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October is Resilience Month in Walla Walla

The Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) started ORM in 2013 and it has become an annual tradition that supports our efforts at community engagement and resilience building. Both the City Council and County Commissioners sign annual Proclamations to kick off ORM. ORM anchors us to our community and is a month dedicated to celebrating and strengthening both our inner resilience and community resilience. For Walla Walla’s ninth annual ORM celebration, three local organizations - Blue Zones...

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...

FREE WEBINAR - The Impact of Mind Matters: Preliminary Evidence of Effectiveness in a Community-Based Sample

Becky Antle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and esteemed University Scholar at the University of Louisville, won The Dibble Institute’s national competition to evaluate Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in 2019. As a result, Dr. Antle and her colleagues have conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of Mind Matters on a host of outcomes related to trauma symptoms, emotional regulation, coping and resiliency, and interpersonal skills for at-risk...

Your input needed! Survey, focus group, interview - your choice!

Hello, I am reaching out to you as someone who has registered for an Essentials for Childhood ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice gathering in the past three years. We would like your help so we can provide the best support and build resilience in local communities and set the future direction for the Community of Practice . There are three ways you can provide input: Take and share the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACEsandResilienceCoP21 Sign up now to join one of the 2...

Moving beyond “Paper Tigers” to a science of hope: Q & A with CRI's Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin knows a lot about hope – how to understand it, instill it, develop it. Griffin is the director of training and curriculum development for the non-profit Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) in Walla Walla, Washington. Walla Walla’s Lincoln High was the subject of a 2015 film, “Paper Tigers,” by the late Jamie Redford, about how the school principal, Jim Sporleder, adopted an ACEs-informed approach that positively transformed the school as well as the surrounding community.

March CTIPP CAN Call

Thank you to Aidan Phillips from the WAVE Trust for his excellent and engaging presentation for attendees of our monthly Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) call for March. The information he shared is invaluable as we continue our work to influence change at the national level through the National Trauma Campaign . If you were unable to join, would like to watch again, or want to share with others, you can find the call recording here . Additionally, if you would like...

A Better Normal Friday, March 26, 2021: PACEs and HOPE with Dr. Christina Bethell

Please join us for our next installment of A Better Normal, our live webinar series in which we imagine and create our society as trauma-informed! You may have seen we changed our name recently from ACEs Connection to PACEs Connection. Please join us to learn all about the groundbreaking research of Positive Childhood Experiences and how this is going to transform the work we are all doing. >>Click here to register<< PACEs and HOPE Live Event Friday, March 26, 2021 Noon PT / 1pm...

New Report Explores Top Social Determinants

This article originally appeared on RACMonitor News 2/10/21 “Permission to republish this article was granted by RACmonitor“ It’s just February, but a steady stream of reports and surveys touting the top social determinants of health (SDoH) and mental health (SDoMH) for 2021 have already begun to appear. First up is the 2021 Consumer Sentiments and Insights Survey by The Root Cause Coalition , an organization co-founded by AARP Foundation and ProMedica. The survey was conducted online last...

Washington Youth Flex Lobbying Might on Rights of Native Americans, Homelessness and Foster Youth [imprintnews.org]

By Elizabeth Amon, The Imprint, February 1, 2021 When teens and young adults who’ve lived through homelessness and foster care gather this year to tell Washington state policymakers what their peers need most, the youth advocates will have three priorities: they want lawyers for every foster child, a task force to focus on the experience of Native Americans and better support for the newly independent. The youth advocates, ages 13 to 25, represent seven local chapters of The Mockingbird...

Join the Compassion in Therapy Summit: A Free Online Training with Awake Network January 30th—February 3

The free 2021 Compassion in Therapy Summit co-produced by The Awake Network and The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion begins Saturday, January 30th! If you or someone you care about is a therapist, social worker, clinician, psychologist, counselor, or anyone else working in mental health or you want to learn more about applying self-compassion to your own well-being, please check it out below and help spread the word! Join this FREE online event and learn mindfulness, self-compassion, and...

Learning opportunities: A New Year Deserves A New Look at the Science of Trauma

A New Year Deserves A New Look at the Science of Trauma Many educators and Trauma Trainers have praised our addition of the Predicting Brain theory to our Course 1: Trauma-Informed Training. For years, trauma-informed training has included some version of the neuroscience based on the Triune Brain theory . Sense our shift to the Predicting Brain theory, we have been asked how we reconcile the two approaches. In her new book, 71/2 Lessons about the Brain , Lisa Feldman Barrett states, “we...

8th Annual October Resilience Month Reflection

Written by: India Flinchum, Whitman College Community Fellow Program The Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) of Walla Walla, hosted its 8th annual “October is Resilience Month” (ORM) event in October, 2020. The aim of the yearly ORM series is to build resilience, encourage community-engagement, and inspire self-reflection among members of the Walla Walla community. Through community events and CRI-hosted learning modules, CRI welcomed the general public once again, opening its arms to...

TODAY! 12/2 at noon - FREE! Supporting Patients in Pregnancy: ACEs and Maternal Health

ACEs Aware presents " Supporting Patients in Pregnancy : ACEs and Maternal Health" Wed, Dec 2, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST Add to Calendar: Outlook ® Calendar | Google Calendar™ | iCal ® Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: info@acesaware.org How to Join the Webinar 1. Click the link to join the webinar at the specified time and date: Join Webinar Note: This link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you. Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to...

Tools to Mitigate Work Stress and Prevent Burnout: For Health Care Providers during COVID and Beyond  

Whether you work in a hospital, a safety net clinic, or in another health care setting, no health care provider working during the COVID-19 pandemic needs to read the flurry of news stories that highlight the extreme stress experienced by people in this line of work – you already know it firsthand. This webinar will introduce health care providers to the Community Resiliency Model ( CRM ), an evidence-based method of managing traumatic stress, preventing burnout and building resiliency. This...

Gratitude for our collective work locally and nationally

Hello! As we lean into Thanksgiving celebrations tomorrow, in whatever fashion we use to stay connected with family and friends even if only virtually, I want to extend my gratitude for what is happening as a result of so many communities involved in helping to make a difference via awareness, education and support for building resilience. Here is a recent example of coming together, in our community, to attempt to address issues that can divide us, or that we rise above and use to unite us.

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