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Echo Conference Spotlight: Mental Health of Undocumented Students

Echo's conference this year is packed with great workshops for teachers, parents and anyone who works with children and their families. In addition to the not-to-be-missed keynotes (such as Susan Craig ), we are proud to present: Jose Ivan Arreola-Torres Workshop Spotlight: Holistic Healing for Immigrant & Undocumented Youth In this important workshop, Jose Ivan Arreola-Torres will talk about an often overlooked aspect of student mental health - the mental and emotional...

In Spanish: Handouts for parents about ACEs, toxic stress & resilience

The Community & Family Services Division at the Spokane (WA) Regional Health District has come through again, with a Spanish version of the parent handout (in English) that we posted last year , and which has been downloaded thousands of times. The English versions came about whiledoing a story about the trauma-in formed elementary schools in Spokane, WA .I interviewedp ublic health nurse Melissa Charbonneau who said that she'd been giving an...

Free screening of "Resilience" at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival Feb. 4

Yes, that's at 2 p.m. this Thursday at the Lobero Theater , California's oldest, continuously operating theatre! James Redford, who directed  Resilience , will be doing a Q-and-A following the screening on Thursday. (He will not attend the Friday screening.) Resilience premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 22 , followed by several more screenings last week.   Here's the description from the Resilience page on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival web...

Child abuse, neglect data released [Children's Bureau]

Children's Bureau - Office of the Administration for Children and Families - January 25, 2016 This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2014.

Legislation Signals Growing Support for Significance of Trauma Indicators []

As a college student, Rob Bonta had a summer job working as a counselor for troubled kids. Now, two decades later he is bringing legislation to address some of the needs he saw then. “I worked with some of these kids as a counselor out of college, and I’d walk them home and hear some of these stories,” Assembly member Bonta (D-Oakland) said. “Shootings they heard. Or shootings they witnessed the night before.” It was the summer of his junior year at Yale, when...

Paper Tigers Inspires Action

Just moments into watching "Paper Tigers" last August, Angie Dillon Shore and Socorro Shiels found themselves wiping away tears.  By the film's conclusion, Angie, a former youth counselor and current Upstream Investments Program Manager, and Socorro, then the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools both felt compelled to take immediate action.  What if together, these two women could bring the film to local educators and parents?  Could the film change the conversation...

Inland Empire food banks help people, change lives (

Fork lift operator Mark Edwards stacks boxes of food at Feeding America Food Bank of Riverside/San Bernardino Counties.   Photo by Michel Nolan Each month, 425,000 hungry people rely on the Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino Counties food bank to make ends meet. That’s a really big number, Stuart Haniff will tell you. “But there are 800,000-plus people in need in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and we only have the resources to feed about half of those...

Meeting in Loma Linda, Nice Group of Caring Positive Professionals

Awesome to meet all of you! Ariane and Dana did a wonderful job educating us and bringing us all together. Our brainstorming session produced positive results, got us all thinking about how we can work together as teams to accomplish the most good for our community. Thank you Ariane and Dana. Most of us were locals but Dana traveled all the way from San Diego to meet with us and she had to drive home in 5 o'clock traffic.

Standing in Prayer with our San Bernardino County health workers and greater community

May everyone in San Bernardino feel the presence of Angels wrapping around them in healing Light & Love... Our hearts ache for the devasting loss of loved ones, the fear permeating throughout the communities, the traumatic heartbreak impacting so many lives in so many ways... Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell and all of your colleagues, loved ones and community members, please know we hold you in our thoughts and prayers. We are devasted for your loss and stand together in prayer...

My Place in ACEs

Hello My name is Janie Lancaster and I live in Hemet in Riverside County. I am trying to find my place in the ACEs community. I am a survivor or cumulative childhood traumas who has spent twelve years doing research on Complex Post Traumatic Stress....

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