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Camden Trauma Summit Help Needed

Jeff Putthoff,SJ ·
We are having a Trauma Summit on October 6th and 7th.  Exciting as we will have Bob Block, MD and Sandy Bloom, MD at the summit.  It should be great!     As part of the 2 day affair, we wanted to showcase work that others are doing...
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Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Tim Clement ·
Daun Kauffman, member of the Philadelphia ACEs Connection group, has an op-ed in the Daily News that exhorts the reader to consider the significant impact of ACEs on children in Philadelphia when thinking about the issue of education and charter...
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Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Antonio Valdes ·
Thanks to everyone who came to CCTC’s panel discussion on mobilizing a public health response to toxic stress and for joining ACEs connection to continue the discussion. Now we want to hear from you: how does Philadelphia go about creating a...
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Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm?

Tim Clement ·
Daun Kauffman currently has an article on ACEs Too High  that elucidates the fundamental problems that occur when a school system does not directly confront one of the basic underlying issues: childhood trauma. One of the headings in Daun's...
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Feedback for School District of Philadelphia

Caitlin O'Brien ·
At the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Community of Practice Meeting on October 18th, 2017, representatives from the School District of Philadelphia presented their plan for Trauma-Informed Schools. Please use this space to provide any feedback for the School District. Key questions include: What did you like? What would you change? What would be your recommendations for next steps? Their presentation and our full meeting minutes are attached for your reference.
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Has your Philadelphia organzation experience successful trauma-informed training?

Joel Fein ·
Many leaders and administrators of small, non-profit, human-service organizations recognize the need for their "on-the-ground" employees to be trauma-aware, trauma-sensitive and trauma-competent (in those varying degrees, depending on what they actually do).  A recent dialogue with some direct-service colleagues resulted in the question: What brief, accessible and inexpensive educational programs are available in Philadelphia to accomplish this for small non-profits with a...
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Headteacher in the UK interested in meeting with Philadelphia schools who have implemented trauma-informed practices

Caitlin O'Brien ·
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 cobrien@scattergoodfoundation.org.
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Igniting community-based healing

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
   Camden is starting a community effort, @CamdenHealing10, to bring together people across sectors (education, juvenile justice, etc) and also support community driven paths to address the decades long, intergenerational trauma experienced...
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Philadelphia Loses Two Child Abuse Prevention Icons

Leslie Lieberman ·
On June 4, 2014 Philadelphia lost Paul Fink, MD.  Dr. Fink, a psychotherapist, psychiatry professor, and speaker, was a fierce advocate for his beloved specialty. "I have been an activist most of my life," he  wrote . "Part of my role and...
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Request for Qualifications

Caitlin O'Brien ·
On behalf of NKCDC and Impact Services, Philadelphia LISC is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a single consultant or team to help design a trauma-informed community development training curriculum for resident leaders and community stakeholders. The deadline to receive proposals is February 28, 2017. Questions can be directed no later than February 24th by email at dhanchin@lisc.org.
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Research on Effectiveness of TIC in Camden

Dan Rhoton ·
Hello, everyone! Hopeworks N Camden is embarking on formal academic study of the difference that our implementation of Trauma Informed Care has had on our outcomes with youth. We are lucky in that we have strong "before" and "after" datasets. Natasha Fletcher, of the Center for Urban Research and Education, is leading the study. I have posted a brief summary of the study below. Who is excited by this? Who would like to continue to hear more about our progress in this? We think it is a really...
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Trauma Counseling Students In Need of Placements

Jeanne Felter ·
Just last year Philadelphia University launched the Community and Trauma Counseling MS Program that prepares students for the LPC credential. We offer a fully integrated trauma curriculum where the ACE Study and Urban ACES are introduced on day 1...
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Trauma Education in the US

Shoshana Akins ·
The Workforce Development Workgroup of the ACEs Taskforce is conducting a national environmental scan to compile a  list of trauma education courses and/or programs taught by colleges/universities in the United States . Our research focus is...
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Trauma Informed Classroom Courses begin on 8/21/14

Leslie Lieberman ·
Multiplying Connections and the Southeast Regional Key will be offering a foundational course on trauma informed practice specifically designed for early childhood educators.  Providers who work with young children will have the opportunity to:...
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What does a "trauma-informed" Philadelphia look like?

