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Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Summer 2019 Learning Institute!

The Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is incredibly excited to announce that registration is open for our Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Summer 2019 Learning Institute ! What: Two days of incredibly high quality faculty (e.g. David Shonfeld from the National School Crisis & Bereavement Center! Yolo Akili Robinson from the Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective!) offering intensive learning sessions to support the mental health...

When Being Trauma-Informed Is Not Enough

Trauma-informed care is the new gold standard. For the last several years, Echo has been providing professional development in trauma-informed care but we’re beginning to notice a worrying aspect of the new push to train staff and transform systems. Some human service professionals are seeing ‘trauma-informed care’ as another skill to add to their resume or a box to check off on a grant proposal. But if the information stays with the professionals and is not used to empower survivors, then...

More than 70 4CA participants converge on Sacramento, talk ACEs to power

Mai Le, an ACEs champion and program associate with First 5 San Mateo, wasted no time getting to the point of why she was asking lawmakers to support legislation that would help prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). “When I was a child, my father had a psychotic break and was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia,” she said in a conversation with Eric Dietz, a staff member for State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). L-R: Eric Dietz, Richa Sharma, Mai Le “I’m a high achiever,...

Trauma education and mindfulness help youth living amid gun violence

Armon Hurst, 2nd from left, first row, Teens on Target, courtesy of YouthAlive! Eighteen-year-old Armon Hurst serves as vice president of the student body at Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif. He has a 4.0 grade point average, is an avid baseball player, and is slated to go to college next year. But until a few years ago, Hurst would find himself waking from nightmares in the middle of the night. It was difficult to concentrate at school, and he wasn’t eating well. Armon Hurst “There...

Arts, Culture, and Community Mental Health (SHELTERFORCE)

This article explores how art and culture can help address trauma and promote community mental health. Are there any efforts along these lines to address trauma locally? ArtStart works with young local aspiring artists to create public art with a purpose. Seems like they could be a good partner for something like this locally. https://shelterforce.org/2019/04/19/arts-culture-and-community-mental-health/?utm_source=sfweekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=042219CoreNeighborhoods

Santa Rosa Junior College expands programs for currently, formerly incarcerated students [Press Democrat]

On the third floor of the Bertolini Student Center, Santa Rosa Junior College counselor Rhonda Findling gathered for her weekly meeting with about 20 formerly incarcerated students. On the top of her agenda was asking for volunteers to speak about their life experiences to youth at area schools. Jason Dorfer, a welding student raised in Santa Rosa who spent years in and out of jail on drug-related charges, was the first to volunteer, pending permission from his probation officer. “I feel in...

The Economics of Child Abuse: A Study of California

While the impact of maltreatment on a child and their family is devastating, child maltreatment also has serious effects far beyond those for the victim. Maltreatment results in ongoing costs to taxpayers, institutions, businesses, and society at large. Local communities bear the brunt of these costs in the form of medical, educational, and judicial costs, though more tragic signs are seen in homelessness, addiction, and teen pregnancy. To create a concrete understanding of the widespread...

How indigenous tattoos draw a link to the past

Tribal members in Northern California are reclaiming traditional tattoos, especially facial tattoos as a means to connect with their cultural history, a panel of experts in indigenous tattoos told a diverse group of 45 people in attendance at the community event at the Museum of Sonoma County. Those who attended were surrounded by displays of indigenous art, ceramics, and paintings. A spectacular hand carved canoe, used for traditional voyages, tracing ancestral journeys through the Pacific...

Check out this amazing film made by YOUTH PROMOTORES "You're Not Alone" focused on suicide prevention

I am honored to share with you all that this years Youth Promotore s: Marycruz , Manuel , Bibian a, Aileen, Johnathan , and other SRJC students created and submitted a film to Directing Change !!! And guess what...Their video has been selected for the Directing Change online film library !!! *Over 1000 videos were submitted! Check it out! Click this ( blue ) hyperlink to view - You're Not Alone

Notes from our 3.27.19 meeting

ACEs Enthusiasts Community Meeting Notes March 27, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:00 Location: Child Parent Institute About this community: We bring the community together to prevent, heal, and treat ACEs while promoting resiliency. New Year - New Focus! Sonoma County ACEs Connection is starting fresh in 2019 with an emphasis on community, while seeking opportunities to leverage and coordinate with others. Welcome & Gather Mindful moment - volunteer to lead? Welcomed several new folks, representing...

