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[WEBINAR] Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: How to Tell Your Community Story GRC 2.0 Celebrate

ACEs Connection presents, "Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL)", an interactive webinar training series focused on developing existing and potential online community managers and IRL ACEs champions. This series is dedicated to providing insight into creating sustainable and effective online & IRL ACEs initiatives. In this fifth session, we’ll talk about why it's so critical to tell your story far and wide. This incudes how to blog and share...

Stephen Porges on the Body's Response to Trauma

Stephen Porges: ‘Survivors are blamed because they don’t fight’ Excellent interview with trauma expert Stephen Porges. His work gets right at the intersection of experience and what can be life-long effects of traumatic events. From the article: "The point that we have to understand is that when a person has a reaction or response to trauma, the body interprets the traumatic event as a life threat. There’s a massive re-tuning of how the nervous system works, how it regulates underlying...

USA Today covers the effects of domestic violence on children

The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood Jayne O'Donnell and Mabinty Quarshie , USA TODAY Published 9:59 a.m. ET Jan. 29, 2019 | Updated 7:03 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019 The Sanchez brothers' lives unraveled when alleged violence between their parents caused them to put their dreams on hold. Children who witness domestic violence at home have increased risks of PTSD, poor health and a far higher likelihood of depression. Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY...

Systemic oppression and Systems Improvement Work (that's us!)

Sam Thomas sent this - "It is a quick read highlighting the importance of acknowledging our own roles in oppressive systems and offers 6 questions to ask when looking at advancing equity in systems change. The author cautions that it is not easy to reflect in this way but that is it necessary. It...made me think of our BFC-VT work and wonder if other trainers would find it a valuable read." Insights Countering Systems of Oppression Reflections on Racial Responsibility in Systems Improvement...

Uplifting Video that Demonstrates Community Resilience Building

This is a joy to watch and a great example of how to build resilience in very simple ways. It is a great example to those people so anxious to "DO SOMETHING." Making connections with strangers is doing a whole heck of a lot and could be the first step in any community - can you make it the norm in your community that everyone says hello to one another? It used to be that way in Montpelier - it isn't anymore. Can we change that? Not just in Montpelier, but across Vermont. It may seem...

Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Organizing Your ACEs Initiative [Video]

The second session of the Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & IRL (In Real Life) was a success. Many members tuned in and were able to learn more about mission/vision statements, creating norms and strategic planning. I have embedded the video in this post. The third session, Launching Your ACEs Initiative , will take place March 15th. If you have any questions about the series, please contact Ingrid Cockhren , TN & Midwest Community Facilitator.

Thank you to ACEs Connection - an AMAZING Resource

This is just a quick note to thank ACEs Connection for the incredible resources that are offered simply as a result of joining the website. In Vermont we are busy with our "Building Flourishing Communities" initiative, built on Laura Porter's Self-Healing Communities model. We are 18 months into our work and have just secured a second round of funding by being part of a federal grant that our Child Development Division won. We are very small, and have very little bandwidth for anything other...

Healing ACE's

Healing Childhood Trauma I’d like to thank each member of ACE’s Connection for all your work helping and supporting children through various activities and organizations. You are clearly a collection of people who care about the children of the world. It is in recognition of these efforts that I ask you to consider two books on healing childhood trauma. They represent a life-time partnership dedicated to raising and educating healthy children. Secondly, I’d like to ask you for a word of...

Great resource to search ACEs-related legistlation, bills & resolutions (by state)

Hi Everyone: Just wanted to share a few tools. Did you know there's a database on the National State Legislators site where you can search by state and by ACEs? Here's the link to this amazing tool. Here's what the database looks like. Did you know you can find ACEs and Ti laws and resolutions on a page of the Mapping the Movement tool? This is maintained by our technology lead, @Samantha Sangenito ACEs Connection Staff. Just be sure to click on the state you're interested in to see the bills and...

1st Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference

HERE this NOW is thrilled to announce its first annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference. The event will take place May 9th-May 11th at The Woodbound Inn in Rindge, NH. The event locale was selected for its central location in New England (2-hours from Boston, 3-hours from Portland, 4-hours from Albany). This conference experience will be unlike other conference formats. Registration is limited to 40 participants to maximize psychological safety, depth of learning, and individualized...

Faces of ACEs Video Showing at Savoy Theater Great Success!

It was a full house last at the Savoy Theater, in Montpelier VT, to see Kim Pierce's video, "Faces of ACEs." They had a second showing since not everyone who had come out on a windy, snowy Sunday evening could get in for the first showing. The video is a very moving account of Kim's work screening her patients at the Plainfield Health Center for ACEs, and their responses to the screening. It is clear that the discussions about ACEs and their connections to life patterns is transformative for...

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