Three decades of treating trauma

first_imgTo David Baskin, specialized training to help counselors handle victims of physical and psychological trauma shouldn’t be necessary. The problem is so widespread that such training should be part of every program.But it’s not, which led Baskin to a fellowship with the Victims of Violence Program at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance. Soon he found himself working with people coping with a range of traumatic events: rape, incest, a family member’s murder, even the Boston Marathon bombings.“It’s been pretty amazing,” Baskin said of his work with Victims of Violence, which is in its 30th year. “It definitely turned out to be what I was looking for.”The program was created in 1984 after the Cambridge City Council appropriated $6,000 to establish a mental health initiative for crime victims. Its founders were Judith Herman, now a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the program’s training director, and Mary Harvey, an associate clinical professor of psychology at HMS.Harvey traveled around the region, speaking to prosecutors and advocates for victims, seeking ideas for services. Herman, then a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College’s Bunting Institute, came on board shortly afterward.At the time, Herman said, there was growing awareness of the damage caused by domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse of women and girls, crimes whose true prevalence had been hidden by a veil of secrecy and shame that took its own mental toll.Herman’s first book, “Father-Daughter Incest,” published by Harvard University Press in 1981, contributed to the awareness, showing that the crime was 100 times more common than the standing estimate of one case in a million.“It was off by two orders of magnitude; we really had our work cut out for us,” Herman said.Further, mental health specialists were finding that many cases of depression and other disorders had roots in past trauma.“We talked to doctors at Cambridge Hospital about trauma. Many patients they were seeing had a history of trauma, [and] domestic abuse or childhood abuse were the two biggest categories,” Herman said.After the launch of Victims of Violence, it quickly became apparent that there was a pent-up need for its services. Director Barbara Hamm, a clinical instructor in psychology at HMS, did her fellowship training with the program before becoming a staff member. She recalled a meeting in 1986 where the room was filled “to the rafters” with professionals looking for information on how to treat trauma victims.“People were coming from the Boston area and beyond to get care that they couldn’t get anywhere else,” Hamm said.Today, the program, based on Central Street in Somerville, offers a variety of services, some of which are free. Along with direct clinical care and consultation, it provides victim advocacy, public education, and community-based collaborations focused on reducing domestic violence. It also offers specialized services for family members of homicide victims and for people seeking political asylum.Clinical training and research have been a key part of Victims of Violence from the start, Herman said. The program annually gives fellows such as Baskin a chance to become better counselors through work and study.Ongoing research focuses on patients who have experienced multiple traumas, which often begin with childhood abuse, and includes tracking outcomes through voluntary questionnaires and in some cases more detailed interviews. The program is also part of a four-year, multisite study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. That initiative is testing a new treatment model, called STAIR/MPE, whose initial trials indicated it might be effective for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from childhood abuse.“We will be very curious to learn how our current treatment practice holds up against this new model,” Herman said.In the spring the program added to its long history of honors by winning the Innovations Award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.Victims of Violence “has established creative partnerships with diverse community agencies and groups to control community violence and consistently strives to provide for effective treatment approaches for crime victims,” Liam Lowney, executive director of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, said in a statement.last_img read more

Josh Gad, Darren Criss & More to Attend Nerd Prom!

first_img Josh Gad Patrick Stewart Star Files “Nerd Prom,” as inside-the-Beltway types have affectionately labeled the dinner, is Washington’s attempt at a true red carpet event. This year is an even swankier deal than usual as it marks the centennial dinner for the White House Correspondents Association. Joel McHale will be warming up the crowd for the main headliner, President Obama. #NerdProm will get some Broadway star power this May 3! Tony nominee and Frozen favorite Josh Gad and Broadway alum and Glee star Darren Criss will be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. According to Deadline they are set to sit on the USA Today and Reuters tables respectively. Matthew Morrison View All (5)center_img Darren Criss Jesse Tyler Ferguson Watch below as Tony winner Kevin Spacey, in character as House of Cards’ Frank Underwood, owns the event last year. View Comments Other Great White Way vets attending include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who will be hanging out with ABC/Disney, Jeff Goldblum, who will be joining Gad on the USA Today table, while Matthew Morrison and Patrick Stewart are on, wait for it, the Fox News Channel’s guestlist!last_img read more

