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Scholarships now available for Mind Matters Now!

Has the pandemic stressed you out? Want to learn the self-soothing skills of Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience directly from the author, Dr. Carolyn Curtis? Good news! The Dibble Institute has received generous funding for scholarships to the online, full 12-lesson series, Mind Matters Now . The course helps teachers, social workers, medical professionals, and others manage their stress by building resilience skills and practices for mental well-being. (CEUs are...

Me & My Emotions: A New, Free Resource for Teens

The pandemic has had a lasting effect on youth mental health. Moved by a desire to reduce youth’s toxic stress and increase their resilience, The Dibble Institute, in partnership with a team of students and alumni from ArtCenter College of Design and author Carolyn Curtis, PhD, is releasing Me & My Emotions —a new, free adaptation of our beloved Mind Matters Curriculum. The mobile-friendly Me & My Emotions website features engaging graphics and bite-sized lessons teens can access and...

Sign-up for Free CEBC Webinar: Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Fatigue: This Is Hard, This Work That We Do, AND We Are Making A Difference

Join us for a free CEBC-Hosted Webinar, Secondary Traumatic Stress/ Compassion Fatigue: This Is Hard, This Work That We Do, AND We Are Making A Difference on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Fatigue [STS/CF] is the emotional, physical, and personal response to frequent exposure to and empathic engagement with individuals and families struggling with significant challenges in their lives. It is often referred to as the "emotional...

BUILD Initiative Blogs and Webinars on Early Childhood: Immigration and Trauma

Recent changes in immigration policy are presenting new and intense challenges to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families, and the teachers and programs that work with them. Families and programs are experiencing increased trauma due to the immigration climate. With funding from the Irving Harris Foundation , the BUILD Initiative is organizing a series of webinars and blogs in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Policy for providers, state policy leaders, and advocates.

The Center For The Developing Child Presents: "Build My Brain" Online Course

Early experiences affect the architecture of the brain and determine long-term outcomes in health, learning, and behavior. This course connects the science of early childhood development to work in early childhood education, public health, and social services. No matter your role, you can be a change agent for children’s healthy brain development and lifelong well-being. Experience this 1.5 hour professional development training here.

In the Arena with NOW Podcast Episode, "Cultivating Leaders of Color in Early Care and Education" (27 min)

The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) is excited to share the third episode of In the Arena with NOW , a podcast series that lifts up the voices of community leaders who are “in the arena” -- in classrooms, playgrounds, Congressional halls, hospitals, and neighborhood streets -- working to make sure that all children and families can live healthy, thriving lives. In our third episode, we speak with members of the California Consortium for Equity in Early Care and Education...

Webinar: Building Resilient Communities with Elaine Miller-Karas

2019 Webinar Series: Building Resilient Communities Thursday, August 8th, 2019 10:00AM PDT | 1:00PM EDT This webinar will explore integrating a biological based model to reduce the impacts of toxic stress for children and adults. It is a model both for prevention and to use in the aftermath of adverse event. The Community Resiliency Model has been integrated into the Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning Program, a curriculum for schools K-12, inspired by his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Whole People Series & Study Guide (

There's a fantastic five-part series, Whole People , done by PBS, "spotlighting the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) through personal and community stories. It explores the long-term costs to personal well-being and our society. While much work needs to be done, there are many innovative developments to prevent and treat ACES. We all play a role in becoming a whole people." It's amazing. The five topics covered are as follows: Childhood Trauma Healing Communities A New Response...

Consulting Position at Strategies 2.0

Are you ready to lead transformative change for children and families in California? Strategies 2.0, at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento CA, is looking for a Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist who will help grow knowledge and networks for professionals working with families--through impactful consulting to collaborations and organizations, training to direct-service teams, and regional movement-building among family-building and community-building leaders.

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return (Center on the Developing Child)

Serve and return interactions are fun, easy, and an excellent way to build a strong foundation in a child's brain for future learning and development. Is a child pointing at something? Babbling or moving those little arms and legs? That's a serve! By returning a serve with a simple acknowledgement or smile, you are rewarding a child's interest and curiosity. Want to learn how serve and return can be a part of your daily interactions with children? Check out our new, practical, how-to video...

Sesame Street in Communities Takes on Trauma

Just this morning, Sesame Street in Communities announced its initiative to support foster children, foster parents, and the providers who serve foster care. Further, more trauma related topics will be addressed soon. The upcoming programing is detailed in today’s The Atlantic article “For-Now Parents’ and ‘Big Feelings’: How Sesame Street Talks About Trauma: ‘The Muppets can often do what humans can’t. They’ve got this special power.’ ” “ "Through its Sesame Street in Communities...

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Families Impacted by Addiction

RFQ ANNOUNCEMENT: Celebrating Families! California Expansion Project Update: Due to the expanding ACEs response in California, and subsequent interest in Celebrating Families! we are extending the due date for proposals to May 24 th. Invitation to Expand Celebrating Families!™ Statewide The California State Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) recognizing the effectiveness of Celebrating Families! (CF!), has awarded Prevention Partnership International (PPI) a $100,000, 2-year challenge...

Free online training for Early Child Educators (English and Spanish): Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

This free, one-hour training offered by the CDC provides tools to help child care providers work with families to monitor children's development, share concerns with families, and help families get connected to services and support that can make a real difference. This training is available in English and Spanish, and is approved for continuing education credit. To learn more, visit:

Presentation: Are the Words "Toxic Stress" Toxic? Re-thinking the Narrative About Early Life Stress

The concepts of “toxic stress” and “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) have captured professional and public attention in recent years. While this has helped to bring more resources and interest to early childhood issues, it has also resulted in some harmful language and imagery that depicts children, families, or entire communities as “broken” or beyond healing and resilience. In our concern about adversity, are we selling short the capacity of individuals and communities to heal and...

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