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Research study by CAFRU Director, Chris Blodgett, and Jane D. Lanigan published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma

September 22, 2017

Chris Blodgett, WSU CAFRU Director, and Jane D. Lanigan, Academic Director and Associate Professor of the Department of Human Development WSU Vancouver, published an article examining the prevalence and consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the workplace. They found significant numbers of employees experience IPV and reported workplace consequences. The present research underscores the need for employers to develop a more precise means of understanding cost and response. The article was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma.

Click here to view the article through the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma 

Click here to learn more about CAFRU research

Kristin Souers Announces Resignation

August 28, 2017

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the resignation of Kristin Souers, Associate Director of the Child and Family Research Unit. The staff at CAFRU will miss her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm. While we are sad to lose Kristin, we are supportive of her decision to resign and are excited about her future endeavors. She remains a strong partner and colleague in this work. If you would like to contact her, she can be reached at ksouers@comcast.net.

 

“The Learning Ready Brain” animated video is now available

May 31st, 2017

The “Learning Ready Brain” animated video was designed to provide students, educators and parents a common language to express their emotions and what to do if feelings become overwhelming. Originally developed by Dr. Dan Siegel for use at home, the Child and Family Research Unit was granted permission to adapt this concept to be used at school, emphasizing how to be “learning ready”. The lesson highlights strategies that can help get us back to learning ready if students have “big emotions” and what activities are important to keep our brains healthy and ready to learn.

To view the video: Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page. Or, from our home page, select “Our Work in Education”, “CLEAR Website”, “Resources”.

This video was a collaboration with WSU Extension, The Child and Family Research Unit, The Collaborative Learning for Education, Achievement and Resiliency (CLEAR) Team, WSU School of Nursing Multimedia, Nathan Taylor, Illustrator, Ron Allen, Storymakers Production.

Anna Rowe to present at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Convention in New Orleans

January 13th, 2017

“Lessons Learned Integrating Universal Trauma Screening and Attachment Interventions (COS and ARC) in a Head Start Program”

Dr. Christopher Blodgett, Director, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
Anna Rowe, MA, Project Associate, Washington State University – Spokane, Na, WA
Spokane, Washington has higher than expected rates of children’s exposure to violence and has disproportionately high rates of poverty. Recent reductions in the flexibility and levels of funding in the public social service and community safety systems in Spokane has resulted in decreased community capacity to respond to the needs of children at risk. Because of these capacity deficits, many community partners, schools and early learning programs have had to rely increasingly on their internal response capacity.

Dr. Natalie Turner Nominated to Co-Chair The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Schools Collaborative Group

December 14, 2016

Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director, Dr. Natalie Turner was designated to co-chair the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) School’s Collaborative Group. The School’s Committee is dedicated to raising awareness surrounding the impact of trauma in schools. Dr. Turner will collaborate to develop resources for educators, parents, and school policy makers.

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Principal Tracey Franke from Darrington, WA discusses shared trauma and CLEAR in recent Education Week Article

December 13, 2016

Principal Tracey Franke discusses how a natural disaster impacted her community. With limited resources, Darrington struggled to find services to support the community at large. She discusses how the students and staff experienced both primary and secondary traumatic effects. One resource that Darrington School district received was from the Collaborative Learning for Education and Resilience (CLEAR) training model from the Child and Family Research Unit at the Washington State Extension in Spokane, WA.

Published in the Educational Week article “What a Shared Trauma Meant for my School”, author: Tracey Franke, 12/13/16

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Dr. Chris Blodgett Highlighted in Alaska Business Monthly Article

December 1, 2016

Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Director, Dr. Chris Blodgett is highlighted in Alaska Business Monthly in the article “Childhood Trauma Costs Alaska’s Workforce Millions” by Pat Sidemore. Drawing from a four part lecture series across Alaska, Blodgett discussed how childhood trauma adversely impacts schools, communities and health. Blodgett highlighted the success of the Collaborative Learning for Education Achievement and Resilience (CLEAR) model, citing recent data that CLEAR schools are demonstrating increased reading scores by 12 percent in comparison to schools not participating in CLEAR.

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Dr. Blodgett to be a panelist on the “Policy Issues in Implementing Trauma-Informed Schools” Webinar

August 30, 2016

Child and Family Research Unit Director (CAFRU), Dr. Chris Blodgett, will be a panelist on the webinar “Policy Issues in Implementing Trauma-Informed Schools” on September 22, 2016. The webinar, sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Policy Program, the NCTSN Policy Task Force, and the NCTSN Schools Committee, will focus on policy challenges and lessons learned in promoting and supporting trauma-informed schools. Other panelists include Pamela Vona, MA, and Erica Ramirez, MEd, with moderator Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH. The webinar will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET (9:00 to 10:30 AM PT).

For more information or to register for the webinar, download the NCTSN Schools and Policy Webinar Flyer or visit the NCTSN Learning Center website.

Kristin Souers to be Keynote Speak at the Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Trauma-Informed Care and First Responders Conference

July 25, 2016

Kristin Sours, Child And Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Trauma Informed Care and First Responders Conference. The conference provides training to first responders and mental health professionals and allows opportunity for collaboration, discussion, and learning focused on the 7 Domains of Trauma-Informed Care and best practices for building community partnerships that serve individuals in crisis. This year’s conference on July 26-27 will explore response, resiliency and recovery through the lens of Trauma-Informed Care. To learn more about the conference, visit the conference website at http://www.team-conference.org/.

