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Using Trauma-Informed Care to Address Homelessness

November 1, 2017 | Homelessness and Housing | Trauma | Comments

Rashida Asante-Eccleston

Communication Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Denver is experiencing a crisis of homelessness. The homeless population in Colorado spiked 8 percent since 2013 and is estimated to be more than 3,300 people in Denver. As others debate the causes, the Mental Health Center of Denver is responding with a solution – a promising new approach – an apartment complex that integrates […]

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The Importance of Trauma-Sensitive Schools

December 12, 2016 | Trauma | Trauma Resilience | Comments

Melissa Bolton

National Council for Behavioral Health

“Students who have experienced trauma have a completely different worldview,” Pamela Black, educational consultant for trauma-sensitive schools. Walk into any classroom in America and take a look around. You’ll likely see an average of 30 students, a teacher, some colorful decorations and an assortment of notebooks and backpacks. Know what you won’t see? You won’t […]

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Why America Should Expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Survivor’s Tale

Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

If we could access the services that today’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers offer, we would have spared from pain and anguish.

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We All Know “THAT Student”

October 17, 2016 | Trauma | Trauma Resilience | Comments

Pam Black, Linda Henderson-Smith & Karen Johnson

National Council for Behavioral Health

We all know “that student.” It doesn’t matter whether they are a preschool, elementary, middle or high school student, educators are well aware of the student who comes to school angry, agitated and not ready to learn. It appears school is the last place this student wants to be. Yet, they return every single day, […]

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CCBHCs: Are you embracing the urgency to become trauma-informed?

Karen Johnson & Linda Henderson-Smith

Trauma-Informed Services

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) are poised to revolutionize behavioral health care and strengthen services for those who most need them. Organizations are preparing to meet CCBHC requirements in the areas of finance, service delivery and partner collaboration. CCBHCs aren’t business as usual. They’re a new provider type in Medicaid— organizations defined not just […]

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The Importance of Creating a Trauma-Informed Culture

July 20, 2016 | Trauma | Comments

Linda Henderson-Smith

Director of Children and Trauma-Informed Services

I was extremely nervous, I had never seen a psychologist before. There were a lot of questions going through my head: Would I be judged? Would I be blamed for what had happened to me? Could they really help?  Why was I here anyways? I’d been coping just fine. I had a full time job […]

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The Power to Choose

Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

Last week, my heart, along with the heart of our nation, broke. We must create healing environments to heal as human beings and as caregivers. We must pay attention to our own recovery from the tragedies we keep experiencing as a nation.

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4 Ways to Make Patients with Traumatic Histories Feel Safe in Primary Care

May 18, 2016 | Primary Care | Trauma | Comments

Karen Johnson

Four ways that providers can help ensure safe and secure environments for their patients and, ultimately, develop trusting relationships with patients through trauma-informed primary care practices:

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Crisis Services: How to Get Where We Want to Be

March 22, 2016 | Crisis Services | Innovation | Trauma | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

This editorial appears in the Crisis to Recovery issue of the National Council Magazine.   The distraught young man whose family brought him into the Bronx hospital looked familiar. After a closer look, I realized I had briefly dated him. I was working in a triage office for a new program to keep people in […]

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Is Providing Trauma-informed Care for Kids as Easy as Changing the Lens?

January 7, 2016 | Trauma | Trauma Resilience | Comments

Mary Johnson

Staff Writer

“A child is only as healthy as the family is. And as secure as the family is.” We know that early interventions are always best, so when it comes to children and families, providing holistic, trauma-informed care is pivotal. And organizations like The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” (TCC), Long Beach, California, are […]

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