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With no-cost in-person trainings, webinars, and other online learning opportunities, Strategies 2.0 bridges an organization’s resources and its aspirations.

If you have a group of 20-40+ family strengthening professionals, you can submit a Request A Group Training Form.

Growing Community

Growing Community

In regions throughout the state, we bring together professionals and organizations in Learning Communities to exchange ideas, share resources, and collaborate to craft solutions for their area’s most pressing needs. Leaders of the Champions Coalition leverage power and resources for child abuse and neglect prevention.

Growing Resources

Growing Resources

Strategies 2.0 researches and evaluates the best practices to create tools including our Knowledge to Action Briefs and Building Community Resilience Toolkit. As a resource to family resource centers, please view Vehicles for Change, I and II.

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Growing Knowledge and Staying Connected During This Time of Social Distancing

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Like you and the rest of California, we at Strategies 2.0 are sheltering in place to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are suspending in-person training for the time being, but we are working on plans to provide some of our trainings in a “virtual classroom” via audio/video conferencing. We will be in touch with those who are currently registered for training, and we will post the opportunities on our web site. Stay tuyned for more on that.

 In the meantime, we invite you to use Strategies 2.0 as a resource for learning and connection for during these times of social distancing. Below you will find “bundles” of our resources pertaining to different topics, which you are invited to use for your self-directed learning and growth. 

Family Resource Centers:

Vehicles For Change Series: FRCs: Incubators For Innovation:  In the first installment of the Vehicles for Change webinar series, participants will understand the unique characteristics of family resource centers (FRCs), the definition of the elements that distinguish FRCs from other service delivery platforms (through the lens of the Social Determinants of Health), and how to apply the FRC Practice Methods as a way to adopt a framework that promotes family and community well-being.

Vehicles For Change: Reciprocity As Participant Engagement: The second installment of our Vehicles for Change Webinar Series participants will understand the definition of reciprocity in the context of family resource center engagement, how to assess opportunities for families to contribute to the well-being of their families and neighborhoods and how to generate strategies to maximize participation.

Vehicles For Change: The FRC As A Learning Organization: In the fourth and final installment of the Vehicle for Change webinar series, participants will define the elements of a Learning Organizations, understand how learning and innovation are connected and Identify opportunities to establish a learning organization.

Community Schools: What Are They? And Where Do Family Resource Centers Fit: Review the basic principles behind the community schools approach and dig into the important role that family resource centers play as a lead partner in that work.

Knowledge To Action Brief- Family Resource Centers; Vehicles For Change: Though FRCs are as diverse as the people they serve, they share common characteristics as centrally located places in a neighborhood or community where families can access resources and services, participate in activities, and even have opportunities to be civically engaged and contribute to the health of their community.

Vehicles for Change Monographs: This includes what has influenced the development of FRCs and how
they have responded to the growing body of research and best practices while remaining anchored in a deep and rich history invested in the well-being of children, families, and communities.

Bay Area LC 6/26/18 (Building Advocacy into Direct Services): Our Learning Communities presenters will share strategies on how low-income individuals and families can achieve long-term financial stability. Research shows that financially secure individuals are better able to weather economic crisis, maintain employment and upgrade their job skills, provide for their children’s health and well-being, and invest in their communities. Join us to build a regional network advocating for the economic empowerment of our families.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity: This webinar empowers professionals to create an inclusive workspace for LGBTQ+ staff and clients. It helps professionals develop partnerships with LGBTQ+ Folks in their community and support the needs that the LGBTQ+ community has regarding disclosure, safe spaces, and more.

Culturally Proficient Professional (pdf): Significant health and well-being disparities exist among children and adults living in the United States. As such, there has been a strong emphasis on health care systems and social service agencies to focus on the importance of becoming organizationally and professionally culturally sensitive or aware. This has resulted in a variety of models and language designed to address cultural diversity in health promotion.

Equity and the Social Determinants of Health (pdf): Why do some individuals experience more positive health outcomes than others? The answer lies not only in genetics, personal choices, or luck, but rather a complex mix of factors within the circumstances of a person’s life. These factors, termed “social determinants of health (SDOH)” are defined as “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

Self-Care (pdf): Self-care is an important set of intentions necessary to mitigate possible stress and challenges
experienced in the field of family strengthening. It is a sophisticated set of skills intended to help
manage emotions and provide better services.

Poverty in CA (pdf): Children who live in poverty are 3 times more likely to be abused and 7 times more likely to
be neglected than children in higher socioeconomic status families.

