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Self-Regulation Requires Community Care

A growing body of research shows that mental and emotional health is dependent on our ability to regulate emotions. One’s ability to regulate emotions is achieved by recognizing and transmuting the feelings, attitudes and thoughts that are naturally the unconscious drivers of behavior. Those who learn and develop their ability to self-regulate typically report improved attitudes and better relationships both at home and at work. Self-control and self-regulation are two very different...

Discover Why Walla Walla is a #1 Trauma Informed Community

BEYOND PAPER TIGERS CRI is moving Beyond Paper Tigers into a whole new expe-resilience. Our team of presenters are providing cutting edge information and tools for transformation. Join us in June for the conference you've been waiting for. Beyond Paper Tigers Want to know more? See what our other partners have to say: https://www.youtube.com/user/ResilienceTrumpsAces Sign up now to reserve your seat at Beyond Paper Tigers conference BEYOND PAPER TIGERS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Self-Care Is One Thing ~ Community-Care Is Another

Contributing to society as a mentor is a priceless contribution to humanity. Mentoring is priceless because young minds are forming connections about the nature of existence that will determine resilience levels and decision making processes for the remainder of their lives. When we talk about resilience we’re talking about the manner in which a brain functions based on positive connections formed during early life experiences. One of the best ways to form a resilient mind is to be a person...

Upgrading the Medical Profession

Pediatrician Lisa Ponce expresses her concerns about the needs of her patients at last year’s Beyond Paper Tigers Conference. She says 5 minutes per patient simply does not give enough time to get to the heart of any matter where true healing can take place. “Seeing 30 kids a day to measure head circumferences and fix ear infections was not enough”. She asked herself important questions that began a change in her practice. She asked how can I provide optimal care and help these children...

Looking at Children with a New Set of Eyes

Our children are giving us clear signs that we need some changes. After 300 years of industrial revolution our modern society has been shaped and molded by the industrial complex. Everything about our contemporary world is a product of the industrial age. We now live in homes, work in buildings, store our food, bake in ovens, and talk on cell-phones that are all formed out of square and rectangular shapes. One might say we have fashioned our existence around and into boxes. For many who...

Who is There for the Children?

Abused or neglected children deserve to be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. That’s what Kathryn Barron stands for as a volunteer of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program where she assists the process of representing children in the courtroom over family issues. At the 2016 Beyond Paper Tigers conference in Walla Walla Kathryn represented the law and court system sector. She informed us about the diligent efforts that CASA is making to insure that...

Why Attend the 2017 Trauma-Informed Care Conference?

The documentary Paper Tigers sparked renewed interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development. Trauma-informed care is emphasized more than ever. Yet, parents, educators, clinicians, mental health workers and law enforcement alike still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way. This conference will provide concrete strategies that operationalize what brain science tells us will be most...

Artists in the ACE and Resilience Movement: Creative Avenues to Change

They began with a song and ended with a poem. In-between, there were photographs and giant graphic renderings, movement exercises and a “human pulse” formed when 90 people stood in a circle and squeezed each other’s hands. At a June summit in Whatcom County, Washington, titled “Our Resilient Community: A Community Conversation on Resilience and Equity,” the arts played a starring role. Kristi Slette, executive director of the Whatcom Family and Community Network, one of two Washington sites...

Washington State Frontiers of Innovation requests Letter of Interest from Community Leaders for First 1,000 Days Project

The First 1,000 Days Project may be of interest to many of my fellow Washingtonians in this group! This project is attempting to answer these questions … “What will it take to get 1,000 Babies in 1,000 Days born in one or 2 different communities to thrive, regardless of the stress their families may have been experiencing at their birth? How do we find them sooner, figure out which families need more support, target those supports, and track how the population is doing? What can we learn and...

INVITATION TO AWAKENING

Every so often someone appears in your life that is ready, willing, and able to affect great opportunities and change for you and everyone they meet. When this happens, you yourself must be ready, willing, and able to meet that opportunity. Every so often someone appears in your life that is able to assist you in preparing yourself to be ready, willing, and able to affect great opportunities and change for you and everyone you meet. When this happens you must be able to recognize the...

Washington to combine child services programs into one department [RealChangeNews.org]

A commission released its recommendations to fix Washington state’s faulty system that delivers services to children and families by breaking up the agency out of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and creating a new, independent department addressing the needs of children 21 years old and younger. The proposal would dramatically realign the current system, including the state’s foster care system, by taking the Children’s Administration out of DSHS and combining it with the...

Trauma and Resilience Tools

Partner Showcase No. 7 -- Dr. Don Ashley is not your typical pediatrician. If I’m reading Dr. Ashley correctly, he suggests that our bodies hold memory patterns from early childhood experiences that control our biological and decision making processes throughout our lives. In his words: “Pretty scary to have your body sabotage your health, sabotage your marriage, and sabotage your work”. New brain science and the study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) reveal that certain habits that...

Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain - FREE Screening for ACEs Connection Network!

I am excited to announce that ACEs Connection Network has partnered with the producers of the film, Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain . to host a FREE SCREENING of the film for our members. If you have been t hinking of hosting a screening of CAREgivers in your community or are interested in learning more about secondary traumatic stress and what to do about it, join our ACEs Connection Network for a FREE screening of this film and a virtual chat with the...

Enhancing Resilience Through Human Design

{Photo above is the visual depiction of my human design} Have you ever wondered how the day and time of your birth, coupled with the precise location in which you were born could help you enhance your own resilience? If you’re like me, that thought may have never crossed your mind. And until very recently, I had never heard of “this thing” called Human Design , a visual representation of how individuals function that names our feelings and provides insights into how we work as human beings.

A New Drug Prevention Program - Sure Beats ACEs

PREVENTION/EDUCATION -- I was recently asked to comment on developing a new drug prevention program. A format was given and these are the questions I was asked to address: What would be your goals for the program? What current model, from a Drugs and Society text book, would you use and why? What components would you include? Explain how your program components would be designed and what they would include. Would you make any changes if you worked with elementary students? Try as I might, I...

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