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A Tale from a Teacher’s Heart

© 2021 Will Bledsoe, Ph.D.

I couldn’t wait to teach my first college class. I knew in the depth of my being that I was born to teach. My brother was a teacher. My sister was a teacher. My sister-in-law was a teacher. Both my grandparents were teachers. My uncle and aunt were teachers and so were my cousins. Everyone in my family was a teacher. Deciding to become a teacher in my late 30’s was like coming home.  

I was so smug. I was sure my students would be enthralled with the intricacies of ancient cultural traditions and ritual ceremonies of healing. Who...

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Conversations that Heal

By: Will Bledsoe, Ph.D. (2021)

While the fight over the pandemic, vaccines, and mandates rages on (and I use both terms deliberately), there is one nonnegotiable issue that needs to be addressed – regardless of which 'side of the mask' we're on. 

That issue is the diminishing mental and emotional health that people are experiencing right now as a result of the pandemic.

The mental and emotional traumatic stress the pandemic has caused for many is real. And now, with the looming threat of the latest variant emerging (Omicron), the existential fears are being compounded. ...

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From Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive

The Case for Trauma-Informed

By: Will Bledsoe, Ph.D. (2018)

Given the massive shifts and new knowledge generated in the fields of trauma, the brain, and neuroscience, there is an expanding recognition in a variety of contexts that a trauma-informed approach to working with people is an essential part of effective policy, practice, and institutional organization.


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