SoCal LC 10/3/19 (An Equitable Vision for Children & Families): An exploration of how to assess population measures of child and family well being. Presented by Efren Aguilar, GIS Unit Chief at UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities.

Sierra LC 2/7/19 (Promoting Resilience using a Trauma-Informed Approach: Partnerships with Behavioral Health Systems): Hear from Lori Chelius, partner in Origins Training, on trauma informed care and how we can envision positive behavioral outcomes for the families we serve.  Oscar Perez, founder of Tending The Fires, shared the importance creating culturally competent programs and services.  Take a tour of the Rural Information Hub with Matthew Bruflodt, a web based resource for information on evidence based behavioral health programs with a focus on rural communities.

Capital LC 6/20/19 (Trauma in the Current Anti-Immigrant climate): Community-based Organizations, services providers and community members are dealing with the impacts of heightened immigration enforcement activities and anti-immigrant rhetoric on the mental health and wellbeing of children in immigrant families in California. Together we can identify what more can be done to support children and immigrant families. Together, Learning Community participants will share with speakers promising programs and best practices to help mitigate the increased fear and anxiety among immigrant families.

Bay Area LC  4/17/19 (Trauma, Equity, & Brain Science: Flojuane Cofer): Hosted by Napa Valley College, Resilient Napa (a collaborative project of Cope Family Center), the Strategies 2.0 Bay Area Learning Community, and the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council are partnering to bring together experts in a series of free talks and a workshop that will build participants’ understanding of the impact of historical and systemic trauma on children, families and communities, raise individual and community awareness of the existence of structural racism and poverty, describe the link between adverse childhood and community experiences and negative outcomes, and propose solutions.

Bay Area LC 5/15/19 (Resistance, Resilience, and Relationships: the 3-Rs of Systems Change): Trauma is historical, structural, political, generational, interpersonal, and embodied. So then, must be our healing. This session will share a framework, approach, and key practices that acknowledge and address these multi-layered contexts and expressions, focusing on the necessity of systems change and transformation. Kanwarpal Dhaliwal Is one of the co-founders of RYSE and currently acts as the Associate Director.

Collaborative Child Abuse Prevention Planning:

Capital LC 10/31/18 (Building Community Resilience): This convening, titles Creating common approaches to promote community and family healing through resiliency, will guide participants in working toward developing a common understanding of the regional needs and issues. Additionally, a panel will be invited to discuss their experiences in working in the community to promote healing through resilience.

Capital LC 3/7/19 (Sustainability):  This session will review how participants utilized Tool 1 of the Building Community Resilience Toolkit and train them on the Tool 2, Understanding Community Priorities. The session will end with an interactive discussion from Monique Ramos, senior associate of California Strategies, on the upcoming opportunities in the new year and new administration.

Capital LC 6/24/19 (Prevention Summit Report): Participants will hear real-time accounts from counties grappling with the big issues and conditions that weigh on our communities, families, and children; learn approaches to planning and collaborating that will help bring their own efforts to the next level; and explore possibilities for deeper learning that will bring us closer to realizing the change we want to see.

Capital LC 12/10/19 (Responding to Community Needs): Targeted outcomes for the day include: better understanding how your organization has stayed relevant and responsive to community needs; help you assess your organization’s capacity and ability to meet the ongoing needs of our communities in the current environment; learn and share strategies to build community engagement and trust  to increase access/awareness of services in increasingly multicultural communities.

Bay Area LC 10/10/18 (Economic Impact of Child Abuse): During this session, Safe & Sound will discuss: the findings on the economic burden of child abuse to the Bay Area; how the cost is calculated; community risk factors that make children & families more vulnerable to abuse; protective factors that keep children safe & families strong; what can be done at the community level to enhance protective factors & mitigate risks factors for families; what you can do at our own community to advocate for policies that protect children and strengthen families.

Bay Area LC 10/23/19 (Prevention Planning in Bay Area Counties): The learning community will bring together the Bay Area community to discuss where they are in developing out their Prevention Plans. Hear real-time accounts from counties grappling with the big issues and conditions that weigh on our communities, families, and children. Learn approaches to planning and collaborating that will help bring their own efforts to the next level, while exploring possibilities for deeper learning that will bring us closer to realizing the change we want to see. Supporting work to build community engagement and support to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families. And creating a networking and sharing resource for counties working on prevention plans.

