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    Join us for the 2nd Annual #WeHealUS May Awareness Campaign

    May is Mental Health & Trauma Awareness Month. There is a growing movement around the nation towards becoming Trauma-Informed and Healing Centered States. Numerous partners are joining together throughout the nation for the second annual #WeHealUS campaign, to raise awareness around mental health and trauma. We are asking for your support and partnership to continue building a unified, impactful, and consistent messaging campaign for the month of May. #WeHealUS is a grassroots campaign that offers free resources through public/private partnerships focused on mental well-being. Trauma-Informed Awareness and Mental Health Awareness continue to be a crucial part of our lives, communities, and country.
    Thank you for your commitment to Mental Health and Trauma Informed Awareness.
    We are all in this together and together #WeHealUS.

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    Prolonged exposure to adversity, stress, and trauma - particularly in early childhood - can cause lasting harm and contribute to some of our nation's most pressing social and health challenges. When trauma becomes a normal part of life, or embedded in communities, it can destroy hope, making the change process even more difficult, and collaborative transformation is needed at every level of society – in policy, systems, communities, families, and individuals.


    #WeHealUS is a grassroots campaign that honors May as Mental Health Awareness Month by amplifying the hard work of individuals, organizations, and local/state governments building resilience and healing. Nationwide, more states and municipalities are embracing trauma-informed and healing-centered policies and practices because resilience grows through healthy and informed relationships


    Learn how the movement for a trauma-informed and healing-centered Illinois has been building for decades.

    Explore the strategies Pennsylvania’s counties, communities, neighborhoods, businesses, and homes are working together to heal trauma.

    Check out New Jersey's coordinated, cross-sector, and statewide response to prevent and mitigate the lasting effects of ACEs on children’s health and well-being.

    Explore Virginia's "Resilience Week," which features events, resources, and more to help provides a sense of hope and a renewed commitment to compassion and connection toward a more resilient future.


    Mental Health Awareness • Trauma-Informed Awareness • Healing-Centered

    We encourage you to click on the underlined as all registrations, materials, meetings, and websites are hyperlinked.

    #WeHealUS Awareness Launch!

    We are all in this together and together #WeHealUS

    Call to action: use #WeHealUS hashtag throughout May

    Get your state awareness logo!

    Follow #WeHealUS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

    Check out this video from Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policies and Practices (CTIPP)


    Illinois Campaign Launch Day
    Join us as we spread the word about Trauma Informed and Mental Health Awareness Month across social media!

    Learn about the Illinois Healing Capacity Center.

    Watch the reading of ILSR 0301


    Pennsylvania's Office of the Victims ' Advocate

    Meet Up: Why Therapy?

    7:00pm. - 8:00p.m. Eastern/6:00- 7:00p.m. Central

    On the first Monday night of every month, the PA Office of Victim Advocate hosts a public forum to empower survivors, share information, and hear directly from crime victims. In May, chat about the benefits of therapy for crime survivors. How to Join? https://www.facebook.com/ PAOfficeofVictimAdvocate


    Together We Rise

    Resilience Week Virginia

    May 1st-7th

    View the signed proclamation from the Governor here!

    Resilience Week is for everyone! Resilience can be celebrated individually, with family and friends, within organizations, and in community. Celebrating resilience can look like engaging in self-care, taking a walk with a friend, building a community garden, planning wellness activities for your staff, hosting a workshop about trauma-informed approaches, engaging in a community art project, planning a community block party - the list goes on!


    IL State Board of Education

    Mental Health Acceptance Terms, Student Advisory Council Videos (TikTok)

    Student Advisory Council Videos All Day HOST: Illinois State Board of Education Follow along with the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council as they share Mental Health Acceptance Terms from a student's perspective on TikTok.


    UPMC Western Behavioral Health

    11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Eastern /10:00a.m. -11:00a.m. Central

    How Early Experiences Shape Healthy Brains Look at aspects of early development and how trauma--for the child, the parent, or both--disrupt healthy emotional and relationship development. Target Audience: Mental health professionals working with children and adolescents.

