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Wired for Fear

Recognizing Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA

Students who have been exposed to toxic stress are wired for fear: They live in a state of constant nervous system activation that often shows up in the classroom as challenging or disruptive behavior. When you learn to recognize these signs of fight, flight, or freeze, you can respond in a more compassionate and trauma-informed manner.

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Working with Traumatized Children

Watch this short video featuring Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Is it possible to help the minds and brains of brutalized children, redraw their inner map, and incorporate a sense of trust and confidence in the future? Watch this short video to find out…

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Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma

A FREE, 5-city tour explores how ACEs impact development

PESI, Inc.

Don't miss this FREE, five-city, childhood trauma awareness bus tour, ending on Capitol Hill in Washington DC...

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My Journey as a Doctor Treating Pain

What science has taught me about pill-free approaches to pain management

Don Teater, M.D., MPH

What causes chronic pain when the area that hurts hasn't been physically impacted? We suspect that childhood trauma, adult trauma, prolonged exposure to opioids, and prolonged exposure to pain are just some of the triggers. We know that pills or surgery can't fix this — but behavioral therapy can...

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Lizard Brain: How it impacts EVERY trauma treatment plan

...and what you can do about it

Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S.

When a child with behavior challenges enters our office, we instantly go into teach mode to tell them how to change their behaviors. Why? Because we don't know what else to do.

But the child's behavior doesn't improve. It's not because they're willful, or bad, or even because they don't care. It's because the lasting impacts of trauma have the children in your practice stuck in "lizard brain." In this short video, I explain why lizard brain impacts every trauma treatment plan you create...

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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and Why it Matters

Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LCAS, LPC

In life, getting dealt a hand of ACEs is surely not the thrill that it is in a card game. But thanks to the ACE study, communities are developing creative ways to intervene and prevent intergenerational transmission of the issues caused by high ACE scores.

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