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School-based resiliency trainings have steadily been growing in size and participation as South Jersey school districts work to help students suffering from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs are traumatic events that negatively affect brain development in ways that cause lasting health challenges – both emotional and physical.
 

  • Over 40% of children in NJ – more than 782,000 – are estimated to have experienced 1 ACE

  • 18% of children are estimated to have experienced multiple ACEs


Statistics are from the report: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Opportunities to Prevent, Protect Against, and Heal from the Effects of ACEs in New Jersey.
- July 2019

FOUNDATION FOR THE TRAININGS THEN AND NOW

Created in 2018, Resiliency Team Trainings educate school level teams on the latest research, practices, and strategies addressing Applied Educational Neuroscience. Participants learn the tools to form their own School Resiliency Teams (SRT) that work to create trauma sensitive and trauma responsive environments within their own districts.

The three-day trainings are led by education specialists Dr. Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight and includes school administrators, teachers, counselors, Child Study Team (CST) members, school resource officers, nurses, and Intervention and Referral Services Team members (I&RS). The 3 Pillars of Trauma Informed Care: Safety, Connections, and Emotional Regulation are the main focus of the training, which also includes information about brain state and development, stress, and adversity.

COMMUNITY EFFORT

The Resiliency Team Trainings are a collaborative effort through many organizations in Cape May and Atlantic Counties, including Cape Regional Wellness Alliance - funded by New Jersey Health Initiatives, Cape Assist, Cape May County PRIDE Committee, Atlantic Prevention Resources, Join Together Atlantic County (JTAC), Cape May County Healthy Community Coalition, and the SRI & ETTC at Stockton University.

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TRAININGS BY THE NUMBERS

2018

Trainings began in Cape May County, exclusively.

  • 17 School Resiliency Teams trained

  • More than 130 people received the training

  • Provided follow-up training in January 2019

2019

The program expanded to include Atlantic County, along with Cape May County.

Cape May County Schools

  • 12 School Resiliency Teams trained

  • 4 new School Resiliency Teams formed

  • 80 educators received the training

 

Atlantic County Schools

  • 18 School Resiliency Teams trained

  • 118 educators received the training

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2020

Virtual learning made it possible to offer the program on a much larger scale. More than 430 educators throughout NJ, as well as out of state and out of country, participated over Zoom.

Cape May County Schools

  • Expanded existing School Resiliency Teams

 

Atlantic County Schools

  • Expanded existing School Resiliency Teams

  • 3 new School Resiliency Teams formed

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LEARN MORE/PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE TRAININGS

Review the full School Resiliency Team Training program report and progress by clicking the report button below.

To learn more about the School Resiliency Team trainings, including how to start a team in your school or district, contact the
Cape Assist Executive Director, Katie Faldetta, at katie@capeassist.org or call (609) 522-5960.