    How to Join? Registration Required. https://rebrand.ly/xird5d4


    Mission Kids

    Understanding & Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation

    9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Eastern/8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Central

    Learn about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), and how kids and teens are vulnerable to these crimes. This session is open to both therapists and advocates to identify and response appropriately to victims of exploitation. How to Join? Meeting Registration - Zoom


    Mind Body Connection Day

    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga

    3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Eastern/2:00p.m.-3:00p.m.Central

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga every Wednesday in in May for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool.

    Facebook LiveZoom Recording

    Learn more: Trauma Sensitive Yoga as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: A Qualitative Descriptive analysis - PMC (nih.gov)


    Connecting the Dots

    Trauma Responses and the Path to Healing

    8:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Eastern/7:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. Central

    A lightly moderated discussion about the book, “What Happened to You? by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry with Youth Sports Coaches. Covering trauma-related topics that have todo with the challenges of coaches and young players in sports today.

    How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Building Resilient Communities Virginia

    Greater Richmond Scan

    9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. Eastern/8:00a.m.-2:30p.m. Central

    A free day of virtual workshops celebrating Virginia's Trauma-Informed Community Networks. Part of Resilience Week Virginia 2022. Goals of the conference include: Prioritizing values of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; Centering lived experience; and Incorporating practical strategies and sharing knowledge and resources. The day will include 12 workshops along three tracks. Workshops will be recorded as well so registrants have further opportunity to view more.

    Get Ticket Here


    DEI and the Trauma Informed PA Plan

    PA Office of Advocacy and Reform

    11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Eastern/ 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Central

    Learn more about the intersections between the PA Trauma Informed Plan and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives within the Commonwealth. Participants will have an opportunity to consider how the TIPA plan and OARs DEI initiatives can be implemented in their own community.

    How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Memorial Behavioral Health

    Sangamon-Menard Mobile Crisis Response Team

    Learn about mental health and share Memorial Behavioral Health's resources on outpatient care, emergency MH care, and the Sangamon-Menard Mobile Crisis Response Team.

    View on Facebook



    PACE's Panel

    Prevent Child Abuse IL and The IL ACEs Response Collaborative

    10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m. Central/11:00a.m. -12:30a.m. Eastern

    Trauma Informed Practices for Preventing Child Abuse and Promoting Healing Across the Lifespan

    View Event Flyer

    How to Join? Register here.


    Mental Health Awareness Trauma Informed Care - Part I

    Lunch & Learn

    Illinois Public Health Association

    11:00a.m.-12:00a.m. Central /12:00-1:00p.m. Eastern

    Trauma Informed Care: General Training. Topics include trauma's complex impact, creative and compassionate responses, caring for self, and exploration.

    How to Join? Zoom  

    MEETING ID: 860 4450 9346 PASSCODE: 291520


    Empowerment through Common Language

    PA Department of Education (PDE)

    PDE solicited input on trauma-informed practice across Pennsylvania. An immediate recommendation was to develop a common language document to ensure that regardless of background, training, educational level or setting, team members are “speaking the same language.”

    How to Read? Empowerment Through Common Language in PA


    Creating Trauma-Informed Workspaces

    PA Office of Advocacy and Reform

    2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. Eastern/1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Central

    Utilizing the Professional Quality of Life Scale, along with components of the Trauma Informed PA Plan, this session considers the roles in creating trauma informed work spaces, a priority in Pennsylvania. Open to individuals in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine

    SIU Center for Family Medicine is excited to partner with Illinois Light Initiative for Trauma Awareness Month. Our providers and staff who created specialty clinics within Center For Family Medicine have come together to discuss their clinics which serve marginalized and underserved patients and communities while healing and helping them in creative and innovative settings.

    Watch here.


