Creating a Trauma-Informed Environment for Employees

Posted January 21, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, February 18th for a webinar on creating a trauma-informed environment for employees. Behavioral health professionals have one of the most challenging jobs there is. Clients often have experienced enormous trauma and exhibit behaviors that are mentally and physically demanding. Caregivers bring their own trauma to the table, as well. In addition, […]

Trauma-Informed Changemakers Webinar with Guy Stephens

Posted November 13, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, December 4th, for our second webinar in our series, Speaking with Trauma-Informed Changemakers. Webinar Overview:  When: Wednesday, December 4th, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Where: Register online Join Ukeru for the second webinar in our series in which we speak with individuals effecting positive change, helping reduce the use of restraint and […]

Trauma-Informed Changemakers: A Conversation with Hannah Grieco

Posted September 25, 2019

Trauma-Informed Changemakers: A Conversation with Hannah Grieco Ukeru recently embarked on a new webinar series in which we are speaking with individuals effecting positive change, helping reduce the use of restraint and seclusion, and driving a culture of comfort vs. control. The first in this series was a discussion with Hannah Grieco. Hannah plays many […]

It’s about being SAFER

Posted March 27, 2019

A New Addition to the Ukeru Family – Welcome to Nakeysha Stevenson

Posted February 25, 2019

Ukeru is now being used in 130 organizations across 27 states. So we are growing our talented team to keep pace! Please join us in welcoming Nakeysha Stevenson to the family. Though, in truth, Nakeysha was already a part of the extended family, having been a Program Support Supervisor at our parent organization, Grafton Integrated […]

Creating a Relationship-First vs. Rules-First Environment

Posted February 22, 2019

Webinar Overview:  Creating a Relationship-First vs. Rules-First Environment  When: Thursday, March 7th, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET  Where:  You can view the webinar here. Creating a truly trauma-responsive school requires shifting from a “rules first” to a “relationships first” mindset. This webinar highlighted the adjustments required in instruction, expectations and relationships in order to establish […]

More with Millcreek

Posted December 4, 2018

Thank you to all that attended our last webinar, Reducing Restraint & Seclusion in the Millcreek Township School District. We had so many questions, we didn’t have time to answer them al! But we don’t want that to stop a great conversation. We asked the wonderful team at Millcreek, Ed Nientemp, Director of Pupil Services, […]

Welcome Ray Crosen to the Ukeru Team!

Posted November 10, 2018

Just as the demand for Ukeru continues to grow across the country, so does our awesome team!  We are very excited to welcome Ray Crosen.  He has been in behavioral healthcare for nearly 30 years and we are lucky to have him.  Check out the recent interview with Ray below so you can get to […]

Ukeru Method Implemented at Woods

Posted September 21, 2018

Woods’ Ukeru Champions participate in a training exercise. *A version of this article was originally published on the Woods website and in Woods’ World, a quarterly newsletter. Woods Services is a multi-service population health management and advocacy organization providing innovative, comprehensive and integrated health, education, housing, workforce, behavioral health and case management services to more than 4,000 children […]

Changing the System

Posted September 7, 2018

It’s back to school time again! So much goes into preparing for a great year. Parents spend hours filling out forms, studying the supply list, and taking their kids shopping for that perfect first-day-of-school outfit. But teachers also do a tremendous amount of work preparing their classrooms. They want the kids to feel welcomed and […]

Webinar: Reducing Restraint & Seclusion in the Millcreek Township School District

Posted August 27, 2018

On Tuesday, September 18th, we hosted the second in our series of FREE online webinars on creating trauma informed schools. Webinar Overview:  Reducing Restraint & Seclusion in the Millcreek Township School District  When: Tuesday, September 18th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT  Where:  You can view a recording of the webinar here. After recognizing the negative impact of […]

New Journal Article Proves Restraint-Free Approach Provides Safer Treatment for Individuals with a Variety of Disabilities

Posted August 22, 2018

By Using Comfort versus Control, Grafton Integrated Health Network Reduces Use of Restraint by 99% and Eliminates Seclusion Entirely A new longitudinal study, just released in the journal Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, illustrates one behavioral healthcare facility’s ability to dramatically reduce physical restraint and completely eliminate seclusion by shifting to an approach of comfort versus […]

Tennessee School Highlighted in National Webinar for Their Unique Approach to Working with Students Affected by Trauma

