Tag: Trauma Informed Care

Case Management Specialty Focuses on Sex Trafficking

Imagine you are a vulnerable young girl, with a history of family disruption and abuse, little to no parental involvement, and possible mental health needs. Along comes a very smooth young man with a cute, gentle name such as Pooh Bear. He’s nice looking, he buys you hair extensions and nice clothes, pays for you to have your nails done, … Continue

In the United States, Let’s Choose the Children

The images of despair at our southern border have been difficult to watch, and even harder to comprehend. We are encouraged by yesterday’s Executive Order stating that family unity is an imperative along with border security, but remain concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the children. As a 168-year-old human services organization whose vision is for every child and … Continue

National Nonprofit Leader and Innovator Joins SaintA as Vice President of Strategy, Innovation

SaintA has announced that Polina Makievsky will join the national leader in trauma-informed care on June 18 as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. Makievsky presently serves as Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership and Innovation for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. SaintA has 10 years of experience in the implementation of its trauma-informed model of care and … Continue

Trauma Informed Care Discussed Internationally

On April 5, SaintA participated in an international discussion about the importance of trauma-informed care. Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker hosted a Norwegian government Delegation of about twenty individuals interested in learning more about trauma response and how to best intervene. SaintA participated in the breakfast at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, along with a number of Wisconsin-based non-profits concerned … Continue

How One Screening Changed A Life

Skyilar, age 20, was a high school senior when they first learned about something called an ACE screening. It’s a series of questions about adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs). It doesn’t take long to complete and it’s relatively easy to find online (we like this one from NPR if you’re new to the idea; also available at the bottom of … Continue

A Call to Care: Next Steps

Wow. Oprah’s leading the discussion! This is such an unforgettable moment for all of us committed to addressing the issues of adversity, trauma and developmental insults. With Oprah’s 60 Minutes segment on childhood trauma, we have more attention on the issue, and with it, a call to keep moving forward. It is from that context that I want to reflect … Continue

Healing the ‘Hole in the Soul’

What does it take to improve a city’s economic plight? To curb its violence? Or to bring the crime rate down and graduation rates up? There’s a good chance the answer will depend on the experiences and expertise of the person you’re asking. However, there is now one, highly influential, voice to help unify our thinking about the underlying cause … Continue

SaintA CEO’s Journey Began as Part-Time Endeavor

Ann Leinfelder Grove has been named President and CEO of SaintA, after having served as Interim CEO since January 1, 2018. However, her commitment to helping SaintA clients thrive began much earlier. Nearly Three Decades of Service In 1990, Ann began working at the organization, then called St. Aemilian-Lakeside, as a part-time Manager of Volunteer Services. In true Ann fashion, … Continue

5 Observations About Trauma

In our 10 years of practicing and teaching trauma informed care (TIC), we have seen a great deal of progress. Social services agencies who didn’t know what TIC stood for, five or six years ago, are diligently training their constituents. Schools that have historically felt plagued by “bad” or “disruptive” behavior are looking at their students through a different lens … Continue

The Power of Relationship

“The most important property of humankind is the capacity to form and maintain relationships. These relationships are absolutely necessary for any of us to survive, learn, work, love and procreate. Human relationships take many forms but the most intense, most pleasurable and most painful are those relationships with family, friends and loved ones.” — Dr. Bruce Perry, Bonding and Attachment … Continue

What Happens to Us, and When It Happens, Matters

Too often, when working with children and families, I hear people say, “Well, at least they were just a little kid when that happened and they don’t remember.” This common misconception about the Impact of childhood trauma on the developing brain can lead to a lack of understanding of how our experiences shape the way we interact with the world … Continue

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