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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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We Should Do No Harm in Pursuit of a Child Welfare Reform

Just this week on Tuesday, the US Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on what is called Group Home Reform. A number of advocates including a youth, who was formerly in foster care, were at the hearing on hand to…

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Why Freddie Gray matters to all of us

Approximately a third of the residents we serve in the residential treatment program are African American. Every time an incident like that of the death of Freddie Gray occurs , I am reminded that the African-American residents we serve are…

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Mental Health Series Part 1: Mobile Therapy Apps for When you Need Instant Support

By Courtney Kwan Everyone feels the overwhelming emotions involved in keeping up with the responsibilities of having to work while taking care of yourself or your family. Sometimes you may journal about how you’re feeling or ask family and friends for…

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7 Ways to Cope When Headline News Makes You Fear for Your Children’s Well-Being

Author Alison Bell on a drive thinking about headline news and the fear of her children's well-being.

by Alison Bell  The 5 Highway from Los Angeles to the Bay Area is a lonely stretch of asphalt.  Something about the mile after mile of desolated landscape seems to unlock every anxiety floating in the back of your brain….

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