Accomplishments 2019-2020

  • Core courses of the School Counseling and Counseling Mental Health are ACEs and Trauma informed and Responsive. Progress is being made in the other counseling courses.
  • Interdisciplinary presentation – guest lecturer OT Seminar course: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma: Providing Trauma-Informed and Responsive occupational Therapy Services, (Reese, D., February, 2020)
  • Publication – ASCA School Counseling Magazine (May/June 2020) – Invoking the Law of influence: Trauma Informed and Trauma –Responsive Practices in Counseling Programs Curriculum (Reese, D.)
  • Expanded the research team to include students who expressed an interest in ACEs and Trauma. Students are engaged in working with faculty on conference proposals and professional development about the racial disparities in mental health and physical health care: Research project: Why do Health Disparities Exist in the U.S. by Race/Ethnicity and Socio Economic Status? (Greer, C.). Proposal for MCA Virtual
    Conference in October 2020: Cultivating Growth in Counselor Trainees through the Integration of Trauma-Informed and Trauma Responsive Practices in Counseling Programs Curriculum (Reese, D.)
  • On-going curation of research on ACEs, Childhood trauma and disparities by race/ethnicity//COVID-19 for Moodle Page on ACEs and Trauma in which full-part time faculty in counseling, education and NHP have access.
  • Updating of Curriculum Guide on ACEs and Trauma for Counseling, Education and NHP faculty. This guide is a “how to guide” on how to integrate ACEs and trauma research in course curriculum.
  • Equity for Girls: Supporting the Development and Agency of Girls and Young Women/Girls – Professional Development in October 2019 for students in counseling and Education Administration. Collaborated with Crittenton Services and Building Community Resilience (BCR) – GW to examine the girls’ equity research report and the research report on dress codes in DC schools; and how girls and young women feel about their experiences in schools and the adversities they encounter in their daily

(Pre-COVID 19 – we were contacted by numerous community partners to give presentations. Some presentations were delivered before the shutdown others were postponed, or modified)

  • Initiative on ACEs and Trauma at Trinity Washington University – Presentation made at the annual conference for the Building Community Resilience collaborative in Portland, Oregon, (Greer, C, Fall of 2019).
  • Trauma Informed/Trauma Responsive Approaches – Prince William County Behavioral Health (November, 2019)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Becoming ACES and Trauma Informed and Responsive. Laurel Helping Hands, a community agency in Laurel, Maryland.
  • ACEs and Trauma Informed: Trauma Responsive Self-Care. Community Crime Reduction (CBCR) program, Executive Office of the Mayor – Safer, Stronger DC office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Training (February, 2020).
  • Providing understanding, Support and healing for Children Experiencing Adversity and Trauma. United Methodist Youth Ministries Summer Camp Program. Training was scheduled for March but due to COVID 19, it was cancelled. Therefore the team developed the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Resource Guide
    for Camp Counselors and Staff.
  • Ensuring Successful Academic and Social-Emotional Outcomes through Trauma Informed Parenting Practice – “We the Girls Conference” – DCPS Office of Equity-Social Emotional and Academic Development – Postponed due to COVID 19.
  • An Integrative/Interdisciplinary Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Childhood Trauma: Partnering to Build Resilient Communities. American Counseling Association National Conference. Cancelled due to COVID 19. The team was asked to make the presentation at the 2021 conference, and their offer was accepted.
  • DC Public Defenders Office – staff requested information and training on the Building Community Resilience model. Training included DDS, DCPS and other community organizations, (Oprea, L., September, 2019).
  • DC City Council – Proposed ACEs Legislation – in collaboration with BCR, met with Brandon Todd and Legislative team to support legislation and ensure that legislation would be presented before the council. Legislation was received and sent to Councilperson Vincent Gray’s Committee (pre-COVID 19). During COVID-19 and because of racial disparities in overall health issues, requesting hearing and requesting a re-allocation of funds from MPD to fund legislation.
  • *DC BCR Policy Network – met/meet every week to develop policy initiative to be considered in the budget process for DC. Involved in the development on policy paper – Building a Better Normal: Addressing COVID -19 Adverse Community Experiences in Washington, D.C. This policy paper deals with the pair of ACEs –Adverse Community Experiences and Adverse Community Environments, and the importance of identifying root causes. The purpose of the paper and analysis will be used to advocate for funds from the DC budget to be redirected to behavioral/mental health. (BCR Network Members)
  • BCR – Gun Violence Prevention – participated in the discussion about resources available to communities and citizens, especially in Wards 7 and 8. Participated in Focus Group with OSSE on the possibility for Certificate programs on ACEs and Childhood Trauma. Reviewed the programs of certificate programs from selected higher education institutions and non-profit agencies in the U.S. to determine the components of certificate program that OSSE might adopt.
  • Homeless Children’s Playtime Project – Team contributed $200 for food delivery for women and children living in DC shelter who are victims of partner/spousal abuse.
  • Declare Girl’s Equity Event – Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. Were asked to serve as discussion facilitators at luncheon event of the re-release of their research report.
  • Washington Town Hall Meeting – Crittenton Services – Virtual meeting in April.
  • Teen Girls and Their Mental Health – Crittenton Services – Virtual High Tea, and discussion with girls and young women (June, 2020).
  • Office of Victim Services – Office of Mayor, met with Michelle Garcia. The office is seeking culturally competent, ACEs and Trauma informed mental health professionals. Discussed the Trinity counseling program with them and the possible placement of interns in the agencies that they serve.

