WA Program for COVID Mental Health Support

Washington Listens is a new program providing nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19.  Please share with your clients and networks!  Callers will be connected to a support specialist, and referred to community resources in their area.  The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained.  

Virtual Meet & Greet!

Calling all professionals who work with children & families in Skagit County!

Please join us for our VIRTUAL Meet & Greet.  This is an opportunity to meet other people from family-serving organizations throughout Skagit County.  

The Meet & Greet is a structured event that will allow each participant to share a brief overview (2-3 minutes) of your organization and programs. 
Sharing will happen in Zoom breakout room that will rotate several times throughout the event to maximize sharing.  
There is no cost for this event, but please register so we can send you the Zoom link. 
Feel free to share with others!
 Register Now!
Because this is a structured event, please make sure to join the Zoom call right at 8:30!
The Children’s Council of Skagit County and United General #304 are very pleased to invite you to a Free PAINT TO LEARN “Train the Trainer” class via Zoom on Monday 9/28/20 9-11:00 a.m.!
Paint to Learn is an early math and family engagement program designed to increase the math readiness skills of children ages 2 to 5 by exploring everyday activities, like painting. The Paint to Learn curricula uses paint activities to explore shapes, numbers, and patterns to help young learners gain the skills needed to be Kindergarten ready in math!
Paint to Learn Train the Trainer will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to share Paint to Learn through Light-Touch and In-Depth strategies:Light Touch: distributing info via electronic media/social platforms, newsletters, videos, and sharing with colleaguesIn Depth: sharing curricula remotely or in-person with Early Learning Professionals, hosting remote events with parents and caregivers, and sharing during home visits.
STARS and Clock Hours will be available!
Become a Paint to Learn Trained Facilitator Register Now (class limited to first 20).‌REGISTER
Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc.), STEM Advocates, and anyone who is interested in helping children be Kindergarten ready!
Provided Free to Attendees: After attending this class we will mail you a hard-copy set of curricula (Shapes, Patterns, and Numbers) along with the corresponding storybooks (I Have a Paintbrush, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, and Round is a Tortilla). Please make sure to register with your current mailing address!
Expected Commitment: We will conduct a survey by December 15, 2020 regarding the number of Light-Touch and In-Depth contacts you have been able to make. Sharing with colleagues, email sharing, and sharing remotely or in-person are all acceptable during this pandemic. We just want to encourage you to share information about this exciting program!

Sponsored By: Children’s Council of Skagit County and Funded By: Washington STEM

IRETA Free Webinar

When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), also referred to as Compassion Fatigue is defined as the indirect exposure to difficult, disturbing, and/or traumatic images and stories of the suffering of others. Now, the fight against two global pandemics plaguing this country: health and systemic racism is amplifying all the factors that lead to compassion fatigue. These pandemics demand an increased need for front line and direct response workers to fulfill the medical, mental, and social health needs of the families and communities impacted. When Helping Hurts: Understanding the Impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress training is an overview designed to bring awareness to the systematic impact of STS, offer a safe space for helping and healthcare professionals to learn strategies for managing STS and also to assist our front line workers in providing from a full well of compassion rejuvenation.

During this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Identify the signs and contributing factors to compassion satisfaction and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue and burn-out.
  • Identify and implement the parallel process of healthy boundary setting and self-advocacy from staff to student, practitioner to client or caregiver to loved one.
  • Identify and implement strategies for managing themselves in highly emotional charged interactions with clients and/or loved ones.
  • Incorporate Trauma informed top down and bottom up practices (Cognitive Processing, Grounding, Deep Breathing/Relaxation and Mindfulness exercises) in their daily regimen

Presenter: Sharise Nance (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC outpatient mental health services and founder of Vitamin C Healing, LLC an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction, and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.

$0 fee to register! Set up an account with IRETA to register today!

CSEC Community Training

CSEC stands for “Commercially Sexually Exploited Children.”

Skagit DVSAS serves this population through agency support programs and works to prevent further CSEC in the Skagit community. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought an increase in interpersonal violence of all kinds, so it is more important than ever that Skagit residents are educated about types of abuse and are well-versed in response options, especially for vulnerable populations.

