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Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACES) Hawai‘i
He ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani mai au; ‘a‘ohe makani nāna e kūla‘i.
I am a wind-withstanding ‘a‘ali‘i; no wind can topple me over.


Panel on COIVD-19 and how to maintain community while practicing social distancing (Indigenous perspective)

On April 29, 2020 (1 p.m.-2 p.m. HST) - the Native Organizers Alliance will be hosting a panel discussion on the challenges and celebrations of practicing social distancing for indigenous populations during this COVID-19 pandemic. The panel and small group discussions will feature Robyn Jackson of Diné CARE, Elizabeth Day of Native American Community Development Institute, and Whitney Rencountre of Social Distance PowWow. Each will share their experiences with supporting our communities on...

Protecting yourself from Emotional Contagion

Aloha and Happy Friday! I was on a zoom call yesterday and reminded of the need to protect ourselves from the dangers of emotional contagion- how we can "catch one anotherʻs emotions. Intense negative emotions that are expressed more emphatically are more contagious." - Elaine Hatfield. To learn more about emotional contagion please click on this link from Psychology Today. I would love to hear your thoughts! Have a great, safe and connected weekend. Danny

After the storm . . . Lets talk about it

Aloha- while I completely understand that we need to "keep our eye on the ball" in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, I do think it is important that we also think about how we move forward when the restrictions are lifted and we adjust to the "new normal." This article by Psychology Today provides great insights and strategies. Please post your thoughts/wonders about moving forward to the "new normal."

9 New Communities Join ACEs Connection

ACEs Connection Hawai'i Hawai'i is a place of natural beauty, multicultural heritages and practicing cultural arts that provides wellness and healing. However, cultural, historical & generational trauma has lead to an imbalance in our ahupua'a or ecosystem. Join us as we educate, empower & celebrate wellness and resilience building in our communities using trauma and culture aware strategies. Mahalo Community Manager: @Daniel Goya Northeast Region Hawaii Carey's

Next Blockbuster Drug: Busting Loneliness By: Dan Buettner

Check out this interview about combatting the different types of loneliness we may each be feeling at this time. Author of Together: The Healing Power of Human Connectedness in a Sometimes Lonely World , Dr. Vivek Murthy addresses the little things we can do every day that can mean the most to the ones we cherish and love. Check out the Interview Here. “I think it’s time that we can focus more on the amount of time that we spend with friends, the quality of that time, and finally on helping...

PBS for Hawaiʻi

Mahalo PBS Hawaii for providing such a great resource for our families and keiki during this time. Parents/caregivers, please check out PBS Hawaiʻi to support your keikiʻs needs during this time- but could we also put out a PSA that we should always try to pair screen time with active time!

"Broken Places" Documentary on PBS tonight at 10 p.m.

This is listed in the main calendar- please set your DVRs for 10 p.m. tonight (4/06) for the PBS viewing of Broken Places Caution: It is a difficult watch- but it does showcase the power of resilience and the need for trauma informed care. This blog will include "real time" thoughts as the documentary airs. Mahalo, Danny

"Drive thru Preschool" (General)

During this time of social distancing and the legitimate scare of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to develop a sense of "normalcy" for our little ones (keiki). We can do this by keeping them on a schedule, making sure that we are listening to their concerns and meet their unmet needs. Due to COVID-19 preschools in Hawai'i have shut its doors to instruction, however this preschool has continued to operate by meeting the needs of the homeless and at-risk homeless families they serve.

The Community Resilience Initiative

The Community Resilience Initiative (the Washington state based group that was behind the movie, "Paper Tigers") is an excellent resource for wellness and resilience building by employing trauma informed training and trauma responsive skillsets. I love my CRI One-Year calendar that provides inspirational quotes, research statistics and self-care practices and reminders. CRIʻs Thought of the Day: "Resilience- Become aware of the four cousin emotions: anger/frustration, sadness/disappointment,...

The Trauma Therapist Project (Intermediate-Advanced)

Aloha, As I post websites, journals, research, etc. for blog entries, I will add in parenthesis (General, Intermediate, Advanced) to help the reader sift through blog entries. It is not my intention to "flood your email box" with countless articles that may not be of assistance to you in your work or personal journey. This podcast is an excellent tool for therapist and practitioners. I particularly found Dr. Bruce Perry's (author of "The boy who was raised as a dog") podcast on "Staying...

Identifying the unmet need.

These are new and difficult times for children (for all of us), by identifying the "unmet need" of a child we help with the trauma they might be experiencing during the COVID-19. This article can help restore "rough waters" to "calm waters." Mahalo to Cissy White from the ACES Connection for this great article from the Fatherhood Channel .

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