness increasing about the importance of incorporating neuroscience-based and resiliency-oriented information into statewide policies, practices, and programs that are oriented to addressing trauma. I recently had a very enlivening experience during two days of presentations & consultation focused on child trauma for the State of Massachusetts Office of the Child […]

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17
Jul

Humans at Our Best and Worst: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

We are living in a world of divisiveness that can be depleting or energizing depending on upon who your brain decides is part of “your group.” Do the words “who your brain decides” seem odd to you? The fact is that our brains shape who is “in” and who is “out” way before our conscious […]

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14
Nov

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 […]

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04
Jul

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” […]

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19
Sep

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. […]

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