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What is Trauma-Informed Training and Technical Assistance?

Trauma-Informed System of Care Training and Technical Assistance THRIVE is the Nation’s First Trauma-Informed System of Care for Children & the First System of Care for Juvenile Justice. THRIVE has successfully: Changed Maine state contract language to require that child serving agencies be trauma-informed and practice system of care principles Created and Implemented the Trauma-Informed System of Care Agency Assessment Tool  Partnered with eight statewide family organizations in Maine to further family voice and choice Developed a statewide youth advocacy organization Created a trauma-informed culture in Maine state systems Implemented and sustained trauma specif ic treatments THRIVE Initiative Technical Assistance THRIVE helps providers and community organizations transform the way services are delivered to children and families through trauma-informed training and technical assistance based on the following system of care core values and guiding principles: Family Driven Youth Guided Cultural and Linguistic Competency Trauma–informed means that individuals and agencies are educated on the causes and effects of trauma and understand the potential to re-traumatize families and […]

Youth M.O.V.E. Maine

Youth MOVE Maine is a regionally based statewide youth and young adult driven program dedicated to ensuring that all young people have a say in the decisions that impact their lives. We support youth in building skills for partnerships, improving policies that impact young adults, and supporting leadership so that they can raise awareness and make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. We specifically work together with young people ages 14-25 who have utilized natural supports or professional supports to work through challenging times. We also work together with mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems to create an impact based on the perspectives of youth and young adults. We do this in collaboration with families, providers, and community members.

Training & TA

Trauma-Informed System of Care Training and Technical Assistance THRIVE is the Nation’s First Trauma-Informed System of Care for Children & the First System of Care for Juvenile Justice. THRIVE has successfully: Changed Maine state contract language to require that child serving agencies be trauma-informed and practice system of care principles Created and Implemented the Trauma-Informed System of Care Agency Assessment Tool  Partnered with eight statewide family organizations in Maine to further family voice and choice Developed a statewide youth advocacy organization Created a trauma-informed culture in Maine state systems Implemented and sustained trauma specif ic treatments THRIVE Initiative Technical Assistance THRIVE helps providers and community organizations transform the way services are delivered to children and families through trauma-informed training and technical assistance based on the following system of care core values and guiding principles: Family Driven Youth Guided Cultural and Linguistic Competency Trauma–informed means that individuals and agencies are educated on the causes and effects of trauma and understand the potential to re-traumatize families and […]

Youth Move Maine Wins the RockStar Award

From Youth Move National: The 2015 Youth MOVE Chapter #RockStar Award for outstanding and continued performance as a nationally recognized chapter of Youth MOVE National in good standing for at least one (1) year goes to Youth MOVE Maine. Youth MOVE Maine has successfully embedded themselves in communities across Maine as youth leaders and advocates and are true champions in successfully building and implementing an effective Youth Peer Support model. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Youth Move Maine

YMM now accepting Referrals Have you heard the good news? Youth MOVE Maine is now accepting referrals to our Youth Support Partner (YSP) program from all providers across the state! We are so very excited to announce that with the support of a new grant, we are now able to offer YSP services to youth across the state! We are now able to accept referrals from any provider – teachers, counselors, Police Officers, Behavioral Health Professionals, anyone who knows a youth and knows the youth might be interested in 1:1 peer mentoring. As you may have read, Youth Support Partners are young adults who have been resilient through their own challenging life experiences. Youth Support Partners are trained to develop strong relationships with youth who experience challenges with the law, school, homelessness, mental health or substance abuse. Youth Support Partners use strong healthy relationships as a pathway towards goal attainment and promote positive youth development. Youth Support Partners work with youth anywhere from 3 to […]

