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.

Compassionate Champions

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.

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.

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

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Trauma Awareness Month Information Session and Technical Assistance Meeting

Date of Event: April 13, 2021

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. Please RSVP as registration is required!

Trauma Matters Delaware: Coffee, Networking, and Conversations

Date of Event: April 13, 2021

Join us as we give space for networking and candid conversations. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP as registration is required!

Pursuing Emotional Resilience Conference

Date of Event: May 1, 2021

The pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. For well over a year, disrupted lives and routines have been the norm. Yet so many of us have persisted and survived! We’ve found new and creative ways to help ourselves and others! This virtual conference will highlight the resilience that educators, parents, and students have shown in the face of adversity and will offer suggestions for re-charging our “resilience batteries” as we move forward. Join us for a day…

State of the Trauma-Informed State

Date of Event: May 5, 2021

Join us as we host a panel discussion about the trauma related efforts in Delaware. Please RSVP as registration is required!

Trauma Awareness Month Proclamation Signing

Date of Event: May 5, 2021

Governor John Carney will sign a proclamation recognizing May as Trauma Awareness Month in Delaware. The virtual signing ceremony video will be premiered on Facebook and YouTube at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. Watch the video here.

Empowering Community Wellness Symposium

Date of Event: May 6, 2021

The rebranded 2021 Empowering Community Wellness Symposium, formerly known as the Community Mental Health Conference is marking the 20th anniversary of the conference. This small shift in name highlights what has always been the core goal of the event: Empowering and improving our community by providing access to resources, timely information and an opportunity to connect with the leading pioneers in mental health. The virtual symposium will be on Thursday, May 6th from 9AM until 12:00PM. There is no fee…

Traumatic Stress & Recovery in Children & Adolescents

Date of Event: May 6, 2021

Delaware Child Psychiatry Access Program Training 2 Part Series Please RSVP as registration is required!

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