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Educate, Equip and Support parent training

We still have spots available! This training takes “the mad, sad, and scared” out of parenting a child with challenging behaviors or emotional disturbances. It empowers parents to become staunch allies for their kids, and prepares them to work with schools, child welfare, and/or probation. Please take a moment to identify parents who may benefit from this training and share this information with them. In partnership, Tessa Smith Family Partner/Outreach Specialist Mental Health Services...

Parent Handouts Now Available in Dari (thanks to Family Hui)

Please use this link to go to our Resources Center where you can find Understanding ACEs and Parenting to Prevent and Heal ACEs handouts in Dari as well as in English. Both flyers were made with generous support from Family Hui, a Program of Lead for Tomorrow . Family Hui has made both flyers available in Dari, which is the national language of Afghanistan, so that they will can be useful to more families (Spanish translations are coming). These flyers can be downloaded, distributed, and...

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Please see Empower Yolo's January article in the Davis Enterprise on Human Trafficking Awareness Month at: www.davisenterprise.com/ features/news-columns/empower- yolo-its-human-trafficking- awareness-month/ . Empower Yolo is participating in two awareness events this month; please join us: 1) California's Forgotten Children, Let their voices be heard - film screening - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 ; Yolo County Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Court, Woodland; 6-8 p.m. Please register...

Webstream on Community Trauma and Child Well-Being

January 31, 2019 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM PST Join NW Children's Foundation for a conversation about how childhood trauma is experienced not only individually but also collectively, requiring a more holistic approach to healing. The NWCF Forum, Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: Trauma-Informed Care and the Future of Healing , is Thursday, January 31 , at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The event is sold out, but there is a webstream option available, with an on-demand...

2019 Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL) Webinar Series

ACEs Connection presents, "Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL)" , an interactive webinar training series focused on developing existing and potential online community managers and IRL ACEs champions. If you are not a current online community manager, please know that ALL are welcome. This series is dedicated to providing insight into creating sustainable and effective online & IRL ACEs intiatives. "Starting & Growing Resilient Communities:...

Film screening: California's Forgotten Children documentary

THIS IS A FILM SCREENING EVENT January 15, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m . Yolo County Office of Education 1280 Santa Anita Court Woodland, CA 95695 This event is FREE and open to educators, those who work with at-risk youth, and community members who wish to learn more about child sexual exploitation. Following the film, we will have a panel of experts To register please contact: Jennifer Davis at (530) 666-8372 or Jennifer.davis2@yolocounty.org Sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney's...

Training for families of children who have emotional challenges

Educate, Equip and Support: Building Hope; A training for parents, grandparents and resource family members of children who have emotional challenges. . . This evidence-based parent training provides education on common emotional disturbances in children; Equips parents to work with Child Welfare, Probation, and Court systems; Empowers parents to be successful advocates navigating the Special Education (IEP) process on behalf of their child; Offers strategies for parenting, self-care and...

January Resilience Practice

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! To start off 2019's Resilience Practices, I wanted to share an eye-opening CNN article of a study done to assess loneliness. Please read the rest of the article here . The article highlights wisdom as the protective factor against loneliness. The 6 components of wisdom: - general knowledge of life - emotion management - empathy, compassion, altruism and a sense of fairness - insight - acceptance of divergent values - decisiveness -- the ability to make quick,...

Survey: Creating a Resilient Capital Region

Hi All, Happy New Year! We're excited to start 2019 with a new community survey that aims to gather input on climate change, housing, transportation, and other related issues. Survey responses will be used to inform ongoing regional planning efforts including the Capital Region Urban Heat Island Mitigation Project. We hope that you can take this survey as well as share it with your networks! The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Arabic, Farsi,...

In ACEs Connection webinar, physicians talk trauma, offer tips for helping pediatric immigrant patients

Dr. Raul Gutierrez, a pediatrician in the San Francisco Bay Area, said he and his fellow clinicians see constant fear and its health consequences every single day among the largely immigrant and Latino population they serve. It’s all the result of anti-immigrant policies and the news cycle that feeds the fear. Dr. Raul Gutierrez “It is almost inescapable with the repercussions of immigration policy on the radio, television, social media and from friends and family,” Gutierrez told the 69...

