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Re: Beyond Paper Tigers: The Heart of the Matter

Theresa Barila ·
Thanks Jennifer, for capturing the highlights of the conference! Many participants have shared their excitement at being in Walla Walla to share our journey. I was personally inspired by so many who traveled so far to join us. Thanks to all who attended! Teri
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Re: Beyond Paper Tigers: The Heart of the Matter

Jennifer Hossler ·
Teri and Rick, Thank you both for having me, and allowing me to share your story. I left Walla Walla inspired by what your community has accomplished. This is truly a grass roots effort that should be a model for others!
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Re: Purple Hearts, Compassion, De-traumatizing

Theresa Barila ·
Thank you Kevin- and all who dedicate their lives to community safety through service, integrity and pride (the three values of our local Walla Walla Police Department). Kevin gives back in many ways, including being a "Friend" to a young boy in our mentoring organization, Friends of Children of Walla Walla. This exemplifies Kevin's attitude of "resilience in action."
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Re: UK visitor to learn about resilience work in Walla Walla [Union-Bulletin.com]

Walla Walla's efforts under Teri Barla's leadership is an epicenter for working collaboratively to build community resilience! Now it is so exciting to see that this work is rippling across WA state, across the US and now all the way to Suffolk County, England! I cannot wait to hear more about Tod Sullivan's visits. As a me ntal health ambassador, Tod is traveling via a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. I think we are witnessing the future! Incredible! Karen
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MARC Booklet 2016: Features Walla Walla and Whatcom

Jennifer Hossler ·
Please find attached the 2016 booklet for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) project, including Walla Walla, Whatcom and the other 13 communities that have been selected to participate in this 2 year learning collaborative. This is a great summary of the work happening in all 14 communities across the country. I am looking forward to working with the WA group as we grow so we can share your story!
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May 26 Webinar - Resilience in Washington State: What Works and How to Make it Happen

Tory Henderson ·
With Suzette Fromm Reed, community psychologist, and Dario Longhi, change/sociology researcher. Presented by the Washington State ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice. May 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM. What works? What kinds of resilience increases community-wide levels of well-being and moderates ACE impacts? Come learn about the evidence of the effects of contextual resilience based on research from 108 Washington communities. How to make it happen? What we can learn from strategies employed...
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Meet CRI Founder Teri Barila

CRI (Guest) ·
Today, we have the opportunity to get to know CRI’s founder and board president Teri Barila. Teri holds a M.S. Degree in Fisheries Science and Management, has over 20 years experience working for government agencies from the Bonneville Power Association in Portland to the Army Corp. of Engineers in Walla Walla, WA. She was a founder or major instigator for numerous community focused non- profits, most notably, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Community Center for Youth (CCY), Commitment...
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Meet the team--our new Associate Director, Rebecca Cooley

Theresa Barila ·
Rebecca joined the team at CRI in September, 2019 What was your "aha" moment that took you into the world of ACEs and Trauma informed care? Before I answer, I would like to say how honored and lucky I feel to have been chosen to work with Teri, Rick and others who are addressing health and wellbeing inequities. I love my job and what we do. It was a build up. Upon moving to Walla Walla, a friend encouraged me to see Paper Tigers at a public screening at Whitman College. Then within a few...
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Mobilizing ACEs, Trauma and Resilience Networks to Support and Strengthen Pandemic Response Efforts

Anndee Hochman ·
“What are your signs of stress?” asked the leaders of a recent mindfulness webinar hosted by the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF), held during the week that U.S. cases of COVID-19 neared half a million and more than sixty Philadelphians had died of the disease. Participants spilled their responses into the chat box: “headache…teeth grinding…can’t think clearly…nervous stomach…ruminating thoughts…muscle pain…itchiness…bad dreams.” [ At left: #TakeCarePHL during COVID-19 #StayHome #StaySafe.
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Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Represented at California ACEs Conference

Jennifer Hossler ·
(L to R) Teri Barila from Children's Resilience Initiative in Walla Walla, WA along with Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell from San Bernardino County, CA ACEs Task Force share their ACEs journey in their communities Representatives from several MARC communities were among the 450 people who attended the 2016 Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference in San Francisco, CA on October 19th and 20th. This is the third CA ACEs conference sponsored by the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), and it was also the...
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New Study Shows Communities Can Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences [Mathematic Policy Research]

[ Ed. note: Following is a media release published yesterday by Mathematica Policy Research. This follows on the heals of the report, "Self-Healing Communities" that Laura Porter, Dr. Robert Anda and WHO wrote for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Both reports and executive summaries are attached to this blog post. Both reports are significant, because they show that community ACEs initiatives -- with "modest investments and limited staff" -- are solving some of our most intractable...
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New trauma-informed book club!

