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Child Welfare and Foster Care

Reimagining Resilience: Using a Trauma Lens online workshop

For more information and to register - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/128033986099 Sound Discipline offers Reimagining Resilience: Using a Trauma Lens. This online workshop helps adults build positive relationships with children who have experienced trauma. We will explore the impact of adverse experiences and the effect they have on developing brains and student behavior. The course gives teachers, parents, and other adults working closely with kids the skills they need to make sure that...

DCYF Strategic Plan Feedback Survey - needs your input!

Before the creation of DCYF, funding and services were not always connected. The draft strategic plan helps our agency focus on how we serve children, youth, families and our communities as one entity. This framework helps to build on existing funding and services to strengthen our ability to serve families as well as to disrupt racial inequity and disproportionality in our systems. There is more work ahead for us to accomplish the priorities set out in the draft plan. The process to gather...

‘We are just destroying these kids’: The foster children growing up inside detention centers [Washington Post]

Photo credit and caption: Heard leaves the courtroom at the Boone County Courthouse in Madison. He hopes to train to be a tattoo artist. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) Dec. 30, 2019 Though he's never been convicted of a crime, Geard Mitchell spent part of his childhood in a juvenile detention center, at times sleeping on cement floors under harsh fluorescent lights left on through the night during lockdowns. He attended high school by clicking through online courses and had “no one to...

We Have to Better Understand What Foster Parents Need [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

By Ross Hunter, The Chronicle of Social Change, October 11, 2019 As a new leader in the child welfare space, I thought it would be worth my while to do some listening before I made any big changes. So I went on a tour all over the state of Washington. I talked to caseworkers, foster parents, birth families, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and anyone else I could find who had an opinion. I got an earful. “Everything is broken.” “I had a great experience.” “The caseworker never called...

PCEs and Building Resilience - Oct 21 workshop

Have you read or heard about the new study on Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)? Join Sound Discipline for our next Building Resiliency workshop (Oct 21) to learn how to be a buffer against trauma and toxic stress in your community. Read below for a note from Sound Discipline Executive Director, Jody McVittie MD, on PCEs and Building Resilience. As a former practicing family physician, I love when the science catches up to what we already know from our own experience of working with...

August Positive Discipline in the Classroom Workshops

Create a classroom and school environment where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection and value. Educators from our July workshops offered this feedback... "The reframing around student behavior is so refreshing. It is validating and now I have the tools to lead a more equitable classroom." "The experiential learning made the theoretical ideas come to life. The notion of one more program is overwhelming, but this...

"Resilience" Film Screening at UW on May 7

Sound Disciplin e is delighted to present the film "Resilience" on May 7 in conjunction with Michelle Martin, the Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services at the Information School, University of Washington. Join us at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center at 7pm for the film, panel discussion and moderated Q & A. $5 Registration fee. Register here. This one hour film by Jamie Redford illustrates the impacts of chronic stress on children’s brains. Following the movie...

Building Resiliency 1: Strategies to Engage Youth Exposed to Trauma

Workshop May 9 - Building Resiliency 1: Strategies to Engage Youth Exposed to Trauma DO THE YOUTH IN YOUR LIFE OVER REACT TO SMALL THINGS? DO THEY STRUGGLE TO REGULATE EMOTION? DO THEY ACT YOUNGER THAN THEIR AGE? Many children and students have been exposed to trauma and as a result have difficulties in school and in life. Learn: What trauma and insecure attachment do to growing brains. How to lead a classroom to benefit all students - including those exposed to trauma. How to teach youth...

Building Resiliency Workshops Mar 18 & May 6

Sound Discipline offers a Building Resiliency series for educators, parents and anyone who works with youth. Our next workshop is March 18 - Building Resiliency 1: Strategies to Engage Youth Exposed to Trauma. Details and registration here. Building Resiliency 2: Firmness Tools is next offered May 6. Details and registration here. You can take these workshops in any order. We appreciate your referrals! Refer your colleagues and friends - we do a drawing each month for a Community Building...

Building Resilience 2: Firmness Tools

Join us May 21 from 4:30-7:30 at the 2100 Building in Seattle. Review and learn more of the brain science behind trauma informed practices. Learn Firmness Tools. Tools for setting clear and respectful limits while maintaining connections with youth. More information and registration is here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-resiliency-2-firmness-tools-may-21-tickets-42104657163 Group discounts are available. Clock hours are available.

"Resilience" Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion - May 2

Sound Disciplin e is delighted to be able to host the documentary “Resilience” on May 2nd in partnership with King County Library System. Join us Wednesday night, 6-8pm at the Burien Library. We’ve been supporting schools and families with trauma- informed practices to build resilience for 10 years. This one hour film by Jamie Redford illustrates the impacts of chronic stress on children’s brains. This information is critical for everyone who is interested in the impact of stress and trauma...

Building Resiliency 1 Workshop - Strategies to Engage Students Exposed to Trauma

Sound Discipline has room for a few more participants in our next Building Resiliency workshop on March 5th. Registration deadline is Sat, Feb 24. Workshop cost is $55. CEUs are available for this workshop through Seattle Pacific University. We also offer registration fee discounts for groups of 5 or more. Description: Do the youth you work with or live with overreact to small things? Struggle to regulate emotion? Act younger than their age? Many children have been exposed to trauma and as a...

Wisconsin state agencies end year one of trauma-informed learning community; goal is to be first trauma-informed state

Here in California, many people think that it’s only liberal Democrats who have a corner on championing the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and putting it into practice. That might be because people who use ACEs science don’t expel or suspend students, even if they’re throwing chairs and hurling expletives at the teacher. They ask "What happened to you?" rather than "What's wrong with you?" as a frame when they create juvenile detention centers where kids don’t fight, reduce...

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Assistance Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities, CDC)

Contents include: Strengthen Economic Supports for Families Change social Norms to Support Parents and Positive Parenting Provide Quality Care and Education Early in Life Enhance Parenting Skills to Promote Healthy Child Development Intervene to Lessen Harms and Prevent Future Risks Sector Involvement Monitoring and Evalution Full document: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can-prevention-technical-package.pdf

Specialized Foster Homes Needed for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children in King County

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Become a foster parent! King County is starting a new and innovative program—the Puget Sound CSEC Foster Care Pilot Program—to serve these youth! CAREGIVERS WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING TRAINING AND SUPPORT:  Extensive training and support—both upfront and ongoing  Access to a CSEC social work expert for consultation services  In home support services and respite care  Ongoing community building/recreational activities for families and children INTERESTED IN LEARNING...

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