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Teaching artists as agents for resilience building

Caitlin O'Brien ·
Art can be used to heal. This was the overarching message of the event “Artists Plus Trauma-Informed Practice for Youth”. The event brought together teaching artists and professionals from the behavioral health field to discuss how trauma-informed practice can be used to build resilience and encourage healing through use of the arts. Teaching artists from all over the city – ranging from poets to photographers to painters – came to learn about the science of ACEs and trauma from founder of...
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Teens teach trauma care to Camden schools [Courier Post]

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
"Gemyra Wynn doesn't need to go into the details of her childhood in Camden. After sketching out how adverse childhood events can traumatize people and cause lifelong health consequences, the 17-year-old can just offer her ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score — it's seven out of 10 — and leave it at that. The same goes for her fellow instructors, 16-year-old Aunyay Fussell and 15-year-old LeBaron Harvey. They each survived psychologically trying experiences. But these students are...
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The Camden story: A physician and a priest plant seeds of repair

Anndee Hochman ·
Simultaneously making changes at the organizational level and building alliances across sectors for larger system change, Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ, and Dr. Jeffrey Brenner realized they had to dig deeper — beyond symptoms to root causes —...
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The City of Philadelphia wants to help its frontline workers better deal with trauma [generocity.org]

Leslie Lieberman ·
A PGW worker is killed by an explosion in 2016 and his coworkers are still dealing with the emotional toll more than two years later. A longtime school nurse calls it quits when the school police officer who broke up fights between students has a heart attack and dies. A parole officer tries to deal with the personal emotional toll when one of his parolees commits a rape and a murder. These are a few of the tales of secondary traumatic stress — the stress that results from indirect exposure...
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The Latest from Philadelphia Region (archives)

Gregory Caplan ·
June 2014 PHILADELPHIA ACES CONNECTION MEET-UP: TALKING ACES WITH JAMES ENCINAS Come to this informal gathering at the Friends Center on Thursday, 6/26/14 from 4 - 6pm, to meet others in the Philadelphia region who are interested in ACEs, trauma,...
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The Link Between Mental Trauma and Diabetes

Aniela Zygmont Glinski ·
Based on a newly released study , women who suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely as their peers with no diagnosable trauma history to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as be at higher risk for developing Type...
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The National Crittenton Foundation Releases Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey Toolkit for Providers

Alyson Ferguson ·
Philadelphia ACE Task Force member Dr. Roy Wade was recognized as significant contributor to The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES) Survey Toolkit For Providers .   NEWS RELEASE                 ...
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The Philadelphia ACE Task Force Launches its New Website!

Caitlin O'Brien ·
Fellow Philadelphians! Have you ever wanted to learn more about the movement in Philadelphia to become a trauma-informed city? The Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF) has a new web resource for you! On Monday, August 15th, the PATF launched its new website, www.philadelphiaACEs.org , to keep you informed about our current and past projects, events, and resources for families, community members, providers, and policy makers. Website Highlights Learn about the Philadelphia Expanded ACE Survey,...
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The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Game Changers, a group of young trauma survivors, heal themselves to help others

Casey Chanton ·
Thick-shouldered and reserved, almost guarded, but always polite, Nasir was the youngest and quietest member of the Community Health Worker Peer Project, a group of young black and Hispanic men who have suffered great trauma and who are now learning, in a course at Drexel University, to recognize and treat trauma in others.
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The Philadelphia story: Education and activism converge in "ACEs epicenter"

Anndee Hochman ·
The women and men gathered for a training on trauma and resilience were recovery counselors and social workers, charter-school teachers and prison administrators. But to Stephen Paesani, the child and adolescent training specialist who was leading the...
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The Public Health Consequences of Hate

Alyson Ferguson ·
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH- Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Public Health wrote his weekly blog in reaction to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the health effects of hate. Read the full blog here . "Witnessing the extreme expression of...
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"The Raising of America Project": New Documentary That Highlights ACEs

Shoshana Akins ·
Born out of PBS' "Unnatural Causes" documentary , "The Raising of America Project" looks to explore health disparities that exist in a child's development and how this impacts America's future health and prosperity.   Episode Four, called...
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Therapist Resource Guide - Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress

Stephen DiDonato ·
Working with children and families experiencing medical traumatic stress: A resource guide for mental health professionals What do mental health professionals need to know about pediatric medical traumatic stress? How can mental health professionals improve their collaboration with medical providers around pediatric medical traumatic stress? What resources and tools are available for professionals working with children and families who have experienced pediatric medical traumatic stress?
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“Tim Howard: Growing up with Tourette syndrome and my love of football”

Aniela Zygmont Glinski ·
It has been a long-standing assumption that physical activity positively impacts children and their development.  Physically, youth are at a lower risk for developing Type II Diabetes as well as becoming obese.  Emotionally, the endorphins...
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Toward a trauma-informed city: Challenges and opportunities in Philadelphia

