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A Better Normal- Education Upended 2/25 at 4pm PST

Hi education disrupters! We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Thursday at a NEW TIME, 4pm PST. We are going to try this new time through April in the hopes of allowing more teachers and administrators to attend so please share! Each week our discussion will explore the following: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to create a culture of collective care? How do we implement peer support structures for...

'A Better Normal' Conversation with the Authors of 'We've Been Too Patient' - Friday, February 26th

Please join us for our next episode of our ‘A Better Normal’ Community Discussion where we envision the future as trauma-informed! We are honored to be joined by the authors and editors of ‘We've Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health--Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model’ , Kelechi Ubozoh and L.D. Green. Hosted by @Jenna Quinn (ACEs Connection Staff) and facilitated by @Alison Cebulla (ACEs Connection Staff) of ACEs Connection. Friday, February 26th, 2021 12pm...

A Better Normal- Education Upended returns TODAY 2/11 with a new time-4pm PST

Hi education disrupters! Beginning today we will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Thursday at a NEW TIME, 4pm PST. We are going to try this new time through April in the hopes of allowing more teachers and administrators to attend so please share! Each week our discussion will explore the following: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to create a culture of collective care? How do we implement peer support...

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion Series — 5 Ways ACEs Initiatives Get Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Wrong

In this installment of A Better Normal community discussion, ACEs Connection's Race & Equity workgroup reconvenes and discusses ACEs Connection’s internal processes to address racism, racial trauma and civil unrest. In this discussion, we will highlight the five ways ACEs initiatives, including our own, get DEI wrong. Discussions will include racial trauma, historical trauma, healing centered practices and effective DEI strategies. In addition to our internal processes, ACEs Connection...

A Better Normal is on a Holiday Break | Watch Our Top Episodes

Dear ACEs Connection Members, It has been an honor to produce the A Better Normal Live Zoom talk series with @Jenna Quinn (ACEs Connection Staff) for ACEs Connection over the past 8 months. It has been comforting to come back to this community on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and see familiar faces. Thank you for showing up, asking good questions, and especially asking, "how can I help my community become trauma and ACEs-informed?" We are looking forward to taking a holiday break to...

A Better Normal- Education Upended 11/19, with special guest Robin Cogan, The Relentless School Nurse!

Hi Everyone! Welcome back. I am SO very excited to announce our special guest for this Thursday 11/19 12-1 PST. Please join us as we discuss everything school health and school nursing with rock star school nurse Robin Cogan. Along with all her amazing achievements in her bio below she has recently been featured on CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, and the NYT commenting on school health and the invaluable role of school nurses during a pandemic. Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified...

Sarah Peyton discusses her book & leads a guided meditation / Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2020

I am thrilled to announce that we have a special A Better Normal session which will be part conversation and part meditation practice for those who wish to participate. Our special guest is Sarah Peyton who is the author of Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercise to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 10th, at 12p.m. PST and 3p.m. EST. Registration link:...

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion: Suicide Awareness and Community Cafes

Join us on Friday November 6, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PST as we come together and join Satya Chandragiri MD, Bonnie O’Hern RN, Denise Proudfoot RN, & Michael Polacek RN for a discussion around the tender issue of suicide. Together we will discuss ways people and providers can support each other and encourage communities to take action to support one another around suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and the layers of culture and structural barriers to care. A special emphasis will be...

You're invited to our post-election day debrief and discussion with ACEs Connection staff! Part of our A Better Normal Live Zoom Series

Join the staff of ACEs Connection for this post-Election Day live zoom debrief and discussion, led by me, Alison Cebulla, producer of the A Better Normal series, and Jane Stevens, Founder and Publisher at ACEs Connection. We don't know yet what the outcome will be but we are certain there will be lots to process no matter what. This will be a community discussion format. We will start with a body-centering breathing exercise. Topics will include: + Sharing how we feel + Sharing our hopes,...

'I don’t know how we can really achieve racial equity if we’re not hearing the voices of those whom we hope to serve'

Dr. Shandi Fuller recalls that when she first assembled an all-staff meeting at the Solano County Family Health Services to show how equity and ACEs screening should go hand in hand, some staff members were bewildered. “Why are we talking about equity?” they asked. As Fuller explained to attendees at “A Better Normal,” an ACEs Connection webinar on Oct. 13, the question led her and a colleague to develop training for medical providers on this concept. The webinar was also based on extensive...

Hope and Progress, No Matter What! — an ACEs Connection/Cambia Health Foundation “Better Normal”, Oct. 22, 2020

Now, more than ever, there is a need for a new kind of hope, one founded in science and demonstrable, replicable progress. That hope lies in the science of adverse childhood experiences and the remarkable results from people who have used this new understanding of human behavior to solve our most intractable problems.

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion Series-Equity in the ACEs Movement

In this installment of the A Better Normal community discussion, ACEs Connection's very own TN & Midwest community facilitator Ingrid Cockhren will discuss the need for equitable practices within the worldwide ACEs movement. In light of the recent civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been more of a need to address systemic/institutional racism and the resulting pervasive historical and racial trauma. This discussion will center racism, bias and inequity as root causes...

A Better Normal Community Discussion - Reimagining Health Care

In a conversational style, join physician Drew Factor who will speak with Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Liza Guroff and An é Watts in a discussion entitled "Reimagining Health Care". Dr. Gaudet will speak about her experience engaging in transformational change at the Veterans Administration and how this has shaped the development of her own Functional Medicine Institute , while Ms. Guroff and Ms. Watts will speak about their knowledge of a Trauma-Informed Approach both at a systems (National Council...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, A Focus on Educator Wellness and Resilience with special guest Bryan Clement, MEd

Please join us on 10/15 along with special guest Bryan Clement, MEd from Dovetail Learning as we discuss educator well-being. Educators are being asked to learn and grow professionally and personally during this unique time. During this week's session you will explore your own self-awareness regarding your 'protective patterns' and learn practical skills for resilience to remain 'centered' while navigating telehealth support and teaching at a distance. As a trauma informed, healing centered...

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