Posted August 6, 2018

Webinar Open to Media (Winchester, VA) –  On Monday, August 6, from 2 – 3pm EDT, Nashville, TN school, Fall-Hamilton Elementary School will be highlighted in a national webinar hosted by Ukeru Systems for their proactive steps to making their classrooms trauma-informed.  In Nashville, 60% of children have had an adverse childhood experience. Principal Mathew […]

Experts Call For More Trauma-Informed Classrooms as New School Year Approaches

Posted August 5, 2018

Shifting Mindset from “What’s wrong with this child” to “What happened to this child” Will Be Key to Students’ Success (Winchester, VA) – With studies estimating that nearly 50% of U.S. children have experienced at least one potentially traumatic “adverse childhood experience,” or ACE, experts including Ukeru Systems President Kim Sanders are calling for classroom […]

Webinar: Creating a Trauma-Informed School

Posted July 16, 2018

On Monday, August 6th, we hosted an online webinar on creating a trauma-informed school. Webinar Overview:  Name: Creating a Trauma-Informed School When: Monday, August 6th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT Where:  You can find an archived version of the webinar here.  In Nashville, TN, 60% of children have had an adverse childhood experience. The city is […]

Webinar: Achieving Success And Safety By Implementing A Trauma-Informed Approach In Juvenile Services

Posted May 30, 2018

On Wednesday, May 30th, we hosted a FREE online webinar on utilizing a trauma informed approach in juvenile justice to achieve better success and safer communities. Webinar Overview:  When: Wednesday, May 30th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Where: View a recording of the webinar here.  Webinar Details: This online webinar highlighted the experience of the Colorado Department […]

Webinar: Using a Trauma-Informed Approach in Residential Programs – Featuring Dr. Karen Treisman

Posted January 19, 2018

On Wednesday, February 14th we hosted an online webinar on the importance of using a trauma-informed approach in residential programs. Webinar Overview:  When: Wednesday, February  14th, 11:00am – 12:00pm  ET Where: View the recorded webinar here.   Webinar Details: This webinar featured London-based Clinical Psychologist and author, Dr. Karen Treisman. Through the use of case studies, this webinar covered Dr. Treisman’s […]

Comfort vs. Control from the Parent’s Perspective

Posted April 28, 2017

On Thursday, April 27, we hosted a webinar on Comfort vs. Control from the Parent’s Perspective Webinar Overview:  When: Thursday, April 27,  2:30  – 3:30 PM ET Where: This webinar was hosted by Kim Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems and included: Rhonda Richardson, mother of an adult son with Autism and Sean Campbell, father of […]

Restraint and Seclusion: A Discriminatory Practice in Schools

Posted April 21, 2017

Schoolhouse in Jeopardy: Children at Risk

Posted March 2, 2017

Ukeru Featured in The Hill

Posted February 20, 2017

  Ukeru President, Kim Sanders, recently penned an op-ed which appeared on The Hill website. Like many other issues in our country right now, a case before the United States Supreme Court, Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District, is causing heated national debate. The case involves a child with autism in Colorado whose parents […]

Shining a Spotlight: Speaking with Rhonda Richardson of @AutismChronicles

Posted January 12, 2017

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. In this post, we are speaking with Rhonda Richardson, the mother of an adult son with autism. Rhonda is a believer in reducing restraints and seclusion and […]

Webinar: The Prevalence of Restraint

Posted December 20, 2016

The Prevalence of Restraint: Featuring Dr. Peter Sturmey Ukeru hosted a webinar on Tuesday, January 10th on the use of restraint and alternatives to this harmful practice. Webinar Overview:  When: Tuesday, January 10th, 2:30-3:30pm ET Where: View the recording of the webinar here.  This conversation covered: The prevalence of restraint; Alternative methods to restraint; and Organizational interventions. Time was […]

The Importance of Using a Trauma-Informed Approach

Posted October 10, 2016

Ukeru Featured in Behavioral Healthcare

Posted August 31, 2016

We are honored and grateful to have been recently featured in the “What Works” column in Behavioral Healthcare. With so many children heading back to school, the article’s timing is perfect for shining a spotlight on the important need for eliminating restraint and seclusion as acceptable behavior management techniques in classrooms and other learning facilities across the country. Each day, we have the […]

Webinar: Bringing Trauma-Informed Care Into The Classroom

Posted May 31, 2016

We hosted a webinar on  Monday, June 13th about the importance of bringing trauma informed care into classroom settings. An archive of the webinar can be found here.  The Importance of Trauma-Informed Care: Trauma is pervasive and far-reaching. It affects both the individual directly experiencing an event as well as those who bear witnesses to it. There […]