After many months of interviewing, editing, more interviewing and more editing, “Toward a Trauma Informed City: Challenges and Opportunities in Philadelphia” will be launched next week. A group of leaders who have adopted trauma-informed practices were interviewed about their experiences recognizing trauma as an issue, what they decided to do about it, and the change they have seen from the work of their organization. These 27 leaders come from public health, behavioral health medicine,...
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Trauma & Resiliency Summit in the Columbia River Gorge

Claire Ranit ·
Hello all! The Columbia River Gorge is hosting a Trauma & Resiliency Summit on October 20th & 21st, 2016 in The Dalles, OR. Registration is made free to attendees through MARC Grant funding. If you are in the area please join us! And please note that registration is only available prior to the event as we have a limited amount of space. Claire
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Trauma Awareness Tour in Philadelphia - November 14, 2017

Daun Kauffman ·
Trauma Awareness Tour in Philadelphia - November 14, 2017: CLICK HERE for the details The purpose of this five-city tour is to raise awareness of how childhood trauma impacts the development of 1 in 4 children in the U.S. and how these often-overlooked experiences can adversely impact children’s development, physical and emotional health. November is National Adoption Month, an important time to recognize that adoptive children and those in foster care are at significant risk for...
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Trauma in the Wake of Tragedies

Alyson Ferguson ·
The National Council for Behavioral Health created two resources in response to trauma post the Orlando massacre. TIP SHEET: Trauma in the LGBTQ Community: What Practitioners Should Know in the Wake of the Orlando Shootings FACT SHEET : LGBTQ Mental Health: How the Orlando Shootings Can Broadly Impact This Community
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Trauma-Informed Social Justice: Q&A with Dr. Bukuloa Ogunkua

Cissy's Note: I work with people who challenge systems and policies, who reform or start non-profits, and who see hope and promise where others see despair or destruction. While some folks shake their heads or shrug indifferently in the face of injustice and suffering, others organize, mobilize, and channel their time and energy towards making a change. Maybe a physician hosts an annual conference bringing trauma-informed approaches to medical practice. Perhaps a woman shares ACEs 101...
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Trauma-Informed Workforce Development

Caitlin O'Brien ·
The Workforce Development Work Group of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force met on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The group discussed next steps with regard to upcoming projects for the group. The group discussed possible steps to support for the School District of Philadelphia’s Action Plan 3.0, Action 7 - Recognize, respond to, and support the social-­ ‐ emotional and behavioral health needs of our students. 7a. Equip staff to recognize and appropriately address students’...
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Trauma Resilience Model Training Coming to Philadelphia!

Leslie Lieberman ·
Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) Training is a program designed to teach skills to clinicians working with children and adults with traumatic stress reactions. TRM is a mind-body approach and focuses on the biological basis of trauma and the automatic, defensive ways that the human body responds when faced with perceived threats to self and others, including the responses of “tend and befriend”, fight, flight and freeze. TRM explores the concept of resiliency and how to restore balance to the...
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United Way to fund four-part Trauma Series: Apply Now!

Aniela Zygmont Glinski ·
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is funding a four-part trauma series of college courses (graduate or undergraduate) leading to a certificate in Trauma Studies in Infancy and Early Childhood from Saint...
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What can Pennsylvania schools do to address the prevalence of trauma among students? [pennlive.com]

Caitlin O'Brien ·
Childhood trauma is a widespread issue. According to Child Trends, nearly half of children in the United States and in Pennsylvania have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or ACE, which often leads to traumatic stress. Research is clear that traumatic stress in children can negatively impact cognitive, academic and behavioral outcomes. Yet schools are not equipped to address these problems. A recent ACLU report notes that 90 percent of U.S. public schools do not meet the...
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'What happened' vs. 'what's wrong': Recognizing how trauma impacts us all | Perspective [philly.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
There is a toxin in Philadelphia that our children and families are being exposed to near constantly: trauma. Trauma lingers and isn’t just limited to a single incident, like a gunshot. Trauma manifests in hunger, housing instability, or living without utilities. It can include exposure to abuse, neglect, gun violence, police brutality, imprisonment, and domestic violence. And trauma can pass through generations as the result of historical violence, slavery, redlining, and mass...
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What If There Was a City Official Whose Only Job Was to Make Philly Better for Kids?

Caitlin O'Brien ·
The case for a children’s czar in Philadelphia. This summer, the Scattergood Foundation — a behavioral health nonprofit — partnered with data analytics firm Azavea to produce a report on the well-being of children in Philadelphia. The project used a raft of public data to map risk factors that affect the city’s kids — exposure to shootings, family poverty, and educational attainment, for example — as well as the quality of local “assets” that help mitigate those risk factors, like schools,...
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What makes us safe: Facing trauma, gun violence, and hatred

Aviva Perlo, MSW ·
An onslaught of violence begs the question: What makes us safe? Should we run and hide, should we become heavily armed, should we only speak with people who look like us? It would be easy to frame recent hate crimes in Monsey , Pittsburgh , and San Diego solely as anti-Semitic. It is that and more. Hateful attacks against Jews indicate a “rot in democracy” and call for systemic reform, according to History Professor Dr. Deborah Lipstadt. I began thinking about safety over 25 years ago when a...
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What other ACE surveys have additional questions?  We know of seven.

