Transforming Mental Health through an Integrated Health-Centered Approach to Child Welfare
As a representative microcosm of society, the child welfare system offers a real world opportunity to serve as a practical laboratory to pilot transformative integrated, health-centered and evidence-tested approaches to mental health that can be scaled to impact broader system change.
Human Trafficking of Minors and Childhood Adversity in Florida
A report was recently published detailing the relationship between human trafficking of minors and childhood adversity in Florida. Findings show that sexual abuse is the strongest predictor of human trafficking for both boys and girls, and that sexual abuse in childhood may actually function as a “gateway” to other forms of victimization. This research is some of the only in this field that provides adequate data on boys that have been sexually exploited.
Collaborative and Practical Solutions
Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the non-punitive, non-adversarial, trauma-informed model of care for children. Developed by Dr. Ross Greene, CPS model is recognized as an empirically-supported, evidence-based treatment by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). The model is based on the idea that challenging behavior in children occurs when expectations being placed upon them exceeds their capacity to respond adaptively. A collaborative partnership between adults and children allows the children themselves to engage in finding solutions to the problems within their lives, resulting in decreased likelihood of conflict, enhanced relationships and improved communication. Read More
For Better or Worse? System-Justifying Beliefs in Sixth-Grade Predict Trajectories of Self-Esteem and Behavior Across Early Adolescence
A newly published study in the peer-reviewed journal Child Development that finds traditionally marginalized youth who grew up believing in the American ideal that hard work and perseverance naturally lead to success show a decline in self-esteem and an increase in risky behaviors during their middle-school years. Read More
Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States
Voices for Florida has developed the Statewide Promising Best Practice Guidelines – Supporting a Continuum of Services for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Sex Trafficking. The goal of this guide is to connect users to information about practical ways to inform services for CSE victims and survivors. The guide was referenced by the Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in their 2017 Annual Report released in October 2017. Read More
From Victim to Healer: How Surviving Sex Trafficking Informs Therapeutic Practice
This account by Emily Waters, a sex trafficking survivor turned clinician, demonstrates how she has applied her experiences to become a successful healer for victims. Waters cites her advanced understanding of trauma, interpersonal relationships and personal empowerment after trafficking as assets she is able to use to help those who have been exploited. Through Waters’ background and dedication to helping others, it is evident why the role of the clinician is crucial to healing sex trafficking victims Read More
National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach
In support of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFER) Act, which ensures the most effective practices for collecting DNA evidence in sexual assault investigations, the National Institute of Justice released National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The report recommends specific practices focusing on victim-centered approaches for responding to sexual assault cases and supporting victims throughout the criminal justice process. Prioritizing collaborative, victim-centered and multidisciplinary approaches, this guide serves as a base on which agencies can develop protocols for untested sexual assault kits. Read More
Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care
70% of people who drop out of mental illness services do so after their first or second visit. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) accredits this to a lack of engagement with the individual seeking the services. This report expands on the impact that person-centered care and therapeutic alliance can have when treating brain diseases,calling for a cultural shift in traditional mental illness treatment. Read More
At Voices for Florida, we believe that every person really can make a difference, and that every difference made really does matter. It all starts with what you know. Voices for Florida empowers our members with knowledge – well-researched, evidence-based best practices and data on quality-of-life issues that are critical to us and our children’s future.
Sharing is the universal language of human interaction, which brain scientists call the essential ingredient for strengthening social ties and enhancing quality of life. At Voices for Florida, our members gain a sense of unity and common purpose by connecting and sharing high-impact knowledge.
Collaboration is not a spectator sport. Activities that bring people together to engage in collective problem-solving or raise awareness create powerful connections that can last a lifetime and literally change the world. Voices for Florida offers members diverse ways to get engaged and contribute to help build a better future for us all.
Rooted in the Old English word for “bold,” the act of building is inspired and driven by the courage and confidence that the effort will have impact. Simply put, when Voices for Florida members know, share and engage, they collectively drive better outcomes to build strong communities and successful families, creating a better future for our children.