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How is Yoga a Trauma-Informed Practice?

Posted: 10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM by Chrys Ballerano, Sr. Director for Collaboration and Training for NYSCASA

There’s no doubt that these times call for all of us to dig deep to find inner resources and resilience to support us through these challenging days.  Yoga means to unite, to join, to balance from the Sanskrit root, yuj.  What more critical time to come to balance and to unite as humans than now, during the concurrent pandemics of corona virus and white supremacy backlash towards a global cry for respect and honor of Black lives?

Tagged as: healing, recovery, resilience
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Bringing it Together: Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care

Posted: 3/1/2020 8:00:00 AM by Cheryl Martin, MA, RN, CASAC

Motivational Interviewing is a powerful approach to supporting others that is naturally trauma-responsive.  By emphasizing safety and trust, collaboration and empowerment or activation, the complimentary nature of these two frameworks emerge.

Tagged as: health, resilience, tic
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Three Actions to Support Resilience

Posted: 2/4/2020 7:54:23 AM by Amy Scheel-Jones

In its most basic definition resilience is the ability to adapt or recover from stress or challenge in a healthy manner.  Many used to believe that people were either born resilient, or not.  That the ability heal and recover in the face of adversity was an intrinsic trait.  Happily, we now recognize that while there are some internal capacities to resilience, qualities that support a recovery over time can be grown, built, and supported in ourselves and others. Here are three fundamental ways to increase resilience in ourselves and others.

Tagged as: care, prevention, resilience, self
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The Community Technical Assistance Center of NY (CTAC) is pleased to announce the launch of new self-learning modules on the foundations of trauma-informed care.  Learn more about this new web-based series available to organizations throughout NYS at no cost.

Tagged as: health, justice, juvenile, prevention, "Trauma Informed Care"
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The Gift of Self-Compassion

Posted: 12/1/2019 8:00:00 AM by Deborah Faust, MHANYS

We are moving through the season of gatherings, celebrations, rituals and ceremonial practices. It’s a time throughout the year that we may see family members and old friends we don’t see often. For some of us it’s a time of remembrance and deep wounds that were never healed, so moving through this season may bring about stress.  So often during this season our good intentions fall short and we find our self-responding to the present from our past. 

Tagged as: care, Caregivers, parenting, resilience, self-care, survivor
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Reflections on Caring for Ourselves

Posted: 11/1/2019 8:00:00 AM by Amy H. Scheel-Jones; Illustration by Mari Andrew

In trauma-responsiveness work, we talk about self-care a lot.  Yet many practitioners, professionals, and caregivers struggle to commit to it in our own lives.  Here we reflect on self-care and consider easy ways that we might build ourselves a workable plan -and support the self-care of others.

Tagged as: prevention, resilience, self-care
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A Simple Statement about a Complex Thing

Posted: 10/1/2019 8:00:00 AM by Kailtyn Machairas, LICSW, Training Associate, The Foundation Trust

It was a simple statement: “She’s not white, she’s light skinned.”  This seemingly simple statement opened important questions, observations, and opportunity to engage with colleagues, clients and families of diverse backgrounds in deeply meaningful ways.  This post shares these insights and challenges us all to address systemic practices that undermine connection, and most importantly to foster brave spaces where all voices are used, all voices are heard, and all elicit responsive action.

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Understanding and Applying ACEs Data Responsibly

Posted: 9/3/2019 1:08:54 PM by Dr. Elizabeth Meeker

As understanding of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) has moved from the world of research into the mainstream, close attention must be paid to what is meant by “ACEs” and how the they are considered within a larger social construct.  Since our interpretation of information will drive our intervention, it is important to be informed consumers of data -understanding what data tells us, and what it doesn't.

Tagged as: ACEs, Data, Resilience, Trauma
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Considering Trauma in Residential Care

Posted: 8/1/2019 6:00:00 AM by Amy H. Scheel-Jones

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll be exploring the topic of trauma-responsiveness within residential care and treatment.  Profound work is being done throughout our state and nationally that seeks to apply what we know about trauma to working with the most vulnerable in our communities.  My own experience with this topic is indirect and yet it made a profound impact on my life and professional perspective.

Tagged as: resilience, trauma, "Trauma Informed Care", treatment
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Essential Services for Victims of Violence

Posted: 7/1/2019 6:00:00 AM by Elizabeth Cronin, Esq. Director, Office of Victim Services

We now have a deeper appreciation for how people react to trauma and victimization. This is good news. And the other good news is that there are over 200 programs in New York State funded by the NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS) where crime victims can get assistance to go from victim to survivor to thriver.  These programs offer trauma-informed services to provide victims with help, hope and healing.

Tagged as: criminal, enforcement, justice, juvenile, law, trauma, victim
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