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August 23, 2019

Theiss Community Resource Fair

Join the Family Engagement Team of the Matilda H. Theiss Early Childhood Behavioral Health and Trauma Treatment Center on August 23 for the Theiss Community Resource Fair.

About

Held at the Hill House Association, the Theiss Community Resource Fair seeks to provide families and the community with information about local organizations and opportunities to engage with Allegheny County Community Providers that serve families and children.

More Information

For more information or to host a table, contact  Ms. Dee Burgess at 412.383.1557.

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July 23, 2019

Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration & Domestic Violence

Join the Partnerships for Family Support Office of Child Development on July 23 to learn how to recognize and support children and families impacted by incarceration and domestic violence. This training is for staff of centers in the Allegheny County Family Support Network.

About

Living in a household with domestic violence is a source of trauma for children. Even if the children don’t see the domestic violence, they are affected by the conflict in their family. Having a parent in jail or prison is also a source of trauma, as parental incarceration may include witnessing a parent being arrested, adjusting to their parent being gone, and adjusting to the return of their parents after serving a sentence.

When exposed to situations of domestic violence or incarceration, children can develop serious emotional and behavioral difficulties, many of which aren’t always recognized by parents or caregivers. As a result, children do not always get the help they need. In this training, participants will learn how to recognize, and support children and families impacted by these traumas.

Registration & More Information

To learn more, ask questions, and register, visit the event page. 

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July 12, 2019

Don’t Be A Trigger: Trauma-Informed Care Approach

Looking for a more in-depth dive into Trauma-Informed Care? Join Debralyn Woodberry Shaw of ELIE Circle, LLC to explore trauma might manifest in your early childhood or youth program.

About

Our past experiences – personal, familial, societal – influence our brain development and shape how we interpret and respond to the world. In this session, youth workers will explore how trauma might manifest in their program. Participants will also learn how self-awareness and a growth mindset aid in creating a Trauma-Informed Community and protect youth workers from the effects of vicarious trauma. Lunch will be provided.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

    • be introduced to the Trauma-Informed Care framework,
    • become familiar with the foundations of Trauma-Informed Care,
    • understand complex trauma and the parts of the brain related to trauma,
    • be introduced to vicarious trauma,
    • identify self-care and building resilience techniques,
    • reflect on their past experiences and how they influence their interactions with young people, and
    • explore the concept of a growth mindset.

Registration and Questions

To register for this workshop, visit APOST’s event page.

For questions, contact APOST at 412.456.6876.

*Information provided by APOST

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June 1, 2019

Pittsburgh Infant/Toddler Symposium

Kaplan and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh PD/TA are partnering to provide a day of training and networking for area infant/toddler teachers. The day will consist of an opening keynote address, four hours of professional development training, resource tables. Lunch will be provided at no cost. This event is PQAS approved.

CDA Content Areas

The symposium will focus on the following CDA content areas:

  • Principles of Child Growth and Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Safe, Healthy Learning Environments

Learning Objectives

The students will be able to:

  • Discuss and explain topics that are relevant to the care and growth/development of infants and toddlers.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of courses related to infant/toddler caregiving. Courses offered at the Symposium will focus on topics such as; activities to stimulate brain development, social/emotional development, trauma-informed practice, and health/safety.

Registration

Registrations must be submitted by May 24, 2019 via the Symposium’s event page.

Questions

For questions, contact Tom Yeager at 412.255.1173 or tyeager@ywcapgh.org.

To learn more, see their event page.

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May 10, 2019

Parents Moving Forward Together | Conference

Join the Allegheny Family Network for “Parents Moving Forward Together,” a one-day mental health conference focused on supporting our region’s children, caregivers, and educators.

Workshops

  • Legislative Panel with Rep. Dan Miller
  • Building Leadership Qualities
  • Connecting Trauma Through Stories
  • Dissecting the IEP
  • Teens: Intense Emotions and Suicidality

Registration

This event is free, but registration is required for lunch and child care. To register, call 412.246.2030.

See the event’s Facebook page.

Transportation

Buses are available for specific areas. See the bus schedule here.

Parking will be available onsite for $5. Free parking is available for Allegheny Family Network families.

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May 9, 2019

Resources for Families in the Wake of Tragedy

In response to the violent events happening in communities throughout the United States of America, Trying Together hopes to support young children, their families, and the caregivers who interact with them by recognizing available community-based and online resources.

Trying Together extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of those lost and to those injured or traumatized by such horrific events. Thank you to all of the public health and safety professionals who respond and provide service to affected communities across America, and thank you to the organizations and individuals that extend your hands and services in support.

