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Trauma Informed Program for Teen

Our Trauma-Informed Approach is Effective

When we think of an "Ace", we think of it being not only good, but the best you can have. That first tennis serve was an ace, you really "aced that test", and in poker, 4 Aces is indeed a hand that will have you go "all in" and bet the mortgage.
The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study, as it is with many great finds, began as a fluke. In 1985, Dr. Vincent Felitti, the chief of Kaiser Permanente's revolutionary Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, CA, couldn't figure out why, each year for the last five years, more than half of the people in his obesity clinic dropped out. He spent quite a while interviewing those dropouts in an attempt to find out the reasons, but no clues or revelations came from it.
Then, as a blatant misspeak, while asking his routine questions, instead of asking a patient at what age she became sexually active, he asked, "How much weight did you gain when you became sexually active?" The patient responded, "Forty pounds." Not believing what he heard, he repeated the question with the misspeak. She burst into tears and said, "40 pounds, it was when I was 4 with my father!"
From this accidental beginning was born the Adverse  Childhood Experience study.  Many years and many study participants later, it was determined that there are 10 types of childhood trauma  which most affect a person's social, emotional and, as it turns out, physical well being.  Five are personal - physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to other family members: a parent who's an alcoholic, a mother who's a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment.
We at Jubilee are dedicated to helping our students work through any early childhood trauma they may have experienced and making certain we do no further damage to already fragile emotional states.  Punishments for missed steps are avoided at all costs and accent is placed on positive ways to achieve self regulation.
Each new student at JLA attend Focus training geared toward helping them understand and verbalize what makes them feel, and sometimes act out, as they do.  This self-knowledge and understanding will allow us to help them leave the past behind and focus on a future that is clear from old adversities.  We take pride in being one of the first Trauma Informed Care programs in the nation!
Please join us on this special journey by learning more about it.  Good information can be found in the book "Help for Billy" and at:

Also, the Center for Disease Control website. 

To get more information on the Leadership program, ACE's training opportunities, please call 509-749-2103, or get more information about our Leadership program through the Contact Us page.