Anna Rowe to present at the Trauma Informed Care Seminar in San Diego, CA

November 10, 2015

Anna Rowe is presenting at the National Head Start 2015 Parent and Child Engagement Conference in San Diego, CA, on December 1, 2015. The seminar is titled “Trauma Informed Care – Connecting with Early Learning Professionals” and is co-presented with Terri Schibel, Spokane Health Start/ECEAP/EHS, and Maxine Gish, Spokane Head Start. Attendees will be introduced to the concept of complex trauma and its impact on development. Additionally, attendees will learn about the work of one Head Start/EHS program that in partnership with the Washington State University Child and Family Research Center embarked on a process of organizational change designed to incorporate a trauma informed approach in the day-to-day operations.  To learn more about this conference please visit NHSA.

Dr. Chris Blodgett will present at the 14th Annual Courts and Community Partners Conference

November 6, 2015

Dr. Chris Blodgett, Director of the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) will present at the 14th Annual Courts and Community Partners Conference in Medford, Oregon on November 6, 2015. This conference includes participants from across southwestern Oregon. Dr. Blodgett will follow Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-author of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, with a discussion of how integrating ACEs with trauma informed practice principles can improve quality of services in a range of settings.

Dr. Chris Blodgett to speak at the Seattle Jobs Initiative Conference

September 11, 2015.

Dr. Chris Blodgett, Director of the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU),  will present on the topic of “ACE’s, Complex Trauma and Resilience” at the Seattle Job’s Initiate Annual Conference on October 19, 2015.

 

Natalie Turner featured in the Seattle Magazine article “Combatting Childhood Trauma” by Jen Soriano

September 4, 2015

Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director Natalie Turner is highlighted in Seattle Magazine’s article “Combatting Childhood Trauma” by Jen Soriano. The piece describes her work at West Seattle Elementary implementing the  Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience CLEAR program, which helps students understand how their emotions affect their ability to learn.

Read the article here.

Dr. Chris Blodgett presenting at Young Child Expo and Conference

September 2, 2015

Dr. Chris Blodgett, director of the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) will present”ACEs to Action: How Can We Improve Child and Family Outcomes Using the Science of Adversity” at the Young Child Expo & Conference in Spokane, Washington on Friday, October 2, 2015. Dr. Blodgett will discuss how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) impacts health, well-being and success in youth and adults. He will highlight the biological and physiological impacts of exposure to ACE’s and offer evidence based practices to guide interventions improve child and family outcomes.

 

 

 

Dr. Chris Blodgett featured in “Considering the Unintended Consequences of ACEs Screening” article by Jeremy Loudenback

August 7, 2015

Earlier this month, Jeremy Loudenback wrote an article, “Considering the Unintended Consequences of ACEs Screening”, published on the Chronicles of Social Change website, highlighting the work of  Dr. Chris Blodgett, director of the Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit). Dr. Blodgett discusses concerns surrounding the use of universal screening of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) with out proper training and action planning within the educational system.

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Dr. Chris Blodgett to present on ACEs plenary panel “Moving from Adversity to Awesome: Uncovering Childhood Trauma”

July 17, 2015

Dr. Chris Blodgett, Director of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC-now the Child and Family Research Unit) spoke at the 2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence which took place March 19-21 in Washington, DC with over 1,000 attendees and 300+ speakers.  In attendance were the nation’s leading medical, public health, and domestic violence experts from across the U.S. and the world. The biennial conference highlights the latest research and promising practices to advance the health care system’s response to domestic and sexual violence.

Dr. Blodgett presented on the “Moving from Adversity to Awesome: Uncovering Childhood Trauma” plenary panel where he addresses ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) research which highlights both the tremendous prevalence of early exposure to adversity and its link to poor health in adulthood, as well as poor educational outcomes.

 

Kristin Souers teaching course at Washington State Association of HEAD Start & ECEAP Summer Institute 2015

June 18, 2015

Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit) Assistant Director Kristin Souers will be teaching a three part course at the 28th Annual Washington State Training Consortium (WSTC)  Summer Institute 2015 held and hosted by the Washington State Association of HEAD START & ECEAP. The Institute offers the opportunity for teachers and other early learning professionals to take a concentrated 20 hour course on a single subject. Kristin Souers will be presenting Track 3: Trauma Informed Care: Partnering with Early Learning Professionals around the provision of trauma sensitive practices.

 

Dr. Chris Blodgett, Natalie Turner and Kristin Souers Present at 26th Annual International Trauma Conference

June 1, 2015

Staff from AHEC (now Child and Family Research Unit) of Eastern Washington presented last week at the 26th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston, MA held by the Trauma Center, a program of the Justice Research Institute. Specifically, Chris Blodgett, PhD, Natalie Turner, MS and Kristin Souers, MA hosted workshops covering: Trauma informed systems change in K-12 education – the Washington State and California experience and Making schools trauma-sensitive – the Washington State and California experience II.

 

Natalie Turner featured in the Seattle Times article “You are more than your mistakes’: Teachers get at roots of bad behavior”

May 29, 2015

Work through the Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit) has been highlighted in the Seattle Times. Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience, also known as CLEAR, is a partnership with education systems to create and sustain trauma-informed models of practice. CLEAR is a three to four year systems change process that targets individual professional practice of classroom teachers and school system staff to address culture and policies to support integration of trauma informed practices into the school environment.

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Dr. Chris Blodgett to Present at Philanthropy Northwest

May 20, 2015

New research titled “No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success” out of the Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit) shows that the amount and type of adversity experienced in childhood by the adult population of a community has a negative effect on the performance and well-being of the community’s children. The No School Alone report will be presented at Community Risks, Assets, and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Funder Workshop Exploring the Impact on Education Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:30am in SeaTac, Washington.

Find the full text of the report on the Research page.