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February 2021

2 area residents to be trained to provide community resilience support []

Two northwest Oklahoma residents will be among 30 new certified master trainers who will be prepared to help communities understand Adverse Child Experiences (ACEs) and improve child well-being in their region. Sally Irvin, a children’s pastor from Woodward, and Emma Reed, with the Community Resource Center in Alva, will be available to provide training across the region and provide a great resource to the Garfield County Resilience Task Force (Self-Healing Communities team), said Linda...

NEAR Science is Coming to Oklahoma!

By the end of March, Oklahoma will have 30 certified Master Trainers prepared to canvass our state and engage and motivate individuals and communities to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and improve well-being. The Master Trainer program is facilitated by Dr. Robert Anda and Laura Porter of ACE Interface , a company that provides education, analysis, process design, facilitation, and products designed to increase networks of trainers to disseminate education across communities.

Educators embrace trauma-informed instruction in fourth statewide summit

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 16, 2021) – While many schools across the state were close d Monday due to winter weather, thousands of Oklahoma educators spent their snow y President’s Day learning how to recognize trauma in students and create teaching strategies to overcome stress and fear that can obstruct learning. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) estimated up to 4,500 teachers, counselors and other school leaders attended its fourth statewide summit for trauma-informed instruction...

Hope and Resilience Are Distinct Contributors to Survivor Well-Being

The purpose of this post is to provide a direct response to Cheryl Step’s “ Resilience: The Foundation of Hope .” First, we do not object to the term resilience in everyday conversation. However, in the research and practice literature, resilience (or resiliency) has suffered from a myriad of inconsistent definitions and conceptualizations that leave researchers and professionals with uncertainty about what it means to guide practice. We notice Cheryl considers resilience using several other...

Resilience: The Foundation of Hope

I respect and appreciate the research and science of Hope and think people should learn about Chan Hellman's work. I do not believe you can replace resilience with Hope. They are two distinct concepts that work together to bring about trauma integration. I believe, and science research supports the idea, that children or adults living in adversity and toxic stress must first achieve some aspects of resilience before we can ask them to strengthen their decision-making and goal setting skills...

Oklahoma bill promotes mental health resources

Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa, filed two bills to provide mental health resources and training for students and educators. House Bill 1568 would add mental health instruction to health education curriculum. Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, the State Board of Education would collaborate with the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to adopt standards and approve age-appropriate curriculum options for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Boatman said...

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