    SIU Center for Family Medicine’s Gender Equality and Transgender Clinic

    Dr Amelia Frank shares valuable information on her experience providing gender friendly healthcare through SIU Center for Family Medicine’s Gender Equality and Transgender Clinic.

    Watch here.



    Kellin Foundation

    Community Resilience Model (CRM) Training

    11:00a.m.-12:00a.m. Eastern/10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Central

    Interested in learning about what a trauma-informed, resiliency focused community looks like? Want to gain skills to identify and improve your response to toxic stress and trauma. Learn about the biology of stress. Explore the impact of trauma on individuals and communities. Learn how resiliency can be restored or increased through six simple wellness skills

    Register for this free skills based training here.


    Trauma and the Stress Response System

    Liam N. Power, HEAL PA

    1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. Eastern/12:00-1:00p.m. Central

    This event focuses on the impact of trauma and stress on neurotypical functioning. This session will underscore the importance of social emotional intelligence and explore how trauma-informed practices benefit all people, regardless of their individual trauma exposure. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Lyon's Township Mental Health Commission

    The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission advances a network of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use services for creating a healthy community.

    For services, resources and information, visit their website or check out their Facebook page and featured video!


    Illinois State Board of Education

    REACH Initiative

    The statewide Resilience Education to Advance Community Healing (REACH) initiative trains educators, school mental health professionals, and community members to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma and address students' social-emotional and mental health needs. 52 districts in IL have formed REACH teams to build capacity at their schools to implement and expand trauma responsive policies and practices. Participating districts and schools receive trainings, TA, and support to implement the REACH model.


    Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP)

    Learn about CTIPP's mission, their National Trauma Campaign Initiative, or watch a recorded workshop from the series: Building a National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience - co-hosted with the National Prevention Science Coalition and PACEs Connection.


    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga
    3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Eastern/2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. Central

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool. Facebook Live | Zoom


    The Impact of War on Children:

    Consider the Trauma of War in Ukraine

    Dr. Omar Reda

    3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. Eastern/ 2:30p.m.-3:30p.m. Central

    This session will describe the psychosocial impact of war, armed conflict, and inter-personal violence on children, and explore ways for parents and caregivers to help children through the trauma of war. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    From Coping to Healing

    Martin Simms, Dr. Perry, and Oprah

    8:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Eastern/ 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Central

    A lightly moderated discussion about the book, “What Happened to You? by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry with Youth Sports Coaches. Covering trauma-related topics that have todo with the challenges of coaches and young players in sports today.

    How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Well-Being Day

    with Evolution Family Success Center (Camden, NJ) www.hispanicfamilycenter.com

    Well-Being Day: A day we are dedicated to well-being activities to raise awareness and take care of our mental health. Through well-being, stations will be set up for our families and staff. A hydration station with fruit-infused water, a book station, a quiet meditation area, and an area for stretching are all easy ideas for a refreshing yet straightforward well-being day.


    Compassion Prison Project

    Listen to A Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Mat'e.

    Take the ACE Quiz to start a conversation about childhood trauma.

    Read about the symptoms of childhood trauma.

    Learn how Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects everyone.

    Watch this episode of Trauma Talks and learn about Childhood Trauma.


    Taco 'Bout Your Feelings

    Mobile Family Success Center

    3:00p.m.- 4:00p.m. Eastern/2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Central

    Join the New Jersey Department of Children and Families for Taco-Tuesday as we highlight Mental Health Awareness Month. Meet Carla as she demonstrates how to make healthy tacos while we showcase self-care strategies. Let us talk about your greatness. Register: https://bit.ly/tacoboutfeelings



    Junior League of Montclair-Newark and ACES:

    An Intersection

    6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Eastern/5:00p.m.- 7:00p.m. Central

    Join the Junior League of Montclair-Newark and New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ Office of Resilience as we observe National Foster Care Month and National Mental Health and Trauma Awareness Month. Register Here


    Equitable Practices Through a Trauma Informed Lens

    PA Department of Education (PDE)

    This recorded webinar focuses on development of a common language for equity and trauma in schools and how the integration of equitable practices for all students, staff, and families is an integral basis for trauma informed work in a school.