Belongingness Can Protect Against Impact of Trauma, Study Suggests

A new study, published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, investigates the effects of belongingness on adult mental health, outcomes of childhood trauma, and risky alcohol use. The results of the study suggest a feeling of belonging in childhood may serve as a protective factor for difficulties with mental health and adverse outcomes of childhood trauma later in life. https://www.madinamerica.com/2 018/12/belongingness-can-prote ct-impact-trauma-study-suggests/

Yolo County has more abused children than state average [Daily Democrat]

By HEATHER KEMP | hkemp@dailydemocrat.com | PUBLISHED: December 12, 2018 at 8:03 am | UPDATED: December 12, 2018 at 11:10 am Children in Yolo County are experiencing abuse and neglect almost 5 percent more than average in California, according to a presentation given by the local Child Abuse Prevention Council. The presentation at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting served as an annual update and brought up some major concerns. Among them, the fact that the county has a rate of 12.3 per...

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race [hechingerreport.org]

A look at raw numbers of who is most likely to be suspended from school indicates that black students and students with disabilities* are at the top of the list. For example, 23 percent of black students and 18 percent of students with disabilities were suspended from high school during 2011-12 school year, compared with fewer than 7 percent of white students overall. Combine the categories of black and disability with gender and the statistics are even more troubling. Almost 34 percent, or...

Pediatric, Child, and Adult CPR & First Aid

Foster & Kinship Care education class with Certified Red Cross Instructors Antonio Acosta & Mike Smith Saturday, Jan. 19 th , 2019 RSVP Required as we are limited to 15 participants -Please Email Cherie if you want a seat. Two Yr. Red Cross Certification (Pediatric, Child & Adult) and First Aid Cards are Issued CPR starts at 9:00 am sharp & First Aid at Noon - Generally 3:30 or 4:00 pm Location: Woodland Community College – Building 100, Room 101

Attachment, Loss, Grief and the Holidays - Building Resiliency

Foster & Kinship Care education class Thursday Evening, Dec. 20 th , 2018 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm Resilience is a Strength to Overcome Early Adversity. This workshop will be presented by Debra Wiegel, Marriage Family Therapist with 25 years’ experience working with foster and adoptive families. Date: Dec. 20 th , 2018 - Thursday Evening Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm Location: At the College: 2300 E. Gibson Rd., Woodland – Room 101 With the holiday season upon us, over and over we hear advertisements...

Birth Families, Addiction, Recovery & Re-Establishing & Maintaining Relationships class

Foster & Kinship Care education class Tuesday Evening, Dec. 18 th , 2018 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm Presented by Rebekah Couch , Birth Parent in Recovery, Member of the CA Child Welfare Council, and Recognized Statewide Trainer Date: Dec. 18 th , 2018 – Tuesday Evening Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm Location: At the College: 2300 E. Gibson Rd., Woodland – Room 101 Research shares that for children who have experienced foster care, their best outcomes occur when birth, foster and kinship families hold a...

Kids' Day at the Capitol! Save the Date!

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) is proud to be partnering with The Child Abuse Prevention Center to host Kids' Day at the Capitol on April 11, 2019 ! This will be a fun-filled, educational event with balloon artists, face painting, and resources for parents and caregivers. Please see the attachment or visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/infore sources/OCAP/CAP-Month for more information. Also presenting the 1st Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month: Kids' Art Contest. The Contest is open...

ACEs Connection Webinar: The trauma toll on pediatric immigrants, refugees and their families

ACEs Connection Webinar: The trauma toll on pediatric immigrants, refugees and their families You’ll receive tips for health care providers in pediatric settings and beyond When: Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time/1:30-2:30 Eastern Time Please register here for this webinar. Our speakers include: Dr. Heyman Oo , MD MPH is a primary care pediatrician in Marin County and an Associate Physician/Clinical Instructor for the General Pediatrics Department at Zuckerberg San Francisco...

New and improved 2nd edition of the "Bruised Reeds & Smoldering Wicks" trauma-informed curriculum for churches now available!

