Trauma Awareness Month

May 2021

Join us in discussing Delaware’s trauma landscape, past and present, and support our state’s efforts along the trauma continuum.

What is Trauma Awareness Month?

In 2018, Governor Carney issued Executive Order 24 prioritizing efforts for Delaware to become a trauma informed state and incorporating Trauma Awareness Month as a key initiative. The Family Services Cabinet Council and Trauma Matters Delaware are hosting Delaware’s third annual Trauma Awareness Month in May 2021. 

This year, we will host a suite of events, learning opportunities and moments for celebration during Trauma Awareness Month. This is a time to celebrate the exceptional work done to date, share best practices and resources for trauma-informed care, and learn how trauma-informed practices can enhance your organization’s services.

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Compassionate Champions

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The Compassionate Champion Awards

The Compassionate Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations across the state of Delaware providing trauma-informed services. Categories include community partner, education (P-20), family/caregiver, government agency or department, healthcare, first responder, and other. 

The 2021 nomination period closes at 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2021, and winners will be announced as part of Trauma Awareness Month on May 15, 2021.

Nominate an individual or organization for a 2021 Compassionate Champion award!

2020 Compassionate Champion Award Recipients

  • First‌ ‌Responder/‌Medical: ‌ Dr. David Chen, Christiana Care, Hospital Violence Intervention Program
  • Education: Kelley Lumpkin, LPCMH, Children & Families First Delaware
  • Community: Project New Start, Inc.Priscilla Turgon
  • Community: Center for Child Development—Lisa Savage
  • Education: ‌ The Bayard School – Victoir Cahoon
  • Community: Delaware Guidance Services—Shana Powell, Jill Rogers, Tiffany Jester
  • Government: ‌ Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services—Brandi Ciamarra, Dr. Linda Friedman, Dr. Jacqueline McMichael, Dr. Katharine Powers, Dr. Jamey Rislin, Dr. Simah Waddell, Tina Walls, Dr. Rebecca Richmond
  • First Responder/Medical: ‌ Nemours, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children – Anne Kazak, Melissa Alderfer, Meg Frizzola, Jennifer Pendley

Compassionate Champions: Where are they now?

What did winning a Compassionate Champion Award mean to you?

As an organization, the award validated the hard work the Project New Start team has invested in building our knowledge of the causes and effects of trauma and identifying strategies to improve our work.

How have you continued your trauma-informed work since last year?

The Project New Start team has discovered areas where we can improve as a staff and organization to enhance the likelihood of sustained success for those we serve. Our team has continued to build our knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care by completing the Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Level 2 awarded by Florida State University in March 2021.

How have you seen trauma-informed care make a difference for the beneficiaries you work with?

As a result of our growth through the stages of Trauma-Informed Care, we gained an understanding that the extent of adverse childhood and adult experiences suffered by those we serve has a greater impact on their decision-making and behavior than we previously recognized and acknowledged. Developing the skill to view the individuals we serve through a trauma lens has enhanced our ability to identify and secure trauma specific interventions to support their long-term success.

Do you have any advice for potential nominees this year?

As an organization, you have to make the commitment to be educated on Trauma-Informed Care and then actively implement those principles with those you serve, your team, your board of directors and volunteers. Continue to build on your knowledge, apply what you learn to yourself first, and continually challenge one another to be better.

 

What did winning a Compassionate Champion Award mean to you?

It meant a lot to be recognized for the ongoing work we do to address and mitigate trauma in children and families throughout Delaware.

How have you seen trauma-informed care make a difference for the beneficiaries you work with?

Yes and now our focus is on working with parents to halt intergenerational trauma.  Rather than focusing on individuals, we are focusing on systems and strengths to improve attachments and heal traumas in families.

Do you have any advice for potential nominees this year? 

Be confident, consistent, and creative in your efforts to help heal trauma.  No effort is too small and if you impact the life of one, that is success.

What did winning a Compassionate Champion Award mean to you?

In receiving this award, the importance of having a trauma informed lens in supporting and understanding student needs within the school was highlighted. A broader audience was potentially reached due to virtual accommodations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. 

How have you seen trauma-informed care make a difference for the beneficiaries you work with?

