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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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Building Resilience for Helping Professionals

Every day you are making a difference for people in our community. You connect them to resources, provide food, companionship, housing, financial assistance, spiritual care and so much more. Most importantly, you recognize every person in our community as a valuable asset. The work can be equally rewarding and stressful. We've put together the fact sheet attached below with information on warning signs of burnout and compassion fatigue, as well as tips and resources for staying in balance,...

Continuing Education Credits for new Penn Medicine LGH free online trauma training

Our new free, completely online/virtual training course, titled "Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma Informed Care", provides a foundational understanding of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), resilience, vicarious trauma, self-care, and trauma-informed care for anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families who may have experienced trauma, including law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, first responders, healthcare and behavioral health...

Online, self-paced trauma training series now available

Though we've had to put our classroom-based trauma trainings on hold, we're delighted to announce a new online, self-paced trauma training series that is free and available to anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families who may have experienced trauma, including law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, first responders, healthcare and behavioral health providers, human services professionals, educators, employers, government agencies, faith community...

Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed [PA Governor Tom Wolf Press Release]

July 27, 2020 As a companion to Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma initiative, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) is releasing the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA. This plan is the result of four months of work from OAR and the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank, formed in February. The think tank was made up of...

Contagious Self-Care Mini Podcast Series - 30 days of self-care

As we navigate through these uncertain times, self care has never been more important to our well-being. To that end, we've created a mini-podcast series titled "Contagious Self Care" consisting of short audio messages (mini-podcast style), each of which features a simple self-care practice. Each audio message is between 2 - 6 minutes long. To access the full series (30 days worth), click here: https://hearthis.at/melanie-snyder/set/contagious-self-care/ Peace. Be well. And remember to...

Classroom-based Trauma trainings cancelled in Lancaster thru end of June, 2020

We are committed to protecting the safety of our patients and community. This requires an abundance of caution during the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). To help limit the potential for unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 in our community, the Penn Medicine health system is temporarily cancelling all public events, including our classroom-based Trauma trainings at the Lancaster General Suburban Pavilion. At this time, all trauma trainings through the end of June, 2020 will be...

TIC Take Five: Five Senses Grounding Technique

This pandemic has aroused a swirl of really difficult feelings for virtually everyone. We may be feeling afraid, angry, anxious, confused, depressed, helpless, overwhelmed, sad, terrified, vulnerable, or any of a host of other emotions. Simply acknowledging what we’re feeling, allowing ourselves to feel these things, without judgment, is an important part of self-care. As I told the students in an online class I taught a few evenings ago: Please know this: whatever you are feeling in the...

TIC Take Five: Navigating through Grief: Supports for Ourselves and Others

In an article last week in Harvard Business Review, titled “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”, grief expert David Kessler names the multiple types of losses we’re experiencing in the midst of the current global COVID 19 pandemic: loss of normalcy, loss of a sense of safety, loss of work (for some), financial losses, loss of connection. As a result, many of us are going through stages of grief, individually and collectively. “There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus...

Contagious Self-Care Mini Podcast Series launched

In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, we've decided to try a little experiment in a different kind of contagion. Many of us are struggling with numerous stresses, hardships, grief and traumas associated with this situation. It’s never been more important for us to take care of ourselves AND to take care of each other. So 3 days each week we'll record a simple 3-minute self care audio message (mini-podcast style), send it to 3 people we know, ask them to listen to the recording for their own...

TIC Take Five: Walking: The Best Medicine

“Walking is the best medicine.” - Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC), Greek physician, widely regarded the "Father of Western Medicine" Under our current #StayAtHome orders, one of the few things we can still do outside of our homes is take a walk. And it turns out Hippocrates was right. Modern research has shown walking really IS good medicine - improving our physical health, boosting our immune system, increasing longevity, preventing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression...

Inside the Adverse Childhood Experience Score: Strengths, Limitations, and Misapplications

Many organizations are committing to the work of becoming trauma-informed. One of the early questions that often arises in these organizations is whether to adopt some type of screening or assessment tool to gather information on the trauma histories of clients/consumers/patients/students. Some organizations, after learning about the original ACES Study, consider using the ACES questionnaire or some variant of it as this type of screening or assessment tool. In our trauma trainings, we...

TIC Take Five: The Power of Positive Emotions

“One ship drives east and another drives west With the self-same winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales Which tells us the way to go. Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate, As we voyage along through life, ‘Tis the set of a soul That decides its goal And not the calm or the strife.” ~ poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, (1850 - 1919) “The Winds of Fate” Researcher, author and professor, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson , has studied the power of positive emotions * such as...

TIC Take Five: Awe: A healing antidote

Awe: a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. An overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like. Carl Sagan once said, "Every aspect of nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe." Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that "awe — as opposed to joy, pride, amusement, contentment and other positive emotions — is the singular sensation that goes the furthest in...

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