    How to Watch? Webinar: YouTube


    Protecting Your Mental Health and Wellness Webinar

    Illinois Public Health Association and the IL Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    11:00a.m.- 12:00p.m. Central/12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. Eastern

    This presentation will discuss the importance of protecting your mental health and wellness, and review some of the resources available through health insurance and other sources. Topics to be covered include mental healthcare stigma and the value and need of mental wellness services.

    How to Join? Zoom Meeting ID: 869 9319 2659 Passcode: 077387


    Trauma in Schools:

    Nurturing the Emotionally Safe School Environment 

    PA Department of Education (PDE)

    Dr. Dana Milakovic, the state-wide PDE advisor for Trauma (K-12), shares how forming relationships with members of the community is an easy, free way to form connections and gain knowledge from a diverse population that can form solutions.

    How to Listen? Quetico Coaching Podcast


    Becoming a Trauma Informed Organization

    Illinois Public Health Association and the IL Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    Illinois Public Health Association and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity hosted a virtual panel on the importance of becoming a trauma-informed small business and organization and why supporting your employees' mental health needs is critical.
    Check it out on IPHA's YouTube channel


    Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Pathway to Healing

    Denina Bautti, Sage Action Consulting

    1:00p.m.-1:30p.m. Eastern/ 12:00p.m.- 12:30 p.m. Central

    Connect with your body and breath using the power of music, movement, and awareness. Dancing Mindfulness is a movement meditation practice for everyone regardless of age, body type, fitness level, or experience. Come as you are and move as you wish, which can be seated, standing, or reclined.

    How to Join? Registration Required - Zoom


    Healing Capacity Building Center

    Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Light Initiative

    Read about how the Healing Capacity Center originated.
    View the Healing Capacity Center's resolution and initiatives


    My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams: Forging a Path from Sankofa to Healing

    Ta Lisa Ramos, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I

    11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Eastern/10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Central

    This presentation will take a deep dive into healing collectivist communities, and specifically focusing on the mental health needs of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Explore how culture and ancestral strength can provide a framework for intergenerational healing and restoring collective wounds.

    How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Violence Prevention: Strategies to Promote Safety and Health

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) School of Social Work
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central/ 1:00p.m.- 2:00p.m. Eastern

    1.0 CEU available

    This virtual presentation will discuss evidence-based violence prevention strategies, as well as highlight work happening in Illinois to strengthen violence prevention efforts.

    Register here.


    Trauma-Informed Care During Disasters: Evidence-Based Strategies to Aid in Community Recovery

    2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. Central/3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Eastern

    1.0 CEU available

    This talk will provide an overview of the mental health impact of disasters, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and environmental disasters including hurricanes and wildfires.

    Register here.


    Restoring Trust After Childhood Trauma

    Beth Tyson, Psychotherapist, Grief & Trauma Expert, Author

    12:00p.m.-1:30p.m. Eastern/ 11:00p.m.-12:30p.m. Central

    Learn how adverse childhood experiences (ACE's) and trauma impact the child's brain and nervous system. Take away practical, evidenced-based tools you can implement right away to begin the healing process for you and the children you love. How to Join? Register here.

    REACH Initiative IL-AWARE (SAMHA) Bloomington SD and Eldorado

    Illinois State Board of Education

    The IL-AWARE Program is designed to expand efforts to help schools better identify and respond to mental health issues among youth, and expand a framework of evidence-based practices and develop sustainable systems at the state level. Check out ISBE's featured school districts.


    Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement

    National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement 

    Community-based organizations, school districts, and state education agencies discuss how their respective systems are working to address trauma and increase teacher well-being during times of heightened stress. How to Watch? Recorded Webinar - YouTube


    Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

    Recorded Webinar Series
    The Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a network of volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children when a family is experiencing a crisis and becomes involved with the child welfare system. Illinois CASA recruits, trains and manages over 3,000 volunteers. View their library of recorded webinars here.


