Training and Events: 2020

 Currently, all SRM trainings being offered are Train the Trainers with contracted organizations. Check the website periodically for the posted date of any public trainings.

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: leitch@thresholdglobalworks.com if you would like to be included.

In 2020 we have some exciting projects!

  • A state-wide SRM Train the Trainer program has been funded by the State of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). The program will train two cohorts of SRM Trainers who will then offer SRM in a range of  diverse settings. The project also includes consultation with policymakers about enhancing a resiliency orientation in policies and programs. The project begins in April 2020

The projects below 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, completing its first year of training is with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and involves the creation of a Health Justice Network (HJN). HJN is designed to improve health outcomes for returning citizens and their families. SRM Train the Trainer is a component of HJN and is being 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, recently completed a Train the Trainer that equipped a set of staff in every program in the Osborne Association with SRM trainer skills. These SRM trainers are now training all remaining staff and will make Osborne Association the first SRM Resilience-informed Organization in New York City. The Osborne Association serves over 12,000 clients each year.
  • Our year-long 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. In November 2019 TGW provided a “booster session” for Ceasefire staff and new police officers.
  • TGW has been 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, has included 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, which is on-going, is intended to reduce the stigma of an arrest record and also to keep individuals out of jail/prison with all the associated risks. SRM-trained Reset Trainers are now actively engaged in TGW projects throughout the city.
  • SRM trainers are working with Corrections Officers at Rikers Jail offering SRM’s practical skills for officer stress reduction and greater self-regulation. We also provide SRM training to corrections cadets at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
  • John Jay College has been a consistent partner of TGW’s for 5 years. Our most recent project, launched on 11/15/18 and continuing in its third semester of training in 2020, offers a path to college for individuals who may never of had the opportunity. This project is called the Navigator Certificate Course. It is being offered at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is 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, results in 6-7 credit hours that can be applied for college admission at John Jay College. SRM trainers from the Osborne Association’s Train the Trainer program co-facilitate these semester-long courses, as does a graduate of the Navigator Course.
  • The PeaceBuilder Project continues in Rwanda. Three published articles that report on our baseline research have been published in peer-review journals. The next phase is an SRM Train the Trainer component for the staff of the Rwanda Association of Trauma Counselors (ARCT-Ruhuka). These trainers 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, 2 conference presentations for the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (MAAPS) on neuroscience applications with special needs children, 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, take a look at TGW’s alternative to the ACE survey, PACES (Positive and Adverse Childhood Events Survey), that Laurie designed. It is in our writings section and demonstrates a pattern of questions which does not re-traumatize and collects positive events and not only adverse events. One published study has used PACES and a validation study is underway in Colorado.