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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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Re: Empowered through Understanding: Trauma, Triggers, and the Brain

Melanie G Snyder ·
Melanie: Is it o.k. to share this on the main ACEs page? You write and inform and share all at the same time. Thank you for sharing this and breaking it down and also sharing what you did to work with this unexpected trigger. I always admire ALL the work you are doing. Thank you for sharing! Cissy
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Re: Empowered through Understanding: Trauma, Triggers, and the Brain

Melanie G Snyder ·
Hey Cissy- thank you so much for your lovely affirmation - and yes, I'd be honored to have this shared on the main ACEs page. Thanks so much for offering to do that. Blessings, Melanie
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Re: Empowered through Understanding: Trauma, Triggers, and the Brain

Melanie G Snyder ·
Melanie: I just saw this on the home page today. THANKS FOR DOING THIS. I love this piece. I'm sorry for slow response. I am still catching up post ACEs Conference. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, writing and experience. Cissy
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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...
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Another round of free Trauma 101 trainings in Lancaster County

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

Mark Houck ·
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:...
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Case Statement on Trauma Informed Approaches

Ellen Smith ·
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.
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Case Statement on Trauma Informed Approaches

Ellen Smith ·
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.
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Department of Counseling and Behavioral Health & Trauma Conference

Jeanne Felter ·
Thomas Jefferson University's newly formed Department of Counseling and Behavioral Health has generated its first-ever newsletter . If you're interested in trauma-informed training and education , or if you simply want to stay abreast of the work of some great clinicians, researchers, advocates and aspiring professionals, please have a look. The Community and Trauma Counseling program currently has Art Therapy options and is launching two new specializations and certificates this summer: (1)...
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Empowered through Understanding: Trauma, Triggers, and the Brain

Melanie G Snyder ·
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...
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Free film screening: Healing Neen

Melanie G Snyder ·
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!
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How Our Community can Deal with Trauma [lancasteronline.com]

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,...
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LOHF Grant Partners Cohort Invitation: May 2nd

Anna Brendle Kennedy ·
We hope you’ll join us for a small forum on trauma-informed care at our office on Wednesday, May 2nd from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Our intention is to create a space for you, our current and past grant partners, to foster a discussion on trauma-informed care * and assess our capacity to become a trauma-informed community, with a particular focus on children’s behavioral health. We’ll share some updates on current county-wide work that is being done on trauma-informed care and look forward to...
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PA State Resource Family Association - Training Trauma Informed Care

Anna Brendle Kennedy ·
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 . https://www.psrfa.org/psrfa-training-york-pa/
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Real Resilience is now a PODCAST

Crystal Wyatt ·
Women who support an incarcerated loved one finally has a place to share their stories on the Real Resilience P.W.L. Podcast.
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Round-up of self-care resources

Melanie G Snyder ·
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):...
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Stress Relief During COVID-19: from Dr Nadine Burke Harris

Melanie G Snyder ·
Hi - here's a helpful document with some down-to-earth tips and Six Stress-Busting Strategies along with things to limit, things to embrace and a self-care plan template for adults, published by the California Surgeon General - Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. See attachment below.
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Supporting Older Trauma Survivors as They Heal Their Pasts, Grow Their Futures

Anndee Hochman ·
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...
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Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Take Five: Self-Care in Troubling Times

Melanie G Snyder ·
Our mantra in all of the trauma trainings we conduct is: “Good self-care is not selfish - it’s our professional and ethical responsibility.” Yet, we know that amid the stresses of everyday work, family, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to remember, let alone carve out time, to practice good self-care. The current troubling times and the global coronavirus pandemic have added exponentially to our collective anxiety, with uncertainties, pressures, and worries, including the health...
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The Resilient Professional

Melanie G Snyder ·
Here's the second installment of our monthly series of "curated resources" for our Trauma Informed Lancaster County partners to help keep the momentum going in our individual, organizational and community-wide efforts toward becoming more trauma-informed. Resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of threat.” (American Psychological Association) But resilience is NOT about just “toughing it out” or “getting over...
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Therapeutic Spiral Model Keeps Trauma Survivors Safe While Healing

Karen Carnabucci ·
The model is an integration of classical psychodrama, object relations and recent advances in trauma theory to provide additional safety and structure when working with survivors of trauma.
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TIC Take Five: Awe: A healing antidote

Melanie G Snyder ·
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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TIC Take Five: Fingerholds Technique for managing overwhelming emotions and stress

Melanie G Snyder ·
Though we are still in the "early days" of what the experts predict will likely be a long period of profound changes to our everyday lives, I've already (prematurely? ridiculously optimistically?) been trying to imagine what it will be like when we are finally able to return to whatever may become our "new normal." When schools and colleges re-open, businesses that have managed to remain solvent through this crisis resume business, government agencies return to their core functions, human...
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TIC Take Five: Five Senses Grounding Technique