Sierra LC 2/13/20 (Building Family, Agency, and Community Resilience:  Rural Policies to Improve Housing Affordability and Accessibility): ​Targeted outcomes for the day include: share how is housing a factor in child abuse prevention; examine the policies that have contributed to creating the housing crisis in California; learn what is on the horizon on a state and federal level to address housing affordability; analyze factors in housing affordability and accessibility.  How do counties in the Sierra rate in terms of housing affordability and accessibility?; learn about innovative model(s) to improve housing affordability in a rural setting; explore what we can do as family strengthening professionals to address the barriers to creating affordable and accessible housing in our communities

Leadership Models For Improving Impact: This webinar explores various approaches to leadership and, more specifically, styles of leadership that can contribute to achieving the goals of reducing child abuse and neglect. It also has application to day-to-day decision-making and professional interactions both within and across organizations.

Developing Emerging Leaders: This webinar will prepare participants to cultivate emerging leaders. It will introduce a leadership framework that integrates individuals’ personal, interpersonal introduces the strengths-based service delivery model.

SoCal LC 12/5/19 (Implementing Effective Evidence-Informed Practices in Family Strengthening and Child Abuse Prevention Programs): Increase your understanding of evidence-based models for preventing child maltreatment; learn the difference between the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC) and the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse; explore ways to use the Protective Factors Survey to assess family strengths and identify programs to enhance well being; engage with colleagues in an activity to enhance your ability to navigate and use the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC) resources.

Sierra LC 6/14/18 (Bringing Us Together: Using the ACES Connection On-line Platform to Support Efficient Collaboration Across Sectors and Communities): Gail Kennedy from ACES Connection and Tracy Fauver from Resilient Yolo (and Executive Director of Yolo County CASA) describe how the ACES Connection on-line platform can be used to promote collaboration to build strong families and communities.  Take an on-line tour of the ACES Connection website, and think about how ACES Connection can be used to develop a virtual community hub or Family Resource Center.

Capital LC 6/12/18 (Creating the Change our Families Need Most: Strategizing for Region-Wide Impact): We will hear about and explore data on child and family well-being in the counties of our region and how those connect to what we know about “Adverse Community Environments” and community resilience. Strategies 2.0 Master Trainer Troy Nichols will share information and reflection these “other ACEs” and facilitate the generation of ideas for building community resilience. This will be our launching point to develop plans for concrete, shared action toward change in our region.

Family Engagement

Engaging Fathers In Practice: The webinar will introduce family support practitioners and agencies to best practices and strategies to engage fathers and men in support services. Participants will gain specific engagement strategies that can be used to increase positive and meaningful interactions with fathers, discuss bias and attitudes that exist towards fathers in support services, and review research that supports overall father involvement.

Parent And Community Engagement Dynamics: This webinar will help family support professionals gain additional insights into the dynamics associated with parent engagement in their communities. We will explore how parents and organizations working with parents can expand their capacity to advocate for children and families.

Implementing A Strengths-Based Approach To Practice: This introduces the strengths-based service delivery model. Participants will learn the benefits as well as the policies, practice methods, and strategies that identify and draw upon the strengths of families.

Webinar Series: Conversations To Help Navigate Parenting: Find out about the current research on, and best practices for, parent coaching. Learn parent coaching strategies that can be woven into everyday conversations with parents to foster greater self-awareness, to increase family well-being, and share new ways to think about parenting challenges.

SoCal LC 2/27/20 (Expanding the Prevention Culture: Father Engagement): Shawndi Johnson, MSW, program manager for Dads Matter, shared the critical importance of engaging fathers in the process of sharing services, family healing, and creating strong, healthy communities.

Direct Practice & Programs

Breaking Free – Surviving Addiction: This webinar provides statistical information around the epidemic of opioid addiction in the state of California and explores a toolkit available to support service providers who work with those affected by substance abuse and addiction.

Recovery And Reunification: The Family’s Process Of Healing And Hope: This webinar discusses the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on family life, describes the early recovery process, and why this is a critical transition period. It highlights successful, evidence-based programs/curriculum, and more.

SoCal LC 10/3/19 (Child Abuse Prevention in Los Angeles County): A portrait of 12 unique CAPCs in Los Angeles. Presented by Sara La Croix, MSW/MPA

SoCal LC 5/17/19 (Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs : Know Your Audience: Potential Clients, Program Participants): This convening featured presentations by Jolie Mason from Zodan Consulting who created an online data tool to help package data for consumers of services, as well as Lori Clark from the Social Policy Institute at SDSU who helped develop data collection for the AARP Livable Communities initiative.

