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Tagged With "Resilience Coffee"

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January Resilience Coffee CANCELLED due to Winter Storm Warning

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
The weather is supposed to take a dangerous turn at 4 am Wednesday, so I decided to cancel Resilience Coffee for tomorrow (Wednesday). I hope to see everyone in February!
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Re: The Boy Born Out of Resilience

Former Member ·
This is definitely the message we want to give to all new families. Awesome. Do you know when the next dial in meeting is? I missed this week's cause I didn't see the email or I am not sure I got it and I don't want to miss them. Thanks. And congrats on your grandson!!
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Re: The Boy Born Out of Resilience

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Tina, It looks like the next ACE Summit Steering committee meeting is February 8. Contact Sharon Vreeland for the call in number. Thank you for your message! I think all new families should hear about what they can do to build their child's brain, before they leave the hospital.
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Guilt or Grateful or Both

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Sitting across a Baker's Square table from my birth-brother, sipping coffee and eating pie grateful slowly turned to guilt. I first met my birth brother, 5 years younger than me, 20 years ago. We met when the State agreed to open my closed adoption record to help me learn more about my medical history. I met him, my birth sister, and birth mom at a restaurant outside of Chicago- a middle point for us to meet as we lived in different states. When I walked into the restaurant I almost ran into...
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Resilience Coffee April 2016 Notes

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Resilience Coffee April 6, 2016 Great Conversation! Foster Care to Success program discussion www.fc2success.org Looking for faculty members at NMC for mentoring Shen Chefalo discussed her training she offered in Washington, “Helping Without Harming” Question raised- how do we measure we are trauma informed? Sue Bolde discussed Zero Tolerance launch postponed Discussed 5 strengthening family’s strengths: parent resilience, social connections, social and emotional competence, concrete...
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Resilience Coffee March 2016 Notes

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Resilience Coffee Notes : Attendance: Shen Chefalo,Steve Wade, Carol Greilick, Abby Jordan, Lance Morgan, Cathy Anthofer-Fialon Shen "pitched" ACEs through the lens of her new book, Garbage Suitcase, Monday, February 29 at the TC TedX pitch night event. She says the Milliken auditorium was packed and many speakers, at the heart of their speech, were really talking about the impact of ACE. She will know if she selected in a few weeks. Lance Morgan and Amelia Siders are presenting at the...
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The Boy Born Out of Resilience

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
A few months ago I published a blog, " A Mother's Rage". I re-accounted my rage and helplessness regarding my daughter's high school rape in Miami, FL. I ended my post with words of hope. I wrote how several years had passed since my daughter's assault. She was now engaged and pregnant with my first grandchild.  This is the rest of the story. I held my daughter's hand as she labored through the night with my grandson. I tried to comfort her fiancee who felt helpless. I rubbed her back,...
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Resilience Coffee Notes May 2016

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
May 2016 Resilience Coffee Notes Present Mike and Sharon Herron, Carrie Douglas, David Lloyd, Paula Smith, Amelia Siders, Emily Quinn, Lance Morgan, Sharon VanDrie, Carey Curran, Deb Frisbie, Sarah Hubbell, Erika Solomonson Conversation about a support group for parents who are parenting a child with ACES (adoptive, foster care or otherwise)- Amelia Siders of the Child Advocacy Center and Paula Smith of Child and Family services offered to work on a series. Amelia mentioned that Child...
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Mark Risk ·
I'd like to attend. So let me know. But I probably will not attend a lot. I am not even close to a morning person, unfortunately. On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM, ACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Mark, I completely understand. When I lived in Miami, Florida, afternoon coffee (Cuban coffee) was a time to gather. Maybe we should also add an afternoon coffee! ~ Cathy
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Mark Risk ·
If it works. This is a subject that is dear to me. On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 2:10 PM, ACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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Resilience Coffee

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Spread the word , a group of us are meeting for coffee the 1st Wednesday of every month beginning March 2, 2016, at 7:30 am. We are calling ourselves "Resilience Coffee". Our plan is to talk about ACEs, building resilience, raising awareness, educating, and to enjoy a cup of coffee together. Interested? Send me message with your email address, and I will let you know our location as soon as it is finalized. The location we're finalizing is in Downtown Traverse City. ~ Cathy
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Re: Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