Infographic: A Case For Eliminating Restraint & Seclusion

Posted March 16, 2016

New Crisis Management Program First To Offer Physical Alternatives To Restraint

Posted December 3, 2015

Ukeru Systems Provides Cost and Life Saving Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion (Winchester, VA) – Grafton Integrated Health Network today announced the national launch of Ukeru Systems, a safe, comforting and restraint-free crisis management program developed by and for behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals, educators and parents. It is the first crisis training program to completely eliminate the use […]

Mental Health Begins Where The Straitjackets End

Posted November 24, 2015

News site recently published an in-depth article on Ukeru’s Chris Feltner, who was key to the genesis of the Ukeru program. The article explains how Chris’ combination of skills and background in both mental health and martial arts were key to developing this new approach to limiting the use of restraint and seclusion. The article appears in ozy’s Rising Stars sesion, […]

Beyond Understanding, Ukeru Expert Offers Solutions For Better Managing Autism

Posted October 5, 2015

Ukeru expert Bonnie Zampino is once again speaking out via Huffington Post, this time in response to an earlier post about autism that inspired thousands of comments — not all of them positive. In a follow-up article, Bonnie offers solutions to help those with typically functioning children gain both understanding and compassion for those with autism. […]

Promoting A Greater Understanding Of All Types Of Autism

Posted September 28, 2015

Awareness and empathy of autism is the only way to bring constructive change, says Ukeru System’s Bonnie Zampino in a Huffington Post editorial that has gained significant public attention. Bonnie was inspired to write the article after reading about several neighboring families in California who are suing the parents of a child with autism.  The lawsuit contends that […]

Ukeru Expert Addresses The Challenges Of Restraint Use In Huffington Post Article

Posted September 16, 2015

The Huffington Post published an editorial from Ukeru Systems’ Bonnie Zampino, highlighting the problems with restraint use and offering solutions.  Bonnie, who is both the mother of a child with autism and an engagement specialist with Ukeru Systems, was inspired to write the article following recent public outcry over a viral video showing a Kentucky school […]

Ten Things Parents Of Children With Autism Wish Teachers Knew

Posted September 4, 2015

As the school year gets underway, Ukeru Systems’ Bonnie Zampino shared the “10 Things Parents of Children with Autism Wish Teachers Knew” in an article published by The Huffington Post. Bonnie is the mother of a child with autism and also works as an engagement specialist with Ukeru Systems. In one of the ten messages, she asks that teachers […]

Ukeru Systems Launches Website

Posted August 15, 2015

Ukeru Systems, a division of Grafton Integrated Health Network, has launched a new website,  Ukeru Systems provides training and consultation services to behavioral healthcare providers, schools, and other organizations that support individuals with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Ukeru Systems award-winning care management tools and techniques include: Ukeru®: A restraint-free crisis management technique for behavioral […]

Grafton To Provide Consultation And Training To 4,000 In California Developmental Disability Centers

Posted February 11, 2015

The California Department of Developmental Services has awarded Grafton Integrated Health Network a contract to train nearly 4,000 staff in four separate developmental centers on The Grafton Method and Ukeru. The Grafton Method is a trauma-informed treatment model that has been recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

Grafton Receives First Ever Autism Speaks Grant

Posted November 5, 2014

Winchester, VA, November 5, 2014 –Autism Speaks, Capital Area Chapter awards Grafton Integrated Health Network a $5,000 grant for its program entitled, A Crisis Management Tool for Families and Educators to minimize the use of restraints and seclusion, which includes the Ukeru intervention. In 2009, Autism Speaks endorsed the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act. If […]

Grafton’s Ukeru Wins National Council 2013 Impact Award

Posted March 1, 2013

Grafton Integrated Health Network wins the National Council 2013 Impact Award for “Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management.” The Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management Award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated effective and innovative programs currently in use to minimize risk and liability. These programs improve the operation of the organization or the lives of the […]

Grafton And Ukeru Featured In SAMSHA Issue Brief On Seclusion And Restraint

Posted March 21, 2010

Grafton Integrated Health System and its Ukeru program is featured in an Issue Brief published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA has developed a series of issue briefs on the use of seclusion and restraint, in collaboration with national advocacy organizations, consumers, and partners at the federal, state, and local […]

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