SoCal LC 3/8/19 (Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs Know Your Audience: Staff and Volunteer): Amina Fields and Todd Sosna from Children’s Institute in Los Angeles shared expertise and experience with regional participants. Guidance includes how to use a Logic Model to create an evaluation plan; suggestions for reviewing data with staff as a way to reflect and identify opportunities for improvement; encouraging the generation of outcome reports with the date you have available; and reviewing data through the lens of decision making.

SoCal LC 11/30/18 (Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs. Know Your Audience: Local Civic Leaders/Policy Makers and Community/Agency Partners): Todd Sosna and Cheryl Wold presented during this session. Learning outcomes include strategies for preparing reports for policy makers and community leaders. Participants also reviewed a product using the human development matrix to examine well-being and access to opportunity.

Northern LC 5/8/19 (Trauma-Informed Educational Practices): Kelly Rizzi is Director of School & District Support for Shasta County Office of Education.  She is a dynamic presenter with expertise in Bruce Perry’s Neurosequentail Model and trauma informed approaches.  The presentation will focus on understanding the science of the developing mind and how it impacts behaviors and mindsets.  Learn how to implement simple strategies to shift your inner regulation as well as the young people in your life. Learn about the basics of Restorative Practices and resiliency building as additional tools for changing lives. Part two highlights restorative and resileincy building practices.These practices have proven to reduce behavioral referrals by half.

Northern LC 9/19/19 (Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Principles and Practices): Learn what is childhood mental health; definition, core principles and practices and the continuum of care spanning promotion, prevention, intervention, treatment, and policy; centrality of relationships as a core principle; ECMH within different systems of care; provider-Caregiver relationships; workforce development to support an ECMH framework; reflection questions and possible actions. Guest Speaker: Barbara Ivins, Clinical Director/Program Manager Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland.

Northern LC 11/7/19 (Early Childhood Mental Health: Thinking Developmentally about Risk and Protective Factors): Topics include: risk Factors and Protective Factors: Child; Parent/Caregiver, Environment, Culture; capacities for self-regulation and co-regulation; risk/resilience balance;  use of screening as surveillance, and as intervention; types of screeners and ways to use them; eligibility across the care continuum–who is eligible for what?; red flags for Mental Health difficulties in young children by age–what do we see?; and behavior as communication–what does it mean?  What to do with what you see. Guest Speaker: Barbara Ivins, Clinical Director/Program Manager Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland.

Northern LC 2/20/20 (Early Childhood Mental Health: Introducing and Applying a Comprehensive Framework for Understanding Young Children’s Behavior): Introducing the framework for understanding behavior in young children: development, individual differences, environment, culture, experience, unmet emotional need, trauma; practicing observation, conversation, mindful self-regulation, attunement; verbalizing what you seek, what you think, how you feel; when you feel outside of your scope of practice–when there is no place to refer; reflection questions and possible action. Guest Speaker: Barbara Ivins, Clinical Director/Program Manager Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland.

Protective Factors

Concrete Support In Times Of Need: A Protective Factor (pdf): Connecting parents to concrete supports in times of need (e.g. food, homelessness, healthcare, safety) is a known protective factor used to increase the probability of positive outcomes (CSSP, 2018). Family strengthening professionals can effectively support families going through challenging times by taking a trauma-informed approach when helping parents identify and find concrete supports.

Concrete Knowledge Of Parenting and Child Development: A Protective Factor (pdf): When parents have a strong understanding of how their children will grow and develop over time and are able to implement positive parenting practices to help support their child’s development, they are more equipped to respond effectively to their children’s needs.

Social Connections: A Protective Factor to Reduce Child Maltreatment (pdf): Healthy families are the
bedrock of strong, vibrant communities. The Center for Study of Social Policy (2014) asserts that all parents need positive social connections with people and institutions to effectively manage stress and protect against child maltreatment.

Social-Emotional Competence of Children: A Protective Factor (pdf): Supporting young children to develop social-emotional skills is found to have a profound effect on their health and development in early life and as adults. Social-emotional competence, which includes self regulation, executive functioning, emotional and impulse control, and social and communication skills, influences children’s cognitive and language development, academic achievement, and mental health (CSSP, n.d.).

Parental Resilience: A Protective Factor (pdf): Most of the time the joys of being a parent outweigh the frustrations. When the challenges of parenting accumulate and become overwhelming, parental stress can occur. According to the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), even though all parents experience stress, by increasing parental resilience, parents can effectively manage stressful situations and help ensure positive outcomes for their family.

