Visit the CARE-2 Booth at NatCon April 11-13

We are excited to announce that CARE-2 will have a booth at NatCon, National Council’s Annual Conference on April 11-13 at the Gaylord Hotel in Washington DC.  If you are there, stop by our booth 225. We will be handing out violence prevention articles and running CARE-2 specials. ****** The CARE-2 by Dr. Kathryn Seifert… Continue reading Visit the CARE-2 Booth at NatCon April 11-13

Dr. Murthy Disscusses Mental Health Reccommendations

  Dr. Murthy, the Surgeon General of the US, discussed Children’s Mental Health on Fareed Zacharia Broadcast on Sunday, 12/26/21.  He made the following great recommendations:  Children have suffered losses throughout the pandemic which has caused them stress. Let children know that it is OK to ask for help. Give children openings to discuss their… Continue reading Dr. Murthy Disscusses Mental Health Reccommendations

Insights on Preventing Violence

Interesting Idea “Every city suffering from high rates of violent crime should have a permanent unit dedicated to violence reduction operating inside the mayor’s office,” reported the  Council on Criminal Justice’s Violent Crime Working Group (The Trace (http://thetrace.org). *** Violence Prevention The cost of gun violence in the US is nearly $3B and the human… Continue reading Insights on Preventing Violence

6 Recommendations to Prevent School Shootings

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We have had 31 school shootings so far in 2021. The recent tragic events at Oxford High School will generate dialogue that can prevent school shootings.  Going forward there are some things school personnel and mental health providers can do to prevent school shootings. Evaluate every child that threatens to harm another person to determine… Continue reading 6 Recommendations to Prevent School Shootings

5 Steps to Improve the Care of Children in Homes with Toxic Stress

    The growing volume of research on childhood trauma and its link to behavioral health problems, medical problems, criminality, suicide, violence, and living on the margins of society are clear.  If we are to reduce the prevelence of these problems, we must solve the problem of child maltreatment, domestic violence, and paucity of family… Continue reading 5 Steps to Improve the Care of Children in Homes with Toxic Stress

Gov. Hogan Proclamation Supporting Mental Health

For Mental Health awareness week, Gov. Hogan issued a proclamation recognizing the association of trauma with mental and behavioral health issues.  He stated that all mental health services should identify any trauma which requires treatment to support the treatment of any mental health issues. I recommend that the ACE’s Questionnaire in any of its variants… Continue reading Gov. Hogan Proclamation Supporting Mental Health

https://www.thetrace.org/

I started out with the idea of summarizing information about the Trace newsletter that I receive, but I decided this organization was too important to minimize.  So, here is the link to a publication dedicated entirely to a broader perspective on violence prevention, http://thetrace.org    

2020 had significant increase over 2019 in murders

The New Your Times reported, “The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase on record in murders in 2020, according to new figures released Monday by the F.B.I., with some cities hitting record highs.” I am sure that the pandemic had some effect on the US violence rate in 2020.  However, prevention and treatment of… Continue reading 2020 had significant increase over 2019 in murders

Meditation as Trauma Informed Care

I just read an article on Meditation being used to help those involved in the criminal justice system.  The authors reviewed multiple studies.  They found that regular meditation reduced re-offending in all categories of offending including sex offenders.  Another article reviewed information about the connection between trauma and externalized behavior problems (harm toward other people)… Continue reading Meditation as Trauma Informed Care

Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses

I have a copy of a list of non-allowed MH diagnoses in Maryland that I find disturbing.  I do not know if Optum or BHA make these decisions. I want to raise the issue of re-evaluation of these non-allowed diagnoses such as post-partum depression (F53) and eating disorders (F50.01 & F50.02) and Bulemia (F50.2).  I… Continue reading Copy of a Letter of Inquiry on Disallowed Mental Health Diagnoses