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

first_img The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries annually stocks more than one million catchable-size trout in 180 waters around the state.  This year, DGIF is kicking off the Trout Slam challenge. The VA Trout Slam is underway now, and anglers who catch all three trout species – rainbow, brook, and brown – in one day can register their catches on the DGIF website and earn a #VATroutSlam sticker. Are you up for the challenge? Photo by Meghan Marchetti/DGIF Target smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and sunfish at James River Wildlife Management Area. If you enjoy float trips, this provides a great put in or take out for a day on the water.    With more than 3,500 miles of trout streams, along with many ponds, small lakes, and reservoirs, Virginia offers something for every fly fishing fan. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries stocks about 600 miles of water with trout, in addition to 2,900 miles of wild trout streams. center_img Photo by Jason Hallacher/DGIF Explore the famous brook trout stream at Rapidan Wildlife Management Area. The WMA borders Shenandoah National Park and offers excellent fly fishing for native brook trout.   Anglers will enjoy the variety of fly fishing opportunities at Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Fish for smallmouth bass on the picturesque Laurel Bed Lake or trout on Big Tumbling Creek at the Fee Fishing Area.   last_img read more

4 ways to be a team player

first_img 98SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details A team should be a well-oiled machine. In order to have value, all of its parts should work well together. If you’re part of a team, here are some ways you can be at your most valuable.Be all-inBeing “all-in” is a popular phrase with my favorite college football team, and I think it’s a very valuable motto. I also had a friend who used to say “anything worth doing is worth doing with excellence.” I’m not sure of the origination of either one of those phrases, but clearly the value of hard work and commitment isn’t lost on some people. When you’re focused on work, give your all and be present.Know your role (don’t slow your roll)All parts of a machine have a function. You have a function as a member of your team. Even if you think you’re capable of more, know your role and crush your responsibilities. The better you execute your job, the better it is for the team.Be versatile and flexibleSometimes your role in an organization may change. Hopefully this is because you’ve shown a greater value in a new area. The good news is, you’re getting experience in multiple areas. This can only increase your value as an employee down the road. Be ready to adapt to change and deliver good results wherever you’re needed.CommunicateI love college basketball. I love that team that everyone loves to hate. One thing I’ve learned from watching tons of college basketball is that a good defense talks and helps each other out. You know how important communication is to me, and it should be as important to you. When you’re on the same page as the rest of your teammates, that’s when the magic happens.last_img read more

Another 1 million people file for jobless benefits as lack of new stimulus impoverishes millions