    Virtual Live Trauma Informed Yoga
    3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Eastern/2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. Central

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool. Facebook Live | Zoom password: 925496 


    Wellness Webinar - Resilience Boost: It StARTs With You!

    PACEs Connection

    12:00 p.m.-1:00p.m. Pacific/3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Eastern

    Feeling burnt out? In need of a resilience boost? Get back in touch with hope, creativity, and the joy that brought you to be a helper in the first place. This workshop will introduce It stARTS With You, a partnership between Origins Training and A Creative Leap focusing on using art to support the cultivation of resilience in helping professionals. Join Andi Fetzner and Jessica Flowers for a hands-on 60 minute workshop to discover how this series can bring the joy back into your work and life. Register here to attend virtually.


    Re-writing Our Narratives: Cultivating Healing through Critical Literacy and Collective Care

    PACEs Connection

    1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Pacific/4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Eastern

    The School Crisis Recovery and Renewal (SCRR) project invites you to join this five-part educator participatory action research experience, designed to guide educators through the process of exploring personal and collective barriers to mental health and wellness. Using the ecological model of health and the structure of Critical Friends Groups (CFG), join us to develop our own essential questions and action plans relevant to areas of need within our personal and professional lives to foster holistic wellness. This group is limited to 40 people- first come first served! Register here.


    What Happened to You? Coach? Post-Traumatic Wisdom
    8:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Eastern/7:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. Central

    A lightly moderated discussion about the book of the same name by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry. Covering trauma-related topics that have to do with the challenges of coaches and young athletes in sports today. How to Join? Live Zoom.



    Creating a Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice System in PA 

    11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Eastern/ 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Central

    HEAL PA Criminal Justice Action Team Representatives of the CJAT committees (prevention, juvenile justice, policing, courts, corrections, probation/parole/reentry) will explain the challenges and efforts to create a trauma-informed system during the Bucks-Mont Collaborative Virtual Community Summit. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Historical Trauma in the State of Hawaii & the U.S. Territories

    PACEs Connection

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central/1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

    Discussions will include the treatment of Indigenous peoples and Asian/Pacific Islanders, colonization, slavery and labor exploitation among other relevant topics. Register here to attend virtually.


    Justice Voices

    Justice Voices is a video and audio podcast featuring “stories that need to be told, voices that need to be heard” regarding crime and criminal justice issues. Many episodes feature conversations with formerly incarcerated people whose stories almost always illustrate the adverse impact of chronic trauma, especially during childhood and teenage years. The program’s founder and host, David Risley, is a former career federal prosecutor and former Director of Public Safety Policy in the Illinois Governor’s office.

    For many episodes, Mr. Risley is joined by co-host Lynard Joiner. Mr. Risley and Mr. Joiner first met on opposite sides of a federal courtroom, on opposite sides of the law. Mr. Joiner was a defendant. Mr. Risley was the prosecutor. Now, they are friends and colleagues. Mr. Joiner founded and manages a community reentry program for returning citizens following their release from prison, Shifting Into New Gear (SING).

    Episodes specifically on the relationship between trauma and violent crime (episode 4, parts 1 and 2):




    Day of Listening

    YWCA Tri County

    12:00p.m.-1:30p.m. Eastern/11:00p.m.-12:30p.m. Central

    Unite to Heal PA, a YWCA initiative, is hosting a Day of Listening to hear from the BIPOC community across PA to understand their concerns and needs as individuals and community members, and how those needs, and concerns pertain to race. Hosted by BIPOC facilitators, and all are welcome to attend.

