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"One Color" - YouTube -on a broader understanding of rape and sexual abuse

Performing for Minneapolis's SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. Follow Button Poetry on Facebook: http://facebook.com/buttonpoetry About Button: Butto...
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An extremely powerful poetry slam exploring how rape and sexual abuse experiences can be so different while having the same traumatic similarities, how sex ed and popular discourse can oversimplify these experiences, and well so much more.


Trigger warning for victims of sexual abuse, rape, and relationship violence.

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David Collet's curator insight, June 10, 7:25 PM

Perhaps the best piece I have ever seen on this subject. I consider this a 'must watch' for every concerned parent. For every emerging adult male or female.

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Why Do Alcoholics Drink?

Why Do Alcoholics Drink? | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
“It is so easy to slide into believing that the alcoholic drinks “because of a problem.”  And that if the alcoholic just “gets to the root of the problem” the drinking/drugging problem will just “wither away” by itself.”
Via Lon Woodbury
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Important and highly readable article on how alcoholism is a disease separate from life trauma, psychiatric illness and other co-existing issues. While they are intertwined and can exacerbate one another and will require dual-treatment, the alcoholism is a distinct disease (and that is why not everyone who has experienced life trauma or psychiatric illness etc. become addicted to alcohol or other substances).

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Why Teenagers Act Crazy

Why Teenagers Act Crazy | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

"There is a darker side to adolescence that, until now, was poorly understood: a surge during teenage years in anxiety and fearfulness. Largely because of a quirk of brain development, adolescents, on average, experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children or adults."

 

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An excellent analysis of why teens can be such risk-takers and at the same time more anxious and fearful, seemingly contradictory states. It's all in the brain and has some important implications for how we treat anxiety disorders in teens.

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Murdered by My Boyfriend - BBC Three

Murdered by My Boyfriend - BBC Three | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Drama telling the true story of what happens to a teenage girl when she falls in love with the wrong man. The everyday story of young love turns dark and sinister when the handsome and charming stranger seeks to dominate every aspect of the young woman's life. A tale of contemporary Britain with a lesson for every young woman.
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Incredibly powerful and a 1hour long must see (unfortunately only available to UK viewers).  Currently available on BBC IPlayer, and also being shown again on BBC 3 on 26 Jun 22:00, 27 Jun 01:30, 30 Jun 01:55 and 2 Jul 03:00.

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The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders: TED talk

In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compelling brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but, overall, dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 22, 9:19 AM

the importance and need for play cannot be overemphasized.

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Link between the decline in Play and the gradual rise in mental disorders...talk by Dr Peter Gray

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Could Naming Your Eating Disorder Help or Hurt?

Could Naming Your Eating Disorder Help or Hurt? | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

On the heels of a wonderful #aedchat, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the concept of externalizing eating disorders. To grossly over-simplify, externalizing an eating disorder refers to the technique of considering the eating disorder as a separate entity from one’s self.

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An excellent article exploring the pros and cons of the externalisation method in the treatment of eating disorders.

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Social Worker Living Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Social Worker Living Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

This post will provide you with the unique opportunity to get a better understanding of this mental illness via the perspective of someone who has DID and is a mental health provider. Janet Simon* is an experienced social worker with areas of expertise in mental health and disabilities.

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Fascinating insight, particularly regarding the high incidence of misdiagnosis that can exacerbate the disorder and important pointers on how to make a successful considered diagnosis.

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Childhood Maltreatment Associated with Cerebral Grey Matter Abnormalities

Childhood Maltreatment Associated with Cerebral Grey Matter Abnormalities | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
An international study analyzing the association between childhood maltreatment and the volume of cerebral grey matter (responsible for processing information) reveals a significant deficit in various regions of the brain after abuse.
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Youth courts need urgent reform, finds inquiry

Youth courts need urgent reform, finds inquiry | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

The youth court system is not fit for purpose and needs urgent reform, a parliamentary inquiry has found. The inquiry, chaired by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile, found that once children enter the criminal justice system, courts “do not possess the means to address their needs”.

