Many of us watched Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin tackle a receiver on Monday Night Football and then after standing up, collapsed with a sudden cardiac arrest. As we watched the officials, players and coaches witness what was perceived as a typical football injury to a life-threatening episode we quickly grasped the intense level of fear, […]
Happy New Year, 2023!
As we approach this coming 2023 New Year, I hope the holidays have been restful and enjoyable with your family and friends. I know for many of us the gatherings will continue through the New Year holiday and there will be much to look forward to in the coming year. For me as I lead […]
How to Have a Balanced Holiday Season
As we enter this holiday season, it’s my hope that you will find it to be full of enjoyment, fulfillment, and wonder. Too often the stress of the season can be the prominent emotion! Usually, that stress is rooted in expectations that may be unrealistic and not focused on the joy of this beautiful holiday […]
How to Give the Gift of Relationships at Christmas
Christmas is a season where we celebrate the interesting blend of the secular and the sacred. There is a sense of the fanfare of lights, trees, gift-giving, and family time. We attend church services and have private reflections about the gift of the child who brings hope, peace, salvation, and connection to God. One common […]
Can We Feel a Holiday Spirit Effect in our Brains?
I enjoy the holidays and that spirit that you feel when walking through the stores, viewing decorations, hearing the music, and seeing all the fun lights. There is something about this season that is familiar, calming, enjoyable, and inspiring. I was thinking about brain regulation and the holidays and wondered if anyone has published any […]
How You Can Become a Trauma-Advocate
As a country we have been watching election results and attempting to predict what we as a country might be in for in the newly elected Congress. What is true is that our government has huge impact on what happens nationally and globally. I think the funding given to Ukraine was very revealing about our […]
Can Fidgets Help Brain Regulation and Bring Good Energy?
I like to bring a variety of fidgets to almost any of my meetings when I am talking about trauma and regulation. I am consistently impressed even with professionals at how much it means to have fidgets in the room. I think part of it is that everyone loves a unique gift. What’s also interesting […]
Non-Profit Leadership: How Transparency Can Help in a Crisis
In the journey of any non-profit difficult issues can happen. Whether it be a drastic change in revenue, a technological crisis, terminations, changes in program demands, changes in leadership, etc. Particularly when things happen that are unethical or worse it is often difficult to know how to process the issues with staff. Sometimes it is […]
Trauma-Informed Architecture is Becoming a Reality
I was recently asked to speak to a group of architects about how trauma-informed care can be featured in secure youth program facilities. I presented a national lunch-and-learn which demonstrated how to bridge programmatic elements of trauma-informed care to building design for youth facilities. It is unusual to find engineers and architects who are interested […]
Do Most At-Risk Youth Have a Trauma History?
Lakeside deals with 5800 students per year. Very often I wonder about their backgrounds, their relationships, their traumatic experiences, their adverse childhood experiences and so much more. What is it that brings adolescents to a place where they cannot exist in our regular communities and families? Recently I was in a secure youth rehabilitation center. […]
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