Tara Mah ·
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)...
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October is Resilience Awareness Month

Theresa Barila ·
Our 5th Community Campaign celebrating Resilience and community capacity building kicks off with our first ever Yard Signs! "Got Resilience?" signs will pop up all town, helping to increase curiosity and attention to the word itself, and to our work. The City of Walla Walla proclaims October as Resilience Month in our kick-off ceremony. Our Commitment Letters from partners and agencies are presented to the City Council, showing the ever increasing community-wide response to ACEs through ...
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October is Resilience Month in our Valley

Theresa Barila ·
CRI supported Walla Walla Clinic, Walla Walla Parks and Recreation and Michelle Coleman, LICSW, in the community event for the screening of Screenagers , a film addressing digital screen time and health issues (obesity, social isolation, mental health) in youth. CRI's resource table distributed our Practice a Resilience Strategy Every Day calendar (see it displayed in the attachment), our new Resilience across the Life Span bookmark, and other items for education and awareness. Great fun and...
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Official Proclamation - 4th Annual Resilience Awareness Month in Walla Walla

Ty Warren ·
Mayor Allen Pomraning would like residents of Walla Walla to become informed about ACEs and support the work of the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI). CRI works tirelessly to mobilize the community through dialogue and action to radically reduce the number of ACEs while building individual and community resilience. 7 Quick Ways to Get Involved Create a self-care action plan now ! Find ideas in Resources and the Online Resilience Store on our website, http://resiliencetrumpsaces.org/...
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Oh what a night! Expressing emotion through mindful art!

Theresa Barila ·
What can be better than dinner together and mindful art as a way to express our feelings! Walla Walla families left with smiles on their faces and wet canvases in hand after spending a delightful two hours with Brigette Phillips https://www.facebook.com/mindfulart2016/ and the CRI Team, creating beauty. Breathing buddies, feelings charts, and "how do I feel" were additional activities available for the children (one youngster actually drew 28 "faces" of how he feels!). Thanks to Brigette for...
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Our effort to explain the many voices of Walla Walla, for the Beyond Paper Tigers conference

Theresa Barila ·
Hello! We wanted to help conference attendees at our June 28-29 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference here in Walla Walla get a sense of the many "Paper Tigers" at work in Walla Walla. This 12-min. video features why a community-wide approach is so critical is helping to create a resilient community. We want to share it with other communities working toward the same goal of creating healthier, more connected communities, around the framework of the NEAR (neurobiology, epigenetics, aces, resilience)...
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Purple Hearts, Compassion, De-traumatizing

Ty Warren ·
Now is the Time for ALL GOOD to come to the Hearts and Minds of Everyone Everyone has an inherent power to multiply love and graciousness toward others, affect someone’s life and change our world. The audience was amazed how the fourteen partner/presenters at the Walla Walla Partners Showcase explained the simplicity of how they are making a difference. They exemplified how each and every one of us has great potential to make our world a better place for all. Over the next few days and weeks...
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Ready for October

Ty Warren ·
Effectively communicating a message in 15 seconds can take hours to formulate. After spending weeks, months and years upgrading our most current phrase “resilience trumps ACEs”, our own resilience was getting exhausted. A simpler more meaningful message was necessary to capture attention and create new awareness. If we hadn’t practiced resilience training ourselves we might have never accomplished our task. Teri Barila kept bouncing ideas my way. I kept researching to understand why...
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Resource List - Growing Cross-Sector, Community-Based ACEs and Resilience Initiatives

Tory Henderson ·
Resources for individuals, organizations, and communities moving along trauma and hope-informed pathways in order to: Prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Promote resilience and safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Promote equity and racial justice. Prevent substance abuse and promote mental health. … so that all children, youth, families and communities have equal opportunity for educational success, economic stability, health, and well-being.
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Self-Care Is One Thing ~ Community-Care Is Another

Ty Warren ·
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...
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Self-Regulation Requires Community Care

Ty Warren ·
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...
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Sherwood Trust Continues to make the Walla Walla Valley a Better Place to Live

Ty Warren ·
The Sherwood Trust board has announced grants and pledges totaling $1,015,513 to be made to Walla Walla Valley organizations this year. With additional awards to be made to support local initiatives, including annual leadership and training programs, Sherwood Trust expects to fund nearly $1.2 million in grants by the end of 2017, CEO Danielle Garbe said in a news release. The largest award, $160,000, went to Blue Mountain Action Council’s Commitment to Community operations for 2017-18. Read...
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Solutions-Focused Reporting: The Role of Journalism in Community Engagement

