Community After Disaster, a Therapist’s Musings

Here in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, the entire community experienced prolonged and extensive hyper-arousal – days on end of watching and wondering where the fires would burn next, and far too many sleepless nights. According to the literature on disasters, what follows is a brief honeymoon period, characterized by community cohesion and gratitude. Sonoma County showed up for each other in major ways in the past couple of weeks, and the outpouring of gratitude to the first responders...

Last Month's Early Childhood Mental Health Summit - Let's Put Our Learning into Practice Now

Just one month ago, on September 28, First 5 and partners pulled together a few hundred community members for an Early Childhood Mental Health Summit called " Building Relationships to Support Families in Times of Stress ." With the local wildfires distressing many families and children, community support is needed now more than ever. The event aimed to ensure participants: 1.) Expanded their understanding of Early Childhood mental Health as the capacity to form close relationships, manage...

Raizes Collective Invites You to: Celebrando la Vida or A Celebration of Life

My friend Isabel with Raizes Collective is putting together a special el Día de Muertos event, and invites you to sponsor an altar. (Sponsorship form attached.) The entire community is also invited to come out and celebrate during two special community events. Isabel writes: Raizes continues to be committed to making platforms for artists to mobilize and bring our community together to begin the process of healing through our arts and cultural programming. We are asking for your support by...

Trinka and Sam: The Big Fire, Chandra Gosh Ippen's Latest Book for Children

Earlier this month, Chandra Gosh Ippen came to Sonoma County to present the Ripple Effect training on complex trauma. She shared many wonderful concepts and resources with us including her book "Once I Was Scared." Just two short weeks later, fires ravaged our community, and Dr. Gosh Ippen felt inspired to scribe another story to. This story serves as a tool for parents to talk about the fires with their children. (Parents, be sure to read this on your own to preview the content and make...

Last minute invite to meet for coffee or tea Thurs at 9:30am

Thursday October 26th a couple of Sonoma County ACEs members will be m eeting informally around 9:30am at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol - we just want to get together and check in with one another. Please feel to join us. If this is something we want to continue - we can look into times and locations that work best for most. But for now - it is Coffee Catz this Thurs at 9:30am ! Hope to see you there! Karen 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

How have the recent fires impact you?

Kate Jenkins is sharing her feelings about the recent fires and is wondering how others are doing. Please feel free to post a comment . It will be sometime before we have another face-to-face meeting and this might be a good way for us to stay connected. I've lived in this county for 47 years. This is longer than I've lived anywhere else. I consider this home. Each glimpse of the devastation hurts my soul.

Destructive Wildfires, Heat, Show Need for Vital Conference

Preparing People for Climate Change in California Conference For Social Service, Climate, Disaster Management, Social Justice, Faith & Other Leaders on Building Individual & Collective Human Resilience for Climate Traumas When: Wednesday-Thursday, January 24-25, 2018 Where: The California Endowment's Oakland Conference Center, in Downton Oakland, CA. Early-Bird Discount Registration Rate Ends November 15, 2017! Details and registration here: ...

Coping with Disaster Begins with Tending to Our Own Bodies and Hearts

I just received a compelling email from the Hanna Boys Center reminding us to care for our bodies and hearts during this time of great stress. One incentive to care for yourself is the idea that "well staff serve well." As my friend Clare suggested earlier today, "It's the idea that we need to put on our own oxygen mask in order to live long enough to help others. Still, many of us don't know where to start with supporting our own wellness. This worksheet (attached) offers many simple...

Sonoma County Office of Education Supports School Families in a Trauma-Informed Recovery

Sonoma County Office of Education is a leader in Sonoma County's efforts to promote resilient, trauma-informed communities. This recent posting on their site reveals some of the current efforts to support school families in a trauma-informed recovery: STUDENT/STAFF SUPPORT In the wake of this tragedy, there will be a real need to address the trauma and long-term displacement that so many of our students, their families, and their teachers have experienced. On Oct. 17, SCOE hosted a...

New Sesame Street Tools Help Build Resiliency []

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sesame Workshop share a common vision of giving all children—especially the most vulnerable among us—a strong and healthy start in life. We know that childhood experiences lay the foundation for children to grow into productive and successful adults, and promoting healthy behaviors and supporting families from the very beginning can help kids thrive. But it’s equally important to address challenges that can undermine their healthy development. That’s...

Roseland Accelerated Middle School Offers Fire Recovery Resource Event for Spanish Speakers 10/21/17

Foro Comunitario Recuperándonos de los Incendios sábado, 21 de octubre, 2:30 pm Roseland Accelerated Middle School 1777 West Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95407 Venga a obtener información sobre los recursos disponibles y para que lo respondan sus preguntas sobre los próximos pasos en la reconstrucción de nuestra comunidad. Tendremos comida y cuidado de niños!

October Meeting Cancelled - Meet Again on November 29

Dear Friends, Let’s join hands during this difficult time, and offer each other strength as we strive to process these events. We all need help to cope and to begin to recover. We’ll strive to post resources on Sonoma County ACEs Connection that will help us: Find housing, income, food, and other resources Find the words to talk to our children about how to cope Find ideas for how to calm our minds and bodies Our Steering Committee plans meeting next week to come up with other concrete...

3 to 5 FREE Counseling Sessions for Those Affected by the NorCal Fires

The Redwood Empire California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist have come together to offer 3-5 FREE counseling sessions for anyone affected by the NorCal fires. See attached or click here for the list of 97 counselors who have offered their services List of RECAMFT Counselors The attached Disaster Survivor Handout is very helpful too. Click here to learn more about RECAMT and to find additional resources Redwood Empire CAMFT