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The Relational Worldview: A Tribal and Cultural Framework for Improving Child Welfare Outcomes

The Center for Advance Studies in Child Welfare has created a video training for professionals and organizations working with American Indian communities. Featured presenters include Terry Cross, Sandy White Hawk, Bryan Blackhawk, and Rachel Banks Kupcho. The sections of the video training are: Introduction to the Relational Worldview The Relational Worldview as a critical thinking tool Taking the Relational Worldview to the organizational level History of colonialism Manifestations of...

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day 

Friday, March 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Saint Paul. STAR-Lite is a single-day evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. Everyone is welcome to join us at this free training that is paid for by generous grants from The Saint Paul Foundation and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. Space is limited to 60. Optional CEs and CLEs available for a small fee.

  Tiwahe Foundation Honors February 2018 AIFEP Grantees

A huge congratulations to Shannon Geshick who is a Parent Leadership for Child Safety and Permanency (PLCSP) Team graduate. The PLCSP team empowers parents to affect change in their homes, communities, and MN systems. Congratulations to the American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP) grantees! AIFEP strives to reverse the social, educational and economic challenges facing American Indians by investing in human capital, skills and cultural strengths through three priority areas:...

Peacemaker Resources on PBS Lakeland Currents

On this episode of Lakeland Currents, we spotlight a Bemidji-based nonprofit that has been working to build peace skills throughout the region. From social and emotional learning skills to mindfulness training to presentations on cultural responsiveness, Peacemaker Resources aims to foster communication, compassion, and connection to build respectful relationships and healthier communities. The organization has a range of programs and services available, each with its own targeted audience...

Supporting Children with Special Needs Webinar

With Mary Weaver, Director of Prevention Initiatives in Northern MN at MN Communities Caring for Children Brain development in infancy and early childhood is the foundation for a child's future development. Experiences teach the brain what to expect and how to respond. Trauma in early childhood teaches the brain to always be responding to threats. The webinar goes over how early trauma impacts brain development, then discusses ideas, techniques, and accommodations for supporting children...

Join Us for Our April Imagine If ...Breakfast!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so Imagine if... all parents had the knowledge and skills to nurture their children. In just one hour, YOU can help us support and empower parents to be the best caregivers they can be. The Imagine if... Breakfast is an opportunity to be a part of MCCC's life-changing work and support Minnesota families on their paths toward resiliency. You will hear from program participants and see the impact we are having on the lives of parents and...

Know an Organization that Deserves to be Honored?

16th Annual Minnesota Pinwheels for Prevention Awards April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Each year, we spotlight tribes and communities statewide that have consistently worked to create safe and healthy environments for children. The Pinwheels for Prevention Award recognizes their commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect through collaborative efforts. Work at the community level is crucial for ensuring that Minnesota families and children are able to thrive. Please submit...

Research Review: Childhood Trauma and its Effects on Mothers in Home Visiting Programs [Prevent Child Abuse America]

Each month Prevent Child Abuse America's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Dr. Bart Klika, does a quick run-down of emerging research related to child abuse and neglect prevention. In this inaugural installment, Dr. Klika walks through some of the recent research into the effects of childhood trauma and how the lasting effects of this trauma is impacting mothers who participate in home visiting programs. Watch the video here

ACE Trainings: Developing A Cohort of Action and Expertise (Hennepin County, Minnesota)

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN ACTION PLANNING TO SUSTAIN ADVERSE CHILD EXPEREINCES (ACE) WORK IN THE COMMUNITY and SCHOOLS On September 22 nd , a group of community members and organization leaders attended a presentation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The September presentation was the just beginning of a journey to raise awareness about ACEs, support the development of resilience and ultimately engage individuals in community transformation in the northwest suburbs of Hennepin...

16th annual Community Conference on the Brain: Building Resilience in a High-Stress World

Featured Presenter- Jim Sporleder Thursday, April 19th, 3:15-8:30 p.m. Willmar High School Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim's leadership, Lincoln High School became a "Trauma Informed" school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. These dramatic changes at Lincoln caught the attention of Jamie...

Meet Minnesota Communities Caring for Children's new staff!

Rebecca Laesch Regional ACE Training Coordinator - Northwest MN Rebecca is completing a Bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies at the University of Minnesota. She has 20 years of extensive and diverse experience in community collaboration and is guided by the principles of acceptance, tolerance, and understanding. She believes in the inherent value of every person, and sees diversity as one of our greatest resources in creating healthier communities. Rebecca will be coordinating the...

Propel: Resources for Youth Struggling with Substance Use and Their Families

The University of MN and Natalis Counseling & Psychology Solutions are partnering to provide two new drug and alcohol abuse prevention and intervention programs. The goal of the programs is to help adolescents and parents live a healthy and drug-free life. These brief, evidenced-based interventions (described below) provide a unique opportunity for teens and their families to develop skills related to problem solving, goal planning, and relationship building. For more information about...

Research Review: Infant Safe Sleep and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome [Prevent Child Abuse America]

By Prevent Child Abuse America Join Prevent Child Abuse America's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Dr. Bart Klika, as he does a quick run-down of emerging research related to child abuse and neglect prevention. In this review, Dr. Klika briefs us on some recent research into two topics of interest to the child abuse prevention community: infant safe sleep and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Watch the video here

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day

Friday February 23, 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm in Saint Paul. STAR-Lite is a single-day evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. Everyone is welcome to join Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute at this free training that is paid for by generous grants from The Saint Paul Foundation and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. Space is limited to 60. Optional CEs and...

In Minnesota, Recruitment of Native American Foster Homes Stymied by ‘Lifetime Prohibitions’ [Chronicles of Social Change]

by Christie Renick "Shana King, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, spent more than three years in foster care as a teen. She lost her own children to the system during a struggle with heroin. Since then, she has gotten her children back, bought a home, and received a national award for her work as a mentor. She badly wants to be a foster parent to American Indian children in Hennepin County, Minnesota's most populous metro area. But because of the drug history, the county...

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