Butte Thrives (Butte County, CA)

We have come together to understand and to raise awareness about the impact that adverse childhood experiences have on our children, our friends and neighbors, and our community.

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Sesame Street Resources for Families Coping After Natural Disasters

In the aftermath of recent hurricanes and wildfires, the Sesame Street in Communities team wanted to reach out to provide information on our available resources to help families cope in the aftermath of natural disasters, and other traumatic experiences. Bilingual videos, articles, printables and more, are all available for free on our website at www.sesamestreetincommunities.org . Here are the links to a few topic pages that may be most useful to you as you work with families in the...

Camp Fire: Return to school about giving students some long-needed normalcy [chicoer.com]

CHICO — His new math book in hand, 14-year-old George Rood walked over to the impromptu photo backdrop in the Pleasant Valley High School library to get his picture taken for his new student ID card. George never expected to be starting anew this early into high school. The Paradise High freshman was forced out of his Magalia home when the Camp Fire came bearing down on the ridge where his family lived, fleeing with his grandmother and little brother and leaving behind the last sense of...

Overcoming a Lifetime of Trauma, Then Facing a New One: Wildfire [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

KQED News Monday, November 19, 2018 Sabrina Hanes has faced a lot of trauma in her life, most of it in her childhood. As part of her healing, she moved to a Northern California town called Paradise. There she built strength and community, but that was upended when the Camp Fire tore through Paradise, burning her home and turning her life upside down. I followed Hanes through her daily routine in Paradise last summer, to learn how she’s developed resilience. I then caught up with Hanes after...

A Resource for Emotional Recovery

In response to last year's wildfires in Sonoma County, my colleagues and I created a resource to help people with emotional recovery from any kind of disaster. It's called the When It's Too Much Toolkit and it offers a variety of ways to think about and address the toxic stress generated during unexpected events.

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ACEs 101

Thank you to local Therapist Matt Reddam who provided an ACEs 101 training to Butte County ACEs coalition members at the March 2016 meeting. Great stuff!Read More...

Trauma Informed Agency Assessments

Matthew Reddam
One of the primary tenants of creating a "Trauma Informed System" is examining what exactly "Trauma Informed" means.  Although a universal definition hasn't been uniformly accepted, there are some core competencies and areas of focus that emerge when examining current literature.  A starting point for many agencies/systems is to begin by taking an Trauma Informed Agency Assessment.  Attached is a link to the Trauma Transformed Trauma Informed Assessment Grid.  The grid...Read More...
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