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.


Two studies shed light on state legislators’ views on ACEs science and trauma policy

New and returning lawmakers take the oath of office on day one of Washington state's 2017 legislative session. — Jeanie Lindsay/Northwest News Network As advocates prepare to see how ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) science, trauma, and resilience play out in the 2020 state legislative sessions — many beginning in January — they are undoubtedly asking: “What does a legislator want?" It may be a stretch to play on Freud’s question: “What does a women want?", but the query captures how...

ACEs Connection launches Cooperative of Communities

The ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities launches today. We want to continue to contribute to the ACEs movement for as long as it takes to create a worldwide healing-centered culture based on ACEs science. We want that to take hold in this world in the same way electricity has — we only notice it if it isn’t there. First, a clarification: Nothing on changes! Membership remains free! Everything our current 300+ communities use stays free, and remains free for new ones.

ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...

Ever After film and talkback with Common Justice: Fri Oct 4

Please join us for a thought-provoking evening at Lancaster Theological Seminary on Friday evening, Oct 4, 7pm-9pm, where we'll explore the trauma of violence and the hope of healing and resilience through a series of short films and a talkback session moderated by the national advocacy organization, Common Justice. Here's a bit about Common Justice: "Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying...

How Our Community can Deal with Trauma []

By Alice Yoder, Lancaster Online, September 22, 2019 Even though you cannot always see it on the outside, we are all more likely to have some kind of trauma or adverse childhood experience than to have none. With awareness, knowledge and the right tools, we can reduce stigma and create a supportive and safe community for everyone. We can make simple yet important changes that recognize daily challenges and fight the mental and physical health effects of trauma or ACEs. A restorative,...

Lancaster's Trauma-Informed Community initiative - Op-Ed Part 1 - Dr Jeffrey Martin

Lancaster Newspapers recently highlighted efforts in Lancaster County to move toward becoming a trauma-informed community with a series of 3 op-eds and a televised forum on ACEs. Here's one of the op-eds, from Dr. Jeffrey Martin, from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health:

Trauma-Informed Lancaster County Summit - Sep 26 & 27, 2019

You are invited! On Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, Let’s Talk, Lancaster will be hosting a 2-day Trauma-Informed Lancaster County Summit with training provided by Lakeside Global Institute . This Summit is sponsored by the 2017 PA Hurricane Supplemental Emergency Response Grant (SERG) in collaboration with the Office the Attorney General and Lakeside Global Institute, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, WellSpan Health and Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation. The...

Case Statement on Trauma Informed Approaches

Attached is a Case Statement on Trauma Informed Approaches--it is a review of the Greater Harrisburg Area's and beyond's ACE scores, the outcomes of these ACEs and some ideas of how to resolve the negative consequences of this crisis of epidemic proportions. Please use it to advance the cause of moving from the bad news of ACEs towards the good news of becoming trauma informed and resilient. I would also welcome your comments, questions and recommendations! Thank you.

Case Statement on Trauma Informed Approaches

Attached is a Case Statement on Trauma Informed Approaches--it is a review of the Greater Harrisburg Area's and beyond's ACE scores, the outcomes of these ACEs and some ideas of how to resolve the negative consequences of this crisis of epidemic proportions. Please use it to advance the cause of moving from the bad news of ACEs towards the good news of becoming trauma informed and resilient. I would also welcome your comments, questions and recommendations! Thank you.

Rep. Sappey's trauma-informed education signed into law []

By Daily Local News, July 5, 2019. Legislation to implement trauma-informed education in Pennsylvania schools has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, largely thanks to a bill authored by state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-158th Dist. Earlier this year H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200, which would implement approaches to student learning that recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma and integrates that knowledge into education-based policies, learning, procedures and practices, was introduced by...

PA State Resource Family Association - Training Trauma Informed Care

Jeff Merkert and Faye Hall are presenting a free conference on attachment, child development, and early trauma on June 29 in York. If you've never heard Jeff and Faye present or read their book Healing Traumatized Children, you may want to consider attending this event. They facilitate monthly parent support groups for children with early trauma/complicated attachment. A flyer is attached. Registration is here .

