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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,...

A place called home: A year after the Tubbs Fire, displaced families can finally look ahead [SF Chronicle]

About this series: One year ago, more than a dozen fires shot to life in the North Bay. One of them, the Tubbs Fire, would become the most destructive wildfire in California history. In the year since, The Chronicle’s Lizzie Johnson has spent hundreds of hours with two couples to report this series, witnessing some of the most intimate, heartbreaking and joyous moments as they rebuilt their lives California was on fire again. Through this past summer, blazes raged across the state. They...

Find out about events to observe the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires at SonomaCountyRecovers.org

You may have heard about a number of events that are planned around the county to observe the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires. A listing of these events can be found at SonomaCountyRecovers.org . The anniversary of our October 2017 fires is not just a typical day, it is a day where many may feel disillusioned and realize they are still working their grief. It is a day where while we might have to go to work, we have to remember to take care of ourselves and remember it is...

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...

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,...

Peer Voices Now! Spring 2018 Newsletter

Kalia Mussetter of Living Bridges " Bringing people together for transformative community service," invites you to read the attached Peer Voices Now! newsletter. Kalia writes: "Please enjoy this beautiful newsletter. It is rich with fine, heartfelt writing by many local mental health Peer Providers; talented individuals who serve our mental health stakeholder community every day. There is a focus on experience of both loss and healing from the recent fires, as well as moving accounts of peer...

Save the Date! Skills for Psychological Recovery Training July 27-28

Wildfire Survivor Mental Health Training Save the Date! Skills for Psychological Recovery Training July 27-28, 8:30 - 4:30 Location: Sonoma County (Site TBD) 12 CE's for Psychologists, RNs, LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs Trainer: Dr. Patricia Watson is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, and assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. Patricia Watson, Ph.D. is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD,...

FREE Fire Recovery Groups & Events at Child Parent Institute

Child Parent Institute is inviting parents who have lost their homes to the North Bay fires to participate in parenting groups that teach about the progression of post-disaster recovery. By gathering in a forum with others who have endured a similar experience, participants have been receiving support, empathy, and resources, and gaining strength, hope, and concrete strategies. Parents are able to safely process their own experiences and share insights about guiding their children. As...

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Hosting Free 8-Week Counseling Groups

Many people continue to feel impacted by the fires from October 2017. Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) is hosting free 8-week counseling sessions to help heal and recover after the devastation. The Child, Teen, and Young Adult Groups will use play, art, journaling, and self-care techniques while the Parent Education group will focus on teaching parents how to support their children and learn stress reduction techniques for themselves. Please see flyer below for more information.

Supporting Parents & Children after a Disaster: A Training for Providers on 3/2/18

The recent fires have had a profound and lasting impact on the entire Sonoma County community, including its youngest residents. Parents and providers may be unsure about how to best respond to questions, emotions, and behavior following the fires. Please join us for a presentation and discussion for providers on how we can best support parents and their children. The training will cover: How to manage children’s emotions and behavior after a fire. Answering children’s questions. Why some...

Ciudad de Sonoma Reunión de Nuestra Comunidad (Sonoma Valley Community Gathering)

Ciudad de Sonoma Reunión de Nuestra Comunidad (Sonoma Valley Community Gathering) February 26 @ 6:00 pm Free COMIDA GRATIS — FREE DINNER ¡Únete a la conversación! Celebrando nuestra comunidad identificando metas para introducir un proyecto de una comunidad que se sana por sí mismo. Con el propósito de aumentar la salud y prosperidad de las familias en la ciudad Sonoma. Comida Gratis – Habra cuidado de niños y actividades. Si desea más información, póngase en contacto con Richard De León:...

Sonoma County to Host Mental Health Resiliency Forum on 2/22/18

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors members, Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins, with special guest Congressman Mike Thompson, invite all community members to attend the Mental Health Resiliency Forum on Thursday, February 22nd. The Forum will feature a Resources and Services Fair starting at 6:00 p.m. before the main presentation and moderated panel begins at 7:00 p.m. The Forum provides an opportunity for Sonoma County community members to learn about available mental health resources and...

"Growing Through Adversity" Bulletin by Sonoma County Office of Education

Are you wondering how schools are fostering recovery and resilience after the North Bay Firestorm? Sonoma County Office of Education shares: The firestorm’s toll on Sonoma County schools Sonoma County schools show what they’re made of Fostering post-disaster growth: Teaching after the firestorms Resources for fire recovery Read this compelling Bulletin here: http://scoe.org/files/Fire_Bulletin_Online_Final.pdf

FREE TRAINING: Charlie Appelstein- No Such Thing As A Bad Kid

FREE TRAINING! March 7, 2018 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM PST North Coast Builders Exchange 1030 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa, CA TO REGISTER: https://t.e2ma.net/click/waunn/05g51o/guq58e Join Prevent Child Abuse Sonoma County (PCASC) and Charlie Appelstein for an informative and motivational training on March 7, 2018! Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is an internationally prominent youth care training specialist, author and motivational speaker whose primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories...

Simple Resilience Tips

(This is a written version of a presentation I gave at our January Meeting.) For the past year, Sonoma County ACEs Connection worked to make more people aware of Adverse Childhood Experiences. But especially after the big fires, it feels important to also talk about resilience. I want to start a discussion about simple resilience techniques that anyone could apply in their work, social and/or personal life. This is not new information, because the best resilience methods have been used by...

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