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Including proposals for requiring Crown Court sessions to be held in youth court and for ensuring that there is always a youth court trained magistrate or district judge on duty in adult courts when youth court is not in session and ensuring appropriate training for legal practitioners.

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Mental health behaviour guidance to be issued to schools

Mental health behaviour guidance to be issued to schools | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
New guidance helps teachers to identify bad behaviour from poor mental health.
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You keep me believing: on self-worth and belief

You keep me believing: on self-worth and belief | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

Latest post on the importance of fostering a sense of self-worth and belief of our young people, including a music video that got me thinking about this in the first place.

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The REAL reason why children fidget

The REAL reason why children fidget | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

"A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over thphone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today...."

Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's insight:

Really interesting assessment of why ADHD assessments and diagnosis may be going up and it's nothing to do with a deficit in the child, it's to do with a deficient view of the importance of movement opportunities and failing to provide children with what they need.

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Privatisation or progress? The child protection row that's stirred social work

Privatisation or progress? The child protection row that's stirred social work | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Alex Turner examines the key arguments surrounding controversial plans to let local authorities farm out children's services functions
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Every kid needs a champion

Every kid needs a champion | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
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An amazingly inspirational lady who knows what it takes to teach- a real human connection. As she says, "James Comer says that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship." That learning can take place in the classroom, in therapy, at home, at youth group, in residential care, wherever we have contact with kids.

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Did Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment Create Harm?

Did Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment Create Harm? | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Yesterday, The Atlantic broke the story about “Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment” This story isn’t about Facebook manipulating news feeds for advertising–that’s not news to any of us who have been paying attention (and, I might add, their ads are labeled). This story is about Facebook subjecting people to mood experiments two years ago, without full informed consent and without a post-experiment debriefing.
Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's insight:

This issue is more important than you might at first think, with particular implications for the most vulnerable in society who are known to engage with social media like Facebook the most. This is why there are ethical guidelines for human research, which Facebook have completely ignored. This is important reading! 

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Labour may bring in more community sentences for younger offenders

Labour may bring in more community sentences for younger offenders | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Sadiq Khan says party will look at plans to extend youth justice system to those aged 19 and 20 in bid to cut reoffending
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Think-tank highlights 'staggering' failings in support for vulnerable children

Think-tank highlights 'staggering' failings in support for vulnerable children | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

Local authorities are carrying out “unscrupulous and illegal” practices to restrict the support they provide to vulnerable children in need of social care and mental health services, a think-tank has claimed. 

Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's insight:

Unfortunately this is a daily reality when trying to access the support and protection that our vulnerable children and young people are on paper entitled to (and morally entitled to). It is symptomatic of a system where there are insufficient workers and insufficient funds. The system is broken. Radical action needs to be taken where workers and managers at all levels start shouting, 'enough is enough' to the point where politicians have to take action. Children's lives and well-being are at stake. The system won't be fixed unless the individuals within that system start shouting. I am hopeful that this is actually beginning to happen. Let's all play our parts.

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Building the Bonds of Attachment by Dan Hughes - Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

This book has been particularly interesting as it follows the story of one young person called Katie who has specific problems forming attachments as a result of the neglect she experienced in her life and subsequently she has many foster placement breakdowns. Eventually she moves to live with a highly therapeutic foster carer and the book follows this foster carer's interventions, together with the work of the therapist she sees regularly. 

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Great review of this book by Dan Hughes. 

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Looking at Link Between Violent Video Games and Lack of Empathy

Looking at Link Between Violent Video Games and Lack of Empathy | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
As video games become more realistic, new studies find a connection between extensive exposure and muted responses to actual suffering.


The research is getting clearer that over the long term, people with more exposure to violent video games have demonstrated things like lower empathy to violence,” said Dr. Jeanne Brockmyer, a clinical child psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Toledo. “Initially, people are horrified by things they see, but we can’t maintain that level of arousal. Everyone gets desensitized to things.”