Many community members ask us, “What can I do?”

The best intervention tool you can possess is education and knowledge. Having the right information to properly be able to identify CSEC and connect survivors to appropriate resources is a vital skill. By learning together as a community, preventing CSEC is possible.

Event Details:

  • Held virtually via Zoom, this free 2-hour training will help provide the foundation for the what, who, how and why of commercial sexual exploitation of children and the ways to respond.
  • Participants will leave understanding the current relevant state & federal law, will practice and consider approaches to supporting these youth, and will be provided with a list of community resources.

Your presenters for this training are:

Miranda Morris CSEC/SART Task Force Coordinator; Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS), Sexual Assault Services Coordinator.

Bethany Sparkle, CSEC Task Force Member Skagit Valley Family YMCA, MV Hope Coalition Coordinator


This training has been tailored for community members with zero to very little prior education surrounding CSEC. We are requesting that organizations limit attendance to 2 participants per training. If you would like to arrange a provider training please contact Skagit DVSAS.

Washington State ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice Fall 2020 Event

Focus: Trauma-Informed Care and its intersections with Black Lives Matter – Racial Justice Movement and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date and Time: September 24, 9 am – 2 pm

LIVE interactive sessions on Zoom

Register by September 22nd. Zoom log-in information will be sent out prior to the convening.  Space is limited. Thank you for considering others and not registering if you are not sure you can participate.

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In keeping with our Community of Practice tradition of highlighting work in our host community, we are delighted to highlight the work of Clark County, Washington community organizations to promote trauma-informed care and ACEs prevention. Following the energy in our community, we are excited for the opportunity to learn from ACEs Prevention leaders, racial justice leaders, connect with organizations in Clark County, and gain new learning on topics in trauma-informed care.

Discussion will include:

  • Community group discussions with SW Washington Organizations doing ACEs and Resilience work
  • Privilege, historical trauma, and ACEs
  • COVID and creating a workplace culture of wellness
  • Racial justice & ACEs: question & answer session

This event will be co-hosted by Way Enough Decision Coaching and Kitsap Strong. We would be delighted to have you join us! If you have any questions about the event, please contact delena@way-enough.com or 360.281.4743.

Webinars Available

Who Will Mind the Children? The Impact of COVID-19 on the Child Care Market. Join us to learn how public policy and non-government organizations can address child care challenges that existed before, and are exaggerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday, August 6th at noon. More information and Registration

The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old provides a toolkit of how the brain develops, along with ways you can encourage healthy brain development in children birth – 5. More info and Registration 

Foundations of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a 5-part introductory series on centering caregiver-child relationships, supporting early attachment, understanding when young children need advanced support, and cultivating reflective practice. Scholarships available. More info and Registration

League of Extraordinary People Virtual Town Hall: ACEs and the impact on the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other Communities of Color. August 5th from 3:00-4:30pm. More info and Registration

Racial Equity in Education, featuring Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, will explore the role of racial equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in our public education system.October 8th from 11:30am -1:00pm with the the League of Education Voters. Webinar Registration

Register for CRI’s Upcoming Trauma-Informed Certification

Live Zoom Webinar

Capacity: Only 50 tickets!

Dates: August 25 & 27, 2020

Cost: $150 (plus Eventbrite fees)

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT

Become an Agent of Resilience Schools are starting, cases are trending, oppression is exposed. Now is the time to learn the science behind behavior and practical skills for addressing trauma and building resilience. This course is based on CRI’s capacity-building framework for building resilience, K.I.S.S. (Knowledge, Insight, Strategies and Structure). KISS is our blueprint for moving from theory to practice and how to implement evidence-based resilience strategies into action. The key objective is to provide information about identifying and responding to trauma with evidence-based resilience strategies when working with individuals whose trauma history may not be known. * Course 1 is a prerequisite for all other CRI courses  

We will cover:
  • N.E.A.R. sciences – emerging scientific findings in the fields of Neurology, Epigenetics, ACE Studies, and Resilience 
  • Beneath Behavior – the critical transition from Knowledge to Insight
  • ROLES – CRI’s signature strategies that take us below the tip of the proverbial iceberg (Recognize, Observe, Label, Elect and Solve)