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RESPITE | Building a Trauma-Informed Community Conference - 2021

We invite you to join us for our Annual RESPITE | Building a Trauma-Informed Community Conference Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (PST) ONLINE Via Zoom About the Conference: Learn more about the impacts of trauma through an informative and interactive day of training with education , resources , and tools that will equip you and your environment to serve the most vulnerable among us. The day will include main sessions, tailored breakouts, and community connections that will...

Presenting... The RESET Toolbox (Western Youth Services)

Presenting... The RESET Toolbox, a collection of trainings and resources that build resilience to help the kids and families of OC cope with living with COVID-19. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ The RESET Toolbox is a collaborative initiative, Western Youth Services (WYS) worked together with the Orange County Depar tm ent of Education (OCDE), the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and some other partners. We've gathered tons of workshops, resources and more, they are all part of The RESET Toolbox.⁠ ⁠ The...

Orange County Human Relations Campaign Provides a 'Toolkit' for Schools to Prevent Hate Crimes [latimes.com]

By Ben Brazil, Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2019 In response to increasing hate crimes and incidents, Orange County Human Relations is rolling out its first statewide anti-hate program to equip schools with the resources to launch their own educational and awareness campaigns. The nonprofit will provide schools with a “toolkit” that contains the necessary components for an anti-hate campaign, including templates, documents, posters and digital content. O.C. Human Relations staff will hold...

Echo Conference Feature: Neuroscience & The Havening Techniques

At the Echo conference in Los Angeles on March 18 & 19, 2019 we will be showcasing many new and traditional ways to use the body to reverse the impact of trauma. One of these ways is Havening. During her workshop, Dr. Kate Truitt will explain how stressful events impact brain functioning and how the Havening Techniques harness the power of neuroplasticity to create sustainable healing. Her workshop will cover: Fundamentals of the Havening Techniques Key areas for fast and effective...

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development's (GO-Biz) Community Reinvestment Grant Program (CRGP)

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has $10 million in its budget this year for its Community Reinvestment Grant Program (CRGP) and plans to make these grants to community-based non-profits and local health departments by June 2019 . The goal of this grant is to support communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies. This week, GO-Biz kicked off by leading the first 15 local workshops in California which will run through the...

California bishops: The mental health care system is broken (americamagazine.org)

The Catholic bishops of California on May 1 released “ Hope and Healing ,” a pastoral letter on the care of those who struggle with mental illness . “People who suffer from severe and persistent mental illnesses are among the most misunderstood, ignored and unjustly stigmatized members of our society,” the bishops write in the passionate and strongly worded statement. “For them, our communities and parishes should be places of refuge and healing, not places of rejection or judgment.” “There...

Orange County ACEs Task Force Meeting Agenda 2/21/17

Orange County ACEs Task Force AGENDA February 21, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Laguna Woods Village - Performing Arts Conference Room 23822 Avenida Sevilla Laguna Woods, CA 92630 Please RSVP with: Mary Brogdon- Organizer mlbrogdon@mac.com (714)624-4368 Inform Guard that you are attending the Information Meeting. - Mindfulness Moment - Shared Understandings - Welcome new visitors - Sign card of gratitude for Dr. Heather & Rev. Pattie Center for Spiritual Living - Update from...

September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here Are Risk Factors & Warning Signs to Know

Cases of youth suicide are on the rise. What are the risk factors and warning signs tied to suicide? What steps do we take to provide help? Here’s what OCDE regional mental health coordinators and its Crisis Response Network have shared: https://newsroom.ocde.us/ september-is-suicide- prevention-awareness-month- here-are-risk-factors-and- warning-signs-to-know/

RESPITE Conference - Registration is OPEN!

RESPITE Conference: Building a Trauma-Informed Community Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Granada Heights Friends Church – La Mirada 11818 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638 About the Conference: Learn more about the impacts of trauma through an informative and interactive day of training with education , resources , and tools that will equip you and your environment to serve the most vulnerable among us. The day will include main sessions, tailored breakouts, and...