Building Community Resilience

Utilizing Relationship Building Strategies To Improve Service Interactions: This professional training will introduce family support professionals to relationship-based outreach (RBO) and improve the client-provider communication. Participants will gain specific RBO strategies that can be used out in the field, when interacting with new families, residents and/community members.

Promoting Resilience Using A Two Generation Model: This webinar, is intended for family support professionals and systems leaders, will provide a compelling case for the merits of two-generation programs in building resiliency and preventing adverse childhood events, particularly for children and families experiencing toxic stress. Originally advanced by the federal Administration for Children & Families, and more recently by the Anne E. Casey Foundation and the Aspen Institute, as a solution to intergenerational poverty and adversity.

Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity And Building Resilience: Mind Matters (MM) curriculum combines ACEs science with the most current research-based recovery skills to help interrupt destructive thought patterns and harmful behaviors. By learning personal self-managed skills of restoration, people are given a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind, addressing their physical, relational, and mental health needs.

Growing Resilient Communities: This professional webinar will introduce family support professionals and others to the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and look more deeply into strategies community members can utilize to accelerate local ACEs initiatives.

Childhood Adversity & Resiliency: Learn how to describe childhood adversity using the new Childhood Adversity and Resilience data topic on Kidsdata.org. Also focus on how to frame your message most effectively and how to engage and mobilize your community.

Learning Communities (pdf): Learning communities typically involve an ongoing process where individuals or organizations work collaboratively to achieve improvement and outcomes through collective inquiry and action.

Building Community Resilience Toolkit, Volume 1 (pdf): The Building Community Resilience (BCR) Toolkit Series is part of a comprehensive continuum of education and professional development intended to help train, as well as orient, new and veteran frontline workers, supervisors, and administrators in the family and community strengthening field.

Building Community Resilience Toolkit, Volume 2 (pdf)

Building Community Resilience Toolkit, Volume 3 (pdf)

Building Community Resilience Toolkit, Volume 4 (pdf)

Sierra LC 6/14/18 (Bringing Us Together: Using the ACES Connection On-line Platform to Support Efficient Collaboration Across Sectors and Communities): Gail Kennedy from ACES Connection and Tracy Fauver from Resilient Yolo (and Executive Director of Yolo County CASA) describe how the ACES Connection on-line platform can be used to promote collaboration to build strong families and communities.  Take an on-line tour of the ACES Connection website, and think about how ACES Connection can be used to develop a virtual community hub or Family Resource Center.

Sierra LC 11/8/18 (Build Resilient Communities by Fostering Trust and Finding Champions.  Explore how innovative Child Abuse Prevention Month activities can promote resilience. Learn self-care strategies to stay motivated): Listen and learn about three state Child Abuse Prevention programs:  New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Northern Virginia.  Hear from Natalie Audage, MPH, Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator from Yolo County Children’s Alliance, about information and materials developed for parents and providers as a part of their on-going Child Abuse Prevention and Family Strengthening activities.

Sierra LC 2/7/19 (Promoting Resilience using a Trauma-Informed Approach, highlighting evidence-based behavioral health programs): Hear from Lori Chelius, partner in Origins Training, on trauma informed care and how we can envision positive behavioral outcomes for the families we serve.  Oscar Perez, founder of Tending The Fires, shared the importance creating culturally competent programs and services.  Take a tour of the Rural Information Hub with Matthew Bruflodt, a web based resource for information on evidence based behavioral health programs with a focus on rural communities.

Sierra LC 9/18/19 (Best Practices in Trauma Informed Care: Self-Care and Peer Programs that Support Agency and Community Resilience): Learn about key components of youth mentoring programs from Oscar Perez, Ph D. including four components of building successful relationships with youth:  respect, connection, growth and gratitude/honoring.  Then hear from Kathryn Eustis, Director of the Calaveras County Youth Mentoring about the roots, funding and key factors in sustaining a youth mentoring program.

North LC 11/6/18 (Resilience & Data): Angela Ponivas, Bureau Chief, CA State Office of Child Abuse Prevention will provide a keynote presentation related to the Families First legislation and moving the dial toward prevention. The event will include a panel of local presenters (Medocino, Shasta, Siskiyou counties) that will provide insights and strategies from their best practices and policy relevant to promoting resiliency, protective factors and prevention of trauma exposure within their organization and extending reach into the community.

