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Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Training in Santa Rosa on July 27-28.

Dear Colleagues, We would like to invite you to join us for a Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Training that we are hosting in Santa Rosa on July 27-28. The attached flyer includes a more detailed description of the content and link for registration. It isn’t often that we have the chance to attend training on evidenced-based practices to care for clients affected by natural disasters. Caring for wildfire survivors is clinically different in its approach – yet very few local...

Wildfire Mental Health Services Collaborative Invites You to RSVP to August 2, 2018 Meeting

Dear Colleagues, Summer is flying by and we want to honor our commitment made to you at the May wildfire mental health services mapping session by reconvening our group for an update on August 2 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The location for our meeting is Medtronic, 3850 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403. There are no special parking instructions. Enter through the main entrance and check with the receptionist. There will be signs to direct you to our meeting room. Because this is a secure...

The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement

A colleague from Northern California recently visited Sonoma County to learn more about our work to address behavioral health and track community well-being. We shared much of our work to mobilize action for resilient communities, and some of Upstream Investment's tools to track impact on community health. I hope hearing some of our journey made her out of state visit worthwhile! What I gained through the site visit was profound... After hearing about our work to build resiliency, address...

Soco Rises Updates 7.16.18

SOCO RISES UPDATES... Summit Video is now available! If you happened to miss the excellent speakers and discussion that occurred at our Summit on Equity, Recovery, & Resilience, or would like to refer back to some of the advice and experience shared by our guests, a full recording is now available on the Summit website. Choose from one speaker's presentation, the question & answer panel, or the entire summit. You can also view the results from the audience participation activities...

Sonoma County 2018 Homeless Count Foreshadows Post-Fire Rise in Homelessness

Santa Rosa, CA. - The Sonoma County Community Development Commission conducted its annual 24-hour “Homeless Count” on February 23, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the homeless count for the County to be eligible for $3.4 million dollars in annual homeless services funding. The Count also measures the impact of local homeless services. For the past seven years, the number of people experiencing homelessness has been decreasing. This year, the number is up 6%.

Public Health Matters Blog Posts: Using trauma-informed care to guide emergency preparedness and response

"Exposure to a traumatic event or set of circumstances can negatively affect a person’s mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being for a long time after the initial incident. We know that not all individuals respond to trauma in the same way and we know that individuals with a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma, are more likely to experience psychological distress and are at increased risk for the development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with future...

Community Partners Invited to Share Ideas for Recovery

From the Sonoma County Office of Recovery: Sonoma County Recovers Together Come share your ideas about what actions will lead to a successful recovery and resilient future for Sonoma County. Topics include: preparedness, infrastructure, housing, economy, natural resources, and safety net services that are important to your organization, including health and human services. July 10 th , 6 - 8 pm: Sonoma County Office of Education July 11 th , 6 - 8 pm: Sebastopol Center for the Arts July 25...

A Future With Fewer Suicides: Supervisor Shirlee Zane Hosting Special Screening of  THE S WORD, July 11th at Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane will introduce the compelling documentary THE S WORD, which will be screened in the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers on Wednesday, July 11, at 6 pm. Director Lisa Klein will appear with her film for a special audience Q & A after the screening. Seating is limited and free tickets are required. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-s-word-documentary-tickets-46897799581 In this powerful, poignant documentary,...

Trial by Fire: MARC Sites Collaborate on Trauma-Informed Disaster Response

By @Anndee Hochman During a December 2017 convening in Philadelphia, several leaders from Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) realized they had more in common than a passion for building resilience in their communities. They all hailed from places that had recently been scorched or flooded by natural disasters: wildfires in California and the Columbia River Gorge, hurricanes in Florida, the lingering residue of 2012’s post-tropical cyclone Sandy in the Northeast.

First Responder Resiliency Center is hosting a conference in Sonoma, CA on June 29-July 1

The First Responder Resiliency Center, a nonprofit organization, is hosting a Resiliency Conference from June 29-July 1. It will be held at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, CA. To register: https://resiliencytrainingcenter.com/training/conference/june-2018/ The First Responders Resiliency Conference is a comprehensive event where participants will be asked to learn and participate in modalities designed to create new ways of thinking, processing and utilizing creative outlets to mitigate stress...

Sonoma’s Hanna Institute awarded $650k grant [SonomaNews.com]

Consultant Robert K. Macy, Hanna Institute Assistant Director Nick Dalton, and Hanna Institute Interim Director Brian Farragher inside Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. ______________________ After the October fires, the Community Foundation of Sonoma County co-sponsored a survey of local nonprofit organizations to gauge the effect that the disaster had on the people they serve and their organizational capacity to provide services in response. Throughout the “2018 Wildfire Response Survey,”...

IT IS CHILD ABUSE, NOT IMMIGRATION POLICY: by the Greater Bay Area [CA] Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition

The Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition www.bayareapreventchildabuse.org June 21, 2018 IT IS CHILD ABUSE, NOT IMMIGRATION POLICY The systemic separation of children from their families is government sanctioned child abuse. As we first learned about the immigration policy being enacted on our southern border, we were concerned. Because we can no longer stand by, we must add our voices to the doctors, clergy, parents, and Americans who are outraged at these actions. On...

Addressing Trauma and Building Resiliency as Comprehensive Disaster Planning and Response

The attached memo is intended to make observations about communities affected by disaster-related trauma, and to offer recommendations for trauma-informed recovery. Community examples provide case studies or models for other communities grappling with similar issues. Suggested resources and tools provide communities with support for accelerated action. Memo authors represent active cross sector networks that contribute to resilient community infrastructure development, awareness building,...

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