We’re Hiring!

The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

Regional Positions
Regional Youth Specialist (Florence region)

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Check out these events!

May 1-7, 2016 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Federation of Families of SC will be holding its annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Rally at the Capitol (North steps) at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4th. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! Get the flyer.

Awareness Week Poster Art Contest 

Every year, an art contest is held to select art work for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster. This year’s theme is “I Matter; You Matter.” There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due April 8th! Learn more about how to enter.

 

Living Better Today for a Brighter Tomorrow  

The Federation’s annual family and youth conference will be April 15th-16th at White Oak Conference Center. A limited number of scholarships are still available. Read the criteria to attend.

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Increasing Cultural Competence to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities

This collection of tools includes tip sheets and hands-on worksheets to help prevention practitioners better understand the important relationship between cultural competence and reducing disparities.

Click here to access your toolkit!

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NIMH-Funded Study to Track the Effects of Trauma

By carefully tracking 5,000 people after they have experienced a traumatic event, a just-launched study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) aims to provide a finely detailed map of the array of factors that play a role in the development of mental disorders that occur in the wake of trauma. Information coming out of the study should provide a much deeper understanding of the mechanisms that give rise to post-traumatic disorders as well as a clearer basis for predicting who will be affected and how best to target treatment.

Click here to continue reading the press release from NIMH

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New NCTSN Position Statement

Racial Injustice and Trauma: African Americans in the U.S.

Trauma-informed practice and culturally responsive care are core values of the NCTSN. These compel us to acknowledge historical events, biases, and population demographics in understanding health disparities and disproportionality. We recognize that historical trauma is a significant part of the trauma history for a child, a family, and a culture. The NCTSN affirms the importance of addressing the impact of historical trauma, including slavery, on the lives of African Americans in the United States. Current-day racial injustice in law enforcement, prisons, and other institutions are part of the history of oppression and racism that can affect the trauma experience, treatment, and recovery of African Americans.

In this regard, the NCTSN has developed a position statement as a call to action for the Network to collectively integrate specific activities within the work of the NCTSN: (1) increase knowledge about the impact of race-based traumatic stress that affects many African American children, their families, and the communities in which they live; (2) in collaboration with experts in historical trauma related to African American history, develop and disseminate resources that child trauma professionals can use to identify, assess, and address historical trauma and racism in the context of high quality, trauma-informed, culturally responsive care; and (3) become a national leader in raising awareness about historical trauma related to African Americans, the effects of current-day racial injustice, and the implication of such history and experiences on trauma-informed health and mental health care.

Click here to read the position statement from the NCTSN

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