The Work of Dr. Bruce Perry: Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Trauma

By Suzan Mullane, CEI Faculty The dark side of childhood trauma—its essence and the healing potential of human relationships—is brilliantly captured in Bruce Perry’s classic work, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (Perry & Szalavitz, 2006). Neuroscience and childhood trauma can be confusing, but Dr. Perry’s case studies are fascinating and easily understood.[…]

The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools: Success in Two School Districts

By Kristen Hayes, CEI Intern In 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that about two-thirds of children in the United States experience at least one traumatic event, either as victims or witnesses, by the age of 16. A large public health movement has arisen to address the numerous negative consequences[…]

Understanding and Preventing the Rise of Teen Suicide

By Dana Asby & Christine Mason The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2016, 45,000 Americans lost their lives to suicide (CDC, 2018). Mental health professionals, policy makers, and the media are increasingly recognizing that suicide is a national public health issue that demands attention so that these preventable deaths can be abated.[…]

Connections between Addiction and Teen Suicide in West Virginia

By Suzan Mullane & Dana Asby West Virginia, “The Mountain State,” has been at the forefront of the opioid crisis. West Virginia’s overdose deaths from meth and opiates are the highest in the nation (The Economist, 2019). As a counseling trauma consultant, the word “crisis” seems inadequate to describe the parental addiction and collateral family[…]

Opportunities in New England- Improving Mental Health in Schools

The Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health and the Center for Educational Improvement invite you to an Informational Webinar: Mental Health in Schools. PURPOSE: To establish how we can support schools in New England to help improve school mental health and safety policies and practices. DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:00 pm (EST)[…]

Classrooms, Compassion, and Contentment

By Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern Ask someone to share his or her vulnerabilities, and you will likely receive a horrified look or nervous laugh. For most, vulnerabilities are weak spots, shameful imperfections to hide from others. But Brené Brown sees them differently. She sees the power in accepting our vulnerabilities and choosing to love ourselves[…]