PW! Update 05-07-2919

Prevention Works!
Prevention Works!
Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County 

PW! Update 5-7-2019


Child Care/Early Learning Providers! The Early Learning Directory is in the process of being updated. Please check your information at to identify what needs to be updated. You may send your updates to


MAY 20, 2019 8:30 am-5 pm  Olympic Medical Center
Linkletter Hall -939 Caroline St, Port Angeles, WA 98362 
Trainers: Mia Edidin, LICSW & Leslie Butterfield, PHD
Free for Clallam County Providers: Training funded by: Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), Strengthening Families Washington.  1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.  Do you know how to best support a family experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder?  
Training Objectives:
 Understanding the "Real" Transition  to Parenthood
 Risk Factors and Prevention
 High-Risk Populations
 Understanding components of  treatment and recovery.  
 Screening tools and practices
 Pharmacology during pregnancy/breastfeeding.
 Impact on children, family and community.
 Strategies to prevent/reduce PMADs
 Community Networking and Discussion 
6.5 CEUs for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT  6.5 contact hours (CNEs) for nurses Open to anyone working with childbearing families.   

Truth Among the Vapors
June 6, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm,
Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth
The goal of the training is to equip adult participants with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to provide educational presentations on e-cigarettes and cannabis vaping. This training was developed through a partnership between Washington Poison Center and Prevention WINS, a Drug Free Communities Coalition in Seattle.
If you would like to learn more about future trainings or to schedule a Truth Among the Vapors training, please contact Jennifer Oppelt,

Save the DATE!!!  Next Community Cafe will be Tuesday June 11th 10 am to Noon at Port Angeles Library


Recap- Virginia Summit On Childhood Trauma And Resilience 4/25/19 CHLOE EDWARDS
On Thursday April 25, 2019 Voices hosted over 950 attendees at the Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience. The goal of the Summit was to connect child-serving professionals and advocates across the Commonwealth to best practices to prevent, and better address, the impacts of childhood adversity. California’s first Surgeon General and well-known ACEs expert, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, provided the keynote address. Both Governor Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam addressed the audience and spoke to the Northam Administration’s efforts to promote trauma-informed practice through the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet. A panel of bi-partisan legislators provided examples of legislative efforts they have supported, from education reforms to foster care policy, intended to make Virginia more trauma-informed.
by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

7 Things You Don’t Know About The Irritable Male Syndrome That Could Be Undermining Your Relationship []
Dr. Gerald Lincoln, a researcher in Scotland, coined the term “irritable male syndrome” and suggested that it was present in all male mammals when testosterone levels fell, but he had only done research on animals. Here are the most important things you need to know to ensure that IMS doesn’t wreck your relationship.

Pocket Time by Sarah H. Waite  4/19/19
Pocket Time is a book for children who don't understand why they are in foster homes or adoptive homes and who yearn for their birth parents.  It is also for children in general to help them understand class members who are very withdrawn or who act out in their classrooms.  
The story depicts three generations of hedgehogs to show how behaviors, with an ACEs rating of 5, are passed down. I decided to offer a video of myself reading Pocket Time on YouTube so that people working with ACEs in schools and communities everywhere have free access to the book.  The YouTube version is for adults:
The children's video version with no discussion of ACE's is on my website <>

Free Webinars Teach You to Calm Brain Dysregulation From Childhood PTSD ANNA RUNKLE 4/24/19
I've just scheduled five free Zoom webinars in the next four weeks, open to you and others interested in learning and trying my "Daily Practice." These are the techniques I've used for more than 25 years to re-regulate my brain and emotions, supporting the healing of Childhood PTSD. There are two particular and simple techniques we'll cover in each 55-minute webinar:
     1. Writing fears and resentments
     2. 20-minute simple meditation
         Plus time for Q&A with me
Get more info and register here. 
Anna Runkle (The Crappy Childhood Fairy)

Student Discipline & Co-Regulation []
Correcting student behavior is part of our work as educators yet often it can lead to escalation of student behaviors. Co-regulation involves our ability to regulate another person's brain. It takes a calm brain to regulate another brain.

Effects of Childhood Trauma May Persist in Brain Connectivity of Depressed Patients []
A study led by Penn Medicine researchers found that childhood trauma is linked to abnormal connectivity in the brain in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). The study is the first to show that childhood trauma is linked to symptom-specific, system-level changes in brain network connectivity in MDD.

