Today we get to know Allyn Griffin, one of CRI's trauma-informed trainers out in the field based in Prescott, WA.
What was your "aha" moment that took you into the world of ACEs and Trauma informed care?
Just over five years ago, I was asked to speak at a friend’s retirement celebration. A close friend of mine and retired NASA astronaut, Leland Melvin, arranged a meeting with a group of NASA educators who were very influential at the time in creating national curriculum. That meeting and a book my brother Rick gave me entitled, ‘Help For Billy’ by Heather T. Forbes, helped me to grasp the importance of and the legitimate role neurology and epigenetics play in the lives of children with ACES.
How has your background contributed to your interest and work with CRI?
Growing up in a smaller city in Wyoming helped me to appreciate how easy it is to lose track of marginalized people even in small communities. Knowing that individuals are not necessarily stuck with the ”hand they were dealt” in terms of ACES, energizes me to do all I can to reduce, eliminate or buffer the harmful effects.
What are you currently reading?
"How Emotions Are Made" by Lisa Feldman Barrett
What are you looking forward to in 2020 for CRI?
Reaching millions with this message.
Favorite hobbies outside of work.
Coaching basketball, golfing, working with youth leaders and advocates