I am pleased to announce that a NEW, 8-week version of the study, "Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks," is now available. This 2nd edition includes input I received from the ACEsConnection community and others which resulted in two additional weeks of material. You still get the movie, "Paper Tigers," and the licensing to show it to up to 250 in an educational or religious setting, but there is much more... And, while a number of edits have gone into this second edition of the curriculum, my...

Basic Mediation Skills Training

Whether you want the skills to be a YCRC mediator or are looking to sharpen your communication skills for work, our 33-hour training is an opportunity to learn, practice, and receive feedback on different techniques for addressing conflict. This training includes lectures, discussions, communication skills exercises, and mediation process role-plays. For further details on this training and to download our application form, please visit http://yolocrc.org/get-involve d.html on our website.

Nominate a Trauma-Informed Care Champion: #TICchampion

Becoming a trauma-informed organization requires clear communication about the transformation process, and support from staff at all levels of an organization. Often these efforts are spearheaded by “trauma-informed care champions”— individuals committed to raising awareness regarding the health effects of trauma and toxic stress and improving care for people who have experienced trauma. This week, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) invites you to recognize people around you who...

Colusa County FREE training: CSEC 102 engagement skills training

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with the California Department of Social Services to offer a 2-day Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) 102 engagement skills training. If you are working directly with youth, it will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to better engage youth at-risk of becoming involved in CSEC, and help you learn strategies for helping CSEC survivors see themselves as more than a survivor. If you are not working directly with youth, this...

Parent Handouts: Understanding ACEs, Parenting to Prevent & Heal ACEs (English)

Please see the main post for these parent handouts in the ACEs Connection Resources Center. These two flyers ( Understanding ACEs and Parenting to Prevent & Heal ACEs ) can be downloaded, distributed, and used freely. One is brand new and the other is a revision. Both flyers were made with generous support from Family Hui, a Program of Lead for Tomorrow. Translations of these flyers are in progress and will be shared by Family Hui and updated on ACEs Connection when available.

Two New Grant Opportunities for Youth Development and Diversion Services

In 2019, more than $40 million will become available to fund community-based, culturally rooted, trauma-informed services for youth in California as alternatives to arrest and incarceration. Thousands of California youth are arrested every year for low-level offenses. Youth who are arrested or incarcerated for low-level offenses are less likely to graduate high school, more likely to suffer negative health-outcomes, and more likely to have later contact with the justice system.

Job posting: Family Facilitator / Rehabilitation Specialist (x2)

Yolo County Children's Alliance (YCCA) is working with Stanford Youth Solutions to provide effective, flexible, holistic, individualized mental and behavioral health services as a complement and expansion of Yolo County's System of Care Model. Stanford Youth Solutions will be providing Yolo specific service in Yolo specific locations. YCCA's Family Resource Center will be working with Stanford Youth Solutions to provide family support services to Yolo county families served. To this end we...

Obama Foundation Announces Local Winners of My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Competition [WitnessLA.com]

On Thursday, the Obama Foundation announced the winners of the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Competition, naming 19 community organizations across the nation that will receive money and support for expanding and launching programs to reduce violence, and to establish clear paths to opportunity for young men and boys of color. The California winners were the Liberty Hill Foundation /MBK LA County, the Sierra Health Foundation /MBK Sacramento, and the Urban Strategies Council /MBK Oakland. Two...

Resources to Support Wildfires Response & Recovery in Northern and Southern California

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and recovery from the latest California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted Federal, state, and local governments and organizations. Key National Resources NLM Fires and Wildfires Information Guide Content syndication —embed the content of this page...

WORKSHOP -Grief Weavings: Integrating Cognition and Memory into a Meaningful Story

Join us on Dec 1st with Peggy Gulshen, LMFT and Certified Art Therapist DATE: Saturday, December 1 , 2018 TIME: 9am-12noon LOCATION: Unitarian Church in Davis, 27074 Patwin Rd, Davis, CA 95616 COST: 3 hours for 3 CEUs. The cost is $40 for non-members, $25 for YSCAMFT members. This workshop introduces the grief weaving art modality, developed for use with bereaved persons. Based on grief theory and brain studies, the project promotes a kinetic crossover of cognitive memory with emotional...

