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A New Approach to Handling the Unavoidable Trauma of Life

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Trauma is an unavoidable part of life. The critical issue is how to address it in such a way that its potential lingering effects are mitigated. The stories of the children, youth,…

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How understanding trauma gets to the cause of behaviors

At the recent conference of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, a keynote speaker addressed the impact of trauma on the children and families we serve. She began with a powerful exercise that asked each of us to recall a trauma…

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9 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

By Hillsides Trauma-informed Care Committee While this time of year can be especially cheerful with tree-trimming evenings, holiday shopping, and festive family gatherings, the season can be a trigger for stress unlike other types of negative situations. One benefit of…

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Mental Health Series Part 3: 3 Easy Techniques to Be Happier and More Focused

By the Hillsides Self-Care Committee In our final installment in honor of Mental Health Month, here are some of the best tips culled from recent wellness tips written by Hillsides self-care committee or other Hillsides staffers.   Don’t wait to try…

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7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

By Samira Vishria, LCSW Hillsides recently adopted a new, innovative standard of care in the mental health industry called trauma-informed care (TIC) that screens and treats individuals according to how much trauma they have experienced in their lives.  Part of…

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