Shoshana Akins ·
  The Philadelphia ACEs community, as well as other communities nation-wide, has been striving to make Philadelphia one of the first "trauma-informed cities". But what does this mean? Sanctuary-trained City officials? Trauma-informed policy?...
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Re: Research on Effectiveness of TIC in Camden

Hi, Dan -- I'm interested in this as well, as we're working with other organizations to develop data dashboards for communities that measure the impact of practices based on ACEs, trauma-informed and resilience-building research.
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Re: Moving from Vision to Action: Philadelphia ACE Taskfoce Updates

Alyson Ferguson ·
On April 6th, 2015, the Philadelphia ACE Taskforce convened the members for the quarterly meeting. The meeting included two presentations from experts on adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Jonathan Purtle, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health Drexel University Presentation: Trauma Policy Research: Charting a Course (download it from the bottom of this post) Jane Aronson, MD Orphan Doctor-World Wide Orphans Foundation...
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Re: ACE Screening as Part of Routine Medical Practice?

Tim Clement ·
This is wonderful news and the kind of legislative activity that could really start building momentum towards routine ACE screening and trauma-informed care in the general health setting. I was also encouraged by this quote within the article: Hentcy says the high noise level of the breakout sessions reflected the energetic engagement among participants, some of whom, before the day was out, made immediate plans to meet locally. That is exactly the kind of activity we hope to generate in...
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Roxy Woloszyn ·
It seems to me that educating more people--primary care providers, early childhood professionals, k-12 staff, social service providers, etc.--about trauma and ACE's, and how to approach working with children and families who have experienced trauma, is one of the main places to concentrate efforts. All of these groups gather for professional development, and a workshop on trauma and ACE's should be a part of the curriculum for each of these groups.
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Sean Halloran ·
We have an extraordinary moment before us here. Yesterday's event framed the issue of trauma and the effects of toxic stress so well, but it is now incumbent on the participants to take the next steps. I agree with strategies that include the sharing of narratives and storytelling (Julie Campbell's example yesterday was clear and inspiring), but we also need to engage and implore our payors and policy makers to include ACEs as a routine part of all health screening. The link between ACEs...
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Leslie Lieberman ·
We must have multi-generational solutions that acknowledge and address parents'/caregivers trauma histories and ACEs. Just as we know that it is difficult for children to learn when they are experiencing symptoms related to trauma the same can be true for adults. I'm involved in two programs serving young children and caregivers to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma transmission by focusing on and treating parents' trauma and its affects on their parenting. In one, we are using the...
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Roxy Woloszyn ·
Thank you. I think it could be a combination of both grassroots and institutional. For example, my organization, PCCY, has trained early childhood professionals and school staff on the behavioral health system in general, and how best to connect children to it (including information on health insurance). So little by little, and with the efforts of others, as well, we've been able to spread the word more broadly about behavioral health and put resources into people's hands to assist them in...
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Katherine Pflaumer ·
Sorry for this spammy post, but: I think that a greater effort needs to be made to change public attitudes as well. Obviously this needs to start with the professions, as noted above, but it can't be limited to them. One of the hardest things about growing up with trauma is that you feel defective and isolated, and other people often treat you that way, too. As a traumatized child it gets harder to establish and maintain productive/trusting relationships, even though traumatized children...
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Leslie Lieberman ·
Katherine thank you! I appreciate that you have reminded all of us that as we think about large macro systemic solutions we must also keep in mind these day to day interactions with children, adults, and families who have experienced trauma and how they can contribute to retraumatization. I completely agree with you that often children who have experience trauma are labeled and marginalized because of their behaviors, which as you point out, are legitimate and normal reactions to trauma.
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Re: Children and Toxic Stress: The Discussion Continues

Antonio Valdes ·
Given the growing momentum around these issues, how do we go about 1. advancing the knowledge of ACEs and the effects of trauma in child-serving systems, and 2. how can we focus on creating a trauma-informed culture that will support a safe environment for both kids and staff? Creating this safe environment in all child-serving systems is crucial for prevention.
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Re: We are 100 members strong and growing!

Jeanne Felter ·
Gina is in our Community and Trauma Counseling MS program at Philadelphia University. Many students have joined and are appreciating the news and updates. Congrats!
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Re: We are 100 members strong and growing!

Leslie Lieberman ·
Thank you Jeanne for reminding me what an important sector students are in our effort to grow a movement in Philadelphia. Training programs such as yours, that are training new professionals in trauma informed practice, are one of the best ways to build capacity for this work. We look forward to hearing from you and your students about your work.
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Re: Trauma Counseling Students In Need of Placements

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
Jeanne - excellent to hear about the Community and Trauma Counseling MS Program at Philadelphia University. Can you share a link with us?
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Re: Has your Philadelphia organzation experience successful trauma-informed training?