Orange County Trauma and Resilience Network One Pager

Attached find a 2018 version of Orange County community profile detailing information about your community ACEs initiative. This will be shared with CA legislators at the Trauma-Informed Policymaker Awareness Day on May 22nd in Sacramento. I attach it here as a PDF ready to print and share! I also have uploaded into 'Resources for Downloading' the same PDF, and an editable Word document so that you can update or otherwise improve it. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to...

How One Connection at CYW’s ACEs Conference Sparked Awareness into Action

Origins offers a number of training and consulting services. We developed The Basics as a half-day session to provide the foundation to support trauma-informed and resilience practices across sectors and industries. The session includes an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, the neurobiology of toxic stress, the impact of social and historical trauma, and the science of resilience. We have tested The Basics with two cross-sector audiences, in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Orange County looking for land for possible homeless shelter (ocregister.com)

Orange County will begin compiling a list of locations where it could open another emergency homeless shelter after Supervisor Shawn Nelson on Tuesday directed staff to find county-owned properties that could accommodate that function. Nelson’s direction comes six months after the county opened its first year-round emergency homeless shelter , located in Santa Ana, and about a month before it plans to open its first year-round “multi-service” shelter , in Anaheim, which will focus on finding...

Shawn Nelson Issues Call-to-Action to Find Beds for Homeless (voiceofoc.org)

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said Tuesday the homeless situation should be treated as an emergency and issued a call to action to find sites to house all of the county’s thousands of homeless people. At the end of a Board of Supervisors meeting in which activists again criticized supervisors, Nelson directed county staff to research how to quickly provide a bed for all of the homeless in Orange County including potentially creating campgrounds on county-owned properties. To that...

Meeting Notes - Orange County ACEs Task Force - February 21, 2017

Orange County ACEs Task Force Meeting Notes February 21, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Laguna Woods Village - Performing Arts Conference Room (Clubhouse #3) 23822 Avenida Sevilla Laguna Woods, CA 92630 In attendance: (alphabetical) Marguerite Bonnett, Mary Brogdon, Kathy Brous, Dana Brown, Tammy Descoteaux ● Mindfulness Moment - Everyone shared one thing they’re grateful for in their lives. ● Shared Understandings - Suggestion of adding them to the Agenda for each upcoming meeting. ●...

Neurofeedback works: Van der Kolk

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk MD just posted a webinar on Neurofeedback that knocked me out. "Nothing I know can do that," he said, on first seeing Neurofeedback's results. This changes the map of trauma healing. Watch now; it may not be up long. I had a big emotional reaction to his revelations on how my brain still doesn't work in some areas . Click for van der Kolk video and to see what happened to me: http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/neurofeedback-van-der-kolk/ Please forward this your...

3rd "Healing Orange County from Childhood Trauma" meeting TONIGHT...

Looking forward to seeing you this evening at our 3rd "Healing Orange County from Childhood Trauma" meeting. Please find our Agenda attached. Location: Laguna Woods Village Community Center - Elm Room 24351 El Toro Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 Thank you for your leadership and engagement as we build resilience in Orange County! In gratitude, Dana Brown Cell (858)472-2321

Offender reentry program fits national initiative (ocregister.com)

The importance of reentry services for offenders has gained public prominence. The Department of Justice and Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently underscored this by announcing National Reentry Week April 24-30. During this week, the Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. attorney’s offices and others will coordinate and promote various reentry events, such as job fairs, mentorship programs and other community activities like the ones we organize frequently from this center. The Santa Ana BI Day...

'I'm looking for a fresh start,' say ex-cons attending job, resource fair in Anaheim (ocregister.com)

Austin Barry stood outside of the Honda Center on Tuesday looking for a little redemption and a job. Just eight days out of prison for a robbery conviction, the 24-year-old Mission Viejo resident was among 200 former offenders who attended the Orange County Re-entry Resource Fair, which connected felons with employment opportunities, legal advice and drug-treatment programs. “I’m looking for a fresh start, which is kind of hard for any person with a record,” said Barry, who served a 2...

Me & My Emotions: A New, Free Resource for Teens

The pandemic has had a lasting effect on youth mental health. Moved by a desire to reduce youth’s toxic stress and increase their resilience, The Dibble Institute, in partnership with a team of students and alumni from ArtCenter College of Design and author Carolyn Curtis, PhD, is releasing Me & My Emotions —a new, free adaptation of our beloved Mind Matters Curriculum. The mobile-friendly Me & My Emotions website features engaging graphics and bite-sized lessons teens can access and...

