Michigan ACEs Action

Healthy and resilient kids, families, and communities are the foundation for a flourishing, vibrant region. We are dedicated to creating a trauma-informed Michigan and working together across sectors to share our efforts in building resilience and reducing toxic stress for Michigan children and families.

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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Where can we order this book, Shenandoah?
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
It's not available yet. BUT you can sign up for my newsletter and get info as soon as it is released!
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

And how can we sign up for your newsletter?
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
www.garbagebagsuitcase.com
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Re: Trauma, Toxic Stress, and ACEs: Why Should You Care?

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
I would love to attend, but it is the same day as the Governor's Task Force conference on human sex trafficking. It is held at the GT Resort.
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Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
Plagued and embarrassed by my name, made worse by a nomadic childhood that made it impossible to build lasting relationships, I developed tough skin at an early age. Along the way I learned to deal with disappointment, push through discomfort,...
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Healing Trauma: One Grocery Store Line at a Time

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
There’s a women standing in front of me at the grocery store. I can see her fidgeting, shifting her weight back and forth. She glances my way and gives me the “what is taking so long” look as she rolls her eyes. I shrug and smile. She turns back around. I notice she doesn’t have much in her cart. After the person in front of her is finished, the cashier asks, “How is everything today?” Of course the cashier had no way of knowing what was coming next. This woman begins to unleash a verbal...
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How Grief Goes Unnoticed in Foster Children: And the Underlying Trauma that it Causes

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
I have attended several funerals during my lifetime. At one, when I was still in high school, I remember watching the mother of a friend throw herself over her son’s casket, unable to contain her emotions. Those of us who were there sat and stared, stunned, but silent. Eventually, a much older lady with gray wispy hair came running down the aisle, throwing her arms around the women’s shoulders, whispering that it was OK and that she should take a break for a while. She hugged the...
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Trauma-Informed Care is Not a Program For Your Clients 

Tanya Fritz ·
Understanding the long-term impact of developmental trauma, how trauma impacts the brain, and the science of resiliency is a powerful first step toward change. It is exciting to watch people begin to let this knowledge soak in… and even more exciting when they begin to ask “Now what?” As I have worked with organizations across the state, I have found that often what they are really looking for is the curriculum or recipe book that they can follow for their clients or students. Even those...
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Re: Trauma-Informed Care is Not a Program For Your Clients 

Denise Busley ·
Yes!!! Thank you for writing so succinctly the “what’s next”. The personal work involved is the most difficult...but has the greatest impact. We’ve all heard of “mirror neurons”, and doing our own work results in a cascade of goodness🙏🏼
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Re: Trauma-Informed Care is Not a Program For Your Clients 

Barbara Forgue ·
I agree. There is not one BDP that suits all. I have seen people "run child clients" thru: the TF-CBT workbook By Alison Hendricks, Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger (which is a good tool) , have the pizza party and declare "mission accomplished". It doesn't necessarily work that way. I agree that healing includes our ability to sit with clients in their trauma, "hold the safe space" for them to figure it out. I definitely need to continue to do work when new...
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Nominate a Trauma-Informed Care Champion: #TICchampion

Mariel Gingrich ·
Becoming a trauma-informed organization requires clear communication about the transformation process, and support from staff at all levels of an organization. Often these efforts are spearheaded by “trauma-informed care champions”— individuals committed to raising awareness regarding the health effects of trauma and toxic stress and improving care for people who have experienced trauma. This week, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) invites you to recognize people around you who...
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30 people can end ACEs in your county. Why aren’t they?

Dominic Cappello ·
No, we don’t need the president nor congress. We do need the following people in your county to stop business as usual and focus on preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). City mayors City counselors County commissioners School board members These local elected leaders—many of them your neighbors and colleagues—have the capacity to collectively understand the emotional and financial costs of ACEs and trauma. We can’t have family-friendly cities and counties while we live in an...
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Re: 30 people can end ACEs in your county. Why aren’t they?

David Kenney ·
This post was very motivating. Is there such a group of thirty for Oakland County? dK
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Re: Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

David Kenney ·
Awesome! I once titled a chapter "Love isn't Always Pretty" for much the same reasons you mention. But I love the way you put it, so real and with a true compassion. In the end, we will always still be human. We will make mistakes (and hopefully learn from them). We will misinterpret what we see. We will forget ourselves and act poorly. But the Trauma-Informed environment will help us gain in patience and understanding, learn to see others as innocent and learning too. It helps us to learn...
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Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

Tanya Fritz ·
Words like trauma-informed and resiliency get thrown around a lot these days. And for many, the visions they call up are a bit too glossy. You see resiliency and trauma-informed aren’t always pretty. Resiliency can look like closing the bathroom door and collapsing in tears… but then washing your face and going back into the world, carrying the belief that you can survive and the hope that things will get better. It looks like begrudgingly going on that walk with a friend, when the little...
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Re: Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

Ruth A Rondon ·
Thank you for this. Very well said. It's a warm fuzzy. I will be sharing it. I'm reading David Kenny's book now too. He says he has a similar chapter about love. Can't wait! Such great writers you two are!!.
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Want to crack ACEs in the Corporate world? Read this-

Jared Elzey ·
Business is the toughest door to get in when it comes to ACEs work, but chambers of commerce hold (some) of the keys to government when it comes to shaping the local civic space. If you're inclined to leverage the profit world, this brief can serve as a sign post to find the sweet spot between ethical responsibility and economic prosperity. The Future of Work Begins with a City's Youngest Residents
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Thriving—Beyond Surviving: Resiliency After Trauma (www.phoenix-society.org)

Alfredo Leano ·
"We studied what it meant to be “mentally tough” and what characteristics the mentally tough athlete possessed. Characteristics of Mentally Tough Performers Cope more easily with setbacks Have control over anxiety and use it productively Have higher self-confidence Use more positive self-talk Have a positive outlook on the future Set specific goals and visualize accomplishing goals Have a support network" "But the reality is that the majority of people who experience stressful or traumatic...
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