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Community Programs encompass all of SCAN’s prevention programs and initiatives that are at the community, state, and organizational level. These programs are focused on the prevention of child maltreatment through the advancement of protective factors and trauma-informed approaches in organizations, communities, and systems.
Our goal is to promote resilience and reduce the prevalence and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on children, families, and communities.
GRTICN a diverse group of individuals, convened by Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), who share a commitment towards the creation of a more trauma informed and resilient community within the Greater Richmond region. The Greater Richmond TICN was formed in the fall of 2012 and is currently comprised of over 500 members from more than 160 different organizations representing a wide range of systems that include public, private, non-profit, state, and local government agencies. SCAN provides leadership to the 9 committees of the TICN and provides administrative support and technical assistance to the network.
The Director of Community Programs serves as the state coordinator for the network of TICNs that exist across the state. This includes providing support, training and technical assistance to help communities develop and sustain trauma-informed community networks in their region. In addition, SCAN convenes and facilitates quarterly meetings of the VA TICNs.
SCAN provides expert training on a variety of specialized topics to include: understanding trauma and ACEs, incorporating trauma-informed approaches into practice (trauma sensitive schools, child welfare, health care, community mental health, and other community services), trauma exposure on professionals, trauma-informed supervision, mandated reporting, incorporating protective factors into practice, and strategies to build resilience. In addition, we host screenings of the Resilience and Paper Tigers documentaries throughout the community to spread awareness about the impact of ACEs. Responding to emergent needs in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Community Programs also adapts professional trainings to be offered virtually and develops new trainings specific to trauma-informed responses to COVID-19.
Organizational and Community Consulting:
We assist organizations, systems and communities on the process of becoming more trauma-informed. This is a multi-tier service that includes: conducting an organizational assessment, facilitating focus groups, providing recommendations and on-going technical assistance and training as needed.
Several Community Programs staff members provide professional development, coaching, modeling, and technical assistance to individual schools and school districts around the creation of trauma responsive school practices and policies. One outcome of these initiatives is a comprehensive guide for Virginia leaders, Becoming a Trauma-Responsive School. Two Community Programs staff members support Richmond Public Schools with the goal of providing technical assistance to develop trauma responsive practices within the schools at all levels, including supporting leadership and training a cohort of leaders (principals, assistant principals, and trauma-informed leads) within 11 pilot schools. One Community Programs staff member is embedded within an elementary school in Henrico County (Glen Lea Elementary) with the goal of providing technical assistance to develop a trauma responsive school, and this role is now expanding to help support other schools within the district. One Community Programs staff member is embedded within the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond with the goal of creating a trauma-informed climate within the clubs by helping to address the social-emotional and self-regulation needs of the youth and staff and promote resiliency.
Participation in State Level Prevention Work:
Currently Community Programs Coordinator (and several additional SCAN staff) are active contributors to multiple state committees, including: VDSS State Child Fatality Review Committee, Linking Systems of Care, VDH Injury Violence Prevention Steering Committee, Governor’s Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup, Campaign for Trauma-Informed Practice and Policy (CTIPP), Governor’s School Based Health Clinic Workgroup, Three Branch, FACT Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Committee, MARC National Survey Workgroup (among other committees).
Coordination of the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign Each April:
SCAN develops and distributes resources and information connected to the annual prevention theme, working with the community to create Pinwheels for Prevention Gardens (pinwheels are a national symbol for child abuse prevention), and coordinates Prevent-a-thon (an annual campaign to train as many people as possible in Stewards of Children at no cost during Child Abuse Prevention Month).
Stewards of Children Training:
SCAN facilitates an evidence based training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training is held every other month (and also by request) and culminates with a week-long training blitz in April known as Prevent-a-thon.
Behavioral Health Community Organizer:
SCAN’s Behavioral Health Community Organizer further increases SCAN’s work at the intersection of trauma-informed care and health equity by engaging community members with lived experience, working alongside families to identify barriers to services and success, and elevate identified barriers to the policy and practice level so solutions can be explored.
Community Programs (through the GRTICN, VA TICNs, FAM, training, and consultation efforts) empowers organizations, systems, and communities to shift perspective to a more trauma-informed lens that changes the question from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” By adopting a more trauma-informed approach, we are better able to identify signs of trauma, more appropriately respond, ultimately reduce and prevent incidents of re-traumatization, and incorporate strategies to build resilience. These are cost effective prevention strategies that build upon and enhance the existing capacity of caregivers and professionals within organizations, systems, and the community.
SCAN’s Community Programs trained 4,859 people last fiscal year on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect, trauma-informed practices and positive parenting. SCAN’s Community Programs has also screened Resilience for over 6,000 individuals. Resilience is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to prevent and treat toxic stress.
The FAM Network is a group of family service providers from varied organizations that SCAN convenes with the goal of promoting professional development through learning new skills, encouraging networking among family serving agencies and other community organizations who provide goods and services to families, educating and supporting positive messaging to families and the distribution of resources, and providing an on-line resource for professionals and families. FAM’s website is a clearinghouse for parenting information for professionals and caregivers, a place for other organizations to list training and parent education opportunities and upcoming prevention oriented events, and a link to well-researched community resources for parents and professionals.
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Black HIS*Story Week is a celebration of the stories, resilience, and accomplishments of Black men and youth.
Sponsored by Greater Richmond SCAN and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, the week included daily events featuring mindfulness and mental health, entrepreneurship, reading, a youth symposium, elder talks, and more! Visit the website here!