OCDE Hires Countywide Network of Mental Health Coordinators

With funding from the Mental Health Student Services Act , and in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency and local school districts, OCDE recently hired seven regional mental health coordinators, creating a countywide network to strengthen mental health procedures and protocols. Serving a wide-range of mental health needs, the coordinators are each assigned to a region in Orange County and work closely with local school districts to increase access to local mental health...

Resource: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic One-Pager (English & Spanish!)

English: The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Service, Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s (CDSS/OCAP) , Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative , ACEs Connection , and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance co-created “Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in both English and Spanish. This material is intended for Californian families experiencing the severe economic consequences resulting from...

Orange County ACEs Connection joins the PACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities

Orange County’s cross-sector community resilience initiative, Orange County ACEs Connection , has officially joined the PACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities. The PACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities is a program of PACEs Connection that provides special tools and services for ACEs initiatives in towns, cities, and counties. It’s designed for initiatives that need efficient and sophisticated ways to measure their progress to becoming a trauma-informed community; that want...

Explore the Role of Culture in Healing with La Maida Project

La Maida Project is thrilled to share videos from our recent webinar series “Exploring the Role of Culture in Healing”. We had an great audience turn out and robust dialogue with our panel of guest speakers including Ken Epstein, PhD LCSW , leader in trauma-informed systems transformation, Anil Vadaparty , CEO of child-welfare agency McKinley, and Omid Naim, MD , integrative psychiatrist and founder of La Maida Project. In these webinars we discuss the role of leadership in trauma-informed...

VIDEO: With Mental Health in Focus, School-Based WellSpace Centers Offer ‘A Space of Calm’

Imagine a space on a middle or high school campus that resembles a tranquil coffee house or the lobby of a high-end spa, replete with soft lighting, comfortable chairs, relaxing literature and light snacks. And imagine all that’s asked of students who enter is that they take a moment to unplug, relax and recenter. As part of a multifaceted effort to fortify the mental health of children and teenagers across the county, the Orange County Department of Education and CHOC have teamed up to...

Check-In Challenge Success for Mental Health Awareness Month

This past May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, CHOC challenged the community to “check in” on each other with a five-week “Check-In Challenge,” which was created by its volunteer mental health advocacy committee. Each Monday, CHOC challenged its social media and blog followers, as well as providers and staff, to check in with a different community group, from caregivers to “strong friends.” The need to “check in” was inspired by the experience of living through the pandemic for well over...

On National School Nurse Day, Here are 4 Things you Might Not Know about School Nurses

Each year, National Nurses Week is recognized from May 6 through May 12, which, not coincidentally, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. And the Wednesday within that week is annually celebrated as National School Nurse Day to honor the contributions of professional nurses in educational settings. School nursing is, in fact, its own specialized practice that goes way beyond Band-Aids and temperature checks to support the long-term health, wellness and academic success of students. And to...

OCDE Program Empowers Students to Raise Mental Health Awareness, Reduce Stigmas

It’s been well-documented that the COVID-19 era has taken its toll on the mental health of children and adults. Yet data also shows student anxiety and depression were on the rise even before the pandemic. According to the 2019-20 California Healthy Kids Survey, one quarter of seventh-graders and 35 percent of 11th-graders reported feeling chronically sad or experienced feelings of hopelessness within the previous 12 months. Alarmingly, more than 10 percent had suicidal thoughts during the...