    How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. Central

    Trauma-Informed Education in Illinois: Research-Based Practices for Educators & Policymakers Panel

    University of Illinois

    • Introduction: Trauma-informed education in Illinois - Dr. Meg Bates Director of IWERC (Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative) University of Illinois
    • The role of teachers in supporting children who may have been exposed to trauma - Dr. Marisha Humphries Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago
    • Connection between disability and trauma - Dr. Catherine Corr Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Trauma-informed care across the MTSS model: A Call to Action - Dr. Stephanie Torres Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois Chicago

    How to join? Register Here- Zoom


    12:00p.m.-12:50p.m. Eastern

    Lunch Break Yoga Reset

    Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association

    A virtual, all levels yoga session provides an opportunity to balance life and professional stress through yoga and deep breathing. Can benefit anyone looking to relax and rest in the middle of the day. Lead by Betsy Savoia with specialty certifications in restorative yoga, trauma-informed yoga, and more! How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific/3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    Intergenerational Trauma (two-part series)

    PACEs Connection

    You are invited to a special, two-part event on the hot topic, "Can Early Intervention in Intergenerational Trauma Improve Health and Save Lives?" Part two is scheduled for June 23 and will focus on, "Can Primary Care Providers Address Intergenerational Trauma?" Register here.


    Bullying as a Traumatic Experience

    Center for Schools and Communities

    This presentation focuses on identify bullying as a type of school violence and understanding it as a type of traumatic experience for students and staff. Learn how adults can use trauma-informed principles to address exposure to trauma.

    How to Watch? Vimeo Recorded Video


    National Alliance of Trauma Recovery Centers (NATRC)

    UCSF Division of Trauma Recovery Services

    What is a Trauma Recovery Center?

    Trauma Recovery Centers: Meeting the Needs of Victims of Violent Crime During COVID-19 and Beyond



    Trauma-Informed Instruction, Culture and Climate, Equity and Bullying

    Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

    This presentation provides an overview of PDE's initiatives to promote safe and supportive schools, with a focus on how addressing school climate through the lens of equitable trauma-informed practices enhances safety for staff and students. Watch YouTube Video.


    1 2:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central

    Screening for ACEs & Resilience: How to Approach Clients, Provide Resources, and Follow Up 

    Chester County Aces Coalition

    1.5 CEU Available

    Focuses on reviewing the importance of screening for ACEs/trauma, recognizing best practices in administering screenings, and understanding how to provide support when a client scores high for ACEs. Also identify ways to promote hope and healing in order to build resilience. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago (NAMI) Panel

    3:30 Central/4:30 Eastern

    NAMI Chicago fights for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. They promote community wellness, break down barriers to mental health care, and provide support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.
    Learn more about NAMI Chicago here.

    View the NAMI Chicago panel: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter


    Illinois State Board of Education: IDPH Suicide Prevention Data and Hope for the Day

    ISBE is partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to bring suicide prevention training to school personnel later this year. After conducting a survey to ask schools about technical assistance needs, it was clearly indicated that schools wanted more training to be able to provide a supportive environment with trained staff. Two different types of training will be offered -- one for clinical school staff, such as social workers and psychologists, and one for educators, paraprofessionals, and other school staff who interact with students.


    Trauma-Informed Awareness Day: Building a Healing Centered Illinois

    The Illinois ACE's Response Collaborative

    The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group will host Illinois’ fourth annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day.

    Stay tuned for details on this virtual event where we’ll gather with partners across Illinois in honor of Trauma-Informed Awareness Day!


    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central

    Tattoos As Therapy: Exploring the Role of Tattoos for the Trauma Survivor

    Our understanding of this body modification practice is incomplete due to a social history of stigma and bias. This program will address the therapeutic role tattoos play in trauma survivor wellness and recovery. Practical application will be discussed based on current findings backed by theoretical and conceptual literature. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Trauma Informed Yoga

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    Join Ashley Krstulovich with WholeSelf Healing and Yoga Meditation and Andrea Burns Healing Hands Yoga Trauma Informed Yoga for Trauma Informed Yoga. Yoga therapy can be a valuable part of a person's medical care as well as a self-care tool. How to Join? Facebook Live or Zoom password:925496