Trauma-informed groups rev up to address race, inclusion

Eighteen-year-old Kia Hanson has always enjoyed her time as a youth leader at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). She’s worked mostly with five- and six-year-olds since she began in 2016. Recently, she tapped into new skills, especially if the kids were having a meltdown. Kia Hanson “If they’re off, we ask them, ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Do you want to talk about anything?’,” she explains. “Basically asking before assuming they’re mad at the world for no reason.” What made the...

Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America [The Rural Monitor]

By Jenn Lukens April 17, 2019 It was late July 2018 when the Mendocino Complex wildfire broke out in rural Lake County, California. It burned more than 450,000 acres and destroyed 280 structures before it was contained. Ana Santana managed to fill some storage bins with sentimental items – her kids’ blankets, pictures, and art projects – before fleeing her home. Santana is the facilitator of the Lake County Children’s Council and Program Director for Healthy Start Youth and Family Services ,...

How Early Experiences Get into the Body: A Biodevelopmental Framework

Excellent graphic representation of the roots of early childhood experiences across the life course. Attached is a printable version. Copied below is one of several images from the document. " This biodevelopmental framework highlights the shared early childhood roots of lifelong outcomes in learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. An integrated approach to addressing disparities in those outcomes offers a promising opportunity to devise interventions that attack societal...

Watch documentary "Invisible Bars" April 15th, at 9 pm on KRCB TV

On April 15, KRCB TV 22 will present Invisible Bars , about new California programs that take into account the damage done to families in the age of runaway incarceration. Filmmaker John Beck came to our studios with Fred Stillman, who served more than two decades in California prisons for murder. and his daughter Jessica – one of his seven children – who works in Santa Rosa. Jessica started visiting her dad in prison at age 9 – she’s now in her early 30s. Her visits used to be behind glass...

Latest ACEs science research from PubMed, April 8, 2019

Association of Social Adversity with Comorbid Diabetes and Depression Symptoms in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study: A Syndemic Framework. McCurley JL, Gutierrez AP, Bravin JI, Schneiderman N, Reina SA, Khambaty T, Castañeda SF, Smoller S, Daviglus ML, O'Brien MJ, Carnethon MR, Isasi CR, Perreira KM, Talavera GA, Yang M, Gallo LC. Ann Behav Med . 2019 Apr 5. pii: kaz009. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaz009. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:30951585 Similar...

We, too, have that answer to ACEs!

Many of you were probably very intrigued by ACEs Connection member Roger Kluck's posts about a successful answer to ACEs. (Take a look at his posts, linked below.) I just got back from an amazing Alternatives to Violence Project workshop in Folsom Prison. The inmate participants found the workshop to be life changing. You can join a community AVP basic workshop this coming weekend in Santa Rosa and experience the changes in your life. Register soon! This opportunity might not come around...

Child Parent Institute April 2019 Parenting Newsletter

I recently read that, “According to a [2007] report by the A.C. Nielsen Company, parents spend only 39 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children.” Yikes. That’s less time than it takes me to watch one meaningful episode of This Is Us. Although the report is over 10 years old, I wouldn’t be surprised if this statistic were worse now, given the exponential growth in use of smartphones and social media within the last decade. It makes me wonder how many minutes of...

Indigenous Tattoos

Museum of Sonoma County

Three Sonoma County commissions seek local applicants [Sonoma Index Tribune]

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invites community members to apply for positions on local policy making bodies. Applications and a list of all boards, commissions and committees to which the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appoints members is available online at sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/Boards--Commissions--Committees/Boards-Commissions-Committees-and-Task-Forces/. Click HERE to access website. The “vacancy” list on the site shows available opportunities for...

OneJustice Free Immigration Workshop March 27

This workshop includes DACA Renewals and Citizenship Applications. Appointments are required. Please call (415) 534-5878 to set up an appointment. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019 FROM 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM ROHNERT PARK (*LOCATION WILL BE GIVEN WHEN APPOINTMENT IS MADE) To learn more, click HERE Or visit sonomacountysecurefamilies.org/ See attached for printable flyers in English and Spanish.

Sonoma Children’s Charities accepting grant applications [Sonoma Index-Tribune]

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is accepting grant applications from Sonoma County nonprofit youth groups for its 2019 grant cycle. According to a press announcement from Speedway, qualified grant applicants must be youth-focused nonprofit groups serving Sonoma County. To focus efforts on Sonoma County youth in need, say Speedway officials, priority will be given to programs that concentrate on education, financial hardship, literacy, medical needs, nutrition, social...

