January 18, 2018
The CAFRU developed Collaborative Learning for Education Achievement and Resilience (CLEAR) model was featured in the Juneau Empire. The CLEAR model partners with education systems to create and sustain trauma–informed models of practice through staff development, consultation, and support. CAFRU Assistant Director Dr. Natalie Turner and CAFRU Project Associate Jen Moore are working to implement CLEAR in three participating Juneau schools.
January 10, 2018
The Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) is excited to announce that we are welcoming a new staff member to our team. Jill Donnelly began her career with the state of Washington’s ECEAP program serving as a family advocate and lead teacher. In 2011, Jill began teaching parenting and child abuse prevention classes throughout Idaho and serving as a home visitor for the ICARE MIECHV Parents as Teachers program. Through her work in education and advocacy, Jill has discovered a passion for serving at-risk populations and combating the effects of complex trauma in youth. Jill is an Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Idaho’s Child, Family and Consumer Studies program. We are thrilled to bring Jill on board!
For more information, visit our Staff Directory.
January 26-28, 2018
Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Director, Dr. Chris Blodgett, will be presenting at the 2018 Alaska RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Blodgett will deliver a full-day session addressing the recognition of and response to trauma behaviors in schools and two breakout sessions. Dr. Blodgett will discuss how to move from ACES to action, what trauma-informed practice really looks like in the classroom, and how to make progress in schools and communities with limited resources. The conference theme is “Reassess – Recharge – Reunite: Reinvigorate Your Classroom, School, or District.”
For more information, visit: https://www.akeffectiveinstruction.org/
December 4, 2017
Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Director, Dr. Chris Blodgett, will be the moderator for a panel on education at the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) National Summit on December 4, 2017. The summit is for leaders around the nation who are working across sectors to prevent and mitigate the impact of early childhood adversity and to build resilient communities. Panelists include Deanna Beck, MEd—Northwood ABC Elementary; Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD—Vital Village Community Engagment Network; and Mary Crnobori, PhD, BCBA—Metro Nashville Public Schools. The MARC National Summit will be held on December 3- 5 in Philadelphia, PA.
For more information, visit: http://marc.healthfederation.org/NationalSummit
Research study by CAFRU Director, Chris Blodgett, and Jane D. Lanigan published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma
September 22, 2017
Chris Blodgett, WSU CAFRU Director, and Jane D. Lanigan, Academic Director and Associate Professor of the Department of Human Development WSU Vancouver, published an article examining the prevalence and consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the workplace. They found significant numbers of employees experience IPV and reported workplace consequences. The present research underscores the need for employers to develop a more precise means of understanding cost and response. The article was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma.
August 28, 2017
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the resignation of Kristin Souers, Associate Director of the Child and Family Research Unit. The staff at CAFRU will miss her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm. While we are sad to lose Kristin, we are supportive of her decision to resign and are excited about her future endeavors. She remains a strong partner and colleague in this work. If you would like to contact her, she can be reached at email@example.com.
May 31st, 2017
The “Learning Ready Brain” animated video was designed to provide students, educators and parents a common language to express their emotions and what to do if feelings become overwhelming. Originally developed by Dr. Dan Siegel for use at home, the Child and Family Research Unit was granted permission to adapt this concept to be used at school, emphasizing how to be “learning ready”. The lesson highlights strategies that can help get us back to learning ready if students have “big emotions” and what activities are important to keep our brains healthy and ready to learn.
To view the video: Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page. Or, from our home page, select “Our Work in Education”, “CLEAR Website”, “Resources”.
This video was a collaboration with WSU Extension, The Child and Family Research Unit, The Collaborative Learning for Education, Achievement and Resiliency (CLEAR) Team, WSU School of Nursing Multimedia, Nathan Taylor, Illustrator, Ron Allen, Storymakers Production.
