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San Mateo County ACEs Connection is a community for all who are invested in creating a trauma-informed and resilient San Mateo County. This is a space to share resources, information, successes, and challenges related to addressing trauma and building resiliency, particularly in young children and their families.

Trauma-Informed Practice

SMCOE Creative and Restorative Gatherings

From San Mateo County Office of Education Facebook page : Our Wellness Wednesdays series is now meeting on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm starting January 21, 2021. Take advantage of this opportunity to focus on your well-being and experience our shared humanity through mindfulness practices, simple creative exercises, and restorative listening circles. Register at https://bit.ly/3bsbOaz

Bay Area Program Offers Free Mental Healthcare for Essential Workers [kqed.org]

Forum , hosted by Michael Krasny Dec 8 at 9:00 AM As the Bay Area heads again into shutdown and Covid-19 cases surge, essential workers continue to struggle with the mental health toll of being on the front line. This is where the Frontline Workers Counseling Project comes in. The project, which was founded in the Bay Area at the start of the pandemic, offers free mental health counseling to essential workers, from doctors and nurses to firefighters and postal delivery workers, and more.

This Election Is Traumatizing for Many Students (and Educators). Here's How to Help [edweek.org]

3 trauma-informed practices for your classroom By Anita Chari & Angelica Singh November 4, 2020 As our collective anxieties grow in the face of an uncertain presidential election result, many of us in the United States are wondering: What will we do when we enter our classrooms in these days after the election? Let’s name the situation for what it is: Many of our students are experiencing this period as a traumatic time. Amid the triple upheavals of the pandemic, the movements against...

Showing Up for BIPOC Youth as an Adult Ally [RYSE Center]

Sharing this insightful post from the RYSE Center Facebook page . I have transcribed the text below. Please check out the original post to see these points as a series of images. Provide emotional support-- do not censor their righteous rage, anger and grief, or insist they should feel something they don't. Bear witness and be present. If you cannot do this find adults who can. Actively affirm our young people. Be the first one to say or do something that shows young people we love them, we...

Burnout From an Organizational Perspective [ssir.org]

Instead of pressuring already-stressed individuals to fix themselves, true wellness requires organization-level interventions. By Leah Weiss Oct. 20, 2020 The term “burnout” first came into use in the early 1970s in the context of air traffic control, after an increase in human error-precipitated collisions was linked to frustrations with increased traffic, poor human-machine interfaces, and the general monotony of the work. Described by the WHO as “resulting from chronic workplace stress...

How Trauma-Informed Are We, Really? [ascd.org]

Paul Gorski October 2020 | Volume 78 | Number 2 Trauma-Sensitive Schools Pages 14-19 To fully support students, schools must attend to the trauma that occurs within their own institutional cultures. "I have a story for you," Shari said as she jogged toward me. I had spent the day with her high school's administrative team discussing an equity assessment they hoped to conduct. A major challenge at this school, as in many schools, was the leadership team's habit of embracing shiny new program...

New approach to mental health crises in San Mateo County [smdailyjournal.com]

County planning embedded clinicians for emergency responses By Zachary Clark Daily Journal staff Three San Mateo County police departments this year are expected to enter into a pilot program aimed at enhancing their response to mental health crises. The program will embed a full-time licensed mental health clinician within the San Mateo, South San Francisco and Redwood City police departments — there will likely be a total of four clinicians between the three cities — to respond along with...

SAVE THE DATE! ACEs Aware September Webinar: Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce [acesaware.org]

SAVE THE DATE - SEPTEMBER 2020 WEBINAR "Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration" Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the Webinar Presenters will: Define workforce resilience and trauma-informed principles and review resources and tools, including tips for reducing staff stress and burnout. Share examples and lessons learned about assessing staff readiness and building infrastructure. Offer...

Trauma-informed Leadership in Times of Crisis [gethealthysmc.org]

Over 100 Community Collaboration for Children’s Success (CCCS) partners participated in a Trauma-Informed Leadership Training hosted by Trauma Transformed on August 24 to learn how to bring a trauma-informed approach to their leadership during this COVID-19 crisis in order to support their communities and staff. Partners engaged with the four phases of a pandemic and applying the 5C’s to leadership in the pandemic response phase. To learn more, please contact Francesca Osuna, Training...

Artwork Downloads from The Gifts of Imperfection [brenebrown.com]

From BreneBrown.com: The Gifts of Imperfection launched our wholehearted community. To share our gratitude and celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the book, here are some of our favorite quotes and downloads for you to share or print. You are welcome to reproduce and enlarge as posters for use in your home, workplace, classrooms, hallways, etc. They may not be sold for commercial gain, but you can certainly share them with your friends and co-workers! [Click here to more different prints and ...

SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH 2020 [smchealth.org]

Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Equity . September is Suicide Prevention Month (SPM), which includes National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12, 2020) and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). SPM aims to empower everyone in the community to prevent suicide. For 2020, San Mateo County, Star Vista and partners are promoting the theme of “Stronger Together.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that studies show that connectedness is overall an...

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students [kqed.org]

Suzanne Bouffard Aug 4 If this were a normal summer, Katy Phinney and her colleagues would be organizing their Pre-K classrooms for the new school year, choosing classroom themes and wall décor. Instead, Phinney is worried about what Pre-K will look like if and when students return to classrooms. “My biggest concern is teachers needing to balance the importance of safety procedures with creating a welcoming and loving environment for our students,” says Phinney, the Pre-K program director in...

Prioritize a trauma-sensitive approach for the 2020-21 school year [playworks.org]

Playworks believes in a trauma-sensitive approach Educators should focus on providing a trauma-sensitive approach to the reopening of school. Students are all having different experiences right now. For some students, the shutdown of schools due to COVID has provided them with a welcome reprieve from toxic situations or stressors. For others, it has created an increased chance that they’re experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences or new stressors. “A trauma-sensitive school is one in which...

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