Carolyn Smith-Brown ·
Joel - thanks for asking about this topic - it has emerged at the top of the list with areas that the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Workforce Development Workgroup has identified. Training on Trauma, ACEs, Self-Care and application of these concepts in workplaces is a key need. We are fortunate in this region to have great resources. I would think two places to start are the Health Federation's Multiplying Connections Cross-Training Institute ( contact here ) and Institute for Family...
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Re: Why are you joining the Philadelphia ACES Connection Group?

Gregory Caplan ·
I only recently (3 months) heard about the original ACEs study. From there, I attended an Urban ACEs Task Force meeting as part of the Scattergood Foundation and began taking a class with Dr. Sandy Bloom at Drexel's School of Public Health called Violence, Trauma and Adversity. The reason I joined the Philadelphia ACEs Connection Group is to continue to educate myself on the subject and by that I mean how can we inform others to become trauma informed and resilient? I'm not sure if I'll...
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Re: Why are you joining the Philadelphia ACES Connection Group?

Tim Clement ·
"Community is the answer" has to be the answer. No problems occur in a vacuum independent of community, whether that is the problem itself or the ramifications of that problem. This is especially true in terms of ACEs. While it may be easy to say that trauma within a family or adversity experienced by a child is a personal problem separate from the larger community, we know that this simply is not true. ACEs have a long term effect on individual health, which in turn affects population...
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Re: Why are you joining the Philadelphia ACES Connection Group?

Tim Clement ·
I think Maggie's experiences raise two important issues. One, as Leslie has mentioned, it is so important to heighten awareness about the ramifications of ACEs among those who work in sectors in which there is significant contact with people who have experienced trauma and adversity. Two, it is also vitally necessary to correct the misconception that ACEs are solely a children's or family issue.
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Re: Why are you joining the Philadelphia ACES Connection Group?

Alyson Ferguson ·
As Philadelphia is striving to be a world class city, ACES cannot be overlooked! Working in philanthropy, I want to make sure that all of our grantees are thinking about ACES in one way or another. And to my surprise, I have already brought some pieces of knowledge provided on this page into my personal life. For example, the post about the Caregivers film, got me extremely excited for the full length video to come out and I am going to watch it with my younger sister who is a nurse for the...
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Re: Why are you joining the Philadelphia ACES Connection Group?

Maggie Eisen ·
Thanks for the reply, Jane. Actually, Tim Clement will be presenting about stigma and ACEs at my organization, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, later this month. We are targeting the non-Family Law advocates, specifically. Following Tim's presentation, the supervising attorney of the Family Law Unit, who has some expertise on trauma, will lead a discussion on what strategies PLA's Family Law advocates currently employ to meet the needs of clients who have experienced trauma and encourage the...
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Re: Anything happening with Mindfulness/Yoga in Philadelphia Area Schools?

Leslie Lieberman ·
Great to hear about these efforts! Monica Sullivan is a certified Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor as well as a trainer of the Becoming Trauma Informed training. This year she has been offering a new course called the Mindful Classroom for Early Childhood Educators. Monica just returned from a conference on Mindfulness and Education so expect to see more from her about how mindfulness tools and practices can be used effectively with children who have experienced trauma and adversity. We also...
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Re: Igniting community-based healing

Gregory Caplan ·
As a former resident of Buffalo, New York (I spent 4 cold years as an undergraduate there) I can attest that the city closely resembles Philadelphia and Camden in many respects related to health and health outcomes. It is also a city of neighborhoods. Recently I noticed that the Buffalo-based Health Foundation of Western and Central New York ( www.hfwcny.org ) created a trauma informed community, Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of Western New York. This group is also affiliated with the...
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Re: Igniting community-based healing

Leslie Lieberman ·
Hi Greg, Thanks for sharing this inspiring information about Buffalo! I love that at the end of the flyer announcing the Grand Rounds you reference is the tag line: Join us in making Western New York a Trauma-Informed Community. We should follow suit in Philadelphia. How about Join the movement to make Philadelphia a trauma-informed City Add your suggestions and we'll conduct a poll and choose one we can all agree with.
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Re: Anything happening with Mindfulness/Yoga in Philadelphia Area Schools?

Jennifer Boyle-King ·
I'm a little late to this discussion, but I was trained to teach trauma sensitive yoga through the Street Yoga Teacher Training: www.streetyoga.org . This summer I am running a trauma sensitive parent-child yoga group, Yo-Fam, for families in behavioral health treatment at my agency. So far, the interest has been astounding and I'm scrambling for more mats. This will be my first attempt at such a group, but if it goes well, would love to bring more to the area. I am very interested in the...
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Re: Anything happening with Mindfulness/Yoga in Philadelphia Area Schools?

