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NCAR (National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience)

  • Inclusivity: We believe that community voices, alongside those of policy-makers, practitioners and researchers, should contribute to dialogue and change.
  • Equity: We believe that every person should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. We challenge ourselves and all our organizations and systems of care to strive for cultural awareness, humility and justice.
  • Wellness: We embrace an expansive and holistic definition of wellness that encompasses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We support and promote a broad range of evidence-informed services and programs that contribute to the safety, health, happiness and empowerment of individuals and communities.
  • Heart-Head Connection: We believe in the powerful connection between empathy—our deep sense of connection to others—and the emerging biopsychosocial science of adversity and resilience. We employ both heart and head to set standards and develop humane, evidence-informed prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Collaborative Capacity: We believe that strategic collaboration leads to better results when all partners have the capacity for leadership, adaptability and democratic decision-making—along with the core support and flexible, long-term funding to build that capacity in a sustainable way.

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Hi there, I'm doing some research on how to build trauma-informed, resilient communities at the moment and have found your resources so useful. Thanks for putting them together. I just want to offer a tiny bit of feedback on the Heart-head connection. Regarding the term "biomedical", I wonder if it might be preferable to replace this with "biopsychosocial", because biomedical has very negative connotations, particularly in the psychiatric context where it's more "bio-bio-bio" than anything else. Biopsychosocial would include the social determinants of health and better capture that individual and community health, relationships and behaviour comes down to a complex interplay of individual, familial, social and historical factors. Just a suggestion! Jane

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