Trauma 101: New Aug/Sep training dates, and June seats still available

We wanted to let you know that new training dates for the Trauma 101 course have just been added for the months of August and September. Also there are still some seats available for sessions being offered in the last 2 weeks of June. We will continue to add new dates on a rolling basis throughout the year. This 4-hour training is offered free of charge to all attendees , thanks to support from the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Behavioral Health Community Impact Fund. Here's a link...

Supporting Older Trauma Survivors as They Heal Their Pasts, Grow Their Futures

Marie-Monique Marthol handed out the cards to older adults at meetings of her local civic association. With the pastor’s permission, she left some at a neighborhood church. She stacked them in restaurants, community centers and even at the laundromat. On the front, the cards read, “Time never runs out for change. Let go of fear and guilt. Focus on healing and growth from ACEs.” The flip side said, “Healing from your past; giving to your future.” They were slogans fine-tuned through months of...

Free film screening: Healing Neen

Those who have attended the Trauma 101 trainings have seen the film trailer for Healing Neen, the powerful true story of Tonier Cain, who suffered decades of abuse, neglect and trauma, and went on to become an internationally renowned motivational speaker and advocate for trauma-informed care. Here's your chance to see the full film about her life and work! Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm The Factory Ministries 3293 Lincoln Hwy East Paradise, PA 17562 Hope to see you there!

Two Simple Self-Care Strategies: Gratitude & Breathing

Two recent articles highlight research on some simple strategies for self-care that can reduce stress and help us be more focused, balanced and emotionally healthy. The first article is about the practice of gratitude. According to the article, "Scientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude can actually change your brain. Feeling gratitude can also be a great tool for overcoming depression and anxiety." Check out the full article about a practice of gratitude and how it can help the...

Another round of free Trauma 101 trainings in Lancaster County

In our continuing work toward developing a Trauma-Informed Lancaster, we are offering another round of public sessions of the course: Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care . CME's and NASW-PA CEU's are now available for this course. Please see the registration link below for full details. This training is designed to provide a foundational overview and awareness of trauma, resilience, and trauma-informed care for anyone in the community who interacts with...

The About Child Trauma Foundation is "Off to the Races!"

Description The About Child Trauma Foundation is "Off to the Races!" Whether you saddle up or trot on over, join us at the Conestoga Country Club to celebrate the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby . Don your favorite Derby Hat or Bow Tie and watch the Run for the Roses live streamed on an 85" screen. Gourmet dinner buffet, wine, beer and a superbly concocted Signature Drink round out the menu. Take a chance on your favorite horse, vote for the Best Derby Hat and Bow Tie. Prizes will be...

Hospital, Prison to Address Mental Health, Stress, Trauma []

AUGUSTA, MAINE (AP) — Maine 's corrections agency is working with a Massachusetts hospital to address mental health, stress and trauma impacting staffers and inmates. The Maine State Prison will hold wellness meetings Tuesday for staff members led by McLean Hospital clinicians. Such trainings will help staff manage and reduce the stress and trauma of their jobs and develop emotional regulation skills. Female offenders will also receive help advocating for their wellness needs. [For more on...

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.

April 4th Policy Forum: A Rising Tide: Understanding Incarceration’s Multigenerational Impact on Women, Girls, and Communities (Philadelphia, PA)

The Stoneleigh Foundation and Maternity Care Coalition are hosting a policy forum on April 4 titled, “A Rising Tide: Understanding Incarceration's Multigenerational Impact on Women, Girls, and Communities.” This day-long event will bring together policymakers, system stakeholders, industry leaders, advocates, and community members to explore how incarceration affects women, girls, and parenting families and to identify solutions promoting their health and well-being. REGISTRATION:...

Dr Pia Fenimore on Resilience Pediatricians are seeing epidemic-level numbers of children and teens with anxiety disorders and physical problems related to anxiety. I currently estimate that more than 25 percent of the problems I discuss with parents and children in a day are stress-related. Anxiety presents in so many ways in kids: school avoidance, sleep problems, headaches, panic attacks, depressed mood and...

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