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How Poverty Alters the Young Brain

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Eric Jaffe of City Lab wrote a compelling article in June 2015 showcasing how new research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions. "At the lowest end of the income spectrum, little increases in family earnings could mean larger differences in the brain. At the middle and upper income levels, though, the money-brain curve flattened. In other words, wealth can’t necessarily buy a better brain, but deprivation can result in a weakened one.
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How To: ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Would your community like to start an ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship to help spread awareness and build capacity for action? Sonoma County would like to share our tools and lessons learned with you. 1. What was the ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship? This remarkable program is unique to Sonoma County California. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship is a 9-month intensive interdisciplinary program designed for community members who serve as community educators...
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How We Transform the World to 100% Clean Renewable Energy (sonomacountygazette.com)

His license plate reads WWS ERA , which stands for Mark Z. Jacobson ’s predicted era of Wind, Water, and Solar energy. Dr. Jacobson, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford and director of its Atmosphere/Energy Program, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma on January 4th—an event co-sponsored by Sonoma Clean Power. In 2011, with Mark Ruffalo and Josh Fox, he formed the Solutions Project, ( http://thesolutionsproject.org ), a political advocacy group, combining...
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Humanidad - New Multicultural Mental Health Resource

Allen K. Nishikawa ·
As someone who has worked with several new immigrant groups, I know that mental health services are often the most needed, yet most under-utilized service for such populations. Stigma about mental illness, the need to conform to two (or more) sets of cultural expectations and unfamiliarity with western talk therapy are just some of the barriers. It's exciting to have multicultural staff like Maria Hess and Claudia Avalos involved in this effort. They are well known to, and respected by, both...
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Imagine You Leader Training to Build Personal Resilience in March 2018

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Imagine YOU® Leader Training Resilience. Support. Engagement. March 2018 March 3 & 10, 2018 9:30 am. - 1:30 pm. SRJC Southwest Campus in Santa Rosa, CA Imagine what matters to YOU helps people build personal resilience and supports and engages them in creating their best health and life. With this training you will gain the skills needed facilitate a 45-60 minute Imagine YOU group workshop and work one-to-one with individuals using the Imagine what matters to YOU method. Imagine YOU is a...
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In a room full of caring people, ACEs are high

When Dr. Robert Anda began giving presentations about the  CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study  after its first publication in 1998, he often asked people in the audience to anonymously fill out a ...
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In California Wine Country, Child Welfare Responds to Wildfires

In California Wine Country, Child Welfare Responds to Wildfires When wildfires ripped through northern California's wine country in October, the devastation reverberated through the local communities, where more than 40 people were killed and more than 14,000 homes are partial or total losses. The child welfare communities in Sonoma and Napa counties were not immune to the destruction. As the holiday season approached, efforts to stabilize foster care placements moved quickly. Solutions for...
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Information in Spanish and English for families returning home after the fire

The attached documents in Spanish and English provide information for families with children who are returning home after the fire.
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ITRC 2018 California Conference: Preparing People for Climate Change in California

Clare Reidy ·
To See the Conference Agenda, List of All-Star Speakers, and To Register Click Here Why Should Californians Attend This Unique Conference ? From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change will aggravate all of these existing adversities, and add many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to address...
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Jail fees pile up for Sonoma County juvenile offenders (Pressdemocrat.com)

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
The phone rings. Your teenage son has run away and gotten into a fight. Again. He’s back at Sonoma County’s juvenile hall off Highway 12 in rural east Santa Rosa. For the next several months, you attend meetings with his public defender, make his court appointments and visit him twice a week while working full time and shuttling your other children between school and sports. Then you get the bill. There’s no daily charge for adults booked into Sonoma County Jail, but that’s not the case for...
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James Redford and Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Resilience at Sonoma Film Festival

Holly White-Wolfe ·
On April 2, film maker James Redford screened his new movie "Resilience" at Sonoma's Film Fest. "I had too much content to create just one film. Paper Tigers became a vehicle for talking about Adverse Childhood Experiences. We furthered the message of hope in the follow-up film Resilience." Redford shared his discovery of the Felitti and Anda study on Adverse Childhood Experiences . "I thought to myself, this study came out almost twenty years ago and the whole world isn't taking action?" He...
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January 24, 2018 ACEs Connection Meeting: How should we proceed?