American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapters ACEs Connection Community

The 4 American Academy of Pediatrics California (AAPCA) Chapters have combined efforts to create a community page on ACEs Connection. This is a curated space for pediatricians to view relevant events and resources as well as have dialogue on the ACEs Aware initiative, implementation, best practices and more. www.acesconnection.com/g/orange-county-ca-aces-connection/blog/respite-building-a-trauma-informed-community-conference-2021

Peer-to-Peer-Resilient Parenting: Tools and Strategies that Work

Peer-to-Peer - Resilient Parenting: Tools and Strategies that Work. A two-hour discussion of tools and strategies that providers can use with parents to buffer toxic stress and build resiliency in their children. Learn how to talk to parents about ACEs, support the process of parental coregulation, and promote buffering through healthy coping. Join us on Wednesday 3.03.21. ⁠

New tools can help us better address student trauma [edsource.org]

By Jerry Almendarez, EdSource, February 17, 2021 When we began classes in Santa Ana Unified School District in the fall, we knew that in addition to varying degrees of learning loss, students would be returning to class having experienced isolation and a high potential for emotional trauma. We also knew that the information that we educators and administrators typically rely on, like the Smarter Balanced tests, would be unavailable this year because the state suspended administering them...

Directory of ACEs Connection How-Tos

JOIN How-To: Join ACEs Connection How-To: Join ACEs Connection Groups INVITE How-To: Invite Others to Join ACEs Connection How-To: Invite Others to Join an ACEs Connection Group SIGN IN & UPDATE PROFILE How-To: Sign In to ACEs Connection How-To: Update Your Profile and Contact Info How-To: Add or Change a Profile Picture EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS How-To: Customize Your Email Notifications for ACEs Connection Main Site How-To: Customize Your Email Notifications for ACEs...

Understanding ACEs: Stories of trauma and resilience

Over the past few months, the OCDE Newsroom has cast a light on ACE’s – or Adverse Childhood Experiences . Through the process of exploring ACEs, we’ve discovered that while childhood trauma can have an influence on who we are and how we engage with the world around us, it is resiliency that truly defines who a person becomes. Thankfully, despite tragic situations, some people take their painful experiences and use their stories for the greater good of their communities — and that is where...

Peer-to-Peer-Provider Compassion: Coming to Terms with One’s Own Adversity⁠

One of the ways we are expanding awareness of the ACEs Aware initiative is by hosting Facilitated Peer-to-Peer sessions for Medi-Cal and other providers in Orange County. ⁠ ⁠ These two-hour sessions are perfect for practitioners who want to learn more about action planning and strategic change in trauma-informed care and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on individuals and communities.⁠ ⁠ Join us on Wednesday 2.03.21. ⁠ ⁠ Topic: Provider Compassion: Coming to Terms with...

Network-of-Care: Building a Roadmap Towards Resilience⁠

One of the ways we are expanding awareness of the ACEs Aware initiative is by hosting Facilitated Network-of-Care sessions for Medi-Cal and other providers in Orange County. ⁠ ⁠ These two hour sessions are perfect for practitioners who want to learn more about action planning and strategic change in trauma-informed care and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on individuals and communities.⁠ ⁠ Join us at one of the upcoming events on: Tuesday 01.26.2021 - 10-12 pm PST Tuesday...

Whole People Film Discussion on Tuesday, December 15th at 7p.m. EST

ACEs Connection, the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice ( CTIPP), and the Relentless School Nurse will be hosting a Zoom discussion on Tuesday, Dec, 15th at 7p.m. EST about parts 1, 2, and 3 of Whole People. We hope you can join us: Pre-Registration Link Quotes from Childhood Trauma (Part 1 of Whole People): If you have yet to watch the Whole People series, you can still do so by visiting the PBS website. There is no cost to watch. 101 | Childhood Trauma | 102 | Healing...

A Lifetime of Health and Wellness Starts Early

As we sit amidst a pandemic, I marvel at the difference in how each person is navigating this shared traumatic space. What makes some of us carry on with little impact on our mental health and wellness, while others struggle to get through life’s daily tasks? I believe it is Resilience. Resilience isn’t something you are born with. It is complex and developed over time, through personal experiences and environments, through parenting and opportunities, through responses from those who are...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY: Parental ACEs and Pediatrics: Transforming Well Care [avahealth.org]

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY (CAA) , funded by ACEs Aware, is providing free online training to Medi-Cal providers and others featuring: Practical strategies for integrating trauma-informed health care into your team’s practice that improves patients’ well being and the productivity of your practice. Meet colleagues with experience and success providing trauma-informed health care in their practices. Learn from national and local experts. Talk to other professionals from your region in small...

 
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