Celebrating Families
(CF!) is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, skill building program of 16 sessions serving the whole family: children ages birth -17, their parents and caregivers. Each session begins with a family meal, followed by 90-minute age-appropriate instructional sessions, ends with a 30-minute family activity where families practice the skills they are learning. CF! was developed specifically for families dealing with or at high risk for: substance use disorders; multi-generational trauma; physical and mental health challenges; cognitive deficits due to trauma, genetics, or in-utero exposure; and safety (child abuse/neglect). CF! addresses these needs through building healthy living skills, and psychoeducation.

Strong parent-child relationship esspecially important for adopted kids...
New research finds that for children who have experienced early institutional care, a strong relationship with their adoptive parents aids brain development and improves a child’s long-term mental health. The study showed that children who demonstrated reduced brain activity in a region important for emotion, the amygdala, in response to their adoptive parents had lower anxiety levels later in life. “A strong parent-child relationship is always important for brain and behavioral development, but the current findings suggest that such relationships may be especially important following early institutional care,” said senior author Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., Director of the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University. 

Practicing the pause: addressing tensions in widening the Window of Tolerance by TRACEY FARRELL 
Daniel J Siegel (2012) describes the window of tolerance as the zone in which the “various intensities of emotional arousal…can be processed without disrupting the functioning of the system”, where thoughts, emotions and behaviours remain balanced and effective. Much has been written about the habitual narrower ‘width’ of the window for those who have experienced trauma and adversity, as well as the importance of widening the window of tolerance as part of the work of healing trauma. This recognizes the significance of being able to effectively process and integrate our day to day experiences, and cope with greater extremes of arousal, rather than being high-jacked by the intense responses of the limbic system (Ogden, Minton & Pain, 2006). Learning the skills required to do this takes patience and practice, as well as an acknowledgment of the tensions that inevitably arise. 

Want to end ACEs? Ask a young student how []
In all thirty-three counties of New Mexico, an epidemic of trauma exists, spreading like a virus as it is passed down generation after generation. High school students were asked their ideas for ending ACEs and helping them and their families heal and thrive. Their suggestions were impressive and humbling.


First Step Family Support Center Has an opening for Part Time Admin. Assistant to work 15 hours per week. Schedule to be determined. Pay rate $16/hr.  Benefits: Paid Sick and Vacation Leave. Medical Reimbursement up to $2,400 a year.                                                             
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool Has an opening for Preschool Co-Teacher (PT) Please contact Peggy Romero at 360-912-1245 or for information.


The United Way of Clallam County/Prevention Works! Mini-Grant!! to fund events in Clallam County to raise awareness, knowledge, and practices related to ACEs and N.E.A.R. sciences. Between May 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, six to twelve mini-grants, in the amount of $500 to $1,000 will be available for non-profit organizations throughout Clallam County that are organizing community-wide educational programs focused on ACEs, Trauma Informed Care and/or the N.E.A.R. sciences. Grants will be made on an on-going basis between May 1, 2019 and January 15th 2020, or until funds are depleted. Applications will be due the 15th of each month with the award announcements made by the last day of the month until funds are depleted. Reimbursement for awards will be made once the attached evaluation(s) is completed and returned, no later than 2 weeks after the program. Priority funding will be given to projects with three or more partners and to those programs outside of the Port Angeles School District. Eligible funding activities include, but are not limited to :
Honorarium for a guest speaker or expert to speak in Clallam County.
Cost of Advertising or promotion
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
Educational materials
Administrative costs not totaling more than 10% of total award

Youth Community Service Projects Supported Karma for Cara Foundation: Microgrant Program  
Karma for Cara Foundation’s Microgrant Program supports youth volunteerism and community service efforts throughout the United States. Youth 18 years of age or younger may apply for grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Funded projects include turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, and helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. It is the Foundation’s intent that grants fund the nuts and bolts of projects so stipends, facility rentals, and transportation costs are not funded. Application deadlines are quarterly throughout the year, and the remaining deadlines for 2019 are July 1 and October 1. Visit Karma for Cara Foundation’s website to apply online.
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