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Center for Child Wellbeing & Trauma January 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to our e-newsletter!

As we work to support the community of child-serving professionals and organizations, we want to use the Center as a vehicle to provide you with tools, resources, news, and information to help you in your work.

This newsletter is an update on our activities; we’d like to collaborate with you on upcoming and future initiatives. Please reach out to us with questions, ideas, and comments.

In this issue…

Read about some of our current initiatives with Family Resource Centers, schools, and congregate-care facilities, meet our team, and learn about our toolkits and trainings.

News and updates

Community of Practice Cohort
The Center launched this group in collaboration with seven Family Resource Centers (FRCs) located throughout the state. The Center worked with the FRCs to conduct an assessment and is providing coaching to help these organizations become more trauma-informed and responsive. Learn more about our Assessment and Coaching expertise.

Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester
We are partnering with the Worcester Trauma, Resiliency, & Racial Equity Training Institute on an initiative to promote racial equity and resilience in Worcester and transform the city into a more trauma-informed community. Learn more.

Trauma-Informed and Responsive Schools
The Center has been actively working with school districts and partners to promote and support trauma-responsive and healing-centered practices.

In collaboration with Thriving Minds (a partnership with the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, BRYT, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Consortium), the Center is offering a new professional development series on Trauma-Informed Practices for School Mental Health.

Congregate Care Providers Cohort
We are assembling a new cohort and are looking for providers interested in participating in an assessment and coaching exercise with the Center. This cohort is being developed in partnership with the Departments of Children and Families and Early Education and Care.

Meet our team

We have assembled an amazing group of child wellbeing professionals – please visit our website to learn more about this team.

In future e-newsletters, we will introduce each member individually.

Spotlight on…

Information and Resources
Access to best practice trauma and healing/prevention resources and information, such as Early childhood education toolkit: this 10–15-minute assessment is designed for early educators to use for their own professional development. This will give you some specific areas to focus on as you on how to build a more trauma-informed and resilient program and environment.

Racial equity trainings: these interactive trainings on racial equity, trauma and resilience are designed for educators, school administrators, and other professionals working with youth in schools or in community programs.