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Clint Smith: A Collection of Talks and Spoken Word on Black History, Resilience, and the Danger of S

How to Raise a Black Son in America From TED:"As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response." History Reconsidered The Danger of Silence From TED: "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice." Celebrati

Safe Dates Matter

For teens, going to a movie, concert, or restaurant, or just hanging out together as a couple is supposed to be fun. But for many young people, dating relationships that begin innocently enough turn into encounters with fear and violence. One in three young people will be in an abusive relationship, and only about one-third of those teens ever tell anybody about it. 1 in 5 teens know a victim of dating violence. 1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. 1 in 10 high school students have been purposely hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or a girlfriend. 80% of girls who have been abused keep dating their abuser. 1 in 4 dating teens are abused or harasse

Valentine’s Day and School Violence: Grief and Reflection

I have struggled with Valentine’s Day for the last 12 years. While I love celebrating the holiday with my spouse, it holds a more somber tone for me. This Friday marks the 12th anniversary of the fatal shooting at Northern Illinois University, my Alma Mater. On February 14, 2008, a gun man opened fire with a shotgun and three pistols in a large lecture hall, killing five people and injuring 17 others. The gunman, who eventually killed himself, was a former student of the university and would have been there when I was enrolled. He could have been my student when I taught courses as a graduate student, or he could have been my client when I was a student therapist at the two counseling center

A Trauma-Informed Perspective on Reentry

In the United States, approximately 1.6 million people are incarcerated in federal, state and county prisons. Ninety-five percent (95%) o these people will be released back into our communities. Nationwide, 68% of released offenders were rearrested for a new crime within three years; 77% were arrested within five years. Of those arrested within three years, 57% were arrested by the end of their first year out. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (1999), people who experienced any form of childhood abuse or neglect are nine times more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system than people who did not experience abuse or neglect. A high percentage of women in prison (up to

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