National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)

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SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) improves treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.

A new specialty has emerged: one focusing on Disaster Mental Health

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Both natural and human-generated disasters, which are associated with destruction, loss of loved ones, and irreplaceable belongings, often overwhelm one’s normal coping capacity.

Disasters also tend to stress emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and religious/spiritual beliefs. In light of this, ACA has assembled the resources below to serve as a base for developing responses to disaster situations. – See more at:


Study’s Overwhelming Consensus: The Kids Really Are All Right

Researchers say they have confirmed that children of same-sex parents are not negatively impacted by their parents’ relationship, and that these kids “experience ‘no difference’ on a range of social and behavioral outcomes compared to children of heterosexual or single parents.”

Statement on Rachel Dolezal

I have made the decision not to comment on what my personal position and opinion is about Rachel Dolezal. However, as a public social change advocate I am responsible in some way to do so because of how it directly and indirectly connects to the social change work I do and the vulnerable members of those communities I serve.

The 2 specific issues I take on with her are:

1) Comparing the Transgender community to herself on any level whatsoever, and

2) The disingenuous act of filing a lawsuit against, and demanding that, a Historically Black College (Howard University) provide her with scholarship and employment that are intended for a historically underserved community – and the audacity of referring to it as an injustice towards her based on her White race – calling it racial discrimination.

On changing her appearance and Blackface: “I certainly don’t stay out of the sun. I also don’t, as some of the critics have said, put on blackface as a performance. I have a huge issue with blackface. This is not some freak ‘Birth of a Nation’ mockery blackface performance. This is on a very real, connected level. How I’ve had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation, but with the experience.” Rachel Dolezal

“OK, let’s get to the meat of this entire post. Being transracial can be a real thing. But dressing up, wearing darker makeup, appropriating the style and culture are not a part of what it means to actually be transracial. And Dolezal’s argument that she is identifying as such, along with her supporters conflating her racial identity to transgender individuals, is irresponsible in a way that it erases real transracial people and reduces transgender communities to a matter of choice. Simply put, lying about your race is not the same thing as being transgender. And throwing on an afro wig with curl definition I strive to get with all the curly puddings Miss Jessie’s makes is not transracial. Legally, the term is used to describe the process of placing a child of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another. Through this process, the adoptee usually feels a stronger connection with the adoptive parents’ race or ethnic group. For Dolezal, she was neither adopted nor raised by a race not her own. Transracial in this sense doesn’t lend itself to Dolezal’s narrative. Sorry, but try again” Christina Coleman

When asked if her lawsuit against Howard University exposed how she used her tottering racial identity for personal gain: “The reasons for my full tuition scholarship being removed and my teaching position as well, my TA position, were that other people needed opportunities and ‘you probably have White relatives that can afford to help you with your tuition.’ I thought that was an injustice.” Rachel Dolezal

“An injustice that a Black student, who has likely come from an underserved community with grossly disproportionate education inequalities, needs a scholarship? Let’s all take a moment to remember this is the same woman who taught Black women about Black struggle and held a leadership position in the NAACP. Now, try not to scream.” Christina Coleman

Xiomara A. Sosa, NCC, LPC-I (application pending)

Clinical Mental Health – Forensic Counselor

BS, Psychology

MS, Clinical Mental Health – Forensic Counseling

PhD, Human Services – Public Health (doctoral student)


Suicide risk for trans people can be reduced, new study shows

Ella was 14 when she attempted suicide for the first time.

She had always known she was different. Ever since she was a child, growing up in South Asia, she felt uncomfortable in her own skin. She would get beat up at school, and family members would make “weird comments” about her behaviour. After her family immigrated to Toronto when she was 11, it was even harder. “I had an accent, I dressed differently, I was shy … I was an easy target,” she says.