Paper Tigers: Screening and Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Home of the Sparrow and the West Chester University Bachelor and Master of Social Work Programs presented a screening of the documentary Paper Tigers followed by a panel discussion.  This invite-only event qualified attendees for continuing education requirements about how to address ACEs in client populations, as well as hearing stories about local successes that occur when providers are trauma-informed and educated.

About Paper Tigers from KPJR Films:
Set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?  
L to R: Seated: Dr. Nadine Bean, Chelsea Buckley
Standing: Jennifer Lopez, Lorraine Colon, Amanda Maylath,
Wendy Myers, Carolyn McKenna, Abner Santiago


Panelists included:
  • Dr. Nadine Bean, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor in the Master of Social Work Program, West Chester University
  • Lorraine Colon, Case Manager, Orion Communities
  • Jennifer Lopez, Deputy Chief, Chester County Pennsylvania Adult Probation and Parole Department
  • Carolyn McKenna, Director of Development, Home of the Sparrow
  • Abner Santiago, LPC, Behavioral Health Consultant, La Communidad Hispana

Following the screening, panelists were asked questions such as how to approach adult clients with high ACE scores, the successful interventions and results that have been used, and the cost/benefit model to agencies who want to incorporate trauma-informed care for their clients.  The discussion ended with each panelist giving a specific example of how being trauma-informed made a difference to one of their clients.

Trauma 101 Workshop

Attendees from West Chester University -
 students, professors, and graduates.
On Tuesday, October 18th, Home of the Sparrow hosted a Trauma 101 Workshop as the next step in forming the Chester Country ACEs Coalition.

Lynn Detwiler, Founder and Executive Director of Barnstone Art for Kids, presented an overview about the impacts of ACEs and how building resiliency plays a key role.  Cathleen Walkins and Bernice Andrews, from the Institute for Family Professionals, led an interactive exercise explaining the many layers of trauma and how the brain is affected.
The many layers of trauma.

We had a diverse crowd of attendees from many disciplines throughout the county.  We look forward to continuing the work with this motivated group!

Watch the calendar and your inbox for upcoming events!

Chester County ACEs Coalition Opening Meeting Newsletter

Patricia McLennan, CEO
Home of the Sparrow
On June 8, 2016, the Chester County ACEs Coalition held its first meeting! Patricia McLennan, CEO and Milena Lanz, Associate Director of Health and Social Services for Home of the Sparrow opened the meeting with an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and how the organization began doing research on evidence-based strategies concerning trauma-based experiences.

Click Here to read the first newsletter and learn all about the Chester County ACEs Coalition, ACEs, and what we learned.

Welcome to the Chester County ACEs Coalition