Good Morning Everyone, I have been researching to figure out what NH is doing in every community regarding providing prevention and intervention in our schools. I feel it is imperiative that every city in NH have an effective way to get the message out and educate the public about ACE's. While there is a program called A.CE.R.T. in Manchester and it is a start, we need to expand these services to reach a wider population sooner than later, in order to help invoke social change. I am hoping to connect and help create this in my own county and expand from there.  If anyone is resourceful in providng information regarding internships as CLMHC in NH with a focus of ACE's please let me know. I hope we can unite and connect for the sake of our future generations and to help reduce the lasting affects of ACE's in people's lives so that can find their own level of wellness on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Be well :-)

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Dear Denise:

I'm going to tag a few people from NH and in the education sector such as @Emily Read Daniels and @Lara Kain (ACEs Connection Staff) and @Jim Sporleder who all just led a workshop in NH. Here's the website for Here This Now. Emily can share more about that and is one of the two Community Managers of the Monadnock Thrives Community, along with @Jocelyn Goldblatt. There are people in that community who are outside of the Monadnock Region or might be contacts.

There are other cross sector collaboratives in the works, as well. @Allyson Vignola might be able to share some.

Also, @Melissa Sadin is from NJ but has done training in NH. @Michael Skinner knows lots about peer support and bringing arts and healing into varied places. Feel free to message them through the messaging here at ACEs Connection. They might have some ideas, leads, suggestions. 

Also, here's the state profile of what's happening in NH (though it was done last year), for your reference.

Cissy

Thanks Cissy for the tag. 

Hello Denise & all in this post, I recently presented here in Concord, NH for this event - BHI Learning Collaborative event on Trauma Informed Care on Wednesday, May 1st at the UNH School of Law in Room 282.

Please know, I have presented all across this state [and the US] since 1993 in efforts to raise awareness on the impact of trauma and abuse, later on the ACE's Study came along to help with that. Have presented in several of the universities, colleges and high schools here over the years. So there is a thirst for this knowledge, how to keep the flow going is key.

Have worked a lot over the years with the folks from the National Center for Trauma Informed Care in presenting training[s] on Trauma Informed Peer Support and Trauma Informed Communities/Practices, etc, in many states, including as far away as Hawaii. 

More info posted here - http://www.mskinnermusic.com/home/

There are some great folks & organizations in NH doing some wonderful things, but we still have a long ways to go in changing the paradigm here, too many entrenched players still hold to the mantra of, 'what is wrong with you', the 'mental illness', shame, blame mindset.

Please know, I am not cynical, just pragmatic from too many years of seeing the same old, same old, despite some wonderful works from a lot of talented folks. That said, I'm not giving up, just rethinking how to approach this moving forward.  I'm in Goffstown, right near Manchester...so if you would want to chat, brainstorm, need names to contact, etc, I would be more than welcome to share that info with you. The feedback and kudos I received after presenting at the above mentioned event in Concord, let me know there are folks out there looking to implement trauma informed care and practices across the state. So Felicity Bernard & Kelsi West at the Institute for Health Policy and Practice- https://www.citizenshealthinitiative.org/  would be a good place to start and more than happy to connect you with them.

It is encouraging to hear them talk on the NH newscasts, talks shows, news articles of students and the awareness of trauma in their lives, but it is the next steps to help them in the healing is VIP and breaking the cycle is sorely needed.  

Take care, Michael Skinner   mikeskinner@comcast.net

HI Denise, I am a program director with NH Children's Trust and know a bit about the work going on around ACEs prevention and mitigation around the state.  We just held a very successful Strengthening Families Summit (an annual event) called "HOPE states Here: The Prevention Connection" which featured Dr. Bob Sege and Dr. Bart Klika, among others - 2 others of the "Balancing ACES with HOPE" report. 

ACERT is expanding with Laconia and Coos County among others working to establish teams.  I'd invite you to connect with family resources centers and the statewide network of family support and strengthening programs, Family Support NH.  The Office for Student Wellness is also doing some work in this area. I would love to connect.  

www.nhchildrenstrust.org

www.fsnh.org

 

Hi Denise,

Thanks for the tag, Cissy.  There is a lot going on in NH related to addressing and preventing ACES/trauma.  I do, however, agree with Michael that we have a LONG way to go.  I train and consult with numerous schools and  school districts and non-profits in NH.  We are still in the initial phase of building capacity by just getting basic ACES/trauma information into the hands of the general public.  But many are “getting it” when they become informed and hunger for change.  The future is bright.

If you would like to know more about the places this is really happening, please reach out to me. Happy to share what I know.  Emily@herethisnow.org or 525-4443.  

It’s going to take all of us to bring change about ..,

Cheers, Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Skinner posted:

Thanks Cissy for the tag. 

Hello Denise & all in this post, I recently presented here in Concord, NH for this event - BHI Learning Collaborative event on Trauma Informed Care on Wednesday, May 1st at the UNH School of Law in Room 282.

Please know, I have presented all across this state [and the US] since 1993 in efforts to raise awareness on the impact of trauma and abuse, later on the ACE's Study came along to help with that. Have presented in several of the universities, colleges and high schools here over the years. So there is a thirst for this knowledge, how to keep the flow going is key.

Have worked a lot over the years with the folks from the National Center for Trauma Informed Care in presenting training[s] on Trauma Informed Peer Support and Trauma Informed Communities/Practices, etc, in many states, including as far away as Hawaii. 

More info posted here - http://www.mskinnermusic.com/home/

There are some great folks & organizations in NH doing some wonderful things, but we still have a long ways to go in changing the paradigm here, too many entrenched players still hold to the mantra of, 'what is wrong with you', the 'mental illness', shame, blame mindset.

