Whole people - healing communities
Trauma interrupts normal child development and exacts deep costs, to both the individual and the community. Here is a story of one neighbourhood working to change its destiny..
A person who speaks words that build up and encourage is a tree of life, but a person who speaks words that overwhelm and depress crushes the spirit. In other words, kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. Prov 15v4 MSG
Why 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?
The ACE Study revealed certain things we've been taught not to see, speak about, ask questions about. When these are explored, one finds high prevalence, relationships to major public health problems and to life expectancy.
Family matters for student performance
Student performance cannot be understood apart from family dynamics. What should our communities and larger society be doing to help ensure that future generations of children have a stable, supportive, family life?
Creating a space where struggling youths can reinvent themselves as being successful against a backdrop where generally the world is telling them that what they're doing is wrong.
A number of free, government funded, online courses which take under 1 hour to help you and contacts in the community find out more about Adverse Childhood Experiences - stressful events occurring in childhood which raise risk of poor life outcomes.
Online - A Compassionate Approach to Addiction and Self-Destructive Behaviour - Dr Gabor Maté
One of the world’s most revered experts in the psychology of addiction, a prize-winning author and the pioneer of an innovative understanding of human development that employs the lenses of science and compassion, Dr Gabor Maté joins How To Academy to explore a humane approach to the challenges of addiction and self-destructive behaviour.
Dr Maté believes that all addiction – from hard-core drug abuse to everyday behavioural addictions – are on a continuum that runs through our society: not a medical ‘condition’ but a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry.
More than a disease, addiction is a response to a distressing life history and life situation. Once we recognise the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict: one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.