What exactly is trauma-sensitive yoga, Jennifer? How is it different than regular yoga?
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Re: Anything happening with Mindfulness/Yoga in Philadelphia Area Schools?

Jennifer Boyle-King ·
Trauma-sensitive yoga is different in that it takes the traumatized person into careful consideration in every aspect of the work, from the set up of a classroom/studio to the poses that are performed to the language the teacher uses. The focus is on integrating and empowering, allowing those impacted by trauma to 'reclaim the body' and feel as if they can make choices about what happens to them---beginning on the mat. The sort of guru of trauma-sensitive or trauma-informed yoga is David...
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Re: 1 in 5 Philly High Students in Criminal Justice, DHS or both systems - PolicyLab at CHOP shares

Leslie Schwartz Leff ·
I am hoping that the powers that be recognize that our children need counselors & social workers in our schools to help our kids and support our teachers around trauma-informed care!
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Re: Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Leslie Schwartz Leff ·
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You hit it out of the park! I had been an inner-city Philadelphia school teacher for many years (both school district & charter) and left feeling ineffective and frustrated for just the reason you stated (although I didn't have a name for it then). I am now back in school studying to be a social worker and having just completed a certificate program in trauma, I learned about ACEs and the impact on families and on children's learning. It is my hope to...
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Re: Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Daun Kauffman ·
A few (very few) "real stories" of real children, all from only one room in only one year, in only one school, all less than 9yrs old ! At least 12+ more children dealing with chronic or complex trauma in that same room that same year. Sadly, NOT an unusual year. It is hard to read the stories and I fear we lose readers with the intensity. Imagine living it with the children hour by hour, day by day, semester by semester, while (of course) your focus is "raising test scores" with less and...
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Re: Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Gina Tallarida ·
Very insightful article!! I agree with Daun whole-heartedly. He expressed very real and problematic concerns our Philadelphia School systems face daily. Being in the Trauma Counseling Program at Philly U has instilled in my mind (and my class-mates), that the superficial "surface" issues we witness from children are only the tip of the iceberg - there are more than likely underlying concerns to be uncovered. Families living in urban, poverty-stricken areas are exposed to micro and chronic...
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Re: Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Leslie Lieberman ·
Here is a link to an article about what one charter school in LA is doing to address trauma http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/06/15/320725558/how-trauma-affects-the-brain-of-a-learner
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Re: Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Here are links to a few stories I've done about trauma-informed schools: Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries a new approach to school discipline; suspensions drop 85% The secret to fixing school discipline? Change the behavior of adults -- the overview At Cherokee Point Elementary, kids don't conform to school; school conforms to kids -- San Diego There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools -- Spokane, WA Q-and-A with Suzanne Savall,...
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Re: Charter Schools, ACEs, and Trauma

Daun Kauffman ·
I used the numbers available from the public study. I tried to obtain additional data access with other questions and manipulations, but no luck. The "45%+" with 4 or more ACEs is for the Zip Codes Comprising "North Philly", where I have taught for 13 years in same neighborhood. The Zip Code map is found on page 17 of the study. The caution is the statistical reliability of small sample size. The reliability concern is why I tried to lump North Philly Zip codes into an aggregate (they're all...
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Re: Comments on 'up-stander' intervention when a parent appears to be abusive?

Peter Chiavetta ·
Public shaming of a child is worse than a physical beating. I have to stay away from Little League Football games because of what I observe. Parents just don't understand. I gave parents of a child I treated for physical injury at a game my ACEs/Resilience handout (6 pages). It's tough to look away and we shouldn't. Peter Chiavetta, Fire Chief Farnham Volunteer Fire Dept. Advocate for Trauma Informed Care, The protest against the conformity to a life we are lead to believe is ours.
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Re: Has your Philadelphia organzation experience successful trauma-informed training?

Susan Badeau ·
I live in Philadelphia and I am a curriculum developer, trainer, author and consultant on issues related to childhood trauma, child welfare, juveniles justice, education and related fields. I am also a caregiving parent. I provide trainings across the country and locally have provided several for The PA Council on Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) agencies, DHS, and Mental Health Partnerships as well as a few Philadelphia schools and Head Start organizations. I have also worked...
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Convening individuals and groups who are working on trauma and arts

Aviva Perlo ·
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.us
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