January 13th, 2017
“Lessons Learned Integrating Universal Trauma Screening and Attachment Interventions (COS and ARC) in a Head Start Program”
Dr. Natalie Turner Nominated to Co-Chair The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Schools Collaborative Group
December 14, 2016
Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director, Dr. Natalie Turner was designated to co-chair the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) School’s Collaborative Group. The School’s Committee is dedicated to raising awareness surrounding the impact of trauma in schools. Dr. Turner will collaborate to develop resources for educators, parents, and school policy makers.
Principal Tracey Franke from Darrington, WA discusses shared trauma and CLEAR in recent Education Week Article
December 13, 2016
Principal Tracey Franke discusses how a natural disaster impacted her community. With limited resources, Darrington struggled to find services to support the community at large. She discusses how the students and staff experienced both primary and secondary traumatic effects. One resource that Darrington School district received was from the Collaborative Learning for Education and Resilience (CLEAR) training model from the Child and Family Research Unit at the Washington State Extension in Spokane, WA.
Published in the Educational Week article “What a Shared Trauma Meant for my School”, author: Tracey Franke, 12/13/16
December 1, 2016
Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Director, Dr. Chris Blodgett is highlighted in Alaska Business Monthly in the article “Childhood Trauma Costs Alaska’s Workforce Millions” by Pat Sidemore. Drawing from a four part lecture series across Alaska, Blodgett discussed how childhood trauma adversely impacts schools, communities and health. Blodgett highlighted the success of the Collaborative Learning for Education Achievement and Resilience (CLEAR) model, citing recent data that CLEAR schools are demonstrating increased reading scores by 12 percent in comparison to schools not participating in CLEAR.
Dr. Blodgett to be a panelist on the “Policy Issues in Implementing Trauma-Informed Schools” Webinar
August 30, 2016
Child and Family Research Unit Director (CAFRU), Dr. Chris Blodgett, will be a panelist on the webinar “Policy Issues in Implementing Trauma-Informed Schools” on September 22, 2016. The webinar, sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Policy Program, the NCTSN Policy Task Force, and the NCTSN Schools Committee, will focus on policy challenges and lessons learned in promoting and supporting trauma-informed schools. Other panelists include Pamela Vona, MA, and Erica Ramirez, MEd, with moderator Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH. The webinar will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET (9:00 to 10:30 AM PT).
Kristin Souers to be Keynote Speak at the Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Trauma-Informed Care and First Responders Conference
July 25, 2016
Kristin Sours, Child And Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Trauma Informed Care and First Responders Conference. The conference provides training to first responders and mental health professionals and allows opportunity for collaboration, discussion, and learning focused on the 7 Domains of Trauma-Informed Care and best practices for building community partnerships that serve individuals in crisis. This year’s conference on July 26-27 will explore response, resiliency and recovery through the lens of Trauma-Informed Care. To learn more about the conference, visit the conference website at http://www.team-conference.org/.
November 10, 2015
Anna Rowe is presenting at the National Head Start 2015 Parent and Child Engagement Conference in San Diego, CA, on December 1, 2015. The seminar is titled “Trauma Informed Care – Connecting with Early Learning Professionals” and is co-presented with Terri Schibel, Spokane Health Start/ECEAP/EHS, and Maxine Gish, Spokane Head Start. Attendees will be introduced to the concept of complex trauma and its impact on development. Additionally, attendees will learn about the work of one Head Start/EHS program that in partnership with the Washington State University Child and Family Research Center embarked on a process of organizational change designed to incorporate a trauma informed approach in the day-to-day operations. To learn more about this conference please visit NHSA.
November 6, 2015
Dr. Chris Blodgett, Director of the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) will present at the 14th Annual Courts and Community Partners Conference in Medford, Oregon on November 6, 2015. This conference includes participants from across southwestern Oregon. Dr. Blodgett will follow Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-author of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, with a discussion of how integrating ACEs with trauma informed practice principles can improve quality of services in a range of settings.
September 11, 2015.
Dr. Chris Blodgett, Director of the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU), will present on the topic of “ACE’s, Complex Trauma and Resilience” at the Seattle Job’s Initiate Annual Conference on October 19, 2015.
