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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

"Finding Help, Finding Hope"

As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. We must also highlight the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit and create an understanding amongst policy leaders and practitioners that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. Legislation, policies, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of their children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children's mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

Please join us as we create a national dialogue about the importance of finding help, finding hope.

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What You Really Need to Know about Being a Trauma-informed Organization

If it is not trauma-informed, it is not recovery-oriented or person-centered. Trauma-informed is not the new flavor of the month, but a change in culture and way of transforming an organization to live their mission, vision, and values. Learn how to make the case for trauma-informed care and how to lead your organization in joining the hundreds of organizations nationwide working toward this powerful culture change. Start by building understanding of why being trauma-informed is critical, learn the seven domains of trauma-informed care, and learn to set the stage for implementing a trauma-informed culture. This webinar is presented by National Council for Behavioral Health, in partnership with Relias Learning.

Learning Exchange: Ensuring Family Driven Practices

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, a core partner of the TA Network, will present the final Learning Exchange conversation in its "Taking Family Driven to Scale" series*, Development of Policies and Procedures to Ensure Family Driven Practices. Join the call and take part in the conversation. If your community collaborative team, SOC governance committee or agency has developed policies around family involvement, we want to hear about it. If you have questions on how to develop policies and procedures, then you too should join the conversation.