Tag: Trauma Informed Care

What We Know, and What the Court System Is Learning

Mary Triggiano, the presiding judge of Milwaukee County Children’s Court opened a three-day conference last week on moving toward a trauma-informed child welfare and court system by saying: Linda Steiner “Trauma informed care is not a natural fit for judges, but the justice system needs to know about this science. We can’t continue to do business as usual; it’s simply … Continue

Helping to Create a Trauma-Informed School

As with many schools that have students living in poverty and who have a high number of adverse childhood experiences, Franklin Middle School in Green Bay has some who need assistance with attendance or behaviors. Then they received a grant to form what was called the Responder Project. As part of the project, SaintA’s Clinical Services Director Sara Daniel met … Continue

Kids Boost Resiliency, Coping Skills Through Fun

On the recent concluding evening of Terrific Tuesdays, the eight children ages 6-12 from SaintA foster homes got involved in pure fun. They played musical chairs and danced joyfully and vigorously to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” But there was a very serious element to the evening when the children were given certificates for completing the 10-week program. As their names were … Continue

Governor’s Foster Parent Award Winner Stepping Up to Fill the Need

Nakeita Patterson became a foster parent because, she said, she had interacted with a lot of them who exemplified the good, the bad and the ugly. With a background in criminal justice, social work and employment in a group home, she saw what happened to kids who had not lived in solid, nurturing foster homes. She knew from case managers … Continue

Our Trauma-Informed Star, From Beginning to End

Most people in the agency have had some interaction with Ron Klemp, the occupational therapist for SaintA. He has worked directly with the staff and boys in our Residential Treatment, Care Coordination and Treatment Foster Care programs. He has been an ever present smiling face, entertaining staff and residents with his magic tricks, his beautiful garden (which he created as … Continue

Carnival Exemplifies Trauma Informed Goals and Practices

I would like to share with everyone how impressed I was with the R/R (rhythmic/repetitive) Carnival that Residential youth counselor Blair Grover and the staff of our Endeavor unit staff put on March 26. R/R activities are part of SaintA’s focus on trauma informed care; this type of activity helps to calm a child’s brain and promotes self-regulation in children … Continue

Community Building Event Helps Young Adults

A youth in SaintA’s Independent Living Services program who attended a recent Community Building event came in on the Saturday of the two-day program looking like she was carrying the burden of the world. By the end of the day Sunday, she had a big, broad smile and she looked like she was floating on air. “I feel so much … Continue

Play Promotes Parent/Child Interaction

Given that we at SaintA are committed to providing trauma informed care and leading efforts on spreading awareness of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), it naturally follows that we are exploring opportunities to prevent ACEs. Children under the age of 5 are most at risk for various forms of child maltreatment, and children under 3 are especially vulnerable. … Continue

Team Practices Self-Care by Painting Together

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of depths. These persons have appreciation, sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kuber-Ross Our team and … Continue

The ILS De-Stress

As the supervisor of SaintA’s Independent Living Services programming, I’ve often been asked, “Are you crazy?” The question arises following my explanation of what ILS is all about. I ponder the inquiry and respond, “a little bit crazy, yep.” I smile as I say this, acknowledging the sense of humor one must have to do this job. Those inquiring parents … Continue

An Admission Brings Forgiveness and Understanding

A soft knock on office doors around SaintA last week was followed by a small boy with big dark eyes meekly entering. “My name is James. And I pulled the fire alarm,” he said. James, who is in SaintA’s Residential care program, was accompanied by his therapist, Chris Kangas, and therapist Intern Ashley Yungwirth. As they watched, James solemnly added, … Continue

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