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ACEs Trauma and Response

Trauma keynote planned for Lasallian research symposium

Posted in ACEs Trauma and Response, Brain Science Awareness, Events, General

When the 5th International Symposium on Lasallian Research convenes on the Twin Cities Campus at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on September 25th, 2016, northeastern researchers with specialties in criminal justice will present a keynote address. Camela M. Steinke, Ph.D, LaSalle Albany’s program assessment and effectiveness research specialist since 2012 has research interests including evidence based practice, trauma informed care, and the linkages between client characteristics, treatment interventions, and outcomes for youth in treatment. She actively presents…

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ACEs VA summit features LaSalle Albany’s Wallace

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In early August, Richmond, VA experienced an influx of knowledgeable practitioners, community organizers, and researchers to explore the meaning of Trauma Informed Care for individuals, caregivers, and professionals. LaSalle Albany’s David Wallace, now the agency’s director of clinical services, joined panelists with diverse backgrounds and positions to discuss youth and family trauma and offer strategies for improving their lives at the RVA Adverse Childhood Experiences & Community Resilience Summit on August 3rd and 4th. Wallace was one…

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Evangelist story: Hanner Center aids in helping boys

Posted in Brain Science Awareness, Events, General, In The News

In June 2016, Katie Lamanna, a staff writer for The Evangelist (newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany) came to LaSalle School to tour the campus and interview staff for a story focusing on what happens at LaSalle’s facilities to help troubled youth. The reopening of the agency’s newly renovated multi-purpose trauma training center – The George E. Hanner for Excellence and Lasallian Mission – was the backdrop for the story which was featured in the newspaper’s June…

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ACEs comes to Capital District

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On April 11th, Melissa T. Merrick, Ph.D from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA and Ms. Marjorie Sims, managing director of the Ascend Program at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. shared their observations during an interesting and inspiring pre-Symposium information session at the New York State Capitol for legislators and members of their staff as well as others from state agencies responsible to the human service sector. They were joined by…

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Energy builds for ACE Symposium

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At the April 12th ACEs Symposium, Ms. McManus and Dr. Steinke will present on the nature of vicarious trauma on staff caregivers to 500 assembled in the University of Albany’s Performing Arts Center. Ms. McManus summed up the presentation’s objectives and how it related to social work professionals: “What we intend to promote to our audience is an environment where traumatized youth can thrive, where staff, as the caregivers, must first ‘put the oxygen mask…

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Informing audiences far and wide

Posted in ACEs Trauma and Response, Brain Science Awareness, General

At LaSalle School, the simplicity of De La Salle’s mission and the difficulties experienced by children and families are continually woven together to develop the best possible intervention and treatment plans for successful futures and outcomes. Now underway are several activities designed to disseminate information about how trauma treatment and research is carried out at LaSalle in thoughtful and meaningful ways. Each presentation or activity builds on the receding one obtaining insightful evaluations to strengthen…

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Wolff gives 853 testimony to NYS ed committees

Posted in ACEs Trauma and Response, Brain Science Awareness, General, In The News

On January 27, 2016, Bill Wolff, the executive director of Albany’s LaSalle School and the President of the NYS Coalition of 853 Schools testified to the NYS Legislature’s Joint Committees on Education Funding for increased funding for 853 Schools. Wolff did not read from his testimony. Rather he focused on a few statements and responded to questions afterward. What follows are his statements to the joint committee members: [The 853 Schools] appreciate the increasing awareness…

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ACEs Symposium topic: ‘Who’s helping the helpers?’

Posted in ACEs Trauma and Response, Brain Science Awareness

On the agenda: Vicarious staff trauma, CDC perspectives, 2-generational approaches “To promote an environment where traumatized youth can thrive, staff caregivers must first ‘put the oxygen mask on themselves’ before they can ‘save the youth,’” said Dina McManus, LaSalle’s Associate Clinical Director. On April 12th, McManus and Camela Steinke, Ph.D, LaSalle’s Program Assessment and Effectiveness Research Specialist, will present at The Third Annual Capital Region Symposium on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). They will discuss trauma…

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Strategically framing messages to achieve change

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3rd Change in Mind convening first of two directed by DC’s FrameWorks Institute In January, the first of two Change in Mind (CIM) convenings directed by the FrameWorks Institute was held. Based in Washington, D.C., the FrameWorks Institute designs, conducts and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofits to expand their constituency base, built public will, and further public understanding of specific social issues. The Alliance’s Change in Mind planners secured FrameWorks to identify and explain…

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Change in Mind digest – November 2015

Posted in ACEs Trauma and Response, Brain Science Awareness, General

From November 3rd through 5th, the second convening of the 10 nonprofit human services organizations in the United States, and five non-governmental organizations in Alberta, Canada took place in Calgary, Alberta. Sites met to report on progress in their various agencies to infuse, align, and accelerate established neuroscience discoveries about the effects of life-altering toxic stress into their community-based work as a means to determining if this groundbreaking science can transform policies to move the needle…

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