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From the CEO’s (Virtual) Desk: Perspective View

By Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEO Like all of you, our organization has been hyper-focused on how to best respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. With so many details emerging about coronavirus and its potential long-term impact on our physical, social and financial wellbeing, it’s easy to get distracted.Early on, our leadership constructed a human-centered frame to drive our work … Continue

Let’s Talk About Historical Trauma

In 2015, SaintA launched the Historical Trauma Workgroup to advocate for and educate our staff and clients about the cycle of trauma, structural racism, bias and white privilege. Here’s what we know about historical trauma and what we’re doing about it.Not All Trauma is the SameFirst, it’s important to understand the different kinds of trauma. There’s acute, chronic and historical … Continue

29 Amazing Books by Black Authors

From classics, to kidlit, to modern day stories, Black authors have made a significant impact on literature. Below is a list of some books for you and/or the kids to enjoy. Some discuss race and class, others explore magic and love, but they’re all stories that anyone can enjoy at any time of the year, but especially during Black History … Continue

Gardening Group Grows Together

By Brian Myers, Licensed Treatment Professional, Clinic at SaintA There is a long history of gardening and farming at SaintA, dating back to well before it was known as St. Aemilian-Lakeside. I learned this through historical pictures and stories shared by colleagues who, this year, helped start a new Horticultural Therapy Group (or simply, a “Gardening Group.”) Plant an Idea, … Continue

70 Low-Cost, Family-Friendly Things to Do (When it’s 70 or Warmer)

If you’re like most of our staff, you’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the weather to turn nice so you can enjoy everything Milwaukee has to offer. Our Community Outreach and Engagement teams recently partnered with our Marketing Department to create a list of things we thought our families, youth and kids in care might enjoy. First, it was a top ten … Continue

Small Group of CWA 6th Graders Tackled Big Issues

A group of 6th grade girls from Capitol West Academy met routinely throughout the 2017-2018 school year with the purpose of building self-esteem. They ended up building self-confidence – and so much more! The small group work was formally part of school-based services, a program of SaintA; informally, it was more like an adult-facilitated and student-run grassroots social initiative. Read … Continue

Reflecting on Vel Phillips and Her Many Firsts

As a young girl, I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Vel Phillips. My grandmother worked at the Vel Phillips YWCA, located on North Teutonia Avenue, just ½ block south of Capitol Drive. My Grandmother introduced Mrs. Vel Phillips as the first black female judge in Wisconsin. This was instrumental for me as a little girl who thought I wanted … Continue

A Committee Committed to Wellness

Work committees provide cross-agency staff with reasons to interact with each other in ways that are informal yet productive. According to Bain & Company, “[Work] committees are indispensable and they enable a company to get its work done.” Or, in the case of our Wellness Committee, hopefully enable staff to get their difficult child- and family-serving work done in a … 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

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

5 Suicide Myths and Realities

The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has brought the subject of suicide, particularly child and youth suicide, into broader awareness and interest among the general public. While it is certainly positive that the conversation has extended beyond mental health professionals, the series is not without controversy. Michael Joranger Some people who have been paying attention to this tragic subject … Continue

Trauma Sensitive Schools: A perspective, not a profession.

As the academic and developmental needs of school children continue to increase, there’s an ever-increasing expectation that teachers help meet those needs. Not surprisingly, this leaves teachers feeling overwhelmed. They often report that they don’t have the time, nor do they feel qualified, to adequately support students. And, it leaves administrators feeling protective of their teachers who are already stretched … Continue

Trauma + Sensory Processing Challenges: Tools That Help

We recently brought Sheila Frick, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed) to SaintA for two presentations on July 18 in the Franciscan Center. One session was tailored to staff and the other was directed to SaintA foster parents. I’m proud that we hosted such a notable trainer; Sheila has become an international expert in pediatrics utilizing sensory techniques. She is founder … Continue

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