Training, Events & Opportunities
Thursday, June 26 | 9:00 am Registration | 9:30 am - 4 pm Training
A lunch break us included in the training.
Led by SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Held at United Way of the Midlands (1818 Blanding St.)
Learn more about the training and register.
Partner Events & More
Resilience Screening & Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 12 | 6:00 pm
Take a closer look at the issues surrounding the long-term effects of trauma at a screening of the documentary, Resilience. After the film, there will be an opportunity to discuss the issue in our community and how we can help our children build resilience. The discussion will be led by representatives from Resilient Richland, United Way of the Midlands, Children's Trust of SC, and Richland Library.
Held at Richland Library - St. Andrews (2916 Broad River Road)
Click here to register in advance.
Prisma Health Teen Summit: The Unaltered Tour
Friday, June 14 | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
You’re invited to experience an unforgettable day of entertainment, lively discussions, a Chick-fil-A lunch, Baskin Robbins ice cream and more. Topics covered include relationships, college life, social media and more, along with entertainment from Unaltered Ministries. Transportation is available from the Lower Richland and Sumter communities. Please register for the event and transportation, if needed, at 803-296-CARE (2273). To learn more, visit palmettohealth.org/ths.
Held at Dreher High School located at 3319 Milwood Avenue, Columbia SC
PACT @ MTC Summer Career Institute (Prioritizing Academics and Career Training at Midlands Technical College)
Monday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 16 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Airport Campus | Academic Center
Current and former foster youth and unaccompanied youth, ages 16-21, are invited to this free interactive career institute. Topics include career growth, financial literacy, healthy relationships, and setting goals. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with sessions from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided each day for participants and chaperones. Each registered participant will receive a free T-shirt. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone; for participants coming as a group, there should be at least one chaperone for each seven participants. Participants over the age of 18 may bring one adult with them, but it is not required. Deadline to register is June 21. Institute is limited to 60 participants. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Rawls at 803.822.3799. Click here to register before June 21.
Boys in the Hood: Exploring Origins of Trauma, Its Implications and Treatment Options
Thursday, July 27 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join several providers for a panel discussion on learning to lead the shift from a punitive response to healing interventions and positive change. An interactive training for mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, social workers, case managers, para-professionals, clergy, community members, educators, foster parents, and direct care staff who will receive information on the long-term impact of trauma on at-risk Black and Brown boys who receive mental health services.
Held at Midlands Technical College, Northeast Campus (151 Powell Road)
Click here to learn more about the event and to register.
To learn more about the effects of trauma, see our list of suggested books below.
- Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Groundbreaking in its research, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology—and help your loved ones find ways to heal.
- The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
From the Center for Youth Wellness website - Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego—a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault—who galvanized her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families.
A study by healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control of more than 17,000 adult patients has led to our understanding that “Adverse Childhood Experiences”—like abuse, neglect, parental addiction or mental illness, and even divorce—can have lasting effects on human health. But the stunning news of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ research is just how, and how deeply, our bodies can be imprinted for life by these ACEs. Childhood adversity changes our biological systems, and lasts a lifetime. From stress responses to growth rates to diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and more, we are all a product of our childhood environments.
Through powerful storytelling and fascinating scientific insight, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come.
- The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz
What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child's mind--and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain's astonishing capacity for healing. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress-and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult. Through the stories of children who recover-physically, mentally, and emotionally-from the most devastating circumstances, Perry shows how simple things like surroundings, affection, language, and touch can deeply impact the developing brain, for better or for worse. In this deeply informed and moving book, Bruce Perry dramatically demonstrates that only when we understand the science of the mind can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.
- No House to Call My Home by Ryan Berg
From author and youth-worker Ryan Berg’s website – In this lyrical debut, Ryan Berg immerses readers in the gritty, dangerous, and shockingly underreported world of homeless LGBTQ teens in New York. As a caseworker in a group home for disowned LGBTQ teenagers, Berg witnessed the struggles, fears, and ambitions of these disconnected youth as they resisted the pull of the street, tottering between destruction and survival. Focusing on the lives and loves of eight unforgettable youth, No House to Call My Home traces their efforts to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma. From Bella’s fervent desire for stability to Christina’s irrepressible dreams of stardom to Benny’s continuing efforts to find someone to love him, Berg uncovers the real lives behind the harrowing statistics: over 4,000 youth are homeless in New York City—43 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.Through these stories, Berg compels us to rethink the way we define privilege, identity, love, and family. Beyond the tears, bluster, and bravado, he reveals the force that allows them to carry on—the irrepressible hope of youth.