Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Domestic Human Trafficking

The Collective Advocates has been afforded the opportunity to work alongside some amazing social advocates and organizations this past year, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF being one of them.
In support of the work the End Trafficking Project is doing, to raise awareness about domestic human trafficking, The Collective Advocates is sharing the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's new PSA featuring UNICEF Ambassador/actress, Angie Harmon.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

What Do We Know?

Photo by: Marco Bellucci

When did we become scared to tell each other the truth about the way we behave? In so many instances I see people witnessing absurd behavior, sometimes even joining in on the behavior but not doing anything about trying to change destructive behavior. Why?
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: Our Parents Didn't Have Mental Illness

#It's a myth that earlier generations didn't suffer from mental illness

#Earlier in mental health's history, people didn't see mental health professionals in outpatient settings to treat mental illness

#Many mental health diagnoses are biologically based

#Mental illness does run in families but there are instances where people don't know their family's mental health history

#In earlier times, mental health treatment was provided in extreme ways to treat the mentally insane and criminals
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Human Trafficking Campaign

This year, The Collective Advocates for Social Change & Development, Inc., is creating a yearlong campaign to raise awareness on domestic human trafficking. We need your support in helping to create nationwide attention and discussion of this devastating social issue. 

As many people know, human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, exists around the globe. But what most people don't know is that human trafficking also exists in a large part right here in the United States. Human beings as young as 12 years old are trafficked regularly into commercial sex trafficking, prostitution, domestic servitude and forced labor. Many people don't make it out of the modern slave trade psychologically or physically well, if they make it out at all. This is where you come in!

You can get involved in our campaign from anywhere in the United States. Simply complete an Advocate form through our website and we will be in touch to share the many ways you can help Take Action! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

We Celebrate!: Classic & Radical/ Contemporary & Not-So...

Listen to segment from a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech we don't often hear. He highlights an important anniversary on POTUS' 2nd inauguration and so much more!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: When Boys Can't Concentrate & Fidget Most Likely It's ADHD

#There are many reasons why children, not only boys, have difficulty concentrating and can't stay still for extended periods of time

#Although boys (13.2%) are diagnosed with ADHD at higher rates than girls (5.2%), girls can also experience symptoms of ADHD*

#Difficulty sustaining attention and distractability are only a few signs of the disorder

#Hyperactivity and impulsivity have to be present for 6 months & manifest in various settings such as in school, in after-school programs and/or at home
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The How-To

Photo by Victor1558
As of late, this is something I've been contemplating--the how-to of doing things--from establishing processes for our nonprofit to supervising staff, to mentoring Social Work students. How do we do...anything? Do we ever think about it? Maybe we just go at doing things and see what happens. If you know like I do now, that could lead to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, overworked and tired, not to mention, occasionally confused and forgetful.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Great Expectations

Photo by Arantxmex
I was wondering how much time do you spend with your friends these days? I mean, when you have a career, a family, school, a relationship and everything else how much time do you actually have to spend with your friends? Is it different now then it was, say, when you were in high school or college? And if you're like me, maybe you miss the fun and closeness you had with some of your friends from back then that's different then the time you have with them now. What happens that changes our relationships with people? Is it that we don't "find" the time or we don't make the commitment to finding time? And what do we expect from our friends now that we're in the real world?
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: Aggression, Perpetual Lying & Breaking Rules Are A Part of Growing Up

#Conduct Disorder in children and adolescents is a serious moral and social issue that includes significant warning signs

#Aggression & physical cruelty to people and animals is a warning sign that is atypical of appropriate adolescent behavior

#Bullying, threatening, fighting & forcing someone into sexual activity is deviant and signs can appear before adolescence

#Deliberately setting fires or intentionally damaging other people's property is cause to be concerned

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2013

January is a month of symbolic anniversaries including the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and now, the 1st annual National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Our president has publicly acknowledged at the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference last September that slavery still exists. During that week POTUS  released an Executive Order that conveys the federal government's commitment to transparency in overseas relations to slave labor. Now, with his most recent proclamation he provides us his concerted efforts to eradicate modern-day slavery on every level.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year---You Made It!

It's here--#2013--you made it through! And what you didn't do but hoped to last year maybe you can do this year. What you haven't tried possibly you will try. What you didn't know you may soon find out. So go get it!
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: Psychotherapy Is For White Folks

#Although a majority of mental health professionals are Caucasian, there are mental health professionals who are Latino, African American, Asian and other

#Under some insurance plans, clients may have access to a database for professionals from different ethnic groups, genders, cultures and religions

#Typically, minorities do not often self disclose personal/relational issues outside of their race, family or religious group

#Mental health professionals are trained in cultural sensitivity
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Blog Talk Radio

Guest: Youth spokesperson for New Breed Life Arts and Fairgirls Advocate Victoria Pannell

Segment: "Human Trafficking in the U.S."
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1st Thursdays BTR

MIC 1st Thursdays Coming To You! 1/3/13

Check out co-host Asha Tarry on SIH/BTR this Thursday at our new day and time, 9pm EST!