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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BCS Staff attend 41st Precinct Awards Breakfast

On June 13th, 2013 Robin Berg and I attended the 41st Precinct's 25th Annual Fellowship Breakfast, hosted by Deputy Inspector Philip Rivera. The event was to honor police officers and community members of the 41th Precinct (the Hunts Point area) for their service in 2012. Many organizations and local businesses of the 41st Precinct were present, including Krasdale foods, Dayton Industries, Inc., Hunts Point Alliance for Children and World Vision. 
To my surprise, Officer Ada Haddock-Sanchez of the 41st Precinct gave me a plaque to say thank you to Bronx Community Solutions for our work with their precinct. Since we began working closely with the 41st Precinct five years ago, Bronx Community Solutions has brought community service crews to remove graffiti a total of 57 times, sweep the streets 25 times, and have helped with the Bryant community garden. We have also formed two community impact zones, which is where we closed a street down for a short period of time to clean and remove graffiti. We also worked on 165th street to create a mural on a wall that had otherwise been covered with graffiti.
On behalf of Bronx Community Solutions, thank you to the 41th precinct and to officer Haddock!
- Ramon Semorile, BCS Community Service Crew Supervisor

Friday, June 14, 2013

BCS Clinic Staff attend Trauma Stewardship Training

On June 5th, the clinic staff at Bronx Community Solutions attended a Transforming Trauma workshop, hosted by the Trauma Stewardship Institute (TSI). TSI works with professionals to raise awareness, increase understanding, and manage the impact of repeated vicarious trauma exposure (i.e., working with individuals who have experienced trauma). The day was dedicated to discussing and understanding the ways in which vicarious trauma exposure can impact an individual as well as their family, friends, co-workers, and communities.  

The presenter and founder of TSI, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, worked with participants to identify ways to recognize the negative impacts of vicarious trauma on one’s interpersonal relationships, both personal and professional. Using research and anecdotal evidence, Laura offered support and validation for the difficulty faced by professionals who, through their work, are repeatedly exposed to tragedy and human suffering. Participants were also encouraged to ask questions, offer support, and share their experiences.  

Following the presentation, BCS clinic staff discussed their feelings about the workshop and some of the ways it helped us to think about and recognize the impact of vicarious trauma we may experience through working with our clients. Many of the clients we serve at BCS are in the midst of crises and/or have significant histories of trauma; during our brief time with them, they often share details of their personal lives, giving us a glimpse into the daily struggles and hardships they face. The workshop served as a helpful reminder of the importance of awareness, self-care, and actively seeking ways to manage the aforementioned impacts in order to maintain psychological and physical health, as well as to better serve our clients.   

- Marsha Brown, Clinical Coordinator
  Bronx Community Solutions