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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

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...

As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services [childtrends.org]

Brandon Stratford July 28, 2020 Regardless of whether students return to school in person or via distance learning , education leaders and policymakers across the country must equip schools to address the social, emotional, and behavioral effects of the ongoing pandemic. To address these issues, many policymakers are turning to school-based mental health services as a key strategy for supporting student wellness. Although mental health services are a critical, often underfunded element of...

How Can Mindfulness Support Parenting and Caregiving? A Literature Review [zerotothree.org]

Jun 6, 2018 By Maria Gehl, Kathy Kinsner, and Rebecca Parlakian The practice of mindfulness has roots in Buddhist traditions spanning more than 2,500 years, and the practice has been adapted frequently to clinical populations for the relief of both physical and psychological symptoms for almost 40 years. Mindfulness “is not a religion,” and instead has “come to be seen as a mode of being.” In this piece, mindfulness is defined as “intending and developing the capacity to come back to center;...

3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning [edutopia.org]

Remote learning will likely play a role in students’ lives once schools reopen. Here’s how teachers and parents can help kids manage stress, build resilience, and stay connected. By Sarah Gonser July 7, 2020 As the pandemic grinds on and protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue, young people are coping with high levels of stress and uncertainty, writes Dr. Pamela Cantor in “ The Stress of This Moment Might Be Hurting Kids’ Development ” for Education Next. With the...

From Good Guidance to Trauma-Informed Care: Meeting All Children's Behavioral Support Needs [naeyc.org]

Susan Friedman Young Children July 2020 Vol. 75, No. 3 I am drafting this editors’ note in the spring, when much of the country is living under stay-at-home orders in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Most early learning programs and schools are closed. It’s a frightening and unusual time, with huge impacts on early childhood programs, teachers, children, and families. This cluster of articles was planned well before COVID-19 impacted the early childhood community. Our aim was to...

Speaking Grief Initiative and Documentary [speakinggrief.org]

Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a one-hour television documentary, media-rich website, social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at starting a national conversation about grief. Moving away from the idea that grief is a problem that needs to be “fixed,” Speaking Grief validates the experience of grievers and guides those...

Veteran Educator On The Endless But 'Joyful' Work Of Creating Anti-Racist Education [npr.org]

July 9, 2020 5:14 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Pirette McKamey is fighting for anti-racist education . Over her more than 30 years as an educator, the principal at Mission High School in San Francisco spent a decade leading an anti-racism committee. "To be an anti-racist educator means I commit to educating all of the students sitting in front of me, including Black and Latinx students," McKamey tells NPR's All Things Considered. In a high school English class, for instance, if...

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