Trauma-Informed Resources

Adverse Childhod Experiences (ACE) Study – CDC Access to peer-reviewed publications resulting from the ACE Study Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study – Kaiser Permanente An ongoing collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzing relationships between childhood traumas and health/behavioral health outcomes later in life Child Welfare League of America Training, cultural competence, transforming residential services Children’s Mental Health Initiative – Digital Library Collaboration, cultural and linguistic competence, family involvement, recruitment and retention, youth involvement Mental Health for Military Families: The Path to Resilience and Recovery Archived SAMHSA training teleconference Military Families Learning Community The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Learning Center offers a Master Speaker Series (top experts in each service branch) and also more than 15 podcasts on the physical, psychological and moral stressors of combat and how trauma-related stresses affect spouses and children National Center for Trauma-Informed Care Technical Assistance center for promoting awareness and best practices National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources include free education lecture series, list of trauma treatments National Registry of Evidence-Based […]

Evidence-Based TF-CBT and CPP

Evidence-based practices are treatment models that have been found effective through multiple research studies documenting similar outcomes. TF-CBT Info and Clinicians Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a short-term  (12-16 weeks) treatment that teaches coping skills to children (6 years and older), youth and families helping them tell the story of the trauma they’ve experienced. Research studies consistently show a reduction in trauma symptoms for children treated with TF-CBT. Recommended reading on TF-CBT: “Child Maltreatment Interventions” (SAGE Publications) “A Multisite, Randomized Controlled Trial for Children with Sexual-Abuse Related PTSD Symptons” (Judith A. Cohen, M.D. et al) CPP Info and Clinicians Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for young children (birth to 6) and their caregivers is an evidence-based treatment that addresses the attachment between child and parent, while working toward understanding and healing trauma. This treatment can take up to a year to complete, and can be effective in smaller increments. Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children and their Families Recommended reading on evidence-based practice: “Choosing the Right […]

THRIVE and Youth MOVE Maine featured in the New England Psychologist

“Programs Help Teens Connect to Services” is in the December 2012 issue of the New England Psychologist. The article highlights the two SAMHSA grants awarded to THRIVE and Youth MOVE Maine in partnership with Maine’s Department of Corrections’ Division of Juvenile Services to  improve services and supports for Maine’s youth. “The work is recognizing that the trauma is pervasive, and as a system we don’t always do a very good job of identifying it in children and youth,” says Arabella Perez, THRIVE executive director. To read more visit the New England Psychologist.

Moving: THRIVE, Youth MOVE & Diversion to Assets

THRIVE has new role in Juvenile Services grant, Youth MOVE has new grant for Youth Courts LEWISTON – As of October 1, THRIVE and Youth MOVE Maine (“Youth MOVE”) have new homes and new federal Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to support. Diversion to Assets, Androscoggin County’s alternative juvenile corrections program, has also moved from previously shared office space at 124 Canal Street. THRIVE is the newly announced training and technical assistance partner for the Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Services’ new four-year, $4 million SAMHSA grant, Expanding Trauma-Informed System of Care Practices in Maine. THRIVE’s new operations center for trauma-informed training and technical assistance is located at 26 Bridgton Road, Westbrook. “Lewiston was well-suited for our first six years serving mental health agencies and community-based programs in the Tri-County area,” said Arabella Perez, THRIVE Executive Director. “We became an independent organization last October and expanded our services state and nationwide adding juvenile corrections as a child-serving systems partner. We are thoroughly […]

CDC: Half of Americans will suffer from mental health woes

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/mentalhealth/story/2011-09-05/CDC-Half-of-Americans-will-suffer-from-mental-health-woes/50250702/1 USA Today Your LIFE|Health                            By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay posted Sept 5, 2001 About half of Americans will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their life, a new government report warns, and more must be done to help them.  Getty Images/BananaStock One survey done in 2009 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 11 million people — nearly five percent of the population — experienced serious mental illness during the past year. Mental health issues run the gamut from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder to suicide, and many of those suffering presently do not get help, experts say. The new report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tallied the national burden of mental illness based on country-wide surveys. There are “unacceptably high levels of mental illness in the United States,” said Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC. “Essentially, about 25 percent of adult Americans reported having a mental illness in the previous […]