Blogs

Our Second Sesame Street night at Blueridge Preschool!

Last month, CRI partnered with Headstart to host our second Sesame Street workshop. Children came to Blue Ridge Preschool to have cookies with Cookie Monster! They practiced breathing exercises and did three different resilience-building activities! View some photos below. Stay tuned for similar workshops and activities!

New trauma-informed book club!

KPJR Films - the creator of the documentaries "Paper Tigers" and "Resilience"- will be leading a new book club in 2019! Our own Teri Barila of CRI was asked to help create a list of trauma-informed books for the Book Club. Read KPJR Film's announcement below: COMING IN 2019: KPJR FILMS BOOK CLUB KPJR Films is pleased to present the selections for the inaugural 2019 KPJR Book Club . Industry experts, Theresa Barila, co-founder and current CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI)...

Walla Walla selected to end youth and young adult homelessness

As part of A Way Home Washington initiative to end homelessness among youth, Walla Walla was selected to be one of only four Anchor Sites! We were recognized in part for our trauma-informed work. In 2005, CRI began researching accompanied teens in Walla Walla as part of the County Homeless task force. CRI, partnered with then-Whitman Student Shae Healey took on the youth component of the force. This research ultimately led to the opening of several initiatives, such as the HUB on Third- a...

Announcing the 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference! Buy tickets today.

Announcing! The 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Trauma-Informed Care Conference on June 26 & 27, 2019 will revolve around the theme, " Building Resilience Across the Life Span ," with Pre-Conference Trainings, Social/Networking event, and film screenings beginning on Tuesday June 25, 2019. Early bird conference ticket pricing is being offered until March 15, 2019! Purchase tickets here: https://beyondpapertigers. eventbrite.com Visit our conference page for more information:...

Thank you for your participation in CRI’s October is Resilience Month!

Thank you to everyone who participated in CRI’s October is Resilience Month! From film screenings to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, from yard signs to new products, we accomplished a lot this past month! CRI kicked off the month with two proclamations - from the City of Walla Walla and the county- to declare our effort to mitigate ACEs via community resilience building. We hosted a resilience treasure hunt with our friend Tod Sullivan , themed according to his home country- England. He...

Art Extravaganza of October 18th!

Play, especially free time for play and playing together, is an essential piece of child development. Art provides an open space for creativity, engaging the right and left hemispheres of the brain. As part of October is Resilience Month, CRI partnered with Brigette Phillips of Mindful Art and hosted a night of de-stressing with art for parents and children. About 20 people attended for pizza, painting, and family time together. Read our previous showcase of Mindful Art here. To Brigette,...

Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 4

Welcome to the final day of October is Resilience month, and the fourth part of our Community Partner Showcase! https://youtu.be/WQlSdSTqefA In this Community Partner Showcase Video, we hear from Jon Cassetto – Court Services Manager, and J. Andrew Rodriguez of Commitment to Community. Learn what partnering with CRI has meant to them. Community is the solution!

A Peak at Tuesday's Inside Out Night

This past Tuesday night, CRI hosted an event, inspired by the Disney Pixar movie "Inside Out." For those unfamiliar with the movie, it brings five feelings- Joy, Sadness, Anger, Jealousy, and Envy- to life in the mind of a young girl named Riley. According to Teri Barila, one of the reasons CRI chose Inside Out is its portrayal of value of all feelings, including sadness. "Joy learned to understand that we can't be happy all of the time. We sometimes find new, true joy by embracing sadness,"...

Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 3

Welcome to the October is Resilience Month video series! We're showcasing our community partners! Stayed tuned for one more installment. Here is part three of the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RctDtUGOp2w&feature=youtu.be In this Community Partner Showcase Video, we hear from Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Wade Smith, and Rick Griffin – Director of Jubilee Leadership Academy . Learn what partnering with CRI has meant to them. Community is the solution!

Brain States and Deescalation: A Photo of Officer Smith of the Walla Walla Police Department

For years, CRI, our partners, our allies around the country and world have been raising awareness about the brain and its states in the brainstem, limbic system, and prefrontal cortex. Research in neuroscience has helped create understanding about the way activation in each of these areas produces different behavior. And in turn, we have learned how to recognize when individuals are in one state, and how to move them into another. Though assessing feelings of safety and connection, we're...

Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 2

Welcome to the October is Resilience Month video series! We're showcasing our community partners! Stayed tuned for more installments. Here is part two of the series: https://youtu.be/vJTEcRjEtXY In this Community Partner Showcase Video, we hear from Cresencia Duran – Parent Involvement Coordinator, Head Start, Donna Fenno a Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Head Start, and Annett Bovent – Director & Founder of Hope Heals Walla Walla. Learn what partnering with CRI has meant to them.

Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 1

Welcome to the October is Resilience Month video series! We're showcasing our community partners! Stayed tuned for more installments. Click here for part one In this Community Partner Showcase Video, we hear from Walla Walla County Commissioner Jim Duncan, Tim Meliah the director of Catholic Charities in Walla, and Janel Torrescano a Social Service Specialist with the Children's Administration. Learn what partnering with CRI has meant to them. Community is the solution!

Announcing Building Resilience Across the Life Span 2'x6' Vinyl Banner & 2'x3' Poster!

Announcing Building Resilience Across the Life Span 2'x6' Vinyl Banner & 2'x3' Poster! CRI is celebrating October is Resilience Month in Walla Walla, WA! As part of the October celebration we are announcing two NEW resilience capacity building products. The prototype Building Resilience Across the Life Span banner debuted at our Beyond Paper Tigers Trauma-Informed Care Conference this past June, and since then has been a much requested product! Looking for a creative way to engage...

Walla Walla City and County Proclamation

This week, Teri Barila of CRI kicked off October is Resilience Month with two proclamations- one with the city of Walla Walla, and the other with the county. Teri, accompanied by Tod Sullivan, met on Monday with the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners to discuss efforts in increasing community-wide resilience, including raising awareness about trauma and ACEs and strengthening community partners. Teri and Tod spoke to the important role of community- above individual resilience- in...

Who is Tod Sullivan? And why is he in Walla Walla?

Apart from being dressed in Winston Churchill attire, Tod Sullivan has another connection to the figure- he was one of 150 people prestigiously selected for a Churchill Fellowship out of 1000 applicants. A resident of Lowestoft, England, Tod applied for his fellowship out of a curiosity to learn more about systematic and holistic approaches to mental health. Thus he embarked on a six-week trip to the United States, to research first-hand how American schools are incorporating trauma-informed...

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