Trauma-exposed children: The importance of talking in the healing process

Posted by Jonathan McVerry-Penn State A new study shows that adolescent girls who experienced maltreatment in the past year and were willing to talk about their painful experiences and their thoughts and emotions were less likely to have PTSD symptoms one year later. Those who tried to avoid painful thoughts and emotions were significantly more […]

A case for the embracing the science of mentoring

 by Jean Rhodes Despite significant strides in establishing the evidence base in the field of mental health, relatively few practitioners ground their work in clinically-proven strategies. Indeed ,there are now proven strategies for treating such problems as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and eating disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) , dialectical behavior therapy, and family-based treatment programs–yet, few […]

It Takes a Community to Heal Traumatized Youth, and Formal and Natural Mentors Have a Part to Play

By Cathy Anthofer-Fialon, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Juvenile justice is a delicate dance between the court, families and the community. Juvenile justice began as a recognition that youth/children are different from adults and benefit from the rehabilitative nature of the court system. However, communities can demand youth be “taught a lesson” and pressure may be […]

In Katrina’s Aftermath, Psychologists Find Trauma As Well As Resilience

“Natural disasters and other traumatic events could be engines of growth.” Carolyn Gregoire Senior Health + Science Writer, The Huffington Post Posted: 08/26/2015 10:31 AM EDT CREDIT: MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, forcing more than half a million residents to flee, psychologists are investigating the mental and […]