Remy Fuentes ·
At the January 24, 2018 meeting of the Sonoma County ACEs Connection, the Steering Committee organized work group sessions among members to answer our most important question: How should our group proceed moving forward? All over the room at Child Parent Institute there were large "Post-It" notes on the wall that the groups brainstormed answers to four questions about the direction of our group: (1) What do you enjoy about the General Meetings? (2) What could we use more of/doesn't serve us?
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January 24, 2018 ACEs Connection Meeting: Reflections & Visions for the Future

Remy Fuentes ·
At the General Meeting for the Sonoma County ACEs Connection that took place on January 24, 2018, people came together to reflect on their experience in the coalition and to brainstorm about the future of the group. The questions included: What do you enjoy about the General Meetings? What could we use more of/what doesn't serve us? In a post-fire Sonoma County, where and how could we better serve our community? Does our name truly reflect what we are and where we are going? Who are some...
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January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month Time to Renew, Refresh & Recharge [Child Parent Institute]

Another year has flown by, leaving me wondering where the time went. As I think about my family’s milestones and memories over the past year, I’m reminded of how often I get consumed by work, my family’s hectic schedule, and the never-ending list of household chores. It’s easy for my family to go through the motions of our daily routines – get up, go to school or work, come home, eat, do homework or work, go to bed, repeat, repeat, repeat – and even be in the same room without really...
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Joy, tears at Sonoma Valley’s post-fire cookbook giveaway [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

You wouldn’t think a cookbook giveaway would be all that emotional. But much percolated to the surface Sunday as Sonoma Valley chef Sondra Bernstein and a slew of volunteers beckoned people whose homes burned exactly six months earlier to help themselves to what was possibly history’s greatest selection of donated cookbooks. “A lot of tears,” said Bernstein of The Girl & the Fig restaurant. “A lot of tears.” Among the perhaps 10,000 volumes that filled a MacArthur Street warehouse, a...
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Juvenile jail fees may be eliminated by Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (pressdemocrat.com)

Millions of dollars of debt carried by parents and guardians of children who have been committed to juvenile hall could be erased under a proposal up for review today by Sonoma County supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will consider voting to absolve the debt and stop charging a $32 daily fee to families of incarcerated children. The plan also includes ending fees for probation supervision and the $50 charge for those represented by a public defender. A Press Democrat report in May found...
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Kaiser Supports North Bay's VOICES through Youth & Trauma Informed Care Grant

Holly White-Wolfe ·
"Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region—Community Benefit Programs (KPCBP)’s Youth and Trauma-informed Care grant program (YTIC), through which 20 community based agencies and school based health centers were funded in 2014, is a critical strategy for addressing community violence by focusing on prevention as well as healing. Experience of trauma in childhood is associated with a range of negative health, social, and educational outcomes. Trauma is frequently undiagnosed or...
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SCAC March & April meetings canceled

The March 25th SCAC meeting is canceled. Sonoma County ACEs Connection is canceling our monthly meetings during March and April . Typically we meet the 4th Wed of each month from 3:30 to 5:00, however, with the shelter in place order and uncertainty about how long this will last, we decided to cancel the next two meetings. If there is interest we could consider meeting remotely on 5/27/2020 by calling in or using Zoom video conferencing. Please share your thoughts. Are you seeking to make...
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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
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Last Month's Early Childhood Mental Health Summit - Let's Put Our Learning into Practice Now

Holly White-Wolfe ·
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...
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Latino community is instrumental in rebuilding homes after the Tubb fire

Remy Fuentes ·
Excellent article from the Press Democrat on the Latino community's enormous contribution to community resiliency and rebuilding homes after the Tubbs fire. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/specialsections/8858629-181/north-bays-latino-workforce-a?artslide=6
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Library offers mental health classes for teens [Sonoma West Times & News]

By Laura Hagar Rush, Sonoma West Times & News, June 12, 2019. This summer the Sebastopol library will offer a series of free mental health classes for teenagers, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Sonoma County Library system and Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), a nonprofit offering mental health and housing services for youth. The first group will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Sebastopol is...
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Living near SMART tracks, Petaluma homeless face danger [Petaluma360.com]

Jonathan Rollstin is often unaware that a train is coming until the moment it has arrived. Where the homeless man’s encampment is situated, trains barrel past about 50 feet away, on tracks splitting the graffiti-marred girders of a Highway 101 overpass south of the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets. Despite the obvious dangers and prodding by police, Rollstin, 39, refuses to quit his illegal set-up. “I want to be alone. I don’t want to be in a shelter,” he said Monday...
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Local Resources for Fire Victims - #Sonoma Proud's Long List of Help Offered by Local Businesses

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Here's a list showcasing some of the outpouring of support for those who need loving kindness in the form of food,water, animal care and more. FREE FOOD / WATER: • Better homes and Gardens in Sebastopol will give you a cup of coffee and wifi and you can charge your phone. 186 Main St. Sebastopol. Come on over. • Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park: offering free meals to those evacuated. If you choose to pay for a evacuees meal, 100% of that money will be donated to help in the aids effort.
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Local Teachers Love Learning about ACES!

