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Washington, DC Metro Area ACEs Connection

This group explores issues related to adversity, trauma and resilience in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas. We are advocates, trauma survivors, concerned community members, and professionals who share information and develop practical solutions, to support the Washington, DC metro area to become trauma-informed, address sources of adversity, and promote health and resilience.

Recent Blog Posts

Three-million-dollar award will enhance efforts to advance health equity and racial justice (

Prevention Institute is honored to have received a three-million-dollar grant from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. These generous resources affirm both the dedicated work of our staff and the urgent need to fight for systems, policies, and narratives that support equity, racial justice, and community power. For us, this means focusing on upstream prevention to achieve health, safety, and wellbeing across multiple generations, especially within Black, indigenous and communities of color, and...

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. (CEU’s are...

A football player couldn’t find a therapist who understood Black, urban trauma. So, he decided to become one [Washington Post]

Fellonte Misher was a standout football player at his D.C. high school and at Old Dominion University. (Theresa Vargas/The Washington Post) If you had met Fellonte Misher a decade ago, you would have encountered a teenager who believed the only way he could help his family was through football. While other students worried about their GPAs, he focused on different numbers. As a student at D.C.’s Coolidge High School, the 6-foot-2 wide receiver made 13 touchdowns in a season and 17 tackles in...

The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implicit Bias Awareness Training

The Dibble Institute is pleased to present an introductory webinar by Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr. of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity , which will provide foundational information on implicit bias. It will focus at the individual level and discuss how implicit bias affects everyone. Strategies to reduce or manage implicit bias will be discussed. Broadly speaking, group-based bias involves varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice...

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