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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trauma and Power Aware Interactions

2 signs, one saying ONE WAY, the other saying ANOTHER WAY
from Pixabay
I'm still reeling from the terrific Power Up conference I attended last week, but then I had the chance to attend the Eau Claire B.R.A.I.N. Team Annual Conference yesterday, and I'm blown away again!

One of the speakers, Mark Sweet, is a trainer and consultant for Disability Rights Wisconsin.  He spoke for hours, and I could have listened for several more!  Look for more on THIS, too, but I thought I'd share just a few useful points he made:


  • You will do no harm by assuming the possibility that everyone you meet may have experienced trauma.  
  • You don't have to understand the particulars of people's past experiences in order to notice that they are possibly feeling unsafe, and to make adjustments to your own behavior to accommodate them.
  • How we think and talk about people has an immediate affect on the way we interact with them.  This is relevant when we are talking about people with disabilities, but also when we are talking about anyone!
  • If we teach children or people with disabilities to do everything they are told to do without question, we make them more vulnerable to abuse.  Our culture has a bias toward compliance that can be problematic at times.
  • All of this does not mean that anything goes--but it does mean that we need to look at how we do things, and consider things from the point of view of the people we are trying to support.





More tidbits and rumination coming, but I wanted to share a few things with all of you right away!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Resource for Spreading the Reading Love

Last week, I attended Power Up:  A Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff.  Woah!  Lots of big ideas and smart people and great connections and things to think about!  Look for more about this conference coming out over the course of the next few weeks right here on this blog (and other blogs and Twitter, come to think of it).

One smaller idea to share, I learned from someone in a small group discussion.  I didn't catch her name (no excuse), but she talked about working in the Parks and Recreation Department of a small town 30+ years ago.  At that time, the youth services librarian worked with Park and Rec staff so THEY could provide storytimes to kids during the summer, when it was time for the kids to stop running around for a few minutes so they wouldn't overheat.  Sometimes we want to do it all ourselves, but with a tiny staff, this just isn't possible.  This seems like a great way to find more team members in a small town--train the folks who are hanging out with kids all day so they can help!  Provide them with books and other resources.  Everyone wins!

These kids will be ready for a reading break soon!