The Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) and the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) released a new resource for Alaska schools entitled “Transforming Schools: A Framework for Trauma-Engaged Practice in Alaska”.  Their press release describes the guide as an innovative framework that “provides schools with a detailed roadmap illuminating the steps that can be taken to better address students’ needs.” (find the full press release here.)

The Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS is proud to have participated in developing this framework.  Joshua Arvidson, Director of Child and Family Services and the Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS, is encouraged by this focus in Alaska’s schools. “I’m optimistic that schools can become the best part of life and the best place and a refuge for kids and youth who experience social, emotional, mental health challenges and or traumatic experiences.  I think that with enough caring adults and motivated youth it can happen. ”