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Death, rapes, and broken bones at Philly's only residential treatment center for troubled youth [Philly.com]

Shortly after David Hess died in a struggle with staffers at Wordsworth last fall, the state shuttered the West Philadelphia facility , decrying it as “an immediate and serious danger” to the children who lived there. The death of Hess, 17 – ruled a homicide – was yet another violent chapter in a hidden history of abuse at the city’s only residential treatment center for troubled young people. In the last decade, at least 49 sex crimes have been reported at Wordsworth, including 12 rapes and...

What's technology got to do with it?

On Saturday 4/29, Michael O'Bryan, activist, artist, Youth Arts Program Manager at the Village of Arts of Humanities and PATF member will explore the role that technology can play in addressing the impact of trauma and physiological stress on individuals and communities. The event will also inquire about the opportunities for technology to aid organizations and people interested in cultivating human well-being. Mike will be giving a short presentation on the current science of how...

Relax, heal, learn (thenotebook.org)

Pam Bunyon faced the 4th graders, some splayed in chairs but most arrayed on the rug before her. On the whiteboard, she showed them the outline of a human head. Next to it were some big words for the 9- and 10-year-olds: Cortex . Amygdala . Brain stem . Bunyon, the counselor at Powel Elementary School, was using science to help students understand their impulses and give them strategies to deal with them. “So we don’t flip out,” as she and the class put it. Bunyon took classes on anger,...

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Request for Qualifications

Caitlin O'Brien
On behalf of NKCDC and Impact Services, Philadelphia LISC is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a single consultant or team to help design a trauma-informed community development training curriculum for resident leaders and community stakeholders. The deadline to receive proposals is February 28, 2017. Questions can be directed no later than February 24th by email at dhanchin@lisc.org.Read More...
A video of a Dad apparently abusing his daughter in a department store is bringing attention to the question of when it is appropriate for observers to intervene. I've been asked to write a post on this for the Healthy Kids blog at philly.com and think it would be most meaningful to include quotes from Philly area colleagues. Want to share a brief, quotable thought ? Please reply by Friday and include your name and title if the editors use your comment. Thank you! Reference links:...Read More...
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PCTC/PhilaSoup Collaboration Grants are designed to encourage teachers in Philadelphia public schools to look for innovative, fun and effective ways to increase teacher collaboration, improve teacher and school morale, and establish stronger cultures of cooperation, collaboration and support within their schools. Applications are due on March 14th. For more information, please click here .Read More...
Many leaders and administrators of small, non-profit, human-service organizations recognize the need for their "on-the-ground" employees to be trauma-aware, trauma-sensitive and trauma-competent (in those varying degrees, depending on what they actually do).  A recent dialogue with some direct-service colleagues resulted in the question: What brief, accessible and inexpensive educational programs are available in Philadelphia to accomplish this for small non-profits with a...Read More...
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