 


Mental Health Services and Supports

resolve Crisis Services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Be Well Pittsburgh
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Highmark Caring Place
The Compassionate Friends: Pittsburgh Chapter
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Supportive Care Department

Articles and Resources

Israel Trauma Coalition
American Counseling Association
Fred Rogers Productions
Anti-Defamation League
Fran Sherman in USA Today
Dr. Debi Gilboa in NEXT Pittsburgh
PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
Child Trends
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Additional Lists

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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April 9, 2019

Trauma-Informed Care: Training Session

Our past experiences – personal, familial, societal – influence our brain development and shape how we interpret and respond to the world. Sometimes adults do not recognize how these experiences manifest as behaviors and they unintentionally harm children. This introductory session is designed to change participants’ approach to the behaviors children exhibit to decrease the likelihood of triggering them.

Session Objectives

  • Participants will be introduced to the Trauma-Informed Care framework.
  • Participants will become familiar with the foundations of Trauma-Informed Care.
  • Participants will understand complex trauma and the parts of the brain related to trauma.
  • Participants will learn to recognize the impacts of trauma.

To pre-register for this session, visit their Eventbrite page.

*A certificate of participation will be given upon request.

Session Focus Areas

General Overview
  • Trauma-Informed Care Framework
  • Complex Trauma including Brain Development
  • Impacts of Trauma
What ELIE Circle Is Bringing
  • Self-Reflection
  • Self-Care
  • Growth Mindset
Intentionally Building Relationships
  • Importance
  • Barriers including Race and Gender
  • Techniques
Communication
  • Importance
  • Barriers
  • Techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Empathic Communication, Restorative Practices

About ELIE Circle

ELIE Circle works to eliminate that through professional development training sessions that create trauma-informed communities – environments that focus on not re-traumatizing individuals and assist with development that may have been lost or delayed due to trauma – emotion regulation and empathy for example. ELIE Circle provides the following professional development services:

  • Collaboration to create training sessions for organizations
  • Consultation on creating trauma-informed out-of-school programs
  • Facilitation of discussions with Q&A

*Each customer receives a free consultation meeting to discuss organizational needs.

Questions & Concerns

For any questions or concerns, contact Debralyn Woodberry-Shaw, MSW, LSW at eliecircle@gmail.com.

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November 7, 2018

Helping Young Children Cope with Fear and Tragedy

Attend Helping Young Children Cope with Fear and Tragedy on Wednesday, November 7 at the Rodef Shalom Family Center to hear from panelists from the University of Pittsburgh; Child, Family, and Community Inc.; Trying Together; and Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3. Moderated by Roberta Schomburg, Interim Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, this panel presentation will discuss methods and approaches that adults can use to help their child(ren) cope with fear and tragedy.

Moderator

  • Roberta Schomburg, Ph.D.
    Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College
    Interim Executive Director

Panelists

  • Dr. Kimberly Blair
    University of Pittsburgh
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry

 

  • Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr
    University of Pittsburgh
    Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology
    & Administrative & Policy Studies

 

  • Bonnie McNally-Brown, LPC
    Child, Family & Community Inc.

 

  • Tracy Larson, MSED, CAGS, NCSP
    University of Pittsburgh
    Office of Child Development

 

  • Cara Ciminillo
    Trying Together
    Executive Director

 

  • Dr. Cathy Lobaugh
    Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3
    Assistant Executive Director for
    Early Childhood, Family & Community Services

This event is free and open to the public. Please register.

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October 29, 2018

Trauma Resources for Families

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11 members of the Tree of Life Synagogue congregation lost their lives to an anti-semitic hate crime in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

In response to this tragedy, our friends and neighbors from The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have shared the following resources to help families and children cope; these resources have been curated by experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and others. If you are local and need additional support, The Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) is working to provide counselors and may be contacted at 412-422-7200.

Additionally, resources have been shared by the following organizations: YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning. These resources have been curated by experts from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Israel Trauma Coalition:

Practical Advice for Parents: How to Help Your Child Following a Trauma

Anti-Defamation League:

Gun Violence and Mass Shootings

Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (In English and En Espanol)

Dr. Debi Gilboa in NEXT Pittsburgh:

How to talk to your kids about the mass shooting in Pittsburgh

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL):

University of Pittsburgh Book Drive:

Support Children in Squirrel Hill & Surrounding Areas with books about processing fear and embracing diversity

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s list of information and resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

How to talk to children about hate crimes and anti-semitism

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh:

Counseling & Other Services 

Donate to the Fund for Victims of Terror

Trying Together extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of those lost and thanks to the public health and safety professionals who responded and are continuing to provide service to the community.