New Petaluma nonprofit building English-Spanish bridges [Petaluma 360]

At a Spanish language poetry reading that Emilie Thomas organized in Petaluma recently, a woman proudly read a work by Pablo Neruda, who is from her native Chile. Afterward, the woman told Thomas that she has lived in Petaluma for 25 years, and no one has ever shown interest in her homeland. “She said, ‘This is what I have been craving,’” Thomas said. “Our Latino friends, they light up when you value them for who they are.” The exchange encapsulated the purpose of Cafe Puente, a new...

Invisible Bars

KRCB TV or KQED TV

Gov. Newsom's early childhood advisor describes 'whole-child, whole-family, whole-community' strategy [edsource.org]

For the first time, a California governor has created a position in his office focused on early education. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Giannina Pérez as his Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood. Peréz previously worked for Early Edge California and Children Now, both well-known children’s advocacy organizations. As an advocate, she worked to expand training for preschool teachers and child care providers to better support children who speak languages other than English at home. She also...

Documentary follows Santa Rosa woman’s quest to know her prison inmate father [Press Democrat]

Shortly after Jessica Stillman celebrated her ninth birthday in the mid-’90s, her father went to prison. She has spent much of her life after that just trying to get close to him. Her story is at the center of “Invisible Bars,” a new documentary by Benicia filmmaker John Beck about the children of incarcerated parents, airing Tuesday through Thursda y on KQED-TV in San Francisco and April 15 on KRCB-TV in Rohnert Park. The film follows Jessica behind bars for a rare sit-down interview with...

West County Health Services grapples with physical, mental toll of Guerneville flood [Press Democrat]

Now that the floodwaters have receded, a new challenge faces one of the largest providers of health care services along the Russian River. West County Health Centers, which operates clinics in Guerneville, Occidental, Sebastopol and Forestville, is helping its patients recover from the physical and mental toll left by the region’s worst flood in two decades. The clinic in Guerneville suffered $200,000 in missed appointments, a damaged furnace and cleanup costs, said Jennifer Neeley,...

Virtual Screening of Broken Places on March 21st & Registration for ACEs Connection Members!

Please join us on Thursday, March 21st for a special virtual screening of Broken Places , the latest U.S. documentary on early childhood trauma and resilience. The film will be offered via a private Vimeo link with passcode to all registered members of ACEs Connection, for free, accessible in the United States and internationally. REGISTER TODAY: To register, please visit : https://goo.gl/forms/apdoINwgtQmydEXK2 The viewing portal for the film will open on Vimeo at 6am EST and close at 11pm...

Free Documentary Film Screenings: Dolores Huerta Labor Leader & Civil Rights Activist

The 2019 Dede and David Del Monte Lecture Dolores Huerta Labor Leader & Civil Rights Activist Monday, April 22, 12PM Santa Rosa Campus, Newman Auditorium Video-conferenced to Petaluma Campus, Mahoney, Room 726 Free Documentary Film Screenings Dolores Link to clip: Documentary 2 min clip Bertolini Student Activities Center Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm Monday, April 8, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Calling all California health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations interested in the Community Reinvestment Grants Program!

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is soliciting input and feedback from interested stakeholders on the details of the California Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) Program Draft Grant Solicitation. I really encourage all interested stakeholders to provide their feedback to GO-Biz early so they can best serve the needs of your organizations and ultimately build resilient and flourishing communities. Stakeholders may submit feedback by email, CalCRG@gobiz.ca.gov ,...

SRJC expands its Dream Center, legal services for undocumented students [Press Democrat]

On a wall at Santa Rosa Junior College’s newly expanded Dream Center is a framed, whimsical drawing of a woman with her eyes closed and hair windswept, surrounded by dozens of monarch butterflies. Above her head, white letters read: “My dreams are not illegal.” For many of the 1,800 students at the college who are undocumented, monarchs, which migrate thousands of miles between Mexico and Canada, symbolize hope. “When students walk into the center, I hope that they see the empowerment and...