Ms. Brockmyer has written a paper, set to be published later this summer, that will show how areas of the brain responsible for empathy become muted by violent images when teens are exposed to them over long periods of time.



Via Edwin Rutsch, Lon Woodbury
Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's insight:

While there are multiple factors involved when a young person engages in gun violence, the evidence is mounting that the muting of empathy that occurs when these games are played frequently is a factor that should not be ignored.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 16, 12:30 AM

This sounds reasonable, that although there is not necessarily a correlation between violent video-game playing and real life violence, there very well would be a desensitization is reaction to violence in real life. -Lon

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Fragmented Child: Disorganized Attachment and Dissociation

Fragmented Child: Disorganized Attachment and Dissociation | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Abuse and inconsistent care can shatter childrens' sense of self and reality
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Children who suffer from problematic dissociation can often display symptoms that can be misinterpreted as other psychological problems.

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Understanding The Avoidant Personality

Understanding The Avoidant Personality | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

"...someone with an avoidant personality disorder, finds it very difficult to develop healthy relationships with boundaries. Individuals with this disorder also find it difficult to trust or express their deepest feelings for fear of abandonment, rejection, or loss. Avoidant personalities often draw near to people they love or care about, and later pull away out of fear..."

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Great article exploring this disorder and its symptoms.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 19, 2:18 PM

This sounds very much like serious attachment issues - maybe its just another way of looking at it or use this term to identify the problem. -Lon

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Girls aged 11 'trying e-cigarettes'

Girls aged 11 'trying e-cigarettes' | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
Girls as young as 11 can get e-cigarettes easily from shops, friends, and parents, public health officials in Wales warn.
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This statement sums up the problem perfectly: "Ever since the tobacco companies have come into the market the number of flavours is increasing on daily basis. Why do we need 300 flavours? If they're just a smoking aid for adults, why do we need a gummy bear flavour?"

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Research Shows Secret to Beating Depression in Adolescents

Research Shows Secret to Beating Depression in Adolescents | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
You probably heard the phrase growing up: “It’s better to give than to receive.” Well, the University of Illinois just proved this to be true — at least, if you’re an adolescent. Their study discovered that 15-16 year-old students who invest energy in pro-social activities such as giving their money to family members or serving …

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 19, 1:10 AM

simple idea, and an old-fashioned one.  Taking risks in giving for others has more benefit than taking risks for self-centered reasons.  This might be the reason most of the schools I work with have active community service elements in their curriculum. -Lon

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Social work diary: ‘The foster carers sit silently with tears rolling down their cheeks’

Social work diary: ‘The foster carers sit silently with tears rolling down their cheeks’ | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it
One of the toughest things about this job is facing situations that just cannot be rescued, writes an anonymous social worker
Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's insight:

Covering foster care placement breakdown, young people attempting suicide, admin workload and just trying to be there for young people. All in a week back after sickness. This is a valuable insight into the reality of frontline children's social work.

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"One Color" - YouTube -on a broader understanding of rape and sexual abuse

Performing for Minneapolis's SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. Follow Button Poetry on Facebook: http://facebook.com/buttonpoetry About Button: Butto...
Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's insight:

An extremely powerful poetry slam exploring how rape and sexual abuse experiences can be so different while having the same traumatic similarities, how sex ed and popular discourse can oversimplify these experiences, and well so much more.


Trigger warning for victims of sexual abuse, rape, and relationship violence.

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David Collet's curator insight, June 10, 7:25 PM

Perhaps the best piece I have ever seen on this subject. I consider this a 'must watch' for every concerned parent. For every emerging adult male or female.

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Emotional abuse of children to become criminal offence

Emotional abuse of children to become criminal offence | Teenage Whisperer Weekly | Scoop.it

Proposals in the Queen's Speech to make emotional neglect of children a criminal offence have been welcomed by leading children’s charities.

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