Melanie G Snyder ·
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...
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TIC Take Five: Walking: The Best Medicine

Melanie G Snyder ·
“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...
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Trauma 101: New Aug/Sep training dates, and June seats still available

Anna Brendle Kennedy ·
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...
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Trauma-informed criminal justice efforts in Lancaster, PA

Melanie G Snyder ·
The RMO for Returning Citizens, a prisoner reentry coalition in Lancaster County, PA, is leading an effort to build the foundation for a trauma-informed criminal justice system there. Our efforts to train all corrections officers and parole officers about trauma are highlighted in this article: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/trauma-informed-training-for-lancaster-county-corrections-and-parole-officers/article_dfc9a524-292f-11e7-b008-8f12e2682c1f.html
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How to become a trauma-informed community: Trauma-Informed Oregon's Roadmap

Melanie G Snyder ·
Like the thousands of miles of mountain roads I drove on my 3-week trip in 2017 to visit trauma-informed communities in the Pacific Northwest and Canada (I drove a total of 3,011 miles, to be exact!), the road to develop a trauma-informed community has loops, twists and turns. And as with any journey, there are bound to be wrong turns, dead ends, roadblocks, detours, and days when you just plain get lost. Thankfully, there are increasing numbers of tour guides and roadmaps to help...
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Two Simple Self-Care Strategies: Gratitude & Breathing

Melanie G Snyder ·
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...
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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...
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Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for Your Team

Melanie G Snyder ·
Here's the first in a planned monthly series of "curated resources" for our Trauma Informed Lancaster County partners to help keep the momentum going in our individual, organizational and community-wide efforts toward becoming more trauma-informed. Trauma-informed care has a two-pronged focus on: the safety and well-being of the people your organization serves (clients, consumers, program participants, patients, students, etc), AND the safety and well-being of your organization’s staff. With...
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How to become a Trauma-Informed Community - Lessons from Walla Walla-PART 2

Melanie G Snyder ·
Here's a second post from my visit to Walla Walla to learn all I could from them about how they've developed a trauma-informed community. ( ICYMI: here's my first post mapping out Walla Walla's step-by-step approach to building a trauma-informed community ) Integrating the knowledge about ACEs, brain science, and resilience into practice has been a cornerstone of Walla Walla's trauma-informed community initiative. At every monthly meeting of their Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) team,...
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What is a trauma-informed community, anyway?

Melanie G Snyder ·
What is a trauma-informed community? One definition, from The Wilson Foundation, in Rochester, NY, is: “A strategic approach that links all community sectors together around the effects of trauma, while preventing gaps in services for clients.” But I like this description from an article about Tarpon Springs, Florida, one of the first communities in the US to declare itself a trauma-informed community: "Being a trauma-informed community means that Tarpon Spring has made a commitment to...
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With new proposal, trauma-informed care could become standard in Pa. schools [WHYY.org]

Clare Reidy ·
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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1000th person trained thru RMO's Trauma trainings

Melanie G Snyder ·
1000. That’s the number of people in Lancaster County who have now completed one of the trauma trainings offered through the Community Action Partnership's #RMOforReturningCitizens and partners over the past 18 months. This is a pretty significant milestone in the collective community effort toward making Lancaster County a trauma-informed community. We’ve trained people from many parts of the criminal justice system, including about 400 corrections officers, parole officers, police...
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Re: How Our Community can Deal with Trauma [lancasteronline.com]

This training is excellent, providing education and deep insight into the impact of trauma in our society but offers ways to tap into the resilience that leads to healing.
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Re: 1000th person trained thru RMO's Trauma trainings

Melanie G Snyder ·
Melanie: This is fantastic, inspiring and impressive. Happy 1000 to the Lancaster County Community! Thanks for sharing this great news! CIssy
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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...
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Contagious Self-Care Mini Podcast Series launched

Melanie G Snyder ·
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...
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Client Trauma Histories: Screening/Assessment vs. Universal Precautions

Melanie G Snyder ·
How do we know if a client has history of trauma? Do we need to know the specific types of trauma someone has experienced? Each organization and each professional will need to answer these questions for themselves based on the nature of their work with clients Some organizations and professionals may truly need to know the specifics of a client’s trauma history in order to serve them appropriately Many organizations and helping professionals may not need to delve into the specifics or ask...
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Building Resilience for Helping Professionals

Melanie G Snyder ·
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,...
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Contagious Self-Care Mini Podcast Series - 30 days of self-care

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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...
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Online, self-paced trauma training series now available

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

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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...
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