Parent Voices Sonoma: Tell Your Story: How to Give a Public Testimony

Our next workshop will be on March 5th 5:30PM at Cook Middle School - Rm. 44, Santa Rosa. We welcome anyone interested to join us regardless of your experience, passion and you do not need to be a parent, but a child advocate!! ¡Reserva la fecha! Nuestro próximo taller será en marzo 5 en la escuela Cook Middle - salón 44 en Santa Rosa. Damos la bienvenida a cualquier persona interesada en unirse a nosotros, independientemente de su experiencia, pasión y usted no necesita ser un padre, ¡sino...

Sonoma County Human Services integrates ACES science training in New Employee Orientation (NEO)

On January 30, 2019 the County of Sonoma took a significant step towards becoming a more trauma informed organization by delivering a 1 hour over-view of ACES science to newly hired staff. With this framework now embedded in NEO training we hope to give staff a solid foundation on the key concepts behind trauma informed care. We are re-focusing our efforts towards educating all staff on the link between toxic stress and health outcomes and behavior. This training is the result of...

Helping Homeless - How Do Advocates for the Homeless Stay Motivated [Sonoma County Gazette]

Homelessness is one of Sonoma County’s most intractable problems. Despite the efforts of local activists, nonprofits, and government agencies, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, and in improvised shelters remains largely unchanged from year to year. The problem has been going on for decades and the situation has only grown worse as housing prices continue to rise. An annual federal report on homelessness found that Sonoma County had the third largest homeless population...

California Counties Encouraged to Apply for Mental Health Wellness Grants [Sonoma County Gazette]

“There is no better investment we can make today than in the next generation of adults who will be the workers, parents, leaders, and caretakers of the world,” Treasurer Ma said. The deadline for counties to apply for grants is Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Non-profit corporations also are encouraged to contact their counties to apply jointly. The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA), chaired by Treasurer Ma, will distribute the funds through the Investment in...

‘Tapping’ brings stress reduction to Sonoma’s fingertips [Sonoma Index Tribune]

To some people the word “tapping” may no longer involve dance steps or metal taps on shoes. Tapping now also refers to a holistic technique that relieves pain, stress and anxiety. Those interested in learning more can attend a workshop on “Tapping,” which will be held at Presentation School on Feb. 28 as part of the school’s yearly Speaker Series. “The school has been introducing students to ideas such as growth mindsets and mindfulness and stress reduction for years,” said Scott Parker,...

New head at Petaluma nonprofit Mentor Me [Argus Courier]

Robert Florez doesn’t mind talking about his troubled childhood, or his run-ins with the law as a young man that struggled to be heard. When he was a freshman at a high school in Grass Valley, living in Nevada City after years of causing a ruckus in his hometown of Watsonville, he stole a car with some friends and lit a small fire on school grounds. The local school board was ready to expel them, but the superintendent stuck his neck out and went against the board, granting him one final...

Understanding the teenage brain [Sonoma West Times & News]

Understanding what goes on inside the teenage brain has been a preoccupation of parents from time immemorial, but over the last 20 years, neuroscientists have made real progress in understanding how the adolescent brain differs from the brains of both younger children and adults. Two local teachers, Andrea Schmitz and Mary Fitch, are on a mission to bring this knowledge to local parents and teens in hopes of increasing their understanding of the promise and vulnerability of the teenage...

Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital Plans to Add 49 Beds in 2019 [Sonoma County Gazette]

Tucked away from the cross-town traffic, off Fulton Road in West Santa Rosa, is a dedicated mental health hospital and Outpatient Program Center situated on 10 grassy, tree-lined acres. Since 2013, when Aurora Santa Rosa [ASR] opened, the facility has offered a full range of mental health services including 95 available beds for those in need. Thirty-eight of those beds are dedicated to adolescent-only units. This is a very nice facility. CEO, Susan Rose , has been at Aurora since 2015. She...

Budget Hearing on Trauma Screening (Assembly Bill 340)

Our state is leading the way in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)! This year, California will become the first state to require and pay for ACEs screening for children under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment program, per recommendations from the Trauma Screening Advisory Workgroup created as part of Assembly Bill 340 . The Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services hearing on Monday, February 25th will discuss the recommendations from the AB 340...

University students seeking counseling learn about their ACEs

Dr. Diane Suffridge, a clinical psychologist and director of the University Counseling Services at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., has been interested in trauma for many years. But last summer that interest took a sudden and interesting turn. A student counselor she advised had written a research paper on the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) health and mental health outcomes in foster youth, and it gave the student a new view of the patients she counseled at the...

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