We’ll start to populate the new Resource Center next month. One of the sections lists ACE surveys that have additional questions. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study revealed that ACEs contribute to most of our major chronic health, mental health, economic health and social health issues. It measured five types of abuse and neglect: physical, verbal and sexual abuse; physical and emotional neglect. And five types of family dysfunction: a family member with mental...
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What’s Killing America’s Black Infants? [The Nation]

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
"Racism is fueling a national health crisis." The author, Zoe Carpenter, examines the infant mortality, with a close look at the city of Milwaukee, whose health commissioner has identified reducing high infant mortality a primary health priority. Racial disparities in infant mortality continue and "a growing body of evidence points to racial discrimination, rather than race itself, as the dominant factor in explaining why so many black babies are dying." " Chronic stress raises amounts of...
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What's Next For 'Safe Injection' Sites In Philadelphia? [npr.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation's first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into reality won't be easy. City officials gave the proposition the green light Tuesday. They were armed with feasibility studies , harrowing overdose statistics and the backing of key leaders, including the mayor and a newly elected district attorney. "There are many people who are hesitant to go into treatment, despite their addiction, and we don't want...
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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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Women's March on Philadelphia this Saturday

Caitlin O'Brien ·
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Philadelphia will unite with Washington, D.C. and over 150 cities around the world for the historic Women’s March. We stand together in the birthplace of our nation, united with our partners, friends and children for the protection of our civil liberties, civil rights, and equality. Regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, religious affiliation, political party, immigration status, sexual identity or orientation, we come together in Philadelphia to represent...
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Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Antonio Valdes ·
Thanks to everyone who came to CCTC’s panel discussion on mobilizing a public health response to toxic stress and for joining ACEs connection to continue the discussion. Now we want to hear from you: how does Philadelphia go about creating a...
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Feedback for School District of Philadelphia

Caitlin O'Brien ·
At the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Community of Practice Meeting on October 18th, 2017, representatives from the School District of Philadelphia presented their plan for Trauma-Informed Schools. Please use this space to provide any feedback for the School District. Key questions include: What did you like? What would you change? What would be your recommendations for next steps? Their presentation and our full meeting minutes are attached for your reference.
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Keynote: "A Culture of Health"

Daun Kauffman ·
' ' .. Summary of "Keynote" by CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, at conference in Colorado. An outline of Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's vision of "A Culture of Health". Success requires a "seismic" shift beginning "ground up", as a grassroots idea. See...
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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 is next week: October 5-11, 2014!

Ava Ashley ·
During this time, Mental Health America invites you to take action on the #B4Stage4 Campaign.   
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Moving from Vision to Action: Philadelphia ACE Taskfoce Updates

Alyson Ferguson ·
This forum will house updates from the Philadelphia ACE Taskforce (PATF) and the designated working groups to further the goals of the Philadelphia ACE Taskforce. History In April 2012, the Institute for Safe Families (ISF) formed the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Task Force to develop policies, practices, and research within pediatric settings that mitigate conditions arising from toxic stressors and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and that increase the health and...
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Request for Qualifications

Caitlin O'Brien ·
On behalf of NKCDC and Impact Services, Philadelphia LISC is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a single consultant or team to help design a trauma-informed community development training curriculum for resident leaders and community stakeholders. The deadline to receive proposals is February 28, 2017. Questions can be directed no later than February 24th by email at dhanchin@lisc.org.
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Trauma Education in the US

Shoshana Akins ·
The Workforce Development Workgroup of the ACEs Taskforce is conducting a national environmental scan to compile a  list of trauma education courses and/or programs taught by colleges/universities in the United States . Our research focus is...
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Trauma Informed Classroom Courses begin on 8/21/14

Leslie Lieberman ·
Multiplying Connections and the Southeast Regional Key will be offering a foundational course on trauma informed practice specifically designed for early childhood educators.  Providers who work with young children will have the opportunity to:...
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Two U of Penn researchers release report on the "Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect"

Leslie Lieberman ·
Sara R. Jaffee, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Reader in Gene-Environment Interplay at King’s College London, and Cindy W. Christian, Chair, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention at The Children’s...
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We are 100 members strong and growing!

Leslie Lieberman ·
Congratulations to Gina Tallerida for being the 100th person to join the Philadelphia ACEs Connection Virtual Community!  What does 100 mean?  It is a milestone that indicates there is a growing community of practice in the...
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Why are you joining the Philadelphia ACES Connection Group?

Leslie Lieberman ·
Recently I was introduced to the tag line of the Berkana Institute :  " Whatever the problem, community is the answer."  It resonated with me because I passionately believe it and have experienced it as true.  I have spent much of my...
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Wondering about datasets to use for an advanced research methods class

Luke Butler ·
Good afternoon everyone,   My name is Luke Butler, and I am just entering the Philadelphia ACES Connection community after attending the ACEs and Education meet-up this past Tuesday. I am a current graduate student in Penn's Master's in Public...
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