Tag: Trauma Informed Care

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

Responding to Urban Trauma in Real Time

With Hendriel Anderson, Mobile Urgent Treatment Team Last month, SaintA and the City of Milwaukee co-hosted a conversation about childhood adversity and its impact on our urban communities. Several local adversity and trauma informed care experts gave a panel response after the keynote address, “Childhood Stress and Urban Poverty: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health” by Dr. Roy … Continue

When Adversity Is Prevalent, Understanding Is Key

To begin to meet the needs of those we work with, we need to first appreciate how often those in our community have been exposed to trauma. One study that helps us understand the prevalence of adverse experiences is the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, originally conducted in San Diego, California and replicated in nearly every state, including Wisconsin. Prevalence: … Continue

ACEs, TIC and 7ei, Oh My!

Child welfare is definitely one of those professions filled with acronyms. OHC for out-of-home care, TFC for treatment foster care and my favorite, WiSACWIS (Wisconsin Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System.) Say that five times fast. Having been here for only about 6 months, there’s still a lot to learn. However, there are a handful of acronyms I’ve gotten to … Continue

Understanding Urban ACES Is Critical to Milwaukee

“This is not a theoretical issue for the city,” Mayor Tom Barrett said in opening a SaintA- co-sponsored seminar April 12 on trauma, poverty and the links to health and violence. “This is about as real as it gets.” Mayor Tom Barrett addressing the panel and audience “Childhood Adversity & Poverty: Creating a Collaborative Response,” co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Health … Continue

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