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Trauma Informed Care – NICNE Community of Practice

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September 12, 2018

Rockford, ILToday, Alignment Rockford ventured to the Unitarian Universalist Church for the NIU Center of Nonpofit Excellence Community of Practice for Case Managers. This session we learned about how trauma affects children and adults. Lori Poppen from Children’s Home and Aid and Mary Ellen Commare from Youth Services Network led a presentation on trauma, and how to remain trauma informed.  
As we service the Rockford Public Schools, it’s important for us to remember that the needs of one student may be very different then the needs of another, and the factors that cause a student to act out or misbehave can have deep roots, causing a student to be misunderstood. This video, which was presented at the session, shows how a person’s anger (child or adult) is sometimes a manifestation of how they deal with trauma in their lives, past or current. 

"In this video, I talk about my favorite metaphor for trauma that I use with nearly all of trauma patients during therapy. It's a great way to depersonalize trauma reactions and make sense of them in a way that doesn't leave a person feeling too bad about why they react the way they do and it definitely gives clues about how to control it."
Jacob Ham
Psychologist

Although this is a simplification, trauma can and does manifest itself in different emotions that may not seem related to its trigger. If we begin to understand the perspective of the students, then we can better prepare them to learn and in part, ready them for the future as adults. 

We thank all of the nonprofit partners for their work in psychological wellness within the Rockford Region.

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A special shoutout to local high school student and videographer, Tamir Bell! The past several weeks, Tamir has been helping us to develop career awareness videos that will be provided as virtual learning opportunities for RPS 205 high school students.

Tamir is a well-known videographer within the Rockford region. He recently started Tamir Bell Productions and has already built a long resumé of filming famous faces in our community, including Mayor McNamara and State Rep. Maurice West.

Tamir Bell Productions is a video production company that develops business brand videos, testimonials, basketball mixtapes, and much more.

You are awesome, Tamir! Thank you for your sharing your talent and time with us!

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The pandemic isn’t stopping us from connecting students with area employers! In what would have been the Academy Expo today, we are SO excited to announce that in place of our traditional Expo, we launched nearly 50 career-focused videos for students to connect virtually with area businesses and organizations. From engineering to agriculture - we have so many amazing partners in our region that are willing to support students and their career - and life - goals.

Check out the videos on our YouTube Channel! - www.youtube.com/channel/UC84oBxZvdn8uldUTuhcBhXw
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Thank you, Rockford Fire Department Recruiter, Bo Chaney, for your dedication to supporting Rockford students!

From early childhood learning initiatives to workforce development programs, Bo is volunteering his time to help students of all ages succeed! He is a member of our Ready to Learn Family-Friendly Neighborhoods Team and a member of our Fire Science Industry Council.

FUN FACT: Bo is an educator by trade and author of the children’s book series, “The Adventures of Rob and Rocky,” which helps young children discover a variety of career options.

We love to highlight and share stories of our amazing volunteers and the work they do to make our community a better place to live, work and thrive! Thank you, Bo!

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