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48-Hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program- COHORT 1 & 2

New!! 48-HOUR HISTORICAL TRAUMA SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION in collaboration with THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAUMA ASSOCIATION We are the only entity offering a comprehensive, 48-hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program. The Program is broken into 6 levels and is built on a foundation of BIPOC cultures and neurobiology. It is taught from a multicultural perspective, injecting traditions and ideology from various cultures from around the world. In this inclusive study we rely...

In Philly, These Retired “Aunts And Uncles” Fund Young Entrepreneurs (

An entrepreneur presents to The Circle of Aunts and Uncles in a member's backyard. (Photo courtesy of the CAU) Author: To read Connie Aitcheson's article, please click here. When Judy Wicks retired from running her restaurant, the White Dog Café, she wanted to find a way to help young, under-resourced entrepreneurs develop their own businesses. She had an idea but wasn’t sure it would work. Like many other retired baby boomers, she had money, knowledge and time to offer young entrepreneurs.

Pennsylvania has nearly the worst education ‘opportunity gaps’ in country (

Screenshot from Research for Action’s dashboard ranking states based on “opportunity gaps” shows Pennsylvania at the top of the list for being among the most inequitable. Research for Action Author: To read Dale Mezzacappa's article, please click here. Pennsylvania ranks nearly the worst in the nation for educational opportunity gaps based on race and income levels, according to a new report finding a large difference in access to a quality education between students of color and white...

Pennsylvania prisoners are giving their own money to families impacted by gun violence (

File photo: Hundreds gathered at Gorgas Park Thursday for a prayer vigil following Tuesday's deadly shooting at Roxborough High School. (Cory Sharber/WHYY) Author: Sammy Caiola's article, please click here. A group of Pennsylvania prisoners, many of them serving life sentences for gun crimes, is pooling together their own funds to help Philadelphia families who lose a child to gun violence. The Community Bereavement Fund is a partnership between Right 2 Redemption , a statewide prisoners’...


Convening individuals and groups who are working on trauma and arts

Dear Philly ACES, Hello hope you're well. I am interested in convening individuals and groups who are working on trauma and arts. For example on 2 or 3 times on zoom for 1 hour max so people can share what they're working on and what they may want to collaborate on. To leverage collaboration and avoid silos. Is this already occurring? If not, are you open to sharing it? I can offer to facilitate. Thanks, Aviva Perlo www.creativecoping.usRead More...

Community Education

Karen Hines
I am very interested in becoming actively involved in educating others on ACEs and or actively networking with others in this community. Is there anything in the works in the Philadelphia area?Read More...
Hannah Albery is a Headteacher in a school in England. She will be visiting Philadelphia in March with a colleague and they are interested in visiting schools that are using trauma-informed/trauma-responsive practices. They are hoping to plan visits on March 25th and 27th and would welcome any opportunity to learn about what folks are doing here in Philadelphia. Please let me know if you'd be interested in meeting with them. My email address is More...
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