Tag Archives: Trauma

Doc Wayne Levels the Playing Field

5 May

After a long year of preparation the big day finally arrived! On April 1, 2016 Doc Wayne hosted our inaugural conference, Leveling the Playing Field. The goal of the conference was for leaders from sports, mental health, and social justice to join together and learn about the work of like-minded individuals and nonprofits, exchange ideas, and explore ways to work together to strengthen the communities we serve.

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The conference took place at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and over one hundred and fifty attendants came out to work together and join the conversation on how we can all become game changers. Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey started the day off as our keynote speaker, with a heartening speech about her belief in the power of sports and her strong support of Doc Wayne’s efforts to assist youth. In her opening speech, the Attorney General emphasized, “I believe in the power of sports to overcome violence, build skills, and bring people together.”

The day then continued on with food, fun, and our photo booth! Two panel discussion sessions were held throughout the day with numerous guest speakers weighing in on topics that included: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Violence, and Mental Illness through Innovation and Game Changing Innovations.

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The first panel was moderated by WBUR’s Deborah Becker and included representatives from Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Boston Public Health Commission, New England Community Services, Inc., and Fallon Community Health Plan. The panelists discussed innovative ways we can break the cycle of poverty, violence, and mental illness.

Doc Wayne’s very own Rebekah Roulier joined the second panel discussion with various other game changing innovators. Fred Mann, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation moderated the panel, while guest speakers discussed ways to positively impact youth and reach the goals of the organizations they represent. The representatives on the panel included: Matt Meyersohn from Sports Partnerships at U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Rebekah Roulier from Doc Wayne Youth Services, Marquis Taylor from Coaching4Change, Nikki Valila from My Life My Choice and the Co-founder of Grassroot Soccer, Ethan Zohn represented his organization. The discussion emphasized what we can achieve even with the barriers in our way.

The goals of the conference, were for the participants to exchange ideas, and explore ways to work together to strengthen the communities they serve. Leveling the Playing Field

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Members of Doc Wayne’s team

achieved just that. Doc Wayne’s Executive Director, David Cohen’s dream is to see practitioners, local leaders and philanthropists working together to create a continuum of care for our youth (read more). We could not have been happier with how the day went and we have great appreciation for everyone who was in attendance and helped make this event happen. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and determination of the Doc Wayne team and our event sponsors. We cannot wait until next year’s Leveling the Playing Field conference. #BeAGameChanger2016! 

For more information on Doc Wayne please email us at info@docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG.

 

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Doc Wayne Presents at Massachusetts Association of 766 Private Schools (maaps) Conference

3 May

Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.org) presented do the good: Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Therapeutic Sports Program at the 2013 Massachusetts Association of 766 Private Schools (maaps) 35th Annual Conference (http://maaps.org).

General Manager Rebekah Roulier, Executive Director David Cohen, and Coach Nikki Valila shared best practices in sport programming to promote normalcy, reduce restraints and social isolations, increase pro-social behaviors as well as create evidence based therapeutic sports programs. Techniques from Doc Wayne’s therapeutic sport-based do the good curriculum were taught.

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit http://www.docwayne.org or email info@docwayne.org

Doc Wayne GM Rebekah Roulier

Doc Wayne GM Rebekah Roulier

Doc Wayne Executive Director David Cohen

Doc Wayne Executive Director David Cohen

Doc Wayne Coach Nikki Valila (Youth Villages at Germaine Lawrence Campus)

Doc Wayne Coach Nikki Valila (Youth Villages at Germaine Lawrence Campus)

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Group Activity

Doc Wayne Publication: Mainstreaming Trauma-Sensitive Sport Interventions

5 Apr

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. (www.docwayne.org) recently published do the good® for all: Mainstreaming Trauma-Sensitive Sport Interventions (bit.ly/14IV06R) on The International Platform on Sport & Development (www.sportanddev.org).

This publication emphasizes the need for increased trauma-sensitive youth programming given the alarmingly regular occurrence of trauma among young people.

At Doc Wayne, we are experienced in working with youth survivors of complex trauma, sexual exploitation, and a host of other difficult life circumstances. In moving forward, we are passionate about bringing best practices accrued through this work to mainstream youth who are facing less dire life circumstances, but who are nonetheless struggling to thrive and flourish at their own pace.

The notion that young people may likely be exposed to trauma during key developmental years and that they can be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of such traumas should no longer, in and of itself, be seen as a revelation. If you are an educator, coach, helper, or administrator and have not yet been exposed to these daunting facts we are here to help.

The authors, Rebekah Roulier (Doc Wayne’s General Manager) and David De Fazio welcome comments and questions in response to this paper. If Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.org) can aid your work or collaborate to assist youth please contact:

Rebekah Roulier, Ed.M.

General Manager, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. (Formerly Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc.)

rroulier@docwayne.org

@RLCRoulier / @DocWayneDtG

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do the good Basketball Training Photos

4 Dec

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“Circle Up”

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Active Training

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Kristen Rasmuseen, former WNBA and Doc Wayne Board Member

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Veteran Coaches Basketball 2012-2013

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Doc Wayne at Providers’ Convention and Expo

30 Nov

Rebekah Conway Roulier, Ed.M. (General Manager, Doc Wayne) and Nikki Valila (Sexual Exploitation Coordinator, Youth Villages – Germaine Lawrence Campus and Doc Wayne Coach) presented a workshop at the 37th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo covering the use of sports in the group therapy setting to increase self-esteem, self concept, social awareness and to improve overall effective emotion management. Techniques from Doc Wayne’s sport-based do the good curriculum were taught.

For more information on Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org or visit www.docwayne.org 

Roulier and Valila to Present at Providers’ Council Convention and Expo

9 Oct

Doc Wayne’s General Manager, Rebekah Conway Roulier, Ed.M. and Youth Village’s Coach Nikki Valila will be presenting DBT: Sports in Behavioral Treatment of Youth at the Providers’ Council 37th Annual Convention & Expo: Caring It Forward on November, 28th.

DBT: Sports in Behavioral Treatment of Youth

  • Rebekah Conway Roulier, General Manager, Doc Wayne Athletic League
  • Nikki Valila, Sexual Exploitation Coordinator, Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus

The workshop will cover the use of sports in the group therapy setting to increase self-esteem, self-concept, social awareness and to improve overall effective emotion management. Techniques from Doc Wayne’s sport-based do the good curriculum will be taught.

To register for the conference and Doc Wayne’s afternoon workshop click here: http://secure.providers.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=453

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit www.docwayne.org or email info@docwayne.org.

Giving Common Challenge October 10th and 11th

5 Oct

Doc Wayne is pleased to announce we will be participating in the Giving Common Challenge, a statewide online fundraising effort on October 10th and 11th including more than 500 nonprofits from across Massachusetts. Beginning at 8 a.m. on October 10th, Doc Wayne and others will be highlighting our work and encouraging donations through our profile on Giving Common, an initiative of the Boston Foundation. Donors can give money to organizations through the Giving Common portal.

You can visit Doc Wayne’s profile at http://www.givingcommon.org. A direct link will be available on October 10th.

You can also help by:

  • Spreading the word.
  • Posting on your Facebook wall.
  • Tweeting  about @DocWayneDtG and #givingcommon
  • Watching our progress on the Giving Common website (http://www.givingcommon.org)

Doc Wayne seeks to offer an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development.

For more information on Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org or visit www.docwayne.org