Children’s Mental Health Awareness in Times of COVID-19

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is designated annually in May to bring national attention to the importance and needs of youth, mental health, and their psychological well-being.  This year CMHA Week is May 3-9. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is substantially unlike year’s past as the result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  During this time […]

The Circle of Courage and COVID-19

The Circle of Courage is a model of resilience built upon the belief that all individuals, regardless of their age, have four universal needs. When any one or more of these universal needs is not being met, our “circle” is thought to be broken and as a result there are symptoms and reactions such as […]

COVID-19, School Cancellation, and Trauma

During this time of uncertainty and potentially traumatic consequence, Starr Commonwealth is committed to supporting teachers and other caring adults in whatever way we can. To best assist educators poised to provide the nurturing foundation our children need, we would like to offer our online course Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools free of charge to anyone interested […]

Resilient Schools Starter Kit

Starr’s Resilient Schools Project model was born out of a growing need for schools to address students’ needs beyond academics. Schools must be equipped to provide nourishment, safety, structure, and social and emotional support for students. To help respond to these demands with a modern approach, Starr sought ways to offer assistance to school professionals—especially […]

Big Changes Bring Brave Bart Home to Help

Brave Bart has been providing help to children, families, schools, and other helping professionals across the world since the first book, Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children. Since learning how to become a survivor, he used his new skills to help his friends with bullying in Brave Bart and the Bully. Now, […]

Defusing Sessions Available through Starr Commonwealth

As Starr Commonwealth continues to answer the call for services and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for crisis defusing for both children and professionals has become clear. Utilizing our nationwide reach, Starr has begun offering these services for individuals and organizations through virtual meetings. Below, Starr Director of Behavioral Health Becca Gerlach explains […]

Resetting for Resilience

SAVE 75% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME! Pre-requisite Course: Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools (or Trauma-Informed Schools) Course Overview: Resetting for Resilience builds upon Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools, with a strong focus on understanding the link between a student’s private logic and their academic achievement and behavior deficits in the Circle of Courage’s universal needs. Participants will learn how […]

Brave Bart Returns

Brave Bart has been providing help to children, families, schools, and other helping professionals across the world since the first book, Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children. Since learning how to become a survivor, he used his new skills to help his friends with bullying in Brave Bart and the Bully. Now, […]

Works Cited

SITCAP Melvyn C. Raider PhD , William Steele PsyD , Margaret Delillo-Storey LPC , Jacqueline Jacobs MED & Caelan Kuban MSW (2008) Structured Sensory Therapy (SITCAPART) for Traumatized Adjudicated Adolescents in Residential Treatment, Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 25:2, 167-185, DOI: 10.1080/08865710802310178 Link: https://www.cebc4cw.org/program/sitcap-art/ COVID-19 Helping Children with Big Feelings During COVID-19, Ribaudo, J., […]

2020 Trauma and Resilience Virtual Conference

July 20-22, 2020 | $199 all-access* Starr Commonwealth’s virtual conference is designed for helping professionals who work with children, adolescents, and families including, but not limited to: teachers, school administration and staff, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and hospice workers. Delivered in focused topics surrounding larger themes, registering for this conference gives attendees access to all […]

Answering the Call

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Starr Commonwealth has donated tens of thousands of downloads of an online education courses to support trauma-informed care protocols for K-12 educators, clinicians, and other caring professionals around the country. “During this time of uncertainty, it’s important to support caring adults with tools they can use,” said Starr […]

What Do Tigers, Meerkats, and Owls Have to Do with Coronavirus?

What do tigers, meerkats, and owls have to do with the Coronavirus? Any experience that leaves you feeling scared, worried, and uncertain creates an involuntary stress response in your body. This means that despite logic, reason, and good coping skills, some of the reactions we have in times of crisis are largely out of our […]