Grace Harris MFT, Parent Resources Director for Child Parent Institute reported that she recently presented to staff at several schools on ACES and Trauma Informed Care (TIC).  When asked, less than 10% of school staff said they were aware of...
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Local Trauma Informed Training with CEUs

  Call David Bealer @ 707.571.2233 x306 to register     Invitation to Register for the Center Point DAAC Training Workshop May 19 th , 2015     TREM  – Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, is an evidence-based...
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MARC Booklet 2016: Features Sonoma County

Jennifer Hossler ·
Please find attached the 2016 booklet for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) project, including Sonoma County and the other 13 communities that have been selected to participate in this 2 year learning collaborative. This is a great summary of the work happening in all 14 communities across the country. I am looking forward to working with you all as we tell your story to the world!
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MARC Group Postings

Dear Sonoma County ACES Connection members, This morning I was reading the ACES Connection's MARC group postings and when I read the WA state proposal, I had to share. There seem to be many similarities to what we want to accomplish, although we are working on a smaller (local) scale - maybe we might learn from their statewide processes too? Very exciting! I particularly like how they are planning to bring their individual partners together into a more formal group and their shared decision...
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Material from Building Community Capacity to Address ACEs- ACEs & Resiliency Community of Practice Session

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Thank you to all who attended our Community of Practice Building Community Capacity to Address ACES on July 25th! Attached are the materials from our day together. Ellen and Oscar's Slides are attached.
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Material from Neurobiology: the Powerful Science Behind your ACEs Work - ACEs & Resiliency Community of Practice Session

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Thank you to all who attended our Community of Practice Event Neurobiology: the Powerful Science Behind your ACEs Work! Attached are the materials from our day together. If you would like to register for our June event you can register using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trauma-informed-organizations-community-of-practice-tickets-31518134589
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Material from Trauma Informed Organizations- ACEs & Resiliency Community of Practice Session

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Thank you to all who attended our Community of Practice Event Trauma-Informed Organizations Attached are the materials from our day together. Brian Farragher Slides are attached, as well as the ACEs and Resiliency Fellowship Impact to Date Handout If you would like to register for our July event you can register using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-community-capacity-to-address-aces-community-of-practice-tickets-31518403393
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Materials from Culture, Compassion, Competence and Humility Community of Practice Event

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Thank you to all who attended our Culture, Compassion, Competence and Humility Community of Practice Event! Attached are the materials from our day together. Also, below you will find a link to the Brené Brown video on empathy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw If you would like to register for our March event you can register using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-resilience-on-a-solid-foundation-community-of-practice-tickets-30963526742
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Maternal Mental Health Awareness

Karyna Mayora-Linzer ·
Please see the link below for the MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH infographic for social media ACEs Intern/Volunteer, Elizabeth Najmabadi MPH, and myself developed to bring awareness to Perinatal Mental Health. Thank you to all who gave us support and feedback as well as the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership community partners for allowing me to post organizational logos on the flyer to show where maternal mental health services are available for mothers in Sonoma County. Please share with your...
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Medi Cal Managed Care: Partnership Healthplan of California Expanded Substance Use Disorder Services

Click here to learn more: Partnership Wellness and Recover Program Spring 2020 Partnership is working to ensure that our members get effective and appropriate behavioral health care services (mental health and substance use treatment services) in all 14 counties we serve. Expansion of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services PHC’s 14 counties have long supported SUD treatment services through the Drug Medi-Cal program. In the coming months, these services will be greatly expanded in eight of...
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Learning How to Convince Leaders to Create Trauma-Informed Programs, Systems and Environments.

How do you build a narrative around ACEs science, bolster it with data and convince your leadership that integrating it is critical for the community you serve? Representatives from San Francisco Bay Area health and social service agencies had an opportunity on December 5 to learn about ACEs science, find data sets to help them make a case for supporting ACEs education and resiliency programs, and then role play ways to deliver powerful messages. Donielle Prince, ACEs Connection Network’s...
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Mental health collaborative tackles fire-related trauma in Sonoma County [pressdemocrat.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
When a North Bay fire survivor walks into her private practice office, Santa Rosa psychologist Alisa Liguori Stratton never presumes to know exactly what they’re going through. Liguori Stratton, who lost the Fountaingrove home where she and her family lived, has a pretty good idea of the type of post-fire trauma many are suffering, whether they lost a home or not. But the experience — the 15 minutes she and her family had to flee their home, the loss of everything they own — is not a type of...
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Mental Health First Aid Training on May 30th and May 31st, 2017

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Sonoma County Behavioral Health is excited to offer a Mental Health First Aid Training on May 30 th and May 31 st , 2017 for May is Mental Health Month. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course (broken up over 2 days) uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health...
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SONOMA COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT (MHSA)2017-2020 Three-Year Integrated Plan & Annual Update for 2015-2016

