Healing Circles on Friday April 16, and Monday April 19

Events of past few days and weeks have been very painful. I know many of you are experiencing deep feelings following the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota last week, just 10 miles away from the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.  Just yesterday, we learned more details about the tragic fatal police shooting of 13-year old Adam Toledo.  And this morning, we woke up to news of 8 people shot and killed in Indianapolis.  In addition, we are coping with the racist attacks on Asians and Pacific Islanders throughout the country, including here in NYC. I continue to be outraged and concerned that incidents and murders like these persist.  Pervasive racial and social injustices are front and center in so many people’s lives, with the pain of this experience heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. With all that's happening, it is critical to have resources to support our staff.  


ACS has scheduled several Healing Circles for today and Monday for all employees.  I understand and feel the urgent need for staff to have a space to collectively share their experiences of loss, uncertainty, fear, hope and gratitude.


·         Today (4/16) at 2:00pm – 3:30pm

·         Monday (4/19) at 9:30am-11:00 am

·         Monday (4/19) at 3:00pm-4:30pm

·         Friday (4/23) at 2:00 pm-3:30pm





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The Healing Circles provide the space to process complicated feelings, connect with each other, develop self-care and to begin to heal, together. The Healing Circles at ACS were developed several years ago and brought to ACS under the auspices of the Racial Equity and Cultural Competence Committee (RECCC) and the Workforce Institute following numerous police brutality incidents in NYC. Later the circles evolved to become a part of the organization’s commitment to workforce well-being. This organizational care and attention being particularly important for staff in the crisis driven environment of child welfare. 


We use an RDI-Reflective Process™ model, which is relationship-based, to create emotionally supportive spaces to discuss implications of current issues on self, colleagues, clients, and communities. Space is held for loss, grief, and resilience, as well as for understanding the differential impact of COVID-19 within diverse communities. Participants share complicated feelings, experiences, and strategies for moving forward together in uncertain times. I encourage you to participate in the upcoming sessions.


In addition, As Commissioner, I’m committed to supporting your well-being. I encourage anyone who is coping with trauma, whether related to racial injustice, the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis or other circumstances, to take advantage of the free resources listed below. Reaching out for help is a critical first step to beginning to feel better.    


·     The NYC Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers confidential counseling, information and referrals to help resolve both personal and professional problems.


·     NYC Well offers 24/7 counseling, crisis intervention, peer support and referrals. You can call 1-888-NYC-WELL or text “Well” to 65173


Visit the online directory of health and social services available to all NYC residents by going to www.hitesite.org 

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