NC DPI Funds Grant to Train School Staff in Resiliency and Strength-Based Trauma Informed Care
Published by Laurie Pender on October 2, 2018
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Cumberland County Schools Partners with SR-AHEC, Alliance MCO, to Build Coping Strategies for Youth

Fayetteville – The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has awarded $89,020 in a safety grant to Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) to fund a year-long strength-based resiliency training series, “Communities Fostering Resiliency in Youth”, for teachers/staff in the Cumberland County Schools and local community organizations. “The intention is to strengthen our collective ability to meet the needs of students and their families,” said La-Lisa Hewett Robinson, SR-AHEC Administrator for Mental Health Continuing Education, following the announcement of the grant award. “This comprehensive, blended-learning training project uses current best practices and informed evidence by using the Reaching Teens curriculum – rooted in three evidence-based frameworks: positive youth development, resilience, and trauma-informed care.”

The model is a result of the work of Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, along with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals with decades of experience and on-going research regarding youth. Stakeholder recruitment includes representatives from SR-AHEC, Cumberland County Schools, and Alliance MCO, behavioral health professionals, hospitals, departments of social services, law enforcement, juvenile justice, youth care settings and
other community agencies. Leaders from the community and targeted organizations will be actively engaged to promote the value of developing a trauma-informed workforce to support resiliency strategies for youth and their families, according to Hewett-Robinson. 

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., says the school system is delighted to work in partnership with SR-AHEC and Alliance Behavioral Health to implement training supported through school safety grant funds allocated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  “Our collective efforts will empower staff to support our children and youth through strength-based, resilience-building, and trauma-informed strategies of care.”

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare is the managed care organization for publicly-funded behavioral healthcare services for the people of Durham, Wake, Cumberland, and Johnston counties and joins with SR-AHEC and Cumberland County Schools for this project. “We are honored to join the Cumberland County Schools and SR-AHEC bring this needed education for the enhancement of our community.  We’re looking for to making great
things happen for the youth and families.”

Southern Regional AHEC serves a unique dual role in health care in the community and the nine-counties of south-central North Carolina. It is a health care facility for patients that serves as a training platform for family medicine residents. SR-AHEC is also an accredited provider of continuing professional development education for health care and behavioral health professionals to keep them up to date on the latest in best practices.

The Cumberland County Schools serves over 50,000 students in grades K-12.

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