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Project LAUNCH celebrates the success of Nevada County in moving forward with the implementation of the World Café model in their community!

December 16, 2017

Project LAUNCH celebrates the success of Nevada County in moving forward with the implementation of the World Café model in their community!

Lindsay Dunckel, director of F5 Nevada and coordinator for the implementation of Project LAUNCH Family Cafés in Nevada County reports:

In November 2017, the first Family Café took place in Nevada County. It was advertised through partners and on Facebook where it had many shares and over 400 views. Five brave moms showed up, one from our Pop Up Café and two home visiting clients so they had 2 tables with our two table hosts. The focus of conversation was on the protective factor Social Connections.

Here’s what the “harvest” brought (participants’ comments):

“It takes a certain vulnerability to reach out to others.”

“When you are feeling most isolated, that’s when it’s hardest to reach out, and when you need it the most.”

“Boss your brain back!“ [this was captured from a longer comment from a mom who shared her struggles with depression and the work she has to do to override what her depressed brain is telling her].

“Be brave and persistent in looking to make connections – it takes time.”

“It’s like dating! Keep looking until you find your flock.”

“Everyone is feeling the same way – nervous and vulnerable.”

At the end, the moms in the group all spontaneously exchanged phone numbers and started a group text. This was just so “right on” about why we are doing this work, and such a good reminder to us to “be brave and persistent” in delivering this work.

First baby step in Café hosting. Exciting stuff!

December 16, 2017

The first Pop Up Café took place at Sierra Nevada Children’s services in November 2017 during a 3-year-old playgroup. There were four mothers who brought seven children. With the two table hosts (an assistant to the director of Nevada F5 and a mom who went through the Café training) there were two tables of three people. It all went off without a hitch.

Lindsay Dunckel, director of F5 Nevada county wrote:
What really struck me was the beauty of the whole Café model. The parents were so grateful for the opportunity to share with one another deeply (even though they had been in the same room during a playgroup once a week all Fall). They each talked about how thankful they were to throw off the mantle of perfectionism and ‘get real’ – be honest about the hard parts of parenting, to realize everyone struggles as a parent, and to have it recognized and lifted up that there are no ‘right answers’ when it comes to parenting but many possible solutions. They loved me pointing out that in a Café, the wisdom is at the tables.

1-2-3 Care Toolkit

December 16, 2017

Public health nurses at Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) developed the 1-2-3 Care Toolkit, focused on developing trauma sensitivity, to support caregivers of children. The Toolkit is organized by topics, including brief overviews of key information within each topic, specific tools that can be used with children, and where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids. The Toolkit is available for download on the SRHD website:

Helping Young Children Who have Experienced Trauma

August 1, 2017

There is a newly released report that provides information about early childhood trauma and its impact on the development of young children. It also offers promising strategies for trauma informed care (TIC) in early care and education and systems to meet the needs of children with histories of trauma. This report includes recommendations for policy makers and stakeholders to help increase access to high quality, trauma informed early care education and related services to support optimal development of young children. Policy brief: Helping Young Children Who have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education developed by The National Center for Children in Poverty is available to download at:


August 1, 2017

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released their July 2017 eBULLETIN, which is rich with resources useful for professionals working with children who have experienced trauma. It includes a new Intervention Factsheet, new APA Guidelines for Treatment of PTSD, new articles related to trauma, and new translation to other languages of the story, Once I Was Very Very Scared. View resources to prevent and address trauma here.

First 5 Nevada County Seeks Maternal Child Mental Health Consultants

May 4, 2017

First 5 Nevada County is seeking to contract with two mental health consultants, one each in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area and the Truckee area, to work with home visitors and the families they serve. Interested parties are asked to send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for two professional references to

For more information including position descriptions, visit the First 5 Nevada County website at:

Gaps in Maternal Mental Health Care in California

January 28, 2017

A newly released report on Maternal Mental Health in California provides a summary of gaps in Maternal Mental Health care in California, identifies strategies for improvement, and provides a call-to-action and framework for coordinating stakeholder responsibilities. The report was prepared by the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care supported by grants from the California Endowment and the California Health Care Foundation. To download a copy of the full report, the Executive Summary, and/or Task Force Recommendations, go to: