Experience Hope Newsletter October 2017
In our field, we have the privilege of supporting children and families as they move toward a brighter future and of helping individuals to heal and give up what’s harmed them in the past.
To that end, below are a list of Experience Hope’s powerful trainings and a “Did You Know” section that offers 14 other resources.
Autumn is the perfect time for helping people move on to better circumstances and get rid of habits and behaviors that no longer serve them. To paraphrase a quote about Fall, “The trees are showing us how lovely it is to let go of what we no longer need.”
Experience Hope Upcoming Trainings:
Youth Mental Health First Aid training is a nationally-certified training focused on learning the signs, symptoms and supports for youth with mental health struggles. In addition to building knowledge, we hope to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health issues in our communities. Click here to register!
Youth Mental Health Training Dates: Unless noted All are held at Catholic Charities of the East Bay –Richmond Service Center
- October 19th (Thursday from 9am-5pm)
- November 2nd (Thursday from 9am-5pm)
- December 15th (Friday from 9am-5pm)
- January 18th, 2018 (Thursday from 9am-5pm)
- March 13th & 15th, 2018 (Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-1:30pm)
Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches signs and symptoms of mental health issues and offers a simple (but not always easy) action plan for supporting people in our lives who might be experiencing a mental health issue. Register online today!
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Dates:
- November 7th Oakland-based training (Tuesday from 9am-5pm)
- November 17th Petaluma-based training (Friday from 9am-5pm) (training held at Petaluma Health Care District, 1425 N. McDowell Blvd., Suite 103, Petaluma )
- December 13th Santa Rosa-based training (Wednesday from 9am-5pm) (training held at Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa – 987 Airway Court, Santa Rosa)
- January 11th & 12th, 2018 Richmond-based training (Thursday & Friday from 9am-1:30pm) (must attend both dates)
- February 1 & 2, 2018 Oakland-based training (Thursday & Friday from 9am-1:30pm) (must attend both dates)
- March 1 & 2, 2018 Richmond-based training (Thursday & Friday from 9am-1:30pm) (must attend both dates)
Cost: FREE (thanks to generous funding from the Providence-St. Joseph Health Foundation) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Building Restorative Trauma-Responsive Systems is an experiential training focused on deepening understanding of restorative philosophy and practices, as well as other trauma-responsive practices. Participants will receive an experiential introduction to restorative practices as they relate to communities and individuals impacted by trauma
• Participants will acquire basic skills in restorative inquiry and dialogue
• Participants will acquire skills to support the development of trauma-responsive agencies, communities and schools
- October 25th and October 26th from 9:30am-4:30pm (must attend both dates)
Cost: $250 for 14 hours of training Please email email@example.com for more information.
In the News:
The San Francisco Chronicle featured Joseline Gonzalez, Outreach Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the East Bay, in its article, “Deadline Arrives for DACA Renewals.”
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- “Kindness in a Scary World,” by Rebecca Hubbard, is a children’s book that addresses the anxiety and fear kids might feel in the wake of mass shooting tragedies.
- Because children spend much of the day in the classroom, educators might be the first to observe behavior that might be caused by mental illness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has compiled information for educators about what signs to look for, what actions to take and how to support parents and caregivers when a student might need to help. And also check out our Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.
- Children who struggle with mental health issues are more likely to suffer from substance abuse later in life, according to new research detailed at PsychCentral. The article, “Child’s Mental Health can Affect Adult Addictions,” makes the case for early detection and intervention
- For a list of resources to assist immigrant families and communities, visit the Catholic Immigration Support Network website. Provided in Spanish and English, the site includes information on knowing your rights, how to obtain legal services, family preparedness planning and pastoral and faith resources. There’s also a downloadable child trauma toolkit for educators.
To Help Deliver Services:
- Administrators of behavioral health organizations can learn business and management skills online for free, courtesy of two organizations – BHbusiness and HealtheKnowledge. Here are quick instructions for the (rather tricky) registration process:
- Choose one of these 14 self-paced courses, and click “Register” under the description.
- Read the registration information, scroll to the bottom, and choose whether you want to take the course for a Certificate of Completion only or for 2.0 of CE credit, and click “Continue.”
- Scroll halfway down the next page, complete the registration form and click “Continue.”
- The SAMHSA website also offers the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The searchable registry is part of the NREPP Learning Center, which gives how-to information on developing and implementing substance abuse and mental health programs and practices.
To Develop Professionally:
- “15 Useful DIY Professional Development Resources for Teachers” is aimed at educators who want to progress in their fields but have little time and few funds for professional development.
- Behavioral health workers can find information on professional development and best practice resources in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Knowledge Application Program.
To Stay Informed:
- Catholic Charities of the East Bay has issued two important statements about national issues related to race relations and immigration: 1) Standing United for Peace, Healing, and Unity Among All People is in response to the events of Charlottesville and 2) Condemnation of the RAISE Act addresses proposed legislation by two U.S. senators to reduce by half the number of legal immigrants and refugees.
- The New York Times Magazine published a detailed article about the impact of Restorative Justice at a Manhattan public high school: “An Effective But Exhausting Alternative to Childhood Suspensions.”
- The New York Times’ article, “The Psychic Toll of Trump’s DACA Decision” describes the anguish and mental health problems caused by the president’s rescinding of the immigration act.
To Practice Self Care:
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network begins its “Self Care for Educators” guide with a quote: “There is a cost to caring.” The guides is offered in English and Spanish and offers six tips to help manage stress and prevent burnout.
- The Mindscape Film Festival is an antidote to the steady stream of negativity that dominates the airwaves and internet. Online viewers chose the best of these “good news” short films, which can be seen near the bottom of the festival’s film finalist page.
To Help Youth Who've Experienced Trauma - Toolkit of the Month:
“Remembering Trauma: Connecting the Dots between Complex Trauma and Misdiagnosis” is a 16-minute film that follows a traumatized youth and his interactions with social service providers over time. The film’s goal is to highlight the importance of taking into account the impact of trauma when providing care and support to traumatized young people.