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Trauma-informed Care for Child Welfare

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Healing the Soul Wound

I want to thank Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation for recognizing the importance of trauma-informed practices in the child welfare system. I was honored to be allowed to present the two-day training to nearly 100 NSU Social Work students and tribal child welfare workers. I applaud both organizations for recognizing the importance of understanding […]

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2014 Report on Adolescent Mental Health and Treatment in Okmulgee County

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Okmulgee County has a lot to offer its residents but as most of us know, no place is immune to mental health problems. Depression, anxiety and stress related disorders can cause serious problems in a critical developmental period. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14 (NAMI, 2014) and an estimated 21% […]

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When kids struggle, check their ACE Score.

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Problems are a normal part of growing up but sometimes they go beyond that. When important relationships are affected, when grades suffer, or when you just know deep down that something isn’t right, what do you do? Some parents get angry. Some pretend it isn’t a problem. Some look for medical help. Still others seek professional counseling. There […]

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Okmulgee Rising: What is Community?

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There are countless stories of small communities across the country that have lost their spark. In Oklahoma, cities that were once vibrant and growing have seen tremendous decline over the past few decades. There are certainly many reasons for the decline. We’ve all heard stories about industry moving across the globe and young people moving […]

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What is PTSD?

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We’ve heard a lot more in recent years about PTSD and the impact it’s having on returning Veterans. Do you know the facts? Could you recognize it in a friend or co-worker? The following infographic from the USC School of Social work provides valuable information about PTSD. Brought to you by: Masters in Social Work […]

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Okmulgee County: 2014 Report on Adolescent Substance Use and Treatment

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Okmulgee County is a pretty safe place to live and work but as we all know, no place is immune to the problems of substance use. Alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine have been leading problems in Oklahoma. Today, the landscape is changing with synthetic drug, prescription drug and even heroin use on the rise. We know […]

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Shinseki resigns: Here’s how to fix the VA.

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President Barack Obama had no choice but to accept Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation. The VA inspector general’s interim report issued this week contained too many damning findings of “systemic” problems that grew under Shinseki’s watch. Key among these was the finding that the actual VA primary care wait times in Phoenix averaged 115 […]