Please know, I am not cynical, just pragmatic from too many years of seeing the same old, same old, despite some wonderful works from a lot of talented folks. That said, I'm not giving up, just rethinking how to approach this moving forward.  I'm in Goffstown, right near Manchester...so if you would want to chat, brainstorm, need names to contact, etc, I would be more than welcome to share that info with you. The feedback and kudos I received after presenting at the above mentioned event in Concord, let me know there are folks out there looking to implement trauma informed care and practices across the state. So Felicity Bernard & Kelsi West at the Institute for Health Policy and Practice- https://www.citizenshealthinitiative.org/  would be a good place to start and more than happy to connect you with them.

It is encouraging to hear them talk on the NH newscasts, talks shows, news articles of students and the awareness of trauma in their lives, but it is the next steps to help them in the healing is VIP and breaking the cycle is sorely needed.  

Take care, Michael Skinner   mikeskinner@comcast.net

Hello Mr. Skinner,

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post. I look forward to connecting with as many individuals that feel passionate about making it there mission to help educate, collaborate and counsel those about the negative impact that adverse experiences have on your youth not only in New Hampshire but throughout the country. I will be doing some further research and would love any and all information of how I can help in my communities as part of my mission to advocate for those who have had these traumatic events occur in their life.

My ultimate goal is to help implement a similar type of program like D.A.R.E. in schools throughout the districts and to help educate parents through interaction with law enforcement so that children are identified so that they receive intervention early on in their lives. In addition, I would like to see more support groups in NH in schools and in prisons to help those who are coping with these experiences that affected them in a negative way.

The more I learn and become knowledgeable about this the better I will be at helping to implement programs within schools, prisons and in various communities as a whole as well as advocating for those who are too young to advocate for them selves. In addition, we as counseling professionals need to work with legislators and advocate so that we can help with creating laws and providing funding for these types of programs.

For example, I did some research and discovered that there is a agency called Spark NH that was connected to helping initiate programs in NH according to the Union Leader in 2018. I have proved a link below relating to the article I am referring to. Senators Shaheen and Hassen attended and I would like to know what type of funding if any at all was received and if not what was the reason programs have not been implemented, if they agreed that this was very important to address. I am new to what is out there and everyday I learn more about what is happening out there in relation to ACE's in my surrounding communities.

https://www.unionleader.com/ne...55-528dd5953996.html

What I do know is that I would like to find an internship that helps me develop my skills further and understands what my mission is as well has the same goal as I do, which is to help provide prevention and intervention measures to help children and adults cope with what they have been through. Whether it is through education in schools, colleges or mandatory parental training for parents identified as a risk to their own child's well-being through the courts. We all need to realize the reasons why we cannot wait to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and the long term negative health affects associated with them.

Thank you for taking the time to provide this information to me and I look forward to connecting with you in the future.

~Denise DeMoria

Graduate Student at Southern New Hampshire University For L.C.M.H.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Read Daniels posted:

Hi Denise,

Thanks for the tag, Cissy.  There is a lot going on in NH related to addressing and preventing ACES/trauma.  I do, however, agree with Michael that we have a LONG way to go.  I train and consult with numerous schools and  school districts and non-profits in NH.  We are still in the initial phase of building capacity by just getting basic ACES/trauma information into the hands of the general public.  But many are “getting it” when they become informed and hunger for change.  The future is bright.

If you would like to know more about the places this is really happening, please reach out to me. Happy to share what I know.  Emily@herethisnow.org or 525-4443.  

It’s going to take all of us to bring change about ..,

Cheers, Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Afternoon Emily,

Thank you for all the information that you have provided. I am soaking it all in. I appreciate the time you took to reach out to me and I will definitely be following up with you. Although I have some time before I need to secure my internship, I want to get as much training in advance so I can be prepared to help in my surrounding communities.

In addition, I want to secure an internship that has the same mission as I do which is help school districts identify students at risk and to help with prevention and intervention so that children have a chance to have a brighter future with less health risks over time.

I am so glad that I discovered this website, so that we could connect. I look forward to speaking with you in the future.

Take care and be well :-)

~Denise DeMoria

Graduate Student At SNHU in the L.C.M.H.C. program

 

 

 

Cissy White (ACEs Connection Staff) posted:

Dear Denise:

I'm going to tag a few people from NH and in the education sector such as @Emily Read Daniels and @Lara Kain (ACEs Connection Staff) and @Jim Sporleder who all just led a workshop in NH. Here's the website for Here This Now. Emily can share more about that and is one of the two Community Managers of the Monadnock Thrives Community, along with @Jocelyn Goldblatt. There are people in that community who are outside of the Monadnock Region or might be contacts.

There are other cross sector collaboratives in the works, as well. @Allyson Vignola might be able to share some.

Also, @Melissa Sadin is from NJ but has done training in NH. @Michael Skinner knows lots about peer support and bringing arts and healing into varied places. Feel free to message them through the messaging here at ACEs Connection. They might have some ideas, leads, suggestions. 

Also, here's the state profile of what's happening in NH (though it was done last year), for your reference.

Cissy

Hello Cissy,

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me. I will be doing some following up regarding all the information that you have provided to me. I am so grateful to be making these connections and for the opportunity to make a difference in my surrounding communities.

Together, we can address and facilitate the involvement of all those necessary to make this happen. The most important being the NH Department of Education as well as through law enforcement in order to intervene on behalf of children for the sake of their future and their health.

Take care and be well :-)

Denise DeMoria, Graduate student at SNHU in the L.C.M.H.C. program

 

 

 

 

 

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