Lancaster County (PA) ACEs & Resilience Connection

Working collaboratively with schools, business, healthcare, government agencies, social services, criminal justice systems, healthcare organizations & faith communities to become a trauma-informed community. We invite all concerned citizens, professionals & advocates to partner with us to raise awareness about trauma & its effects, to build resilience, and offer hope & healing.

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Empowered through Understanding: Trauma, Triggers, and the Brain

One plump, juicy, dusty purple Concord grape. That’s all it took for a sudden, overwhelming mix of rage, loss, sadness, and panicky fear to flood over me, leaving me sitting in my kitchen, shaking, heart pounding, with tears streaming down my face. Then, blind-sided, I wondered, What the hell just happened? The short answer: That one tiny grape was a trauma trigger, though I’d had no idea before popping it into my mouth that it would be. It turns out that the smell (and taste) of that one...

New PA Trauma-Informed Network initiative announced at meeting in Lancaster

Pennsylvania’s Executive Deputy Attorney General, Rob Reed, came to Lancaster on August 22nd to meet with a group of local non-profit and community coalition leaders who have been working to make their respective organizations and coalitions “trauma-informed”. Representatives from many sectors of the Lancaster County community attended, including professionals working in education, healthcare, mental health/behavioral health, criminal justice, housing, city and county government, family and...

Round-up of self-care resources

Here are links to some good self-care resources & resources for developing/strengthening resilience: Body work/techniques: www.Capacitar.org - go to "Research" then "Emergency Kit" download BrainPickings.org https://www.brainpickings.org/ Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide (SAMHSA): http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Dealing-with-the-Effects-of-Trauma-A-Self-Help-Guide/SMA-3717 Family violence prevention resources (The Amazing Brain Institute for Safe Families):...

With new proposal, trauma-informed care could become standard in Pa. schools [WHYY.org]

If a pair of powerful Pennsylvania state senators get their way, a burgeoning approach to managing student behavior could become a mandate. State Sens. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, and Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, announced a proposal last week to create a “trauma-informed system of education.” The central plank of their proposal is a requirement that all teachers, school board members, and school employees “with direct contact with students” receive trauma-informed training. The details don’t...

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