Tag: Trauma Informed Care

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

Two Takes on “Paper Tigers”: A Film About Trauma Sensitive Schools

Last fall, a number of SaintA staff got to see the film “Paper Tigers” by James Redford when the agency sponsored it at Milwaukee Film Festival. With another one of Redford’s documentaries, “Resilience,” making a splash at Sundance and other film festivals, it’s a good time to think about how far the topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma-sensitive … Continue

Celebration Features Dr. Bruce Perry on Brain Science and Behavior

SaintA’s 165th anniversary celebration earlier this month featured a series of sessions with Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., an international expert on trauma and its effects on the brain and behavior. Dr. Perry presented a training for staff that morning; met with a group of guests, including the mayor, that afternoon, then was the keynote speaker at a dinner held … Continue

First Outstate Foster Parents Help Make a Difference

Original story featured in the November issue of Point & Plover Lifestyle magazine Being a foster parent is an amazing experience,” says Wendy Attoe. “You get to see the difference you’re making in kids’ lives and you see them grow and become who they are.” “It’s cool when you see them learn things they never learned,” adds her husband, Chris. … Continue

Trauma Trainings Help Groups Working With Military Domestic Violence

From the fall of 2012 through the spring of 2013, 43% of domestic abuse homicides in Wisconsin involved military families. In 2014, almost 50% of domestic violence cases served by Sojourner Family Peace Center that were determined to be at high risk for homicide included members of the military. We know that men and women in the armed services, particularly … Continue

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

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