Tara Mah ·
“This is a rich vein of stories that is underreported,” Linda Shaw remarks. “There are more than just problems in the world, and it’s easy to forget [that].” Linda spoke at CRI’s 2018 Beyond Paper Tigers (BPT) conference about her network, Solutions Journalism. The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) encourages journalists to add more balance to their coverage, to include how people are responding to a problem. It is not advocacy; SJN does not focus on intentions as much as the credible...
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Talking ACEs and building resilience in prison

At Washington State Penitentiary, Tony McGuire talks to the inmates in his construction trades apprenticeship preparation (CTAP) class about ACEs, trauma and resilience every single day. Not only is he teaching the guys a trade, but he also teaches them how to be a healthy, happy and well-adjusted employee. Note: Becoming a healthy, happy, well-adjusted employee is way harder than basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning).
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Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! Teaching Employability in Prisons: Tony McGuire’s Harmony of Emotional Resilience and Building Instruction

Tara Mah ·
Tony McGuire- a member of Community Resilience Initiative, and an instructor for Walla Walla Community College at the Washington State Penitentiary- had divided his Building Maintenance class into random groups where white supremacists may be working on the same team as Native Americans. This choice was intentional; “there’s no affiliation on a job site, so you don’t get that here,” Tony told his students. Yet not long after the start of such teamwork, tools began flying. One student was...
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Thank you for your participation in CRI’s October is Resilience Month!

Tara Mah ·
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...
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Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! The Impact of Data on Community Growth: ACEs Connection's Framework and Tools

Tara Mah ·
What can organizations do to be successful in growing their ACEs initiatives and trauma-informed communities? This is the question that Jane Stevens, founder of the social network ACEsConnection.com and news site ACEsTooHigh.com , helps to answer. For the last several years, Jane and her team at ACEs Connection have been collecting information from communities as they start and grow their ACEs initiatives. ACEs Connection staff watched and reported on communities like Walla Walla as they lay...
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The Journey From Me to We: The Walla Walla Way

Jennifer Hossler ·
“We’re all humans and we’re all going through the same things,” Kelsey Sisavath explains. “It’s important for everyone to know. It can change your perspective on how you see yourself, how you see others, and how you see the world.” The “it” Kelsey is talking about is trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) . She has a unique perspective on the topic given her range of experiences throughout her 19 years of life. The story...
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UK visitor to learn about resilience work in Walla Walla [Union-Bulletin.com]

Clare Reidy ·
By Annie Charnley Eveland | September 11, 2018 Back in February, Tod Sullivan contacted Teri Barila, Community Resilience Initiative director in Walla Walla, to visit the Valley and see how core principles of trauma-informed practices are being applied at the community level. Teri will host Tod, currently mental health ambassador from Lowestoft, Suffolk County, England, when he comes here to connect with Community Resilience Initiative partners. He will be in the Valley from Sept. 24-Oct. 5...
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Walla Walla City and County Proclamation

Tara Mah ·
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...
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Walla Walla City Council Proclamation Celebration Photo

Tara Mah ·
Good morning all! We had a successful kick-off to October is Resilience Month at the Walla Walla City Council! Here is a photo from the meeting. We were with Barbara Clark, and on Monday morning, we will have an update on the County Proclamation. Stay tuned for information on both meetings!
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Walla Walla (WA) City Council Proclamation — October is Resilience Awareness Month

Theresa Barila ·
The kick-off event for our Resilience Awareness community campaign started with the Mayor Allen Pomraning signing a proclamation at the Walla Walla City Council session September 27th. The Proclamation noted CRI's focus on the help, healing and hope that comes when a community understands the impact trauma can have, and how together, we support each other by building stronger connections across all domains and sectors. With a yard sign in hand, members of the CRI planning team celebrated...
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Walla Walla: Collective Action and Data Drive Trauma-Informed Change [SAMHSA]

Clare Reidy ·
August 25, 2016 By: Larke N. Huang , Ph.D., Director, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity; Rebecca Flatow, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation; Mary Blake, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services Six cities were invited to SAMHSA for a listening session to present their innovative approaches to addressing trauma. This blog is part of a series that highlights community approaches in selected implementation domains and how each city is working to create safer and healthier places...
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Walla Walla County Commissioners recognize CRI

Theresa Barila ·
It was a great honor to be recognized by the Walla Walla County Commissioners for our community-wide work in mobilizing action for a resilient community. This is the first proclamation by the county, and it was initiated through the efforts of Michael Bates, director of the Department of Court Services, Juvenile Justice Center (JJC). Mike has been involved throughout the development of Walla Walla's response to ACEs through resilience, and was one of the first partners to implement...
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Walla Walla selected to end youth and young adult homelessness

Tara Mah ·
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...
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Welcome new members!

