Thank You! Building the Heart Conference Recap, New WI AODA Report, Trauma Trainings 
December 2016 Updates
This month's newsletter is also available:
So Thankful for You!

We are so thankful for you and everything you do to make schools better places for students, staff, and parents.
~The WISH Center Team~
Tracy Herlitzke
Christine Kleiman
Jackie Schoening
Lynn Verage
Carol Zabel
WISH Center Team
Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference Recap

Thanks to everyone who took time to attend the 2016 Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference December 7-9.  Here are some highlights:
  • Sara Daniel and Pam Black provided resources for schools to use to become trauma-sensitive.
  • A number of workshops with tools for nurturing self care and building emotional resiliency in staff. See handouts.
  • DPI is developing videos to demonstrate how restorative practices circles can be used for community building, problem solving, and for teaching academic content. Definitely more to come in a future newsletter when they are completed.
  • A sincere thank you to the 46 presenters who shared their hard work and passion for reducing barriers to learning.
  • Next year's conference will be held December 7-8, 2017, at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. 
Handouts that were shared by presenters are available:
Just in Time Trauma Trainings Offered around the State

In partnership with the DPI, the WISH Center is sponsoring a number of Just in Time Trauma Trainings around the state.  Dr. Donna Rifken, from Community Care Resources & Programs will facilitate the day. You will be introduced to research and interventions showing how frequent bursts of targeted physical activity, mindfulness, and gratitude practices can build resilience in learning brains. See the flyer for more information.

New WI Epi Report on AODA Available
Link to the Full Report
The Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and Other Drugs, 2016, is a compilation of data from various sources. The indicators cover substance abuse, misuse, and abuse as well as the resulting consequences.  County-level data tables are included when available to assist in developing local needs assessments.

  • Alcohol Use Remains High
  • Consequences of Alcohol Consumption Outpace National Rates
  • Patterns of Other Drug Use Follow National Trends
  • Deaths Due to Improper Drug Use Increase
  • Positive Trends Emerging
Five Areas of Focus
Based on the data presented in this report, DHS and its community partners are committed to addressing the following substance use issues that impact the health and safety of all state residents.
  1. Underage drinking (ages 12-20)
  2. Adult binge drinking (ages 18-34)
  3. Drinking among pregnant women
  4. Drinking and driving (especially among people ages 16-34)
  5. Opioid use for non-medical purposes
WISH Center Workshops

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PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (Open to all school and community partners)

Workshop 1: Focus on Crisis Planning
Workshop 2: Focus on Crisis Intervention/Recovery*
School SBIRT Training*
Wellness and Mindfulness as School Based Interventions
Continuing the Practice of Educating Mindfully: Resiliency for Educators
Helping Students Through Trauma & Loss
Keeping Kids Safe: Internet Safety & Emerging Drug Trends
Alcohol and Other Drug Basics Online Course*
Just In Time: Strategies to Support Resiliency and Address Trauma Among Youth
My Sexual Health: My Future
*Graduate Credit Available for a fee through Viterbo University
All events are contingent on a minimum of participants. We are working on flyers and registration for some events. Please forward to a friend.
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