Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities!

Interested in learning more about trauma, ACEs, prevention strategies, resiliency factors, and the importance of self-care? Below are a bunch of upcoming events and training opportunities that are being offered virtually and for FREE! 

Lakeside Global Institute Trainings offered by United Way of Pennsylvania 

Trauma 101: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Care 

  •     September 10th, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm

Trauma 102: Basic Skills of Trauma-Informed Care 

  •     September 17th, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm

Trauma 103: Recognizing Vicarious and Secondary Trauma for Professionals 

  •     September 24th, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm

Trauma 107: Trauma-Informed Cultural Sensitivity 

  •     October 1st, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm
To register for any of these trainings, please register here.

7th Annual Trauma-Informed & Resilient Communities Conference 

Monday September 21st, 2020 


For more information and to register, click here.

Conscious Resilience After Trauma Conference 

September 22nd-24th, 2020 

For more information and to register, click here.

Secondary Traumatization & Self-Care by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems

October 16th, 2020 


$50 to Register

Keynote Presenter is our very own Chester County ACEs Coalition Leadership Committee Member and Co-Chair of our Training/Education Work Group, Dr. Nadine Bean! 

For more information and to register, click here.

Exciting News from Governor Wolf! Check out the Trauma-Informed PA Plan!

Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed

July 27, 2020

As a companion to Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma initiative, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) is releasing the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA.
This plan is the result of four months of work from OAR and the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank, formed in February. The think tank was made up of 25 experts chosen to participate from urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the commonwealth, and represents the fields of psychiatry, psychology, law enforcement, county government, clergy, social work, counseling, mindfulness, community development, education, sexual assault recovery, addiction recovery, domestic violence services, child maltreatment solutions, nursing, public health, pediatrics, prison re-entry and philanthropy.
“Thanks to the Office of Advocacy and Reform and its think tank members for this innovative and vital plan on how to be trauma-informed, something many Pennsylvanians may not be familiar with, but that can be a guiding principle for our continuing efforts to support and protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and everyone in our commonwealth,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.
“When I first dove into this work in January and started to conceptualize the think tank and the process to build the plan, I thought this was the key to becoming a more prosperous state,” said Dan Jurman, the Executive Director of OAR. “But when COVID-19 hit, and then the George Floyd and subsequent police violence protests started, we knew that what we were working on would be crucial to healing a population in the midst of multiple traumas and chronic stress.”
Healing and Preventing Trauma
The plan focuses on six key areas:
1. Ensuring that PA state culture is trauma-informed through universal training
2. Ensuring all state agencies’ policies and practices are trauma-informed and more focused on prevention and healing
3. Mandating that all licensed and funded entities become trauma-informed
4. Building and supporting grass roots / community-based efforts to become trauma-informed in every part of the commonwealth
5. Recognizing and healing from the traumas of major crisis like COVID-19
6. Preventing and healing racial, communal and historical traumas, whether they be individual or systemic
Within these six areas there are 43 recommendations to be enacted starting this year. Those recommendations range from building a Pennsylvania network on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Connection web platform to connect all community-based movements focused on ACEs and trauma, to reforming regulations and policies that can retraumatize children and families receiving services from the state.
Next Steps
“Our think tank included experts and professionals who’ve been working toward these ends for years,” added Jurman. “We’re especially grateful to Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his office for their work to make PA a trauma-informed state and for their contributions to our law enforcement recommendations.”
While the think tank has been thanked for its work and has disbanded, its members have been invited to join state agency representatives to form a new Trauma-Informed PA leadership team, which will guide action teams tasked with prioritizing the recommendations, setting short and long-term goals, and assigning accountabilities to make the recommendations a reality. In addition to the 25 think tank members, another 70-plus trauma experts from all over the commonwealth have also been invited to join these action teams. All of these teams will also be expected to continue to push the envelope to make sure Pennsylvania not only keeps up with the latest science and trends in trauma and ACEs healing and prevention, but starts to set the bar for the nation.
“Brain science shows us that untreated trauma has negative and costly effects not only on a person’s physical and mental health, but also on their ability to learn, experience healthy relationships and reach their full potential,” Jurman said. “From healthcare to workforce development to law enforcement to human services to community and economic development, if we want to truly thrive as a commonwealth, then we have to heal what is at the core of our challenges and not just treat symptoms, respond to never-ending crisis, and incarcerate. Hurt people hurt people, and with 38 percent of all Pennsylvanians having experienced child abuse, there’s a lot of hurt out there. It’s time to break the cycle by setting people on the path to true healing.”
View the complete “Trauma-Informed PA” plan, which includes photos, locations and affiliations of think tank members.


Join us for Chester County Resilience Week! 

To learn more about this week, please visit our "Chester County Resilience Week" page! 

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We have created a new page solely dedicated to the collective traumatic experience of the Coronavirus. For information, articles, tools, and resources, please click on the page entitled "Covid-19 Information" to the right. This page will be updated frequently so please come back soon! 

Sheltering in Place: ACEs-Informed Tips for Self-Care During a Pandemic

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Millions of lives have been affected in unprecedented ways by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all grappling with uncertainty—our daily routines interrupted, not knowing what is to come. For those of us who have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), these times can be particularly distressing. 

We can provide ourselves with mini doses of healing through 7 healthy evidence-based practices to help regulate an overactive stress response, and sheltering in place is the perfect time for us to practice. 

Check out this article written by the Center for Youth Wellness. 

Please consider taking this FREE ONLINE training!

Coronavirus Outbreak - Rescheduling Event on March 17th

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, we regret to inform you that we will be rescheduling the film screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope and expert panel discussion originally scheduled for Tuesday March 17th, 2020 at 7pm at the Downingtown Area School District.

Please check back for additional information on when this powerful and informative event will be rescheduled!