Theresa Barila ·
Welcome to the Children's Resilience Initiative group! Our team's goal is to share material and generate conversation as we strive to learn from each other in our collective efforts to "grow" the Resilience movement! Many of you took the time to travel to Walla Walla to participate in our June 28-29 conference, Beyond Paper Tigers Conference . We were humbled by the response to our first ever conference! We hope you left with new strategies, ideas and energy for this work; we certainly...
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Welcome to Walla Walla Valley ACEs Connection Group!

Jennifer Hossler ·
Welcome to the Walla Walla Valley ACEs Connection Group! Please take a little time to review the attached one page (2 sided) ACEs Connection Overview that gives an overview of the many resources available to you as part of the Walla Walla Valley ACEs Connection Group. Also feel free to adapt and share with others. Should you have any questions about the Walla Walla group, please contact: Jennifer Hossler: jhossler@acesconnection.com MARC Community Facilitator, ACEs Connection Network OR Ty...
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What does FUN have to do with brain function?

Ty Warren ·
Now I know why Rick Griffin is so well loved by the Walla Walla community. I joined a group of 40 people last night and engaged in an entertaining evening of fun and learning. We played games and laughed while Rick directed the fun and informed us about the importance of community care. One of the games we played gave us the direct experience of caring for others. I was amazed how good I felt after an hour of learning and games. Then today as I sat in a critical thinking class at WWCC I...
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What is "Beyond Paper Tigers"?

Ty Warren ·
Information is the most powerful and effective tool we have because it has the power to touch hearts, change lives and transform communities. Teri Barila has been reaching out with impact in the community of Walla Walla and the transformation is real. I attended the last few minutes of a monthly CRI meeting today where our community gathers together to share stories about the monumental strides that are being made in Walla Walla. The feelings of those in the room overtook me as I stood...
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Who is Responsible?

Ty Warren ·
Everyone wants to flourish in their own uniqueness because the ability to express our individuality is the point of origin to live a self-sufficient and fulfilling life. Our individual ability to feel safe to unplug from cultural norms is the beginning of our ability to thrive in a healthy environment. And no environment can be healthy for everyone until everyone feels safe to express their truth. And if one person lives in an unhealthy environment, everyone lives in an unhealthy...
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Who is There for the Children?

Ty Warren ·
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...
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Who is Tod Sullivan? And why is he in Walla Walla?

Tara Mah ·
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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2017 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference UPDATE - Registration is Full

Ty Warren ·
We are in the process of expanding our venue to accommodate all who desire to attend. Anyone who is unable to attend for any reason can stay informed of our advancements thru the following links: www.BeyondPaperTigers.com www.ResilienceTrumpsACEs.org Also, be sure to visit the recent Blogpost of Melanie G. Snyder because Melanie recently visited Walla Walla to find out first-hand about the why’s and how’s (the WOW’s) of Walla Walla’s informed community. Melanie serves as the Director of the...
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A new response to child abuse [Union-Bulletin]

Theresa Barila ·
Seated on a child-sized chair, Brooke Martin looks right at home. That’s intentional, she said. Martin is a social worker with the Walla Walla office of Child Protective Services. While her office is under the umbrella of Washington state’s Division of Children and Family Services, she works in the Walla Walla Police Department’s headquarters right next to a child-friendly forensic interview room. That’s the spot where most troubled kids 13 and younger in Walla Walla County end up talking...
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A Simple Formula to Cultivate Understanding

Ty Warren ·
Partner Showcase No. 6 - Sonia Cole The Heart of the Matter -- “We realized that in order to have a trauma informed practice we needed to have trauma informed self-care in order to not only sustain our careers but actually increase our compassion”. Sonia Cole Paradigm shifts were uncommon several years ago. Today, in our fast paced world of technology and change we might face new paradigm shifts every day. Sonia’s words are important because they contain a format that can help us shift from...
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‘Ambassadors of Hope’ Trauma-sensitive schools understand the whole child [DerbyInformer.com]

Kindergarten teacher Erica Nunemaker ripped down the clip chart she used for behavior management in her classroom. Children moved their clip up for good behavior and down for bad behavior. Nunemaker realized the same students were moving down every day. The clip was a public display of the student’s failure, and children weren’t learning how to fix their behavior. “I’ve noticed that a lot of times we discipline them and tell them that’s not right ... but then we don’t give them a solution to...
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Announcing Building Resilience Across the Life Span 2'x6' Vinyl Banner & 2'x3' Poster!

Tara Mah ·
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...
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Art Extravaganza of October 18th!

Tara Mah ·
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,...
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Banners of Science and Hope Fly High in Walla Walla

Ty Warren ·
The child may not remember, but the body remembers. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience , however,...
 
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