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Why the nation should screen all students for trauma like California does


November 17, 2019

Sunny Shin Virginia Commonwealth University

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Sunny Shin, Virginia Commonwealth University

(THE CONVERSATION) As the first person to hold the new role of Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is pushing an unprecedented plan to implement universal screenings for childhood trauma within the state’s schools.

Childhood trauma is defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as an “emotionally painful or distressful” event that “often results in lasting...

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