Accomplishments 2018-2019

  • Colloquium: Seeking Social Justice and Advocacy for Children and Their Caregivers: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Healing Trauma, and Building Resilience
  • Developed and provided a Girls Equity professional development program for graduate students in the following programs: counseling, teacher education, educational administration, and teaching for change. The development of this PD was a collaborative effort with Crittenton Services, and Building Community Resilience – School of Public Health at George Washington University in the Fall of 2019. Also, DCTV video-taped the program to be a part of their educational programming
  • Submitted grant proposal and secured sponsorship/funding for the Research Colloquium on ACEs from Kaiser Permanente – Spring 2019
  • Met with John King, President and CEO of Education Trust, and former Secretary of Education with the Obama administration, and secured his role as a keynote speaker and colloquium panelist for the Spring 2019 Colloquium
  • Developed an electronic compilation of the research and presentations from the Colloquium on ACEs in the Spring of 2019. Also, the DCTV, the public television station videotaped the colloquium to be a part of the educational programming.
  • Presented a workshop for school staff on ACEs at the “We the Girls” conference sponsored by the Office of Equity –Social Emotional and Academic Development/DCPS
  • Presented as a panel on Sexual Violence in Education Spaces at the Trinity Washington University “Me too – Sexual Violence Symposium”
  • Presented to the Faculty Salon for Trinity Washington University faculty an analysis of President Donald Trump’s childhood and ACEs, based on findings reported in the book Trump on the Couch
  • Invited and attended workshops, and programs offered by community partners on ACEs and related subjects
  • Submitted several regional and national conference proposals for 2020
  • Created a Trinity Washington University/School of Education Curriculum Guide about ACEs with research and resources for faculty
  • Developed a Moodle site for ACEs research, and gave access to these resources for School of Education faculty, and the interdisciplinary team
  • Participated on numerous panels on ACEs and trauma-informed practice; Served on panel for the Building Community Resilience Spring national meeting – Sustaining Our Work through Practice, Program and Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW)
  • Hosted a town hall on ACEs in the Fall of 2018 at Trinity Washington University
  • Organized discussions, among the research team about the book Deepest Well (Burke Harris, N., 2018); Made decisions about how to integrate the information in selected courses
  • Supervised an undergraduate research assistant from our interdisciplinary partners in the Sciences. The research assistant developed an annotated bibliography on the medical and physical impact of ACEs and Toxic Stress
  • Published two trauma related blogs for the Trinity webpage and provided information about our initiative to a national ACEs website, ACEs connection.
  • Identified partners who are eager to work with us on the ACEs initiative, including OSSE, DCPS, Delta Sigma Theta Social Action Committee, Center for Inspired Teaching, and the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, Children’s National, Crittenton Services, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Created “Mommy and Me” kits for the Playtime Project. Students in the undergraduate education programs researched the developmental stages and needs of children and studied the potential impact of experiencing homelessness, and developed the kits based on evidence based best practices. The Kits were presented to the Director of the Playtime project at the Spring Colloquium.
  • Received from the Homeless Children Playtime Project the “Voice of Children” award. Presented to Dr. Cynthia Greer at their Spring 2019 meeting, for giving support to children and their caregivers who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Submitted grant proposal, and received grant from Safe Shores- The DC Children’s Advocacy Center to provided training on child sexual abuse prevention for our counseling, education, and nursing students who currently are or will be mandated reporters; Students/candidates received certificates verifying their training
  • Communicated with OSSE and City Council Members, Todd Brandon, David Grosso, and Manuel Geraldo about the proposed Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018
  • Gave testimony before the DC city council in support of the Child Safety Act, reporting the ACEs research for the need for the Act