Posted on This past summer PIAL reached out to the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). We started our discussion around the “In Their Shoes” teen dating violence simulation. We wanted to learn how PIAL can improve the debriefing portion of the simulation experience to have more impact on the students. As a result, our attention was directed to a novel approach to reducing dating violence. This is called “Transformative Justice and Community Accountability.” This approach highlights that in order to reduce harm, abuse, and violence we need to address it in a non-violent manner. In other words, resources and support for the person causing harm are important. Moreover, it highlights that preventing abuse is a community responsibility. Family, friends, neighbors, and the community need to play an active role in the mission to reduce abuse.
Posted on In early August, the PIAL team welcomed Jessica Stagg to our team meeting to present about Trauma-Informed Care—specifically how it relates to the classroom. Jessica recently completed a Master’s Degree in Education, specifically in trauma-informed care, and special education. Her passion lies in trauma-informed care and stems from her role as a mother and educator.
Posted on Jo Ann Lee joined CWRTP in 2013. She started with the Service branch as a Human Services trainer for DHS child welfare workers. In 2016, she transitioned to the CSRU contract as the Project Coordinator for Parenting: It’s a Life.
Posted on It has been more than 18 months since the CWRTP team got together in person. Long overdue! We had gorgeous weather to gather at Daley park in West Ames for a CWRTP tailgate. The food was delicious, the team building games were fun, and most importantly getting to talk to our colleagues in person was the BEST!
Posted on Catherine Russell joined CWRTP full-time as the PIAL Lead Facilitator in July 2021 after graduating from ISU with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. While she was student, she was a member of the PIAL team as an undergraduate program facilitator for two years.
Posted on Abby Stanek is a program coordinator for Parenting: It’s a Life. While she is new to this role, Abby is a familiar face to the team. She previously worked as the outreach coordinator for the Voluntary Paternity Affidavit program. After leaving for a brief time, she returned to the CSRU contract team in March 2021.
Posted on Cody Sherman joined CWRTP in October 2020 as a Program Assistant for Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. Previous to this position, Cody served for two years with AmeriCorps. Thanks to this background, he hit the ground running by creating a new process to make recruiting, onboarding, and reporting much easier.