Resources from the 2018 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference

In October, I attended the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference in San Francisco. It was really inspiring. Below please find share some of the books, videos, and resources that I learned about. All the best, Natalie BOOKS 1) The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris, MD https://centerforyouthwellness.org/the-deepest-well/ 2) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD...

Diverting the School to Prison Pipeline Through School Connectedness

What if the we could stifle the School to Prison Pipeline by simply creating a culture of belonging and inclusion in elementary school? The need for caring classrooms that promote a sense of connectedness and belonging is essential and must begin the day a child begins their educational experience. In many, not all, underserved communities, minority students are being taught by less experienced teachers who have emanated from culturally and economically incongruent backgrounds. Furthermore,...

Building Equity Through Trauma-Sensitive Schools

The Yolo County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) hosted two workshops this month with Dora Dome from Dora Dome Law to explore how trauma-sensitive schools can be a powerful equity-building tool. Dora Dome provided an overview of the 2013 AB 1729 Amendments, which were passed to support districts in reducing the use of exclusionary discipline for all students and minimize the disproportionate impact on students of color and other marginalized groups. Participants were able to discuss...

YFSN MEETING on 11/13: Yolo Family Strengthening Network

Yolo Family Strengthening Network will meet next week. DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13th at 9:30am-11:00am. LOCATION: Yolo County HHSA; Community Room-Gonzales Building; 25 N. Cottonwood St.; Woodland, CA 95695 At the meeting, Child Welfare Service’s Jennifer Edwards will present child maltreatment data, and we’ll also learn about Resilient Yolo’s Be the One campaign. AGENDA IS ATTACHED. Natalie Audage, MPH Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator Yolo County Children's Alliance | 600 A St.

New Davis Parent Support Group for Tweens/Teens Forming

Do you know someone who is navigating parenting their tween or teen alone? Do you hear them say sometimes that they feel like they have tried EVERYTHING to get their child on board to cooperate and make the right choices? This group will help other parents get support for their experiences, connecting with others who can relate, and learning specific parenting skills to help them become the best parent they can be. WHEN: This group happens every 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning November...

Diversion Can Help Us Reduce Youth Violence By Aligning Caseloads With Risk Factors [jjie.org]

Juvenile probation professionals know better than most the multitude and complexity of issues our justice-involved youth are facing, and what puts these young men and women at risk for violence. Get IN Chicago , as a youth violence prevention funder working to support the most effective and promising interventions in Chicago, wanted to better understand the youth probation population to inform quality service provision. Toward that end we commissioned Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago...

Greater Access to Education Reduces Rates of Incarceration [poverty.ucdavis.edu]

n the United States, poverty, incarceration, and race are linked in complex ways, with much evidence that poverty may be both a cause and a consequence of incarceration. Black men are disproportionately more likely than white men to be arrested and incarcerated, a racial gap that first emerged in the early 20th century. In a new study, I explore the historical role played in that gap by education. I find that black men fully exposed to an expansion of rural primary schools between 1913 and...

Third Annual Building a Resilient Yolo Conference, held Oct. 30th

My daughter and I just returned from the 3rd Annual 'Building a Resilient Yolo Conference' held at the Yolo County Office of Education. It was a powerful day packed with ACEs & resilience awareness, information and personal stories from Yolo County, introduction of the Yolo County "Be the One" campaign ( read about it here ) presented by Yolo County youth (including my daughter!), and a powerful keynote from Tia Martinez from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , who spoke from a...

Event: Student research discussing Sexual Harassment at Davis Senior High School

Jann Murray-Garcia, at Davis Enterprise columnist details a student research project on the stunning disconnect between what boys and girls at Davis High define as sexual harassment. An event discussing this research, "Sexual Harassment at Davis Senior High School," is Tuesday, Oct 30th at 7pm at the Discovery Christian Church office at 132 E Street, Suite 250. Light refreshments. Read her column here: ...

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