Navigating the Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

From painting pumpkins and apple picking to participating in nightly family dinners, one’s childhood experiences are the building blocks of their adult future. Unfortunately, it is also common for a young person to have experiences over the course of their childhood that are not as happy or positive. For those who are exposed to trauma …

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The Silent Threat of Suicidality and Mental Illness in the Workplace

This blog addresses mental illnesses in the workplace, including suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255 for free, confidential support.   In 2017, an email from a software company CEO named Ben Congleton went viral. It started when a …

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Addressing Suicide Ideation: How to Find the Right Therapist

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. Many adults who experience suicidal thoughts do not access mental health services, and those who do begin treatment often do not finish it. In fact, the American Psychological Association has found …

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Accompanying a Loved One Through Grief

Anyone who has lived for any length of time has experienced loss and grief. It’s an inevitable part of life. Having friends and family comfort us and help us through those times is critical. But, what happens when it isn’t clear to us what the person needs, what is appropriate, or we’re uncomfortable with the …

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Nancy Spargo to Present on Early Childhood Screenings at AlignSTL

On March 7 and 8, 2018, EducationPlus in conjunction with Ready by 21 will host the AlignSTL Conference at UMSL. St. Louis Center for Family Development CEO Nancy Spargo will co-present alongside Sanaria Sulaiman, Director of Project LAUNCH, about early childhood screenings for social emotional development. Spargo is the Chair of the Health and Mental Health Committee …

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Ms. Spargo interviewed by National Public Radio about Immigration Service Provider Network

Nancy Spargo, CEO and Co-Founder currently  leads the Immigration Service Provider Network as an initiative within the social impact efforts of St. Louis Center for Family Development. The Immigrant Service Providers Network (ISPN) supports the foreign born and their families in the St. Louis region by increasing community resources, advocating for inclusive policies and services, …

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STLCFD CEO, Nancy Spargo presenting at Empower Missouri

Please join our CEO, Nancy Spargo, at the annual conference for Empower Missouri, Changing the Story: From Trauma to Hope on October 6 and 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. Nancy will be presenting a pre- conference institute entitled Rewriting the Trauma Narrative.  The conference will feature two national leaders in the field as well. http://empowermissouri.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Save-the-Date-2.pdf

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Confronting Childhood Trauma in Neighborhoods of Poverty and Color

More than 70 community professionals ttended the forum, “Confronting Childhood Trauma in Neighborhoods of Poverty and Color” on Feb. 29 at Vision for Children at Risk. The forum was presented by the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council. The program began with viewing of the “Wounded Places” segment of “The Raising of America” series, describing childhood trauma and toxic stress. The video …

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Confronting Childhood Trauma Program on February 29

“Confronting Childhood Trauma in Neighborhoods of Poverty and Color” Program will be held on Monday, February 29, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Vision for Children at Risk, 2433 N. Grand Blvd., 63106 (at North Market). There will be a documentary viewing and discussion of “The Raising of America” episode: “Wounded Places” as well as follow-up to November’s …

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Give DV The Boot!

St. Louis Center for Family Development supports the Women’s Safe House in giving domestic violence the boot on October 20, 2015.

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STLCFD’s COO, in conjunction with Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, will be discussing Borderline Personality Disorder in response to the film Welcome to Me.

STLCFD’s COO, in conjunction with Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri,  will be discussing Borderline Personality Disorder in response to the film Welcome to Me.  Description: Film-showing and Discussion Welcome to Me CEUs available Join us on Tuesday, November 3 as we use film, clinical presentation and discussion to understand Borderline Personality Disorder and treatment. Ryan Lindsay, LCSW and …

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New groups helps immigrants, refugees find their way to services in St. Louis

Many organizations in St. Louis have made a concerted effort recently to be more welcoming to refugees and immigrants. But that doesn’t mean that when people get here they have an easy adjustment. That process should be made easier, some say, with a new effort called the Immigrant Service Providers Network. The group, announced Tuesday at …

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COLLEGE ESSAYS: College essays help teens confront past, plan future

ST. LOUIS – Right about now, aspiring high school seniors across the country are undertaking the vexing task of writing college essays. Some will write about excelling in sports. Others might write about a trip or volunteer job that changed their outlook on life, all in an effort to show word-weary admission officers something vital …

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