To read the full report, click here : Mental Health Services Act Integrated Report 2017 - 2020 Or see attached for a printable version of the report.
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Minutes from our May 27th meeting

May 27, 2015 QUOTE: Never before in the history of medicine have we had better insight into the factors that determine the health of an individual from infancy to adulthood, which is part of the life course perspective—a way of looking at life...
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Minutes - SCAC Membership Meeting

Allen K. Nishikawa ·
Minutes - SCAC Membership Meeting Location: Humboldt Room, 415 Humboldt. SR Date: Tuesday July 18, 2017, 1-2PM Present: Allen Nishikawa, Chair, Salvador Strawbridge Feedback from Steering Committee on Membership Committee recommendations - Allen reported that the Steering Committee discussed the proposed two membership levels and decided to not adopt that distinction at this time. Ballots will go out to the full mailing list, and anyone can run for office. Reports on membership outreach...
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Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities Team Starts with Relationship Building as Key to Success

Holly White-Wolfe ·
After a long, intensive meeting in Philadelphia to discuss plans for "Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities" across the nation, team members came together for dinner.  Exchanging personal histories, passionate ideas, laughter and food helps to build relationships between the folks who will spearhead community level change.   These photos capture Sonoma County's Karen Clemmer and Ulla Mast sharing inspiring conversations with staff representing the California Endowment and...
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Mobilizing our Community

So excited to be in Philadelphia at the launch of this incredible effort to build resilience across our whole community!  We are here with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California Endowment and PHF!  Just by chance, we are at the same...
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Monthly Meeting for May, agenda, notes, etc

Quick reminder, we meet the 4th Wed of each month, from 3:30 to 5:00 at Child Parent Institute. Please join us if you can! See below and attached for details regarding our May meeting. Karen
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More schools turn to alternative discipline to reduce suspensions (pressdemocrat.com)

The so-called restorative circles aim to build trust and understanding and reduce misbehavior. They’re popping up in schools all over the county, in part from the efforts of agencies like Restorative Resources and the Sonoma County Office of Education, which have trained educators on these practices. The Santa Rosa nonprofit last year received $100,000 from the county to launch the alternative justice program. It was one of the recommendations issued by the Community and Local Law...
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More Sonoma County schools turn to alternative discipline to reduce suspensions (Pressdemocrat.com)

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Jamie Dorvilus wiggled in her seat, eagerly waiting her turn to talk about how   she was feeling that day. At least once a week, her first-grade class at Rohnert Park’s Evergreen Elementary School moves the desks out of the way for a “circle,” where they discuss their feelings and worries and practice positive behavior and communication skills, like giving and accepting compliments. Dorvilus, 7, said it’s safe to share. No one ever teases. “It’s the only time I get to say something and...
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Must see movie! This Sunday in Sonoma at Sebastiani Theater

Sue Stephenson ·
"And Now, Love," is an award-winning documentary memoir on the life and work of Dr. Bernard W. Bail, a highly decorated World War II American Jewish veteran who was captured by the Nazis and rescued by a secret love affair with his German nurse. After the war, Bail came to believe that all wars are the manifestation of the wars within ourselves. Dedicated to healing mental anguish, he became a doctor and psychoanalyst who developed a theory called the “mother’s imprint,” focusing on...
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Native Breastfeeding Council's 8th Annual Wellness Walk Fundraiser

Please join the Sonoma County Indian Health Project's Native Breastfeeding Council as they promote breastfeeding and healthy lifestyles at their 8th annual wellness walk! DETAILS - Registration opens at 8am the walk starts at 8:30 August 12th, 2017 144 Stony Point Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Native Breastfeeding Council's 8th Annual Wellness Walk See flyer for more details!
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NEW Essentials for Childhood Kidsdata.org ACEs Topic

Jennifer Hossler ·
Hello, Sonoma County! Please see this exciting news shared by Gail Kennedy, MPH of ACEs Connection. This information was shared to the California ACEs Action group (original post is below). You can see how Sonoma County compares with the rest of the state. Please share with others! - Jen Hossler "On behalf of California Essentials for Childhood, I am very excited to announce the release of a new Child Adversity and Resilience data topic on Kidsdata.org! This has been a collaborative effort...
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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...
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New Psychotherapy Practice in Sebastopol!

Sara Champie ·
Hello Sonoma ACES Connection! I'm reaching out about the private psychotherapy practice that I’ve just opened in Sebastopol. My training has focused on trauma informed, attachment based modalities of therapy. Currently, I am a Therapist in Training in the Neuro Affective Relational Model certification program. NARM is a modality design to support healing from developmental trauma, or those people who have mid-to-high ACES scores. In my career I have worked as a Lead Clinician for families...
 
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