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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? Trauma counselors in every public school?


Please comment below on what a trauma-informed Philadelphia means to you as well as projects you know of or you are working on to move towards that goal. 


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Wow, Shoshana! The very thought of what you propose is thrilling!

So do we start top-down or bottom-up? I have mixed feelings and experiences:

In my old career of Performance Development and Training I know that top-down is typically ideal to gain traction and pull-through of any new initiative BUT it is fraught with political/bureaucratic my work with teaching meditation to kids and to Student Assistance Counselors (SACs) I can say that they are where the proverbial "rubber meets the road" in terms of maximum service delivery, consistency and benefits so we wouldn't want to wait for top-down to reach them. I have created a workbook/leader's guide for Student Assistance Counselors and teachers to introduce mindfulness in the schools and I'm happy to provide it to any/all at no cost if that is of some help.


Best wishes,

Devpreet Kaur

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