    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Central

    Rock Painting Activity

    Bayside Family Success Center

    Join Bayside FSC in New Jersey as we paint rocks together and highlight what mental health is and how children can handle it when they are feeling overwhelmed.
    Register: https://bit.ly/BaysideRockPainting


    8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Central

    What Happened to You? Coach? Our Brains, Our Biases, Our Systems

    Martin Simms, Dr. Bruce Perry, Oprah Winfrey

    A lightly moderated discussion about the book “What Happened to You?" by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry with Youth Sports Coaches. Covering trauma related topics that have to do with the challenges of coaches and young players in sports today. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central

    Aversion to Medical Care: A Survivor's Story and the CAC Perspective Children's Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania

    Survivors of child sexual abuse often carry trauma that can cause them to avoid medical care later in life, especially if they are afraid to undress for exams or undergo procedures that may trigger a trauma response. A survivor of abuse shares her experience. How to Join? Registration Required - Zoom


    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern

    The Family Expo (New Jersey)

    Family Expo is a program of Project Sussex Kids and the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency. Find more details and join this New Jersey expo event in person here.


    Springfield Equal Justice Project

    Join the Springfield Equal Justice Project for a showing of the film, Just Mercy. This movie highlights the intersection of mental health and justice. Information on location coming soon!


    11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern

    Trauma Informed Education Coalition: Straight Talk About the Crisis in Education

    Trauma Informed Education Coalition (TIEC)

    Experts will analyze and explore solutions to the overall trauma experienced by communities, students, and educators across the country. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

    Community Reentry Project (CRP) is a multiple- stakeholder initiative that coordinates reentry efforts in Illinois. CRP focuses on ensuring that people living with and at the highest risk for HIV transition smoothly from incarceration to communities.


    Sign up for CRP updates! Listen to the 3Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast on LGBTQ Inclusion and Support in the Classroom with Nat Duran.


    7:00 p .m. - 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central

    Resilience Through Trauma

    Jennifer Ozgur

    Trauma results in emotional -- and sometimes even physical - - injury. However, there are certain protective factors that allow children to rise above the pain and thrive despite any adverse childhood experiences (ACES). Participants will learn the three key components to resilience and leave with actionable steps to support children through their trauma. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    PsychU: Improving Mental Health Care...Together

    Mental Health Awareness: A Focus on Suicide and Stigma

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

    PsychU is a free community and online resource library for mental health. Our members share one simple belief: Enhanced information, increased collaboration, and ongoing discussion will lead to improved mental health care and patient outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses. Join PsychU for their webinar, Mental Health Awareness: A Focus on Suicide. Join Here- Zoom



    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central

    Collectively Rooted Presents: Talk About it Be About it - How We Heal 

    This session kicks off Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk’s Summer Trauma Training Series. An introduction video offers a peek into the importance behind the upcoming series. All trainings in the series will be available free of charge. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central

    Now What? A Cross-State Discussion on Building the Movement

    Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP)

    A discussion with various states who have begun to build their trauma-informed movements through the development of coalitions. Participants can learn about the steps taken and how to begin the movement in their own states. How to Join? Launch Meeting - Zoom


    The Stress & Trauma Treatment Center

    The mission of the Stress & Trauma Treatment Center, Inc. is to help the vulnerable and hurt in our communities to heal from adversity, traumatic stress, and suffering during childhood. The vision of the SATTC is to provide and disseminate state-of-the art trauma informed and trauma focused evidence based practices.

    Join in sharing their message by using one of these social media graphics.


    Safe 2 Help Illinois

    Safe2Help provides free self- help resources and a Mental Health Toolkit developed by ISBE for educators that compliments current SEL curriculum. With a goal of getting students to "seek help before harm," Safe2Help Illinois allows students to share info on school safety issues 24/7 in a confidential way, using a free app and via text, phone or website. View the Mental Health Toolkit here.

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