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Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACES) Hawai‘i
He ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani mai au; ‘a‘ohe makani nāna e kūla‘i.
I am a wind-withstanding ‘a‘ali‘i; no wind can topple me over.


Processing COVID-19, the rise with Omnicron, Secondary Traumatic Stress and "COVID-fatigue"

Aloha and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year! This is a very simple, yet powerful activity that you can do with keiki (children), whole families, staff members, students and clients to help them processes the COVID stress associated with the Omnicron strain. This may also be helpful for those who are experiencing "COVID fatigue," secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Simply take a sheet of paper and fold, "hamburger style" and write "COVID" in the middle of the sheet. One one...

Winning the wrong race . . . we can change the trajectory!

This is a sobering article - This should be a kāhea- a call that we need to acknowledge the trauma and stress that we are experiencing and be kind to ourselves, educate and advocate for the protective factors and address community trauma by building community resilience. Please post how you are involved in community resilience projects! Mahalo, Danny

The "reason" for the season

Happy Holidays everyone! This is an excellent article by SAMSHA that highlights the need for us to keep the holiday season in perspective and to make sure that we recognize that the Holiday season can trigger providers, clients and the community at-large. The holiday season can be a joyous and restful time, but it can also be a time of anxiety, stress, binge-eating on all the yummy sweets and for some isolation. Please be kind to yourself this holiday season and Happy Holidays from ACH!

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...

Hoʻoikaika Conference

This is an AMAZING conference. The Hoʻoikaika Partnership provides a safe and connected collaborative space and they have been putting on great conferences on Maui over the years. The Hoʻoikaika Partnership connects cultural practitioners, social workers, non-profits and concerned community members to build wellness and resilience in their communities. This virtual conference extends beyond the County of Maui and open to all. To register for this virtual conference follow this link . Happy...

FREE WEBINAR: The Impact of Mind Matters: Preliminary Evidence of Effectiveness in a Community-Based Sample

Becky Antle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and esteemed University Scholar at the University of Louisville, won The Dibble Institute’s national competition to evaluate Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in 2019. As a result, Dr. Antle and her colleagues have conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of Mind Matters on a host of outcomes related to trauma symptoms, emotional regulation, coping and resiliency, and interpersonal skills for at-risk...

Building coalitions to strengthen transitions to Kindergarten

This article highlights the alarming trend of children NOT registering for kindergarten (partially due to COVID-19 concerns). The data in the article points to children of color as the highest population to not register their child for kindergarten. I like the toolkit that is within the link. This is an issue that should be on our radar. Stay safe everyone! Mahalo, Danny

Talking to our keiki about racial healing

This is a really good article about tips that caregivers may employ when a child has experienced racism/discrimination. Our COFA migrant brothers and sisters from the Pacific have been experiencing horrific racism and there are many in our community who experience discrimination because of their race, faith, gender and now the vaccine/mask debate. One piece of the article I found helpful is the intervention piece of: 1) Embrace; 2) Correct (the POV of the aggressor is NOT correct) and 3)...

Healthy eating . . . a key step to building wellness and resilience.

Hawaiʻi Pacific Health is an excellent free resource that provides healthy and tasty recipes that promotes wellness. The issue of obesity prevention in early childhood education settings has been highly researched and the urgency to provide healthy and nutritious meals and health education in ECE settings is encouraged. It is challenging in our society today to have access to fresh produce as well as the cost associated with healthy diets. The HPH website offers tips and cost-savings...

Covid-19 Resilient Educator Toolkit

Aloha all, I hope you are all staying safe and socially engaged. This toolkit is a great resource for educators during these tumultuous times. The toolkit provides resources and strategies for educators, caregivers and students. Please share any other tips or links that you have found helpful during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mahalo, Danny

Art therapy as a form of self-care

At the first annual Kahewai TIC Summit for 0-5 providers, we were blessed with an optional workshop that employed art as an effective strategy for self-care and healing. This article highlights the effectiveness of art and self-care. Feel free to post your artwork or your strategies in using art as a healing tool and/or for your self-care strategies.

Hoʻoikaika Partnership

Aloha, The Maui County community has seen first hand the amazing work of the Hoʻoikaika Partnership - It is time we get to know (and learn) from this amazing network. Visit their website to see the latest and greatest tips on how to build community resilience. They also have their annual conference on October 13/14th (virtual) with some of the states premier speakers and community resilience builders. I will post a registration link when it is available.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Aloha, Yoga is a great way to practice self-care and mindfulness. Trauma-sensitive yoga might be a way to identify and meet the unmet need of individuals/groups to address, cope and heal from their trauma. Click on this link to see what the Trauma-sensitive yoga practitioners in our state!

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