Adverse Childhood Experiences and Restorative Practices, Building

January 9, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Psychology
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Riestenberg Adverse Childhood Experiences and Restorative Practices: Building Resiliency in Children

Day 1

Minnesota • • • • • • • •

Bob Dylan Betty Crocker Prince Judy Garland The Pillsbury Dough Boy The Great Gatsby Garrison Keillor and Lake Woebegone post-it notes.

Minnesota Youth Advisory Council



Community Resiliency Coaches 13

How the brain develops Scaffolding from front to back

Serve and Return

We adapt to our environment

Predictable, moderate stress world

Unpredictable, continuous stress, dangerous world

All Behaviours are Adaptive • But the environment might require different skills…

Experience gets wired into our biology.


Stress 20 minutes of stress hormones….

….Or constant, toxic stress?

The Amygdala and Learning

Sens -ory Input



Fight, Flight or Freeze

Prefrontal Cortex

Conscious Response and Learning

Prefrontal Cortex

From The MindUp Curriculum 19





24 ©2013


It can cause toxic stress; which results in anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, dissociation and drug use. Reducing toxic stress will help improve math scores and capabilities in science, technology and engineering. ©2013

Not: What’s wrong with you?

But: What happened to you?

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences


sexually transmitted disease

depression fetal death

alcoholism & alcohol abuse unintended pregnancy liver disease

illicit drug use intimate partner violence suicide attempts

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease & ischemic heart disease ©2013

ACEs and School Performance • Students dealing with trauma: – Are 2 and ½ times more likely to fail a grade – Score lower on standardized achievement tests – Have more receptive or expressive language difficulties – Are suspended or expelled more often – Are designated to special education more frequently •

ACE data echoes… • The Minnesota Student Survey Bullying Analysis, 2010 “Students regularly involved in bullying as a bully, victim or bully/victim, share associated experiences, most of them negative.” Bullying in Minnesota Schools: An Analysis of the Minnesota Student Survey

– Intra-familial and extra-familial sexual abuse – Family drug use and family violence – Bullies, victims and bully/victims are twice as likely to be obese – More likely to report chronic physical and mental health problems

Minnesota Student Survey Bullying Analysis 20

– suicidal thoughts in the last year.

stand and talk:

How do you feel,

what did you think about when you learned about ACE and the brain research?

What I thought about… • My family, my friends • Restorative practices as building new neural pathways, as a way to re-awaken resiliency.

• Yellow Medicine County Circle Sentencing • Minneapolis Public Schools Restorative Conference Process for expulsion cases

Yellow Medicine County Ten years of building community capacity through County facilitated Circles of community volunteers

Yellow Medicine County Restorative Programming • Circle Sentencing for adolescent applicants

• Family & Community Circle • Circle of Hope (CD support) • Support To Schools Implementing Circle

Yellow Medicine County • The youth who complete Circle are either: – on track with credits to graduate (1%) – received their general equivalency diploma (2-3%) – has invited their Circle members to their graduation party (90%) – 77 start Circle, 37 completed.

YME Circle Program • The program runs on 1 FTE: $ 77,000 US

• The County has saved $215,000 • Volunteers have donated over $139,000 in volunteer time • Youth have paid $47,000 in restitution.


Kandiyohi County 2.25 FTE – 3 Facilitators; 6 Circles – Circle Sentencing Chippewa County 2 FTE ; 2 Circles – Circle Sentencing

Swift County .75 FTE ; 2 Sentencing Circles & Circles in Schools Redwood County 1 FTE; 4 Circles – Circle Sentencing & Aftercare Circle Lyon County 1.6 FTE ; 3 Circles – Circle Sentencing & Transition Circle

Yellow Medicine County - 1.5 FTE; 12 Circles – Circle Sentencing, Family & Community Circle, Circle of Hope, Chippewa RJ Contract Parallel Protection Process Facilitation, Family Safety Planning Meetings; Circles in schools

Alternative to Expulsion: Family and Youth Restorative Conference Program Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Legal Rights Center Evaluation by the University of Minnesota

Participants • 83 students, 85 parents

• 67% male, 33% female • 55% African American (33% general pop) • 12% American Indian (4% General pop) • Drugs, Weapons and Assault Violations

Evaluation: Student engagement

Evaluation: family engagement

Evaluation findings • Program builds parent support for learning, increases parent child and parent school communication and parent connection to school

RCP interrupts disengagement • …from school; returns students to academic progress – Better attendance, grades – Fewer suspensions – Continued credit accrual – Slight increase in GPA – Increase in the number of students on track to graduate

High participant satisfaction • “…the program has …respectfully engaged parents as partners to resolve difficult challenges.” • Even the administrators were pleased: – Glad for disciplinary options – Like use of outside agency that all trusted – Shifted perceptions among school and family to view each others as allies rather than adversaries.

Resilience is common and… arises from …normal rather than extraordinary human capabilities, relationships, and resources. In other words, resilience emerges from ordinary magic. – Ann Masten, 2009

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE • “…each adult working with any child or adolescent (should) presume that the child has been trauma exposed…providing unconditional respect to the child and being careful not to challenge him/her in ways that produce shame and humiliation.

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE • “Such an approach has no down side, since children who have been exposed to trauma require it, and other, more fortunate children deserve and can also benefit from this fundamentally humanistic commitment.”

– Gordon R. Hodas MD . Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services , February 2006


When we are new and when we are fresh and young, our hearts are very open in a way that they may never again be the rest of our lives, so the impressions that are made on us and the good that is done for us, the kindness and generosity by which a child lives, are never forgotten. Never forgotten. Nothing that you ever do for a child is ever wasted. Ever. You may never know exactly what the child saw, or how that child received it, but any gift you give to a young person is permanent…. because it is then given to other people and that is as permanent as we know. Garrison Keillor

Smile at kids, Call them by name.

Chii Mii Gwetch!

references • ACE Interface, Washington State • Yellow Medicine County Circle Sentencing Program • Alt to Suspension: • Barbara J. McMorris, PhD , University of Minnesota – Email: [email protected] • Kara J. Beckman, MA , University of Minnesota – Email: [email protected]

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