Category Archives: Trauma

Resilient PA: Growing and Flourishing Together

Resilient PA: Growing and Flourishing Together

Connections Matter Academy Available Now

Alongside Connect Our Kids, HEAL PA is excited to announce the Connections Matter Academy – a FREE animated series of videos to help teens and young adults cope with trauma and loss. Each week, on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m., a new episode of The Connections Matter Academy will be released. Set a reminder on your calendar for the following upcoming dates: 

·    December   1, 8, 15, 22, 29·    January       5, 12, 19

 Go to Connect Our Kids on social media to see the latest episode of The Connections Matter Academy FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram

Lunch Hour on December 7th! You’re invited!

Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His fifth book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture was released on September 13, 2022. To learn more, join his e-news list at

Access Resources and Become a Coalition Member!

Resilient PA is open to all individuals and organizations interested in trauma-informed and resiliency work. You can sign up for the coalition, view our educational materials, and learn more at the website. Coalition Members will receive news updates and information directly to their email inboxes about upcoming training, networking, and collaboration opportunities! New resources have been added!

Resilient PA(717) 238-7365 x206amanda@uwp.orgSign Up for Updates

Mindful Meditation for Vets

Understanding & Supporting Children with Complex Emotional & Sensory Needs: A TRAINING PROGRAM

PACES Connections = Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Roundup   formerly ACEs Connection
Filmmaker Tom Weidlinger   Filmmaker Tom Weidlinger confronts his own ACEs while discovering his father’s hidden past Paul Weidlinger, a structural engineer who worked with some of the 20th century’s most famous modern architects, never talked about the Holocaust. He never told anyone in the U.S., including his son, that he was a Jew. By Sylvia Paull, PACEs Connection writer       Hands cradling the feet of two infants NEW Parenting with PACEs resources! We know how hard parenting with PACEs can be. PACEs Connection supports you in your parenting journey, and we’re excited to announce that we have lots of resources for you. By Natalie Audage, PACEs Connection staff       Illustrations of electrical pulses in the brain. ACEs and the Resilient Brain Here are six additional keys to optimal brain health and function, including “Nature” pills, reducing stress, and addressing brain-damaging medical conditions.  By Glenn Schiraldi, PACEs Connection member       What seems . . . reasonable . . . . For people who grew up focusing on survival, it’s not a lack of hard work that keeps them from changing. Surviving ACEs took hard work. What they didn’t have was the luxury or safety to turn  their attention toward anything except day-to-day survival. By Ron Arnold, PACEs Connection member   NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE    
For more information about PACEs Connection Roundup contact Rafael Maravilla. Got a question, a correction, a good idea on how to improve PACEs Connection, contact the Community Manager. Visit or join the PACEs Connection website for regularly posted stories, share stories, comments, and calendar events! Sign up for our emails!

Understanding Childhood Trauma and How to Help Children/Teens Recover March 29 Webinar 1:00 – 2:30 EST March 29 Webinar 1:00 – 2:30 EST

 Understanding Childhood Trauma and How to Help Children/Teens Recover
Childhood trauma is a common and natural response to overwhelming events, yet most people are unaware of what it is and how it shows up in the life of a child. If you’re raising a child with big emotions and nothing you do seems to help, this webinar is for you! Our goal is to close the gap between the number of children suffering with trauma and the number of adults who know how to support them.

Some topics we will dive into are:
* The effects of loss and grief
* Death of a loved one due to Covid-19, drug overdose, or substance abuse
* Guidance for rebuilding trust with children impacted by traumaBeth Tyson’s presentation is designed for everyone, including prevention/mental health professionals and foster/kinship/adoptive families.

Check out Beth’s website to learn more about childhood trauma, and her book on Amazon.Click here for more information and to

Email for Information! ©2022 Pennsylvania Families Inc | Commonwealth Towers I 303 Walnut Street I 11th Floor



wisdom of trauma

JOIN THE 7-DAY WORLD PREMIERE – LIVE With Dr. Gabor Maté & Expert Guest Speakers

Now through JUNE 14

“Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds.  Dr. Maté gives us a new vision: a trauma-informed society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul.

* With this film, we hope to touch many people, begin a conversation, and develop a common understanding about how trauma impacts our individual lives, communities and society as a whole.*

Watch the movie trailer here and sign up below for access to the FULL movie premiere, a 7-day expert trauma series with Dr. Gabor Maté, and a free Trauma Guide. You will be asked to make a small donation to support the movie and movement*.

“A Daughter Explores Her Father’s PTSD, From Vietnam Until Today” – NPR

Editor’s Note: NPR’s Kara Frame made this short documentary film, I Will Go Back Tonight, on the battles with PTSD that her father and his Vietnam War comrades have faced in the decades since they served. On Veterans Day, here’s their story, with an introduction from Kara.”


