Handle With Care Massachusetts

Plymouth County DECI Resources


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Aces Connection is an active on-line platform perfect for connecting with others who are using trauma informed and resilience-building practices.


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Helping Children Impacted by Parental Substance Use


The Drug Endangered Children Initiative

“Understanding Childhood Trauma and Your Family”

The brochure Understanding Childhood Trauma and Your Family” is available for download at the state Family Resource Centers website. This family-friendly overview of ACEs is available in nine languages.

Handouts & Flyers:

An Overview of the DECI

Additional Resources:

The Family Center

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Calmer Choice

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Calmer Choice partners with schools and community organizations across Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts to deliver an evidence-based prevention program that equips children with a suite of skills to increase inner resilience, reduce the impact of stress, manage emotional responses, learn self-control and increase their sense of well-being.

Their goal is to provide skills that can diminish the risk of violence, substance abuse, and other self-destructive behaviors. Ultimately, Calmer Choice envisions a world in which people lead lives of kindness and compassion towards themselves and others.


Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop for Kids Offered at the Family Center in Brockton
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The United Way of Greater Plymouth County Family Center in partnership with the Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative recently offered a trauma-sensitive yoga workshop through Balance4kids yoga. The 8-week course met for two hours each week.
Balance4Kids yoga helps to engage and challenge children, teaching focus and relaxation to help them find their own personal strengths and help them develop confidence. Their main goal is to empower children through meditation and yoga. “The children may not be fully focused on every pose (they are still kids) but they are still learning them. I think when the children are then feeling stressed or scared, the poses and breathing techniques that they learn during class gives them something to focus on and a way to calm and center themselves,” Sarah Piper, in intern for the Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative said.
Balance4Kids yoga program recently trained 20 facilitators across Plymouth County. This training gives children more of an opportunity to express themselves through yoga and meditation. It also gives them another coping mechanism when they feel overwhelmed or stressed out it allows them to feel a sense of calming and know how to better handle the situation.
Included with the trauma sensitive yoga were lesson plans and an activity that went with each yoga session. The craft activity promotes stress relieving activities that coincide with the yoga lesson. One of the crafts included children making beaded key chain with positive and affirming words on that the children can see and remember.
This workshop is designed to give children who deal with traumatic experiences various coping mechanisms to handle their emotions, or anxieties that they may be feeling.
For more information on Balance4Kids, visit https://balance4kids.net/


Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for the  Children, Caregivers and Ourselves
The Relentless School Nurse: Wrestling Ghosts – An Experiential Film
September 11, 2019
A School’s Journey Toward Trauma Sensitivity
September 25, 2019