first_imgAlthough the headline unemployment rate fell to 6.9% last month, that’s still nearly twice what it was in February. And that calculation doesn’t capture how bad the situation is because, among other things, it doesn’t include out-of-work people who haven’t looked for a job in the most recent four weeks. Given the lack of job opportunities, that’s extremely common, but the Labor Department categorizes such people as having dropped out of the workforce, which makes the economy seem better than it actually is.Analysts at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities write:The official unemployment rate, which spiked to 14.7 percent in April, has come down to 6.9 percent in October. Although Black and Latino unemployment rates had fallen to historic lows before the crisis — due largely to the longest (128-month) economic expansion in U.S. history — they exceeded the white rate even then. All rates rose sharply in the recession and remained high in October, but the increase since February has been larger for Black and Latino workers (5.0 and 4.4 percentage points, respectively) than for white workers (2.9 percentage points). Black and Latino workers also continued to have a much higher unemployment rate in October than white workers.These patterns have endured in recessions and recoveries alike and are rooted in this nation’s history of structural racism, which curtails job opportunities for Black people through policies and practices such as unequal school funding, mass incarceration, and hiring discrimination. Black workers tend to be “the last hired and first fired.” High unemployment rates for Latino people, which also consistently exceed the white rate, reflect many of the same barriers to opportunity.With relief from the first stimulus mostly dried up, a report from the Department of Health and Human Services forecasts that by year’s end, without additional congressional aid—including an extension of unemployment benefits beyond the current 39 weeks—the Pandemic Recession will have driven an additional 10 million people, including 4 million children, into poverty. That’s a rise from 10.5% in 2019 to an estimated 13.6% in the five-month period from August to December. Which makes for a total of 43.8 million Americans in poverty, 9.8 million more than in 2019. – Advertisement – In most states, out-of-work people who qualify can collect benefits for 26 weeks, plus the 13-week extension approved by Congress in the spring. Anyone who filed when the pandemic first got underway and hasn’t yet gone back to work has just five weeks of benefits left unless a new extension is granted. During the Great Recession, extensions ultimately reached the point where many workers were eligible for 99 weeks. Republicans had to be arm-twisted repeatedly to make that happen.ScreenShot2020-11-11at10.57.26PM.pngWhile the stock market continues to soar, the overall economy is another story. There were at least 10 million more Americans employed in February than now, permanent job losses are headed for 4 million, the number of people looking for work for 27 weeks or more has risen from 1.5 million to 3.6 million in the past three months, both large and small business bankruptcies are on the rise, and the job recovery that returned millions to work in the third quarter has greatly weakened.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Sunshine vitamin ‘may help treat tuberculosis’ by: – September 4, 2012 8 Views   no discussions The body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sunThe body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sun[/caption]Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, according to doctors in London.Nearly 1.5 million people are killed by the infection every year and there are concerns some cases are becoming untreatable.A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed patients recovered more quickly when given both the vitamin and antibiotics.More tests would be needed before it could be given to patients routinely.The idea of using vitamin D to treat tuberculosis (TB) harks back to some of the earliest treatments for the lung infection. Before antibiotics were discovered, TB patients were prescribed “forced sunbathing”, known as heliotherapy, which increased vitamin D production.However, the treatment disappeared when antibiotics proved successful at treating the disease.Heal fasterThis study on 95 patients, conducted at hospitals across London, combined antibiotics with vitamin D pills.It showed that recovery was almost two weeks faster when vitamin D was added. Patients who stuck to the regimen cleared the infection in 23 days on average, while it took patients 36 days if they were given antibiotics and a dummy sugar pill.Dr Adrian Martineau, from Queen Mary University of London, told the BBC: “This isn’t going to replace antibiotics, but it may be a useful extra weapon.“It looks promising, but we need slightly stronger evidence.”Trials in more patients, as well as studies looking at the best dose and if different forms of vitamin D are better, will be needed before the vitamin could be used by doctors.Vitamin D appears to work by calming inflammation during the infection. An inflammatory response is an important part of the body’s response to infection. During TB infection, it breaks down some of the scaffolding in the lungs letting more infection-fighting white blood cells in. However, this also creates tiny cavities in the lungs in which TB bacteria can camp out.“If we can help these cavities to heal more quickly, then patients should be infectious for a shorter period of time, and they may also suffer less lung damage,” Dr Martineau said.The doctors suggested this might also help in other lung diseases such as pneumonia and sepsis.Prof Peter Davies, the secretary of the charity TB Alert, said the findings were “excellent” and vitamin D could play “an important role in treating tuberculosis”.However, he thought there could be an even greater role in preventing the disease. One in three people have low levels of tuberculosis bacteria in their lungs and have no symptoms, known as latent tuberculosis. However, this would turn to full blown TB in about 10% of people. Prof Davies’s idea is that giving vitamin D supplements, for example in milk, could prevent latent TB developing.“That would be a massive revolution if it was shown to work,” he said.Prof Alison Grant, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Drug-resistant TB is an increasing concern world-wide and so new treatments to reduce the length of TB treatment would be very welcome. “Vitamin D supplements are often given to patients who are short of vitamin D and these low doses are generally very safe. “In this study the researchers were giving higher doses of vitamin D, and I think we would need larger studies to be confident that there were no negative effects of this higher dose.” BBC Newslast_img read more

Courts Dominica hosts ‘Super Mom Challenge’ ahead of Mother’s Day

first_img 23 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Courts Dominica hosts ‘Super Mom Challenge’ ahead of Mother’s Day by: – May 11, 2012 Courts Dominica will host the first ever ‘Super Mom Challenge’ on Friday to show appreciation for mothers ahead of Mother’s Day 2012 celebrations.Every year, the second Sunday in May is set aside as Mother’s Day affording persons an opportunity to honour their mothers.The challenge will be hosted at the organization’s Roseau outlet and is open to anyone who believes that they possess the skills and fortitude to complete the challenges outline bellow in the shortest possible time.Participants will have to compete in eight (8) challenges while holding a baby.They will be judged on adherence to allotted time, skills, confidence and overall presentation.The winner will receive EC$2000.00There will also be in-store specials during the challenge for persons who would want to do last minute shopping for the mothers in their lives.The competition will commence from 3pm.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Attorney General commits to implement amendments to Title by Registration Act

