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Navigating the Impacts of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood: Part II

This is the second installment in a two-part blog series examining the impacts of childhood trauma. To access Part I in this blog series, click here.   Trauma is not just an emotional experience, and includes physical changes to our functioning. Because of this, the life expectancy of childhood trauma survivors can be nearly 20 … Continued

Navigating the Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

From painting pumpkins and apple picking to participating in nightly family dinners, one’s childhood experiences are the building blocks of their adult future. Unfortunately, it is also common for a young person to have experiences over the course of their childhood that are not as happy or positive. For those who are exposed to trauma … Continued

Taking Back the Control: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

In the 1990’s, Great Britain’s Princess Diana was one of the first high profile people to open up about her struggle with self-injury. Awareness about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has since continued to grow. Yet, it is still widely misunderstood and the behavior remains just as prevalent today. In fact, one study found up to 24 percent of … Continued

Preparing Your Family for an Adoptive Sibling

If you are preparing to adopt a child, you probably already have an inkling of how daunting a process it is — and just how rewarding it will be. It’s important, however, to remember that all members of your family are preparing to welcome a new child into their home, and some may struggle to … Continued

Confronting Childhood Trauma in Neighborhoods of Poverty and Color

More than 70 community professionals attended the forum, “Confronting Childhood Trauma in Neighborhoods of Poverty and Color” on Feb. 29, 2016, at Vision for Children at Risk. The forum was presented by the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council. The program began with viewing of the “Wounded Places” segment of “The Raising of America” series, … Continued