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With new proposal, trauma-informed care could become standard in Pa. schools [WHYY.org]

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...

Walkabout: FOCUS Pittsburgh trauma recovery model drawing national attention [post-gazette.com]

FOCUS Pittsburgh knew it was onto something when it piloted its model for strengthening communities — starting with the knowledge that social service help will not stick unless trauma is confronted. In 2015, FOCUS chose the 2900 block of Webster Avenue in the Hill District to start a block-by-block approach of bringing people together toward healing. The group is only into its second area — the 900 block of Bryn Mawr — but people around the country are validating that it is onto something. A...

What's Next For 'Safe Injection' Sites In Philadelphia? [npr.org]

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...

Allentown Headstart program focuses on kids dealing with trauma [whyy.org]

In a space that used to be an abandoned state hospital, Lora Lesak has created an early childhood classroom filled with natural light and comfortable chairs — a room designed to feel like a home. As director of Developmental Health Services for Allentown’s Community Services for Children, she says that’s exactly what children who’ve experienced trauma need. “We have gotten children that have needed to remain in the hospital for two weeks to be weaned of substances — whether it’s cocaine,...

Dr. Steve Berkowitz to deliver keynote at Brookside Country Club

The Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection group is underway in planning the January 31 Community Connection Connection Matters networking at 8:30 followed by a 9:00 am to 11:00 am meeting at Brookside Country Club where Dr. Steve Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Director Penn Center For Youth and Family Trauma Response And Recovery will speak on "Childhood Resiliency: Crisis, Early Intervention...

Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education [ChildTrends.org] [Re-posting from ACES in Child Care]

This report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty includes a review of the prevalence of early childhood trauma and its effects. The report offers promising strategies for child care and preschool programs looking to help young children who have endured trauma, and presents recommendations for policymakers to support trauma-informed early care. [For more of this story go to https://www.childtrends.org/publications/ecetrauma/ ]

Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School [RWJF.org] - Reposted from ACES in Education

Social emotional learning (SEL) programs can promote academic achievement and positive social behavior, and reduce conduct problems, substance abuse, and emotional distress. The Issue There is widespread evidence of successful, universal SEL programs and practices that can support social and emotional development in students during the elementary school years. Based on decades of research and evaluation in rigorous field trials, these approaches are now widely available to schools, along...

Elizabeth Prewitt article on Trauma Informed Care Bill

A comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care bill quietly introduced in the final days of the 114th Congress Elizabeth Prewitt 2 hours ago In the final weeks of the 114 th Congress, Senators Heitkamp, Durbin, and Franken introduced The Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act (S. 3519)—a wide ranging bill that proposes new strategies to expand trauma-informed best practices and models, train clinicians, law enforcement officials, teachers and health care providers in trauma-informed...

[Repost from ACES in Child Care] Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start! [Blog.SAMHSA.gov]

Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start! [Blog.SAMHSA.gov] | ACEs in Child Care | ACEsConnection The human mind is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Even in early infancy, it is capable of taking in a wide variety of inputs. Still, in our early years, we’ve only unlocked a small portion of its potential. Our brains actually continue to develop into our twenties . Accordingly, the U.S. Government embraces a definition of youth that continues until we turn 25.

Organizations develop a Funders Guide to Trauma-Informed Practice

Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection is one of the featured stories in this resource. "Responding to the overwhelming demand of funders in the Delaware Valley to better understand the impacts of trauma on our region and how they can apply trauma informed practices to their own work, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey partnered to produce this hands-on resource...

Social-emotional training decreases pre-K suspensions [CabinetReport.com]

Disciplinary polices have come under fire across the country with the revelation that thousands of preschool students are suspended or expelled each year–an issue that can be improved with professional development in social-emotional learning, according to new study. Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that teachers trained in using the Pyramid Model, an approach based on positive behavior support in developing children’s social-emotional competence and preventing and addressing...