We do our work in communities and communities are made up of families, and families are collections of individuals whose experiences with their world, shape them with brains and bodies that are built to thrive or survive. This can be viewed on a spectrum with Survive on one end and Thrive on the other and we all fall somewhere depending on our unique experience with our environment and our genetics. Understand both behavior and mental health “symptoms” with the lens of how brains are built and understand ACE’s impact on brain architecture provide hope and in HOPE we have learned how to effectively help! Compassionate connection through safe relationships nurtures, and begins to rewire and help us move from survival to thriving.  

Do you have any advice for potential nominees this year?

Continue the amazing work of changing lives through helping our communities understand the impact of Trauma on the developing brain and the hope that lies in understanding what has shaped our body’s reaction system! Our brains are constantly capable of creating new pathways when the old ones are no longer needed or have become the problem where once they were the pathway to our ability to survive. As we seek “herd” immunity from the Coronavirus, the work of trauma informed is to bring hope to the “herd” of suffering from the effects of trauma that we now understand more fully.

The First Champions

In May of 2019, just before the first annual Compassionate Champion Awards were presented, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney announced a one-time recognition, the First Chance Foundation awards. The awards were presented to, as Tracey said, “individuals, organizations, and partnerships, who were leading trauma-informed work long before [Governor] John [Carney] and I came on the scene.” 

Several of the recipients were involved in designing the annual Compassionate Champion awards program, and all were essential in building the foundation for trauma-informed work in Delaware.

The First Chance Foundation Honorees (with their affiliations at the time):

Wilmington University

Trauma Matters Delaware

Casey Family Programs

Superintendent, Red Clay Consolidated School District

Office of the Child Advocate/Compassionate Schools Learning Collaborative

University of Delaware

Delaware Department of Education/Compassionate Schools Learning Collaborative

Office of the Governor/Compassionate Schools Learning Collaborative

Polytech High School

Children and Families First

Nemours Children’s Health System

(Student Support Team)

DSEA/Compassionate Schools Learning Collaborative and Compassionate Connections Partnership

Family Services Cabinet Council

GIFT

Upcoming Trauma Awareness Month Events

This year, the Family Services Cabinet Council and Trauma Matters Delaware are hosting several virtual events.

Events include:

Trauma Awareness Month Information Session and Technical Assistance Meeting

April 13, 2021 at 9:00am

We are offering this space to share the events underway for Trauma Awareness Month, how to participate in TAM events, how to spread the word, how to get your own events on the calendar, and to answer any questions you may have.

This event is open to the public.

Register for this information session by clicking this link

Coffee and Conversations

April 13, 2021 at 10:15am

This event is open to the public, and is a space for networking and candid conversations around trauma efforts in Delaware. 

Register for this information session by clicking this link.

Compassionate Champion Awards

The Compassionate Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations across the state of Delaware providing trauma-informed services. Categories include community partner, education (P-20), family/caregiver, government, healthcare, first responder, and other. 

The nomination period closes at 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2021, and winners will be announced during Trauma Awareness Month on May 15, 2021.

Nominate an individual or organization using this link.

State Agency Summit

This Summit is for state agencies of the Family Services Cabinet Council to share their work regarding trauma, best practices, challenges and resources. 

This event is restricted to government agencies in the Family Services Cabinet Council. 

TMD Webinars

TMD will be hosting four public webinars during the month of May. Each week, there will be a facilitated webinar in which all Delawareans will have the opportunity to learn about the current state of trauma in Delaware and trauma-related topics.

These events will be open to the public. Scroll down to see the events listings.

Add your event!

Add your event using this link!

If you have any questions about Trauma Awareness Month and the scheduled events, please contact [email protected].

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Teen Town Hall

Date of Event: May 8, 2021

Network Connect Future Culture Creators will host a Teen Town Hall for West Side Grows Together on May 8th from 1 to 4 at 701 S Lincoln St, Wilmington DE 19805. Teens and Adults will participate in connection circles to discuss hot topics for youth in the city of Wilmington.

