PTSD and Childhood Trauma

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Across the United States, parents of children with severe mental health issues can face an excruciating decision: If they can't afford costly healthcare, they may have to sign over custody to the state. That way, the government will pay for the child's care. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Ohio's budget.

School Counselors Take On At-Home Trauma In The Classroom

May 6, 2016
Faculty at Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia get one full day a week to collaborate and strategize about how to meet the specific needs of individual students.
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School counselor Pam Turner-Bunyon had been warned: This new, incoming student had a dark profile and was prone to very erratic behavior.

"When he first came to us, he ran out of the building, the first day — the very first day — instead of coming in, he ran," she said.

Turner-Bunyon learned what happened and immediately took off, dashing out into the crime-prone streets that surround the school.

"I found out he was running so I went and chased him down, and coaxed him back in and we worked to develop safety places in the building," she said.

 


Michelle Faust

Excited and hungry, three children chant as food is served (“We want potatoes! Potatoes!) and ask what else is for dinner (fish and green beans as it happens). The hubbub continues until Mom cracks down:

“Please! Sit. On your bottom.” The children obey. They continue to buzz as they eat.

Some Of The Most At-Risk Teens Are Affluent

Nov 24, 2015
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Poor little rich kids? Maybe so. Psychologist Suniya Luthar's research shows that very affluent teens suffer from the same degree of troubling mental and behavioral health problems as very low-income kids, as The Atlantic reports. She studied kids whose families earn more than $200,000 and compared their mental health to that of their low-income peers.