Hope After Trauma – Resilience: What is it... Really?

Resilience is a common “buzz word” these days among parents, teachers, and childcare experts. We are often told to “hang in there,” or “stay strong,” “be resilient” - but what exactly does that mean and why is it important for children and adults?  Stacey Mietus offers the following thoughts and expert resources to explain the role of resilience in bouncing back from trauma.

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Colorín Colorado: Working with English Language Learners to Build a Foundation for a Successful Life

Colorin Colorado is not a political agency. They do not hold a partisan position in Washington nor do they participate in debates on national policy. Yet, their work with parents & teachers of English Language Learners provides a vital resource for many people who are immigrating to the United States. Thx to Lydia Breiseth for letting us know about the organization and Michael Krass for researching it. 

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A Salvadoran Immigrant’s Perspective on the Border Crisis

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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Author Spotlight on Ana Maria Serrano and her Trauma-Informed Spanish Language Children's Books

With degrees in sociology and education, Ana María Serrano founded Proyecto DEI in Mexico City 30 years ago and has worked tirelessly via that organization to provide support and resources to families from pregnancy through early childhood.  An educator, trainer, author, consultant, and children's book author, she has written four books in Spanish addressing various aspects of trauma that she is generously providing free-of-charge. Thanks to Stacey Mietus for contributing this piece.

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