Gutsy Ladies Achieving their Destiny


Did you ever want to start school, get back to school, get back to work, or start a new job? 

Did you ever want to find new ways to inspire your children? 

ORION is here to help! 

What GLAD is all about...

This program is designed for moms who want to develop new strategies to inspire their children and themselves. 

This is a FREE 12 week educational and motivational group for single mothers who have experienced some trauma in their lives. 

Weekly meetings will include lots of information on parenting and how to focus on your employment and life goals. 

Children are welcome and child care is provided! Each hour and a half session includes refreshments for moms and children. 

Interested in applying for this wonderful program?? 

The Comeback Kids

The Comeback Kids: The Bad News Bears, Miracle on Ice, the Philadelphia Eagles

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can have a devastating affect over an entire lifetime, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. While you can’t erase your past, with hard work and encouragement you can have a better future. Asking for help, relying on others, learning trust and building confidence in your own abilities can all contribute to a healthy comeback and promising potential.
When we begin to take control of our past, we open up possibilities for great things in our future. Take for example the Bad News Bears, Miracle on Ice, and the Philadelphia Eagles. These teams had grit, they had raw skills, and they found their direction. Each team reframed their past experiences, connected with one another, committed to work hard, coped with prior loses, made wise choices, and became champions.
The Bad News Bears were a ragtag team of misfits put together to settle a lawsuit.  Their coach, Morris Buttermaker, played by Walter Matthau, was a former minor-league baseball pitcher and alcoholic who cleaned swimming pools for a living. Sure the team struggled. Sure they made mistakes. No, they didn’t win the championship. But they built something significantly stronger by pulling together and counting on one another. They gained confidence, built connections and developed character. They committed to one another and found success together as a team.

Who can forget Herb Brooks’ amazing speech of optimism and encouragement in the Miracle on Ice. Brooks, played by Kirk Russell, motivated his young, amateur 1980 USA Olympic hockey team prior to a pivotal game against the much larger, heavily favored, Soviet Union team. “Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One gameIf we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.” The American team beat the Soviets and went on to win the gold.
After losing their most versatile running back, all-Pro left tackle, and MVP-candidate quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles’ championship outlook dimmed. But, by embracing their underdog stature, the ”We all we got, we all we need” team, the “Nobody likes us and we don’t care” team went on to beat the New England Patriots in the first super bowl win in franchise history.
The tenacity, gumption and resourcefulness these teams all demonstrated is reminiscent of the 7 C’s Model of Resilience Introduced by pediatrician and adolescent specialist Ken Ginsburg, MD. The 7 C’s – competence, confidence, connection, character, contributioncoping, and control – is a plan designed to help children develop the skills to make them happier and more resilient.

Children become competent when they develop a set of skills that allows them to trust their judgment. By feeling safe and trusting their abilities, children gain confidence. Being connected with others, at home, in school, and in the community, increases a sense of belonging. Learning a fundamental sense of right and wrong cultivates character, necessary to make wise choices. Children who contribute to the well‐being of others receive gratitude. They feel good, gain a sense of purpose, and become motivated. Effective coping skills are necessary to overcome challenges. A child learns how to organize his internal control, by being given the opportunity to make choices and decisions.                                                                                                                                
Just as the power of each team was enhanced by building a strong structure and working together, the 7 C’s Model of Resilience can be instrumental in laying the foundation to cultivate happy and healthy children. By modeling these healthy resilience skills, all children can “comeback” and become stable adults, contribute to the world and live like champions.

Written by Lynn Detwiler, Executive Director of Barnstone Art for Kids and member of the Chester County ACEs Coalition 

2018 Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference July 23-25

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference: Preventing Childhood Trauma and Its Impact Across the Lifespan, will be held on Thomas Jefferson University's East Falls Philadelphia Campus July 23rd-25th, 2018.  This unique training conference will provide an intensive, collaborative, and engaging experience to providers, educators, and leaders across health, education, and social service disciplines, as well as to community members invested in the health of their families, neighborhoods, and cities.

Please visit the conference link for more information about the conference, including registration costs, deadlines (we offer group rates, early bird discounts, and scholarships are available to community and family members),  session descriptions, keynote speakers, and an overview of the agenda.  CMEs, CNEs, and APA credit as well as continuing education for mental health professionals, early childhood educators, and k-12 educators will be offered, as well as certificates of attendance for students and those who do not need continuing education hours. There are also great opportunities to take a deeper dive through post conference workshops on Thursday, July 26th. We look forward to seeing you in July.

Please join us for a FREE public screening of the documentary  
"Resilience: the biology of stress & the science of hope." 

RSVP here !

Come out to PJ Whelihan's on May 16th from 5pm-9pm and mention the Chester County ACEs Coalition to donate 15% of your check to our cause! Enjoy dinner and drinks while supporting our mission to bring awareness, knowledge, prevention, and initiatives throughout the county on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and toxic-stress.

Good News Chester County!

Did you miss our radio debut?

Don't fret - you can catch it here

WCHE radio channel Good News Chester County is devoted to broadcasting good news about the organizations and people who are making a difference in our Chester County community – helping to make our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family!

Tune into channel 1520AM to hear co-hosts, Lou Beccaria and Vince Melograna bring good news in and around Chester County to WCHE radio Wednesdays at 3:30PM.

Batman is a 3. Luke Skywalker is a 6. Katniss Everdeen is a 7. So, what's your ACE score?

Your ACE score is the total number of "yes" answers to 10 questions regarding the occurrence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) prior to the age of 18. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include:
·      Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
·      Neglect (physical and emotional) 
·      Household Dysfunction (mental illness, incarcerated relative, violence in the home, substance abuse, divorce)
Why it’s important.
In the mid nineties, Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda developed a study which established a direct association between childhood trauma and adult ill health. As the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) increases, so does the risk for negative behaviors including lack of physical activity, drug and alcohol use, early and/or risky sexual activity and missed work. These behaviors lead to serious health outcomes such as obesity, depression, suicide attempts, substance abuse, sexually transmitted disease, heart and lung disease, and premature death. The more traumatic and toxic events experienced by a child, the more likely the impact will be substantial and long lasting. These results have been replicated over and over, finding even more significant results in inner cities where bullying, living in a dangerous neighborhood, witnessing violence, living in foster care, and experiencing racism have all been added to the list of childhood adversities.

But there’s hope.
Science shows the effects of ACEs are not permanent. Childhood experiences can impact who we become as adults, but they do not have to.

Batman has Alfred, Luke has Obi-Wan, and Katniss has Gale, Peeta, and Effie.
The presence of a caring individual is the single most significant factor in developing strong children.

We can prevent and intervene, and create supportive systems. Research shows that children need stable, responsive, nurturing relationships as early in life as possible to have the best developmental outcomes.

Investing in quality programs aimed at the early years has impressive economic benefits. Early interventions mean better grades, less crime, less risky behaviors and lower teen pregnancy rates. Ultimately these early interventions lead to better jobs and work performance, greater mental and physical health, more stable relationships and less negative impact on future generations.

What else helps?
Recognize triggers. Respond with compassion.
First and foremost, we should try to avoid triggers that re-traumatize a child such as loud sudden movement, yelling and aggressive posture. We must work to change the conversation when a child is acting out from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?”

Our immediate response must be, "You are Safe. I am here. How Can I Help?"  Only then can we begin to earn a child’s trust and start to build the safe, nurturing relationships necessary to teach and encourage positive resilience skills.

-Written by Lynn Detwiler, Executive Director of Barnstone Art for Kids in Phoenixville, PA and member of the Phoenixville ACEs Committee and Chester County ACEs Coalition.