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Trainings & Quarterly Meetings

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  • “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” Trainings:
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” trainings by TLPI scheduled for 2021 in these School Districts have been moved to a virtual setting, Dates to be announced:
      • Marshfield
      • Rockland
  • RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit- Virtual Conference- April 5-8th, 2021:
     “Trauma-Informed Response to Serve Drug-Endangered Children During COVID”

    • ⇒  Click here to register…
    • Workshop presented by:
      • District Attorney Tim Cruz, Plymouth County
      • Melinda Kneeland, Executive Director, Family Center
      • Ed Jacoubs, Former Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects, PCDAO

  • Plymouth County DECI:
    ⇒  Click here for Training Opportunities

Recent Trainings & Meetings


♦ DECI Subcommittee Quarterly meeting

Twitter post re- Oct 2020 Quarterly meetingThanks to all who joined us for our quarterly meeting.  We had updates from PCO, HUB, CAC, and DCF.  There was a presentation on the progress of our many projects. 

Fiona Jensen from Calmer Choice spoke about the brain science behind mindfulness and how Calmer Choice has adapted their offerings to virtual platforms.

District Attorney Cruz jouined us to thank all of our community partners for their collaboration and shared the good news that DECI will purchase copies of “Mama Paca” and “Sam the Superhero and His Super Life”. for use by PCO and the Family Center.

October 27, 2020



♦ Resiliency in the “New Normal”

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During the month of August, the DECI team worked with the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, the Plymouth Area Prevention Collaborative and PYDC on a virtual professional development for school staff titled “Resiliency in the New Normal: How educators can care for students, their families and themselves.” 

Over 150 school staff from across Plymouth County tuned in to learn about what distinguishes trauma from stress, how mindfulness can help build resilience, how the pandemic is impacting Plymouth County.

September 10, 2020


♦ Helping Traumatized Children Learn: System-Wide Trainings

TLPI Carver Training

A virtual “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” training was held for the Carver School Professionals.

September 9, 2020




♦ “To the Moon and Back” Caregiver Support Group

 The Drug Endangered Children Initiative made a presentation to the “To the Moon and Back” caregiver support group on the topic of trauma, ACEs and DECI.

August 12, 2020

♦ “Camp Counselor & Staff Training: Trauma & Resilience”  5 things to remember

A free online training for day camps throughout Plymouth County
Presented by: Jen Cantwell & Kati Mapa, DEC Initiative in collaboration with Kelly Macomber, PYDC

June 30, 2020
July 1, 2020
July 2, 2020


♦ “Maximizing Data: Using PMT and Program Data for Performance Management

Presented by Ed Jacoubs, Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office & Melinda Kneeland, United Way of Greater Plymouth County

June 2, 2020

♦ Department of Mental Health Webinar

May 2020 tweet DECI On May 29th District Attorney Tim Cruz made a presentation on the Drug Endangered Children Initiative to a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health gathering of forensic professionals from the trial courts and state hospitals. This presentation has already led to new collaboration opportunities with the courts.

May 29, 2020




♦ National RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, Nashville, TN

RX Summit tweet April 2020On April 15,  The DEC Initiative team was scheduled to attend the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Nashville before the COVID 19 pandemic forced the cancellation of travel.

The Rx Summit was held virtually and Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz and Melinda Kneeland were able to present “Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative: Harnessing Community Expertise to Enhance Service Delivery to Vulnerable Children”.

April 15, 2020





♦ Helping Traumatized Children Learn: System-Wide Trainings
DA at March 3 trainings
District Attorney Tim Cruz

On March 3, two system-wide Helping Traumatized Children Learn trainings were held. School staff in the Whitman-Hanson and Scituate school districts were trained by our partners at TLPI. Silver Lake Regional High School received the training on March 12.

Scituate Schools dedicated an entire day of professional development to the topic of addressing trauma, using the three-hour TLPI training as a foundation for their own expanded program. At the Scituate PD day, East Bridgewater shared expertise on communication between police and schools from SRO, Officer Tallitha Connor and Behavior Specialist, Christy Anderson.

March 12, 2020- Silver Lake Regional School District Training
March 3, 2020- Scituate School District Training
March 3, 2020- Whitman-Hanson School District

Greg Ranieri from Scituate Schools wrote a detailed plan for their training and gave Plymouth County DECI permission to share with schools interested in planning similar program.

♦ Building Resilient Communities, Building Resilient Children
DA at March 2 training
District Attorney Tim Cruz

The DECI team helped organize the Building Resilient Communities, Building Resilient Children statewide convening at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on March 2. District Attorney Tim Cruz, Ed Jacoubs and Melinda Kneeland presented at the event. The convening was attended by over 200 professionals interested in making Massachusetts a trauma informed state.

March 2, 2020




♦  Drug Endangered Children: Building a Coordinated Response

November 6, 2019- Stonehill College

♦  Helping Traumatized Children Learn training from TLPI


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