Thanks to funding provided by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Bounce Coalition has spent over two years working in collaboration with the Russell County School District (RCSD) and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) to bring trauma-informed care to the region. While the work is continuing, we would like to lift up and celebrate the great work that is being done in Russell County and the surrounding communities to ensure all children can grow up in a safe and supportive environment.
Over the past two years, Bounce has collaborated with RCSD and LCDHD to provide a number of trainings and technical assistance to RCSD teachers and staff at all levels, LCDHD staff, parents and caregivers, and even the larger community.
- Community screening and facilitated discussion of the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope with over 380 community members in attendance.
- Evaluation services, including administration of Bounce’s Organizational Readiness Assessment, which surveys district leaders on a number of dimensions that measure organizational change towards a trauma-informed approach
- Through the Bounce University: Train-the-Trainer program, the Russell County community now has 18 Certified Bounce Trainers from RCSD and 6 Certified Bounce trainers from LCDHD that can teach Bounce’s foundation curricula, Bounce 101: Intro to ACEs and Trauma-Informed Practices and Bounce 102: Building Resilience.
- Ongoing Bounce 101 and Bounce 102 trainings for district faculty and staff.
- Bounce 101 and Bounce 102 training to 76 LCDHD Health Coalition members.
- A variety of Bounce’s supplemental trainings including:
- De-Escalation Strategies training for 65 bus drivers and 103 middle school and high school teachers
- Effective Problem Solving Teams training for 100 elementary school staff
- Self-Care and Secondary Traumatic Stress training to 40 LCDHD Health Coalition members.
- A number of trainings to parents and caregivers throughout the community:
- Self-Care for Parents training to 21 parents and caregivers
- Building on Your Child’s Strengths: What Parents Can Do training to 23 parents and caregivers
- Monthly Tier 3 Case Management Consultations with the School Intervention Teams
- Technical Assistance with the district’s Trauma-Informed Plan as mandated by the 2019 School Safety and Resiliency Act.
Over the next school year, Bounce will continue to support RCSD and LCDHD by:
- Working with RCSD to conduct a Policy Review Analysis and provide technical support for the implementation of their trauma-Informed plan
- Collaborating with LCDHD and Regional Health Coalitions on the development of their Comprehensive Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs).
- Assisting in the implementation of Tier 1 supports for each school within the Russell County School District
- Providing additional parent/caregiver and grandparent trainings
- Administering a Culture and Climate survey to RCSD students
- Administering the final Organizational Readiness Survey to RCSD leaders to assess for organizational change during the three-year collaboration
The Bounce team appreciates the intentional work and support of the Russell County School District, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, community members and stakeholders, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for making this work possible.