David Kenney ·
Awesome! I once titled a chapter "Love isn't Always Pretty" for much the same reasons you mention. But I love the way you put it, so real and with a true compassion. In the end, we will always still be human. We will make mistakes (and hopefully learn from them). We will misinterpret what we see. We will forget ourselves and act poorly. But the Trauma-Informed environment will help us gain in patience and understanding, learn to see others as innocent and learning too. It helps us to learn...
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Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

Tanya Fritz ·
Words like trauma-informed and resiliency get thrown around a lot these days. And for many, the visions they call up are a bit too glossy. You see resiliency and trauma-informed aren’t always pretty. Resiliency can look like closing the bathroom door and collapsing in tears… but then washing your face and going back into the world, carrying the belief that you can survive and the hope that things will get better. It looks like begrudgingly going on that walk with a friend, when the little...
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Re: Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

Ruth A Rondon ·
Thank you for this. Very well said. It's a warm fuzzy. I will be sharing it. I'm reading David Kenny's book now too. He says he has a similar chapter about love. Can't wait! Such great writers you two are!!.
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Re: Resilience Coffee

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
I'm looking forward to great discussions this Wednesday at Resilience Coffee!
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Re: Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Linda Hesson ·
We have formed a trauma task force in our community and are doing our best to pull it together. ACES Connection has been key in our start up. We will keep growing, learning and spreading what we learn.
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Re: Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Former Member ·
Daggonit, Here is the link to the entire toolkit... I cannot figure how to add it with the new platform. https://www.acesconnection.com/...lience-toolkit-v-1-0
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Re: Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Former Member ·
Yep we had a meeting today. Cathy, you will have to let me know how the ACEs in children grant is going. We had a great meeting today in Tuscola so I am very much looking forward to continuing with working with you all in Traverse City. Hope the ACEs Children's grant writing is going good. Tina
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Re: Trauma, Toxic Stress, and ACEs: Why Should You Care?

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
I would love to attend, but it is the same day as the Governor's Task Force conference on human sex trafficking. It is held at the GT Resort.
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It's April Again, Camping Season in Northern Michigan Begins

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Growing up in Iowa, once a summer my dad would pack a tent, sleeping bags, and load up our camper which sat securely on the bed of my dad's pick- up truck. My mom would pack hot dogs to roast, and of course s'mores. We would then head off to a local campground on the shores of Saylorville Lake for an overnight adventure. We laughed as we burned marshmallows, and sometimes my mom even brought her guitar to play for us. This is all, thankfully, I knew of camping until I became an adult living...
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Northern Michigan Building Resilience

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
A shift is happening in Northern Michigan. More people, community leaders, service leaders are using the language of ACEs and Resilience. This shift will meet with the greatest success as collaboration, common language, shared goals, and shared resources are leveraged to lead us toward building a more compassionate, informed community. A new Facebook community: Northern Michigan Regional Resilience Coalition is one of the efforts to join us together in all of our varied efforts to educate,...
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Thriving—Beyond Surviving: Resiliency After Trauma (www.phoenix-society.org)

Alfredo Leano ·
"We studied what it meant to be “mentally tough” and what characteristics the mentally tough athlete possessed. Characteristics of Mentally Tough Performers Cope more easily with setbacks Have control over anxiety and use it productively Have higher self-confidence Use more positive self-talk Have a positive outlook on the future Set specific goals and visualize accomplishing goals Have a support network" "But the reality is that the majority of people who experience stressful or traumatic...
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Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Series Overview [Video]

The first session of the Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & IRL (In Real Life) was a success. Over 100 ACEs Connection members tuned in despite some issues with registration. I have embedded the video in this post. You have also find the video on the ACEs Connection site here . If you have any questions about the series, please contact Ingrid Cockhren , TN & Midwest Community Facilitator.
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National Council for Behavioral Health Conference #NatCon19

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual National Council for Behavioral Health Conference. I have been to my fair share of conferences but #NatCon19 was one of the best. First, I'm biased. It took place in my city, Nashville, TN . And the venue was the world renowned Opryland Hotel's Gaylord Convention Center . And, I love, love, love the Opryland Hotel ! As any seasoned conference goer, I had a strategy when it came to which sessions and events I wanted to attend. My game...
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