Natalie Turner featured in the Seattle Magazine article “Combatting Childhood Trauma” by Jen Soriano
September 4, 2015
Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) Assistant Director Natalie Turner is highlighted in Seattle Magazine’s article “Combatting Childhood Trauma” by Jen Soriano. The piece describes her work at West Seattle Elementary implementing the Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience CLEAR program, which helps students understand how their emotions affect their ability to learn.
Read the article here.
September 2, 2015
Dr. Chris Blodgett, director of the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) will present”ACEs to Action: How Can We Improve Child and Family Outcomes Using the Science of Adversity” at the Young Child Expo & Conference in Spokane, Washington on Friday, October 2, 2015. Dr. Blodgett will discuss how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) impacts health, well-being and success in youth and adults. He will highlight the biological and physiological impacts of exposure to ACE’s and offer evidence based practices to guide interventions improve child and family outcomes.
Dr. Chris Blodgett featured in “Considering the Unintended Consequences of ACEs Screening” article by Jeremy Loudenback
August 7, 2015
Earlier this month, Jeremy Loudenback wrote an article, “Considering the Unintended Consequences of ACEs Screening”, published on the Chronicles of Social Change website, highlighting the work of Dr. Chris Blodgett, director of the Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit). Dr. Blodgett discusses concerns surrounding the use of universal screening of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) with out proper training and action planning within the educational system.
Dr. Chris Blodgett to present on ACEs plenary panel “Moving from Adversity to Awesome: Uncovering Childhood Trauma”
July 17, 2015
Dr. Chris Blodgett, Director of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC-now the Child and Family Research Unit) spoke at the 2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence which took place March 19-21 in Washington, DC with over 1,000 attendees and 300+ speakers. In attendance were the nation’s leading medical, public health, and domestic violence experts from across the U.S. and the world. The biennial conference highlights the latest research and promising practices to advance the health care system’s response to domestic and sexual violence.
Dr. Blodgett presented on the “Moving from Adversity to Awesome: Uncovering Childhood Trauma” plenary panel where he addresses ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) research which highlights both the tremendous prevalence of early exposure to adversity and its link to poor health in adulthood, as well as poor educational outcomes.
Kristin Souers teaching course at Washington State Association of HEAD Start & ECEAP Summer Institute 2015
June 18, 2015
Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit) Assistant Director Kristin Souers will be teaching a three part course at the 28th Annual Washington State Training Consortium (WSTC) Summer Institute 2015 held and hosted by the Washington State Association of HEAD START & ECEAP. The Institute offers the opportunity for teachers and other early learning professionals to take a concentrated 20 hour course on a single subject. Kristin Souers will be presenting Track 3: Trauma Informed Care: Partnering with Early Learning Professionals around the provision of trauma sensitive practices.
Dr. Chris Blodgett, Natalie Turner and Kristin Souers Present at 26th Annual International Trauma Conference
June 1, 2015
Staff from AHEC (now Child and Family Research Unit) of Eastern Washington presented last week at the 26th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston, MA held by the Trauma Center, a program of the Justice Research Institute. Specifically, Chris Blodgett, PhD, Natalie Turner, MS and Kristin Souers, MA hosted workshops covering: Trauma informed systems change in K-12 education – the Washington State and California experience and Making schools trauma-sensitive – the Washington State and California experience II.
Natalie Turner featured in the Seattle Times article “You are more than your mistakes’: Teachers get at roots of bad behavior”
May 29, 2015
Work through the Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit) has been highlighted in the Seattle Times. Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience, also known as CLEAR, is a partnership with education systems to create and sustain trauma-informed models of practice. CLEAR is a three to four year systems change process that targets individual professional practice of classroom teachers and school system staff to address culture and policies to support integration of trauma informed practices into the school environment.
May 20, 2015
New research titled “No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success” out of the Area Health Education Center (now the Child and Family Research Unit) shows that the amount and type of adversity experienced in childhood by the adult population of a community has a negative effect on the performance and well-being of the community’s children. The No School Alone report will be presented at Community Risks, Assets, and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Funder Workshop Exploring the Impact on Education Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:30am in SeaTac, Washington.