Tagged With "October is Resilience Month"

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Many Washington foster kids become homeless. Tennessee may have found a solution.[Seattle Times]

More than a third of Washington's foster kids become homeless after leaving care. But in Tennessee, there's a possible solution, and Washington is looking at copying it. MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Terrineka Maxwell is only 19, but she’s already had a lot of people come in and out of her life: 20 foster families since she was taken from her mom at 2, and at least seven caseworkers in the past seven years. But her newest caseworker, Cindy Walker, is supposed to be different. Unlike most previous...
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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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Meet CRI Founder Teri Barila

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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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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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NJ medical school program requires all first-year students to learn about ACEs science

In 2015, Dr. Beth Pletcher, a pediatrician and associate professor specializing in genetics, was at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington D.C. when she heard two speakers that forever changed her work with medical students. Dr. Beth Pletcher “I went to two talks on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that were so mind-boggling to me that I decided on my drive back to New Jersey that I had to do something about it,”says Pletcher, director of the Division...
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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!

Tara Mah ·
Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) is celebrating “October is Resilience Month” with 150 yard signs (GOT RESILIENCE?), banners on Main Street and a large banner across S. 2nd Ave! Please join CRI at the following FREE community events, EVERYONE is welcome to attend! Visit www.criresilient.org/october for more information!
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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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Our Second Sesame Street night at Blueridge Preschool!

Tara Mah ·
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!
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Resilience in Action at a CRI Partner Fund Raiser!

Theresa Barila ·
If you follow our blog, you know we are celebrating "October as Resilience Awareness Month." One event which took place last night taught me the value of positive attitude, a stiff upper lip, and how to have fun while in the brainstem! Valley Residential Services, one of our strong CRI partners, had their "Dancing with the WW2 Stars." Nancy Riggle, VRS Executive Director, asked me to help out. How do you say "no" to someone like Nancy? You don't!! I chose neither the song, the dance, the...
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“Resilience Treasure Hunt a la London” with guest Tod Sullivan

Tara Mah ·
We have an exciting event coming up on October 7th for October is Resilience Month! A Winston Churchill Fellow from England, Tod will be leading an exclusive Resilience Treasure Hunt a la London, to learn more about Resilience and England together. He will speak to 5 NEW resilience strategies! Stay tuned for a profile on Tod!
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Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! Returning to the Body: the Relaxation of Yoga Therapy with Kelly Kreutz

Tara Mah ·
“With Trauma-informed yoga therapy, we can tap into how our stresses are stored in the body, and find healing and relaxation,” Kelly Kreutz asserts. Kelly, a yoga instructor and an LICSW, will be teaching morning yoga and mindfulness classes at CRI’s Beyond Paper Tigers (BPT) conference later this month. Her interest in yoga developed alongside her work as a counselor specializing in trauma, grief, and anxiety. As she witnessed the benefits of yoga in her own life, she felt inspired to blend...
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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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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 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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Washington to combine child services programs into one department [RealChangeNews.org]

Jennifer Hossler ·
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...
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What other ACE surveys have additional questions?  We know of seven.

We’ll start to populate the new Resource Center next month. One of the sections lists ACE surveys that have additional questions. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study revealed that ACEs contribute to most of our major chronic health, mental health, economic health and social health issues. It measured five types of abuse and neglect: physical, verbal and sexual abuse; physical and emotional neglect. And five types of family dysfunction: a family member with mental...
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What the ACEs Screening Movement Can Learn from the Healthcare Hotspotting Movement

Jim Hickman ·
No brief intervention or short-term infusion of services is a silver bullet that will overcome the long-term harm caused by structural racism, poverty, and multi-generational trauma.
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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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ACEs Connection, our Cooperative of Communities, and....Pando!

Last month, we officially launched the ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities. We are SO excited about this! And the communities that are part of the handful of ACEs initiatives that are piloting the Cooperative are, too! Before describing the Cooperative, I want to reassure our 40,000+ members and 277 ACEs initiatives (plus another 100 in development) that have communities on ACEs Connection that nothing on ACEsConnection.com changes! Membership is and remains free ! And it will remain...
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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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Be the Spark: Igniting trauma-informed change within our communities

Authors note: This piece is co-authored by @Lara Kain (ACEs Connection Staff) and @Cissy White (ACEs Connection Staff). Though we had never worked together or met, we were asked to co-present on creating t rauma-informed changes in communities by the Attachment Trauma Network for the first national (now annual) Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Summit in Washington, DC. This article is an expanded essay version of that presentation). Be the Spark Oprah Winfrey helped mainstream discussion about...
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Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! Embracing Our Vulnerabilities: Art and Authenticity with Brigette Phillips and Shasta Meyers

