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A Better Normal: Practicing Resilience | Tools to Reduce Stress & Anxiety | Thursday April 29, 2021

Join us for the next episode of A Better Normal! Hosted by PACEs Connection's Gail Kennedy. Thursday, April 29, 2021 | Noon to 1pm PDT >>Click here to register<< T his will be a workshop format and will not be recorded or reposted. The stressors of 2020 and 2021 are leading to burnout and exhaustion among ACEs professionals. Join IsraAID and PACEs Connection for a specialized, interactive self-care session, on concrete ways to reduce stress and anxiety in order to continue your...

PACEs Connection Reacts: HOPE Summit | A Better Normal Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, 12pm PT

Join us for our first episode in a new series called "PACEs Connection Reacts" where we will be viewing the world through a PACEs science and trauma-informed lens. For this PACEs Connection Reacts, join Ingrid Cockhren, Director of the Cooperative of Communities, Natalie Audage, Family and Community Resources Lead, and Alison Cebulla, Community Facilitator at PACEs Connection. Dr. Christina Bethell, speaker at the HOPE Summit, PCEs expert and researcher at Johns Hopkins University, will be...

A Better Normal Friday, March 26, 2021: PACEs and HOPE with Dr. Christina Bethell, Dr. Baraka Floyd, & Dr. Robert Sege

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. Read a detailed blog about the science of PACEs and the research being done by our guest speakers by...

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,...

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