first_img Tweet Share 40 Views   no discussions Attorney General, Levi Peter.Attorney General (AG) Levi Peter has committed to ensure that some reforms which the late Justice Albert Matthew proposed are implemented before he vacates his post, in a bid to honour his work.The High Court of Justice held a special sitting of the Court on Thursday afternoon to pay respect to Justice Matthew who died last week at the age of seventy-eight.The Attorney General described Justice Matthew at that sitting as one who was “quite committed to ensuring that the legal process and the judicial system functioned to its capacity”.Peter lamented the fact that Justice Matthew died before his proposals for reform of the Title by Registration Act could come to fruition.“Something that I know was dear to his heart which was some reforms which he had at various quarters and I think over an extended period of time spoken to various officials, various people in positions perhaps some in the position that I hold now, but a matter that he was keen to see; an amendment in respect to the Title by Registration Act. Though I was in agreement with him, those amendments have not yet been brought into effect and so he was not able to see them”.He therefore committed to working towards the implementation of these reforms as he believes they would “positively impact upon our judicial system”.“If I can manage to do that then I believe that I would have in some small way contributed and made a mark to respect the respect that is due to this man who has served with distinction in this jurisdiction and really deserves to have his views, his imputes, his impact even further embedded in our judicial system”.Justice Albert Matthew. Photo credit: The ChronicleIn related news; High Court Judge Birnie Stephenson-Brooks who expressed fond memories of practicing before and working alongside Justice Matthew highlighted his readiness to assist young attorneys.“He was willing to indulge young counsel, willing to guide young counsel; show you the way. He was also known for his erudite decisions particularly in the area of land law I think it was. He was not a man of very many words from the bench but he always had a ready smile, he was always willing to assist us”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks told one of his children, Michelle Matthew who is an attorney that “your father has left you quite a trail to follow and I hope that trail will lead you to the bench too”.She also urged the rest of the family members to cast their burdens on the Lord for “comfort” as “in troubles and in trials, and in suffering and in sorrow he will turn your sorrows to smiles”. Justice Matthew will be laid to rest this afternoon at the Roseau Methodist Church, the funeral service will commence at 3pm.He will be buried at his home in Fond Canie on Saturday.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews Attorney General commits to implement amendments to Title by Registration Act by: – June 1, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

FIFPRO wants specific measures to protect players from overload

first_imgThe global footballers’ union FIFPRO wants concrete safeguards to protect players from fixture overload and the consequent risk of injury.This demand has come as the sport catches up with a backlog of matches following the novel coronavirus stoppage. FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told Reuters that the union was talking to European clubs and leagues to find ways of protecting players.The sport is already facing an overcrowded calendar for the next three years.“There is the big question of how we manage the load in a very condensed period,” he said.“We can’t just leave it to the mercy of individual decisions because we know how big the pressure is on the players and nobody is going to benefit from additional injuries.”The new coronavirus halted football for three to four months around Europe and longer in some other parts of the world. Bu, rather than shorten competition formats and eliminate fixtures, most federations and leagues are simply cramming them into a shorter period of time, producing a concertina effect.The only major exception is UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League where UEFA has replaced two leg ties with single leg ties for the end of this season and the start of next.“From now to three years ahead, the calendar is completely overloaded,” said Baer-Hoffman.“The only solution is to put a framework in place to manage the load and guarantee recovery periods,” he added, citing two mandatory rest periods per year as an example of a rule that could be implemented.“We need sensible rules based on medically-approved safety standards.” FIFPRO had expressed concern about player overload even before the coronavirus stoppage.A report last year said players needed five days’ rest between matches – compared to two to thee days at present in England and Italy.One example FIFPRO gave in that report was FC Barcelona’s Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic who it said had played 68 games between May 2018 and June 2019.One idea proposed would be a so-called match cap to limit the number of games for players in a season, but not clubs.RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Baer-Hoffmann said that with the first round of South American World Cup qualifiers pencilled in for October, the restart of internationals had led to some concern.The concern is that players may travel to countries where coronavirus cases are still surging.“We need to ensure that players are not put under pressure to travel to countries where the pandemic may still be a threat. Otherwise, it’s not going to be sustainable,” he said.Similarly, FIFPRO is worried about leagues starting in countries where infection rates are still high.“In certain countries, health standards are not what we will want.“Commercial pressures are overriding health and safety precautions and players are vulnerable to pressure, because they need to play to put food on the table,” he said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFIFProFixture overloadlast_img read more