Tara Mah ·
In Japan, there is a form of art called Kintsugi, the process of repairing a broken piece of ceramic with gold, filling in its cracks. Such a technique renders the piece more beautiful in the eyes of the artist; it celebrates the object’s history, its unique story, and emphasizes the beauty of damage instead of disguising it. To feel this truth about ourselves, however, requires an accepting space and practice. When upcoming Beyond Paper Tigers conference presenter, Brigette Phillips, began...
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Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! Embracing Our Vulnerabilities: Art and Authenticity with Brigette Phillips and Shasta Meyers

Tara Mah ·
In Japan, there is a form of art called Kintsugi, the process of repairing a broken piece of ceramic with gold, filling in its cracks. Such a technique renders the piece more beautiful in the eyes of the artist; it celebrates the object’s history, its unique story, and emphasizes the beauty of damage instead of disguising it. To feel this truth about ourselves, however, requires an accepting space and practice. When upcoming Beyond Paper Tigers conference presenter, Brigette Phillips, began...
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Brain States and Deescalation: A Photo of Officer Smith of the Walla Walla Police Department

Tara Mah ·
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...
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Celebrating community engagement for October is Resilience Month!

Theresa Barila ·
I was reflecting on another event-packed Resilience Awareness month, with Family Fun Nights, City and County Proclamations, Yard Signs, Banners and flags, sandwich boards, Screenager documentary, resilience tips daily and sheep brains. Wait, what? Sheep brains?? Yes! In partnership with Whitman College's Science Department, we used sheep brains as part of our STEAM events and they were a hit! One grandmom reported it was her grandson's favorite! Another family came back to a second event, to...
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Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 1

Tara Mah ·
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!
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Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 2

Tara Mah ·
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.
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Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 3

Tara Mah ·
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!
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Community Partner Showcase Video Series: Part 4

Tara Mah ·
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!
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CRI is hiring an Associate Director!

Tara Mah ·
Community Resilience Initiative is seeking an innovative and passionate individual to join our organization as an Associate Director (AD). Based in Walla Walla, WA , the AD reports to the Executive Director and to the Board of Directors. Job Overview The role of the Associate Director is to sustain the resilience-based, trauma-responsive capacity building work at the local, regional, state and national stage for which CRI is recognized. Success in this position will be evidenced by...
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"Distance" connecting

Theresa Barila ·
With every risk factor or adversity we face, the best response is one based on protective factors - ways to buffer the storm. No question, the coronavirus and its implications are significant. But how do we support staying safe and connected when social distancing and other recommendations take us away from direct relationships? When the Community Resilience Initiative was created, it offered the benefits of protective factors to the risk factors identified as Adverse Childhood Experiences.
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Hanging on to Hope

Theresa Barila ·
In a conversation this morning, like I know many are having, the question of staying hopeful amidst the pain and suffering so many are experiencing in this pandemic came up. It made me think of author Pauline Boss and her book Loss, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss. When first introduced to this book many years ago, I was intrigued with the term "ambiguous loss" and found that several events in my life fit Boss' statement that those who suffer losses without...
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How to blog about what's happening related to ACEs Science in your community

NOTE: Have you posted a 'Resilience' screening or ACEs Science conference? Attended a great trauma-informed training? Participated in a community discussion related to ACEs science? Presented about ACEs science? If so, WE WANT YOU - to write about it in a Blog Post. When you share your accomplishments, big and small with your community it documents your successes, inspires others to get involved and do more and ignites ideas in other communities! See below for tips on how to blog and a guide...
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Re: Walla Walla City and County Proclamation

Thank you for being leaders in the ACEs movement! Leveraging local political and key leader support is a powerful way to build momentum and deepen understanding about ACEs science! Karen " A Proclamation gives formal recognition to a cause, and we are excited to receive the support of both the county and city of Walla Walla. "
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Cracked Up, The Evolving Conversation: Generational Trauma - Breaking the Cycle [crackedupmovie.com]

CRACKED UP THE EVOLVING CONVERSATION Episode 4: Generational Trauma - Breaking the Cycle with Darrell Hammond, Comedian, actor, SNL Legend Michelle Esrick, Filmmaker, activist Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Author of The Body Keeps the Score Jane Stevens, Founder of ACES Connection and special guest Jane Fonda Academy Award-winning actor, producer, author and activist Thursday June 25th at 1pm PDT / 2p MT / 3p CT / 4pm EDT Hosted by ACEs Connection THE PRICE OF THIS LIVE EVENT IS $12.50 We have...
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