Trauma Informed Care/ACEs

Trauma Informed Mindfulness, Movement, And Self-Care For Families & Providers: When we practice self-care, we are able to better serve those around us. Our guest speaker, Schuyler Bright, teaches self-care techniques for you and your clients in your offices, homes, or classrooms. Support greater self-awareness and increase family well-being by creating space for more atonement and empathy.

ACEs Connection: Healing Communities Through Connections: The professional webinar will introduce family support professionals to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and deepen their understanding of ACEs science which shows how toxic stress in childhood influences health for a lifetime. They will learn how using an ACEs science lens allows them to reframe behavior from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you”.

Leveraging ACEs Connection To Bring ACEs Science Into Your Community: This professional webinar is designed to expand family support professional’s knowledge of ACEs Connection as resource to bring the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to their families and communities. Special emphasis will be placed on exploring the suite of tools and resources available within ACEs Connection’s Growing Resilient Communities 2.0.

How Trauma Impacts Mental Health: This professional webinar will introduce community members and family support professionals to the power and purpose of understanding loss, grief, and trauma. Participants will gain a better understanding of community violence and how undergoing a traumatic event can impact one’s mental well-being.

Creating Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Learning Environments (101): This webinar includes evidenced-based approaches that reduce the harmful effects of exclusionary discipline practices (including racial, ethnic, gender, and high ACE score disparities) while building consistency and community in early childhood learning environments. Presented by Lori Chelius from Origins Training & Consulting and Regan Overholt, in partnership with Lead4Tomorrow/Family Hui and ACEs Connection Network.

Trauma-Informed Care: Caring For The Provider: Dr. Holly Magaña focuses on the scope and impact of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue faced by providers who work with at-risk families. She addresses individual and organizational strategies to identify and address secondary trauma, with the goal of making the work more enjoyable and effective.

Pair Of ACEs: Building Community Resilience (pdf): People with adverse childhood experiences often live in communities that are affected by widespread adversity. Significant health and well-being inequalities exist among the children and adults living in these adverse community environments.

Sierra LC 6/14/18 (Bringing Us Together: Using the ACES Connection On-line Platform to Support Efficient Collaboration Across Sectors and Communities): Gail Kennedy from ACES Connection and Tracy Fauver from Resilient Yolo (and Executive Director of Yolo County CASA) describe how the ACES Connection on-line platform can be used to promote collaboration to build strong families and communities.  Take an on-line tour of the ACES Connection website, and think about how ACES Connection can be used to develop a virtual community hub or Family Resource Center.

Sierra LC 9/27/18 (Learn How the Trauma Informed Systems Approach Can Promote Resilient Families, Agencies and Communities): Matthew Reddam, LMFT, from Trauma Transformed presents on the Trauma Informed Systems Approach, and how it can be utilized to foster resilience in the agencies, individuals and communities.  Learn how a trauma informed system is one that realizes, recognizes, responds and resists re-traumatizing the families we serve.

Sierra LC 2/7/19 (Promoting Resilience using a Trauma-Informed Approach, highlighting evidence-based behavioral health programs): Hear from Lori Chelius, partner in Origins Training, on trauma informed care and how we can envision positive behavioral outcomes for the families we serve.  Oscar Perez, founder of Tending The Fires, shared the importance creating culturally competent programs and services.  Take a tour of the Rural Information Hub with Matthew Bruflodt, a web based resource for information on evidence based behavioral health programs with a focus on rural communities.

Sierra LC 9/18/19 (Best Practices in Trauma Informed Care: Self-Care and Peer Programs that Support Agency and Community Resilience): Learn about key components of youth mentoring programs from Oscar Perez, Ph D. including four components of building successful relationships with youth:  respect, connection, growth and gratitude/honoring.  Then hear from Kathryn Eustis, Director of the Calaveras County Youth Mentoring about the roots, funding and key factors in sustaining a youth mentoring program.

Online Courses

TIC-Online Course: Based on our most requested in-person class, Trauma-Informed Care is a strength-based approach grounded in an understanding of the impact of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both the families and individuals we care for as well as ourselves, as providers.  We need to be aware of the impact of trauma for those we serve as well as ourselves, so check out the modules on self-care and the trauma-informed workplace.

Family Strengthening Essentials: This course provides a brief history of case management and the elements of modern case management and focuses on building rapport, writing documentation, setting boundaries, and mandated reporting.

Foundations for Practice: An introduction to the Strengthening Families ™ approach and the Five Protective Factors, as well as the importance of cultural proficiency and trauma-informed care.

Staff photo from March 2019