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Investing in “Good Troublemakers” [calendow.org]

One year ago, The California Endowment decided to take our vision for a better California to the next level. As we experienced the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing racial injustices facing communities of color, and the resurgence of civic activism, TCE believed it was our duty to double down on our investments in the work of California’s good troublemakers. These are the community organizers, grassroots leaders and groups who have been doing the deep work of...

Scholarships now available for Mind Matters Now!

Has the pandemic stressed you out? Want to learn the self-soothing skills of Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience directly from the author, Dr. Carolyn Curtis? Good news! The Dibble Institute has received generous funding for scholarships to the online, full 12-lesson series, Mind Matters Now . The course helps teachers, social workers, medical professionals, and others manage their stress by building resilience skills and practices for mental well-being. (CEUs are...

PACEs Champion Dr. Lourdes Valdez uses Reach Out and Read as one way to integrate practices based on PACEs science

Our interview for this profile took place over two continents, from the U.S. to Lima, Peru, where Lourdes Valdez, pediatrician in Butte County, California, for 23 years, was attending to family affairs after the death of her mother. Valdez grew up in Lima, and later earned her medical degree in Peru before moving to Iowa City, Iowa, in 1992 for her residency. She said her mother helped make her a resilient person. Although working full time as an economist and statistician, her mother made a...

Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice with Special Guest, Becky Haas, Pioneer in Developing Trauma-Informed Judicial Initiatives

Please join us for our new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity, PhD/LCSW, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being...

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ACEs 101

Thank you to local Therapist Matt Reddam who provided an ACEs 101 training to Butte County ACEs coalition members at the March 2016 meeting. Great stuff!Read More...

Trauma Informed Agency Assessments

Matthew Reddam
One of the primary tenants of creating a "Trauma Informed System" is examining what exactly "Trauma Informed" means.  Although a universal definition hasn't been uniformly accepted, there are some core competencies and areas of focus that emerge when examining current literature.  A starting point for many agencies/systems is to begin by taking an Trauma Informed Agency Assessment.  Attached is a link to the Trauma Transformed Trauma Informed Assessment Grid.  The grid...Read More...
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