Grant Writing for Results

Date of Event: May 12, 2021

Grant Writing for Results is a two-part virtual workshop that will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. The virtual workshop is designed for non-profit or human service agency staff responsible for writing or researching grants to support their agency or a specific program. Participants will be provided with a number of resources and receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of…

Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain (Movie Screening A)

Date of Event: May 12, 2021

TMD invites you to join us for a showing of the documentary Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain followed by time followed by participant discussion. The film shares interviews with nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors, firefighters, and first responders who rescue, assist, and help to heal people impacted by trauma—and also tell their own remarkable and often painful stories. The film asks the question: How are professional caregivers and first responders affected emotionally and physically? Who helps…

Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain (Movie Screening B)

Date of Event: May 12, 2021

TMD invites you to join us for a showing of the documentary Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain followed by time followed by participant discussion. The film shares interviews with nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors, firefighters, and first responders who rescue, assist, and help to heal people impacted by trauma—and also tell their own remarkable and often painful stories. The film asks the question: How are professional caregivers and first responders affected emotionally and physically? Who helps…

Grant Writing for Results

Date of Event: May 14, 2021

Grant Writing for Results is a two-part virtual workshop that will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. The virtual workshop is designed for non-profit or human service agency staff responsible for writing or researching grants to support their agency or a specific program. Participants will be provided with a number of resources and receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of…

Blueprint for Trauma-Informed Higher Education Public Webinar

Date of Event: May 19, 2021

This webinar will describe trauma and toxic stress and how they relate to higher education. Participants will learn about the benefits of using a trauma-informed approach to create a resilient, healing centered learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Please RSVP as registration is required!

The Intersection of Race and Trauma

Date of Event: May 25, 2021

The media headlines on police brutality and systemic racism since the murder of George Floyd have been constant. The discussion about how traumatic this can be on Black individuals needs to happen and be understood by members of our community who may not recognize those triggers and how they manifest in an individual. Please RSVP as registration is required!

The Intersection of Race & Trauma

Date of Event: May 25, 2021

Last year was unlike any before with COVID-19 and the civil unrest along with the murder of George Floyd. An understanding and acknowledgment of the collective trauma of Black Americans is an important step toward healing and the transformation of an equitable community for all. Please RSVP as registration is required!

Towards a Community of Healing Public Webinar

Date of Event: May 26, 2021

"I Am Because We Are" - Ubuntu - This African principle, often championed by Nelson Mandela, charges individuals to recognize their inseparable connection with the greater "WE." How can communities move collectively from trauma to a place of healing in these challenging times? Please RSVP as registration is required!

Treatment Modalities for Addressing Trauma

Date of Event: May 26, 2021

Some therapists from Mental Edge Counseling, LLC will be presenting, virtually, on some of the different types of therapy that are used in the practice to address and treat trauma. You can register by emailing: [email protected] To join the meeting, click here.

The Brain Science Training Institute’s: Trauma Informed Care for the Community

Date of Event: May 27, 2021

This interactive 3 hour, virtual workshop serves as an introduction to understanding the impact of traumatic events on a person's development, individual relationships, day to day interactions and their overall success in life.  Understanding trauma can save lives, build resiliency and inspire dreams.  This workshop places an unique emphasis on the brain science that drives the understanding of trauma and behavior.  Participants will learn about different types of traumatic events, the various signs of trauma, the impact of trauma on…

It’s Time For A.C.T.I.O.N.

Date of Event: June 8, 2021

Effective support requires expanding the concept of trauma-informed care by putting it into ACTION. Raise your awareness of the signs and symptoms of trauma that exist in those you serve whether as clients or students. The information shared will also be helpful for parents. Whether you’re a counselor, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, rehab specialist, physical therapist, social worker, or parent, recognizing and understanding how trauma exists in the body and mind is key to healing the whole person. Please RSVP…

A Trauma Matters Delaware World Cafe: Learning From Each Other About Trauma Informed Efforts in Delaware

Date of Event: June 22, 2021

The Governor's Executive Order #24 prioritizes efforts for Delaware to become a trauma-responsive state. To support this, Trauma Matters Delaware (TMD) and the Primary/Secondary/Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Work Group are gathering information regarding trauma informed efforts undertaken by organizations, including state agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and community groups. This will help us to map these initiatives and encourage groups and organizations doing this work to collaborate, coordinate, and support each other’s efforts. Join us for a discussion of what we've learned…

The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adult Well-being, Disease and Social Functioning: Turning gold into lead (On-Demand)

Date of Event: October 5, 2021

Presented by Vincent J. Felitti, MD Free CME/CE available until September 3, 2021 On-Demand October 5 RSVP to register for free On-Demand webinars!

Parental ACEs and Pediatrics: Transforming Well Care (On-Demand)

Date of Event: October 9, 2021

Presented by R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP Free CME/CE available until September 17, 2021 On-Demand October 9 RSVP to register for free On-Demand webinars!

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