From “The short documentary film, I Will Go Back Tonight investigates the long-term effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on marital relationships of Vietnam veterans from the United States Army 5th Infantry Unit, the ‘bobcats’.”

by Tara Frame

“I first knew my dad, Tom Frame, was different when I was young, but I didn’t know exactly how. Every year when he marched in our Memorial Day Parade in Doylestown, Pa., I stood on the side of the road waving my tiny American flag with so much pride.

“He was my dad, my veteran.

“As a teenager, I began to learn about his time in Vietnam during the late 1960s. I heard about fallen men, fierce battles and something called post-traumatic stress disorder. I still didn’t fully grasp at that time what my father was living with, and it wasn’t until my late 20s that I was ready to dive into a project about my dad’s PTSD.

“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 30 percent of all Vietnam veterans have suffered from PTSD, and the effects can last many years.

“When I began this project in 2014, I knew it would give me insight into my dad and his experiences in his early 20s, when he was fighting in Vietnam. I never anticipated the depth of understanding it would offer me into my mother and her life — standing by a veteran with deep-rooted trauma — and the role PTSD has played in their marriage.

“The documentary project follows the lives of my father and several other Vietnam veterans from his Army unit, the 1st Battalion, 5th (Mechanized) Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, who served together.

Click here to watch the 17 minute documentary, “I Will Go Back Tonight.”

“The veterans recount a terrible ambush at a rubber plantation in Ben Cui on Aug. 21, 1968. And their wives open up on how PTSD has affected their marriages in the decades since.”


“The Endless Trap of American Parole: How can anyone rebuild their lives when they keep getting sent back to jail for the pettiest of reasons?” – The Washington Post Magazine

“In 2018, 1 out of every 58 American adults — roughly 4.4 million people — was under community supervision, the catchall term for probation and parole. The average supervisee must follow 17 standard conditions. If they break any of these, they could be reincarcerated.”

parole system(Zach Meyer for The Washington Post)

by Jennifer Miller

When William Palmer was 17, he put on a ski mask and tried to rob a man — a crime that landed him in prison for three decades. Now 49, he stood in a San Rafael, Calif., rehearsal hall practicing his original one-man play. The scene took place in a drugstore, and it revisited the moment that changed his life.

“’Why do you need to purchase a ski mask?’ Palmer asked, staring at an imaginary version of his teenage self. ‘You’re in California.’

“Then Palmer turned, embodying the boy. ‘Who are you, and why do you care?”’

“’I’m security,’ said the older, wiser Palmer. ‘You haven’t done anything wrong, but I wanted to talk to you. I wanted you to think: When you put on that ski mask, what are some of the things you could lose?’

“’You mean when I go skiing?’ the boy asked.

“The older Palmer wasn’t indulging the lie. ‘We lose our mom and dad,’ he said. ‘We never get married, we never have children.’

“’Whoa,’ the boy said, taking a step back. ‘Who’s ‘we’?'”

Read this article at The Washington Post Magazine in its entirety, click here.

“Not All Trauma Is the Same” – Psychology Today

Many factors explain how trauma affects survivors differently.

what is trauma

by Mellissa Withers and Kathryn Maloney

“Human trafficking survivors often have to deal with the aftermath of complex trauma for the rest of their lives. What exactly is trauma? The first thing that comes to mind might be an unusual event characterized by extreme violence or emotion, such as a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or the unexpected death of a family member. However, trauma also applies to a much broader range of events that people can experience in their lifetimes. Trauma manifests itself in many forms. Often, trauma is not limited to a single, acute event, but rather a culmination of factors and experiences. A trauma-informed approach is one that takes into consideration the range of reactions of people who have experienced child maltreatment and abuse, intimate partner violence, and even human trafficking.

Forms of trauma can include:

  • Complex trauma versus single incidents: Complex trauma is usually prolonged trauma that occurs between people, often beginning in childhood or adolescence. Since the events often happen in secrecy, the victim may suffer in fear and silence.

Click here to continue reading this article at Psychology Today.

“‘It just weighs on your psyche’: Black Americans on mental health, trauma, and resilience” – STAT: Daily Recap


Photos and interviews by Crystal Milner

I’m feeling it, my friends and family are feeling it: the weight of this moment is immeasurable. Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This has been compounded by the tragic deaths of Black men and women — lives cut short at the hands of police and vigilantes.

“Ahmaud Arbery shot while jogging. Breonna Taylor killed in her home. George Floyd suffocated as the world watched. Rayshard Brooks asleep in a Wendy’s parking lot. Robert Fuller found hung from a tree in Palmdale, Calif. We lament the Black lives lost, past and present.

“Repeated trauma and stress have real effects on health, both physical and mental. Though the dialogue surrounding mental health is changing, it’s often considered a taboo subject in the Black community. Navigating the intersections of Black identity has always been layered and complex. With these ideas in mind, I photographed family, friends, and others in my community of Southern California and spoke with them about how being Black in the U.S. affects them, especially right now. Here are their stories and portraits.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety.