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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Governor Newsom announces Nadine Burke Harris to be CA's first-ever surgeon general

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a national leader in pediatric medicine, to serve as California’s first-ever Surgeon General. There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community around early warning signs and childhood determinants of serious health outcomes. As California's Surgeon General, Dr. Burke Harris will urge policymakers at every level of government and leaders across the state to consider the social determinants of health,...

Trauma in Paradise: A California school system focuses on mental health after devastating fire [edsource.org]

The flames have long since died down, but Fiona Roberts, a high school senior, remains haunted by the memory of being trapped with her mother in a slow-motion race for their lives on the morning of Nov. 8, the day the Camp Fire swallowed Paradise. Driving from their home in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the left-hand side of the road, they gasped at the pop of backyard propane tanks exploding and the sight of embers the size of butterflies swirling in the air. Their fear held its tightest grip...

How a story about childhood trauma in Paradise became one of community trauma [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

My project for the Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship was focused on childhood trauma, zeroing in on a town in Northern California. In the fall, that town — Paradise, California — burned in a harrowing wildfire. The story quickly changed to one of community loss. The story of trauma in two counties My initial project was about Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. ACEs are one way to quantify how much childhood trauma a person has experienced before the age of 18. Through...

New Self Help App for Trauma Relief available for free from the Peaceful Heart Network

Ulf Sandstrom and Gunilla Hamne of Peaceful Heart Network have spent years in Africa and now in Europe teaching survivors of civil wars and other traumas the Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT), which uses a simplified version of EFT tapping to relieve stress and trauma from the body without using words. They recently released a free app (available in multiple languages) with easy-to-follow video instructions. This would be a great way to introduce children to tapping. Here's what they had to...

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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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