Currently, all SRM trainings being offered are Train the Trainers with contracted organizations. We plan to offer at least one public training in NYC during 2019. Check the website periodically for the posted date.
Ongoing SRM Facilitator Study Group in NYC
The facilitator study group meets monthly. The group is one step in being able to facilitate at SRM trainings and to be involved in TGW’s national and international projects. Contact Laurie Leitch: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be included.
In 2019 we have some exciting projects! The projects below are the ones that focus on TGW’s work in the criminal-legal system:
- Read our latest article published in Frontiers in Psychology titled: “Recovery after genocide: Understanding the dimensions of recovery capital among incarcerated genocide perpetrators in Rwanda.” Authors: Kevin Barnes-Ceeney, Lior Gideon, Laurie Leitch, Kento Yasuhara.
- Two of our most recent projects related to the criminal-legal system are being funded by the District Attorney’s Office of New York (DANY) from funds recovered from criminal activities. It seems very fitting that the recovered assets are being used to fund innovative projects for people involved in the criminal-legal system. One of the projects, just completing the 6-month planning phase, is with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and involves the creation of a Health Justice Network designed to improve health outcomes for returning citizens and their families. SRM Train the Trainer will be offered in six primary care settings and community-based organizations over a three-year period. TGW is honored to be a part of this much-needed work! The second project, the Osborne Association Bronx Wellness Project, is a Train the Trainer that equips a set of staff in every program in the Osborne Association with SRM trainer skills. These SRM trainers will then train all remaining staff and will make Osborne Association the first SRM Resilience-informed Organization in New York City. The Osborne Association serves over 10,000 clients each year.
- Our work with Ceasefire Detroit has been completed and the new SRM Ceasefire Trainers are now in the field offering RZone self-regulation skills in Detroit’s high violence precincts. The self-care component of the Train the Trainer is also essential and the Ceasefire trainers use the skills to deepen their capacity to stay in balance during high-stress events as well as to improve sleep and well-being. Recently, two Ceasefire SRM trainers facilitated an SRM training in NYC.
- SRM’s RZone skills focused on self-care are being incorporated into the regional meetings of John Jay College for Criminal Justice’s Safe Neighborhoods Projects. Providers are not so good at taking care of themselves and using RZone skills helps providers “walk their talk.”
- TGW is proud to be a partner in another Osborne Association project, a 3-year Arrest Diversion project for individuals who are 18-24 years old who have been arrested for minor, non-violent crimes. The project, an alternative to jail and prison, includes an SRM Train the Trainer for the Arrest Diversion project staff as well as for other Osborne Associates staff. When an arrested individual meeting the criteria attend a 3-hour SRM workshop their arrest record is waived. The program is intended to reduce the stigma of an arrest record and also to keep individuals out of jail/prison with all the associated risks.
- Our most recent project, launched on 11/15/18 offers a path to college for returning citizens. This project is called the Navigator Certificate Couse. It is being offered at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for formerly incarcerated individuals and family members who are interested in working in human services organizations or who are currently in entry-level positions in these organizations. Completion of the certificate program, which includes SRM training, will result in 6-7 credits that be applied for college admission at John Jay College. SRM trainers from the Osborne Association’s Train the Trainer program are co-facilitating this semester-long course.
- The PeaceBuilder Project continues in Rwanda. The next phase will be an SRM Train the Trainer component for the staff of the Rwanda Association of Trauma Counselors (ARCT-Ruhuka). These trainers will go into prisons and communities to build linkages between genocide perpetrators who are close to completing their sentences and the communities to which they will return.
And, in a couple of other areas:
- We will be doing conference and workshop presentations in the U.S. (example: Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, DC) and Canada, collaborating on staff wellness with hospital and prison systems, and are developing another school resilience program that can be a stand-alone online course.
- One more that we’re very proud of, the book, War and Ink, which was put on a back burner for 2 years, is starting up again. This book will feature the tattoos of veterans and family members that are related to the war experience as well as their stories about the tattoos. Laurie Leitch, Threshold GlobalWorks’ Director, and Lindsey Staneck, Director of Paws and Stripes are resuming the gathering of combat veterans’ and their family members’ deployment-related tattoos. The “I got your six” tattoo at the right is Lindsey’s. IGY6 to the military community is shorthand for “I’ve got your back.”
- If you haven’t read Laurie’s recent article “Action Steps Using ACES and Trauma-informed Care: A Resilience Model, published in the Journal of Health and Justice it is on our writings page. It describes the unintended consequences of the ACE Survey and of Trauma Informed Care (TIC).
- And, Laurie and her 12-year-old grandson, Nolan, are co-writing a graphic paperback on the middle-schooler brain. Nolan is a creative graphic artist and will be illustrating the material from neuroscience about the collision of sex hormones and dopamine receptors in the brain and the way that shows up at home and school. How wonderful is that!