Get your EASE KEYS

Find ways to navigate our current challenges and crisis with a little more EASE. Understanding the nervous system gives us great cues and clues to support our brains, bodies, and breath in times of stress. Have micro-moves you can use throughout the day! Find moves that you ENJOY and work for YOU. BE AN EASE DETECTIVE!

Download your EASE KEYS here. Spanish Se el detective de tu tranquilidad

I’m rolling these out through a series of webinars in communities and organizations. Building our community capacity and RESILIENCE! The sessions are all experiential – step into the Neurobiology Lab of YOU!

The 3 webinars titles are: 1. Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation, 2. Connection Matters – Your Social Engagement System, and 3. Coming Out of the Panic Zone.

Season 2 Webinars: WA ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice

I’m hosting the 2020 ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice Webinar Series for Washington’s Essentials for Childhood! Our second season features a stellar lineup of leaders and communities from across the state. Each offers wisdom and practical advice from their break-through efforts.

Watch the first 5 episodes via the links below, 2 more episodes to come!

Read the webinar summaries and access the resources shared.

Trauma-Informed Workplaces: Practice Applications in Equity, Empathy, and Employee Development

Presenters: Delena Meyer, Owner and Strategist, Way Enough Decision Coaching, and Toby Lucich, Managing Partner and Founder, KineticHealth, have found emerging practices that can change the way people show up at work. They call it “Human at Work.” In this webinar, Meyer and Lucich help participants understand what trauma-informed approaches might begin to look like when applied to workplace policy, management, and employee experience.

The Science of Hope: Hope Predicts Adaptive Outcomes, Hope Buffers the Effects of Adversity, and Hope Can be Influenced and Sustained

Presenter: Kody Russell, Executive Director of Kitsap Strong, introduces the science of hope and shows how it buffers adversity and stress, leads to positive outcomes, and is a strength that can be nurtured with targeted intervention.… Continue Reading...

N.E.A.R. Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience)

NEAR Science is a complementary set of study that opens the door to practical, on the ground, applications and responses to ACEs and Toxic Stress.  Each of the fields is evolving and offering new strategies and insights.  It’s an exciting time to be a learner and practitioner.  N.E.A.R. Science is a “paradigm” that leads to solutions within a Trauma Informed Approach.

DOWNLOAD N.E.A.R. Science Basics (7 pages)

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Neuroscience leads the way – understanding the nervous system, the spine, and the brain.  Discovering the role of emotions relative to memory and the brain, understanding brain states, recognizing the capacity we have available through neuroplasticity.  There is a neurobiological root to behavior.  We discover the dynamic relationship between the physical body, emotions, thoughts, and actions.  Neuroception and mirror neurons offer insight into how the brain is conditioned or wired through relationship. Neurodevelopment helps us see the impacts of trauma on the developing brain, and how to intervene wisely at different ages and stages. 

Epigenetics means “above the genes” and shows how the body is always adapting.… Continue Reading...

SELF Leadership Cohort

Brain with energyJoin the Fall Cohort!  Come learn about the NEAR Sciences in the laboratory of SELF Leadership.   Learn what the brain sciences say about emotions and how to exercise our stress less and resilience more.  Start a daily practice to support your own resilience and find strategies for working with stress-based emotions informed by the sciences.

The next 6-week online cohort launches October 6, 7:30-8:45 am PST, 14:30 GST. Cohort meets every Tuesday through November 17th.

Register HERE.

The series is rooted in the understandings of the N.E.A.R. Sciences (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACES, and Resilience).

Designed for individuals who wish to exercise their stress response and patterns of protection less, and Resilience more.  The course involves weekly teachings & dialogue, a daily 10-minute meditation practice, and hourly awareness minute.  The meditations will be available in English and Spanish.

Weeks 1-3: Exercise our Stress Responses Less

Week 1: Train the observer

Week 2: Accept that I feel that way

Week 3: Conscious breathing

Week 4-6: Exercise our Resilience and Whole Brain Intelligence More

Week 4: Practice the pivot from fear to love, from react to respond

Week 5: Expand my Resilience and sense of SELF

Week 6: Focus my attention and thoughts on what I want to create

Self-Healing Communities Articles

shc modelRobert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned an article on  Washington State’s Self-Healing Communities: A transformational process model for improving intergenerational health.

The powerful article by Laura Porter, Kimberly Martin, and Rob Anda reflects the learning of the Family Policy Council and our states Community Public Health and Safety Networks.

https://1drv.ms/b/s!AiqfWKZGqfBJgagKHpYZm31vbD5epQ  

Community is at the center of the efforts, community capacity building.  Also key is a complexity and adaptive learning approach to addressing the prevalent issue of the community.  The third essential element is an understanding of trauma and supporting systems and communities to adapt their strategies rooted in understanding of trauma and brain science.

The potential cost savings from taking such an approach are significant.  One of the many things I admire about the work of the Family Policy Council was their commitment to data and measuring their impact and their learning.

The sister article to the one above is a case story that details the level of cost savings secured with small investments. … Continue Reading...

Webinar: Trauma Informed Care – NEAR Informed Solutions

Watch the webinar I led for Public Health Institute of California at the link below. Sue Grinnell is running a learning and innovation lab for California’s Accountable Communities of Health and this was one of the monthly sessions offered.

The discussion questions posed to the ACH Leaders were: 

  1. How does Adverse Childhood Experiences and/or Toxic Stress impact your ACH’s Population Health challenge?  What data is available to support this?  You can include information from ACE’s study in your findings.
  2. Are you using a Trauma Informed Lens to look at the challenges the community faces?  How could the NEAR Sciences paradigm inform your approach/strategy?
  3. Given what we now know about NEAR – how to we design systems that help – rather than systems that add to the burden of ACE’s?  What does this look like across the lifespan?
  4. Do you know your ACE Score? Your Resilience Score?   What does NEAR have to offer YOU personally on the journey to hope/healing/health?
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What is Your ACE Score and How Does it Relate to Resilience?

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For many years,in trauma informed care work, we’ve been saying,  “Everyone needs to know about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)!” You might be asking what qualifies as an ACE? An ACE is any kind of childhood trauma ranging from physical abuse to loosing someone of importance. The idea is that by answering a serious of 10 questions you are able to create an ACE score, the higher your score is the more likely you are at risk for certain behaviors or health problems in the future. This score is important, however, we also need to incorporate resilience into this equation.

Everyone needs to know about the impact of resilience. Trauma is buffered by the type of care giver response. A person with a high ACE score with support, can be less at risk than someone with a low ACE without support.The resilience score comes from a questionnaire, complementary to the ACE test, that is based on protective factors.… Continue Reading...

Neuroscience and Social Justice Leadership

The front lines of social justice leadership are often stressful places to stand. The causes, the people, the issues, ask a lot of us.  They ask the best of us when we’re standing in historic trauma fields – looking to find ways to transform the system, transform the situation, and heal ourselves.   We’re looking for the inspiration, the break through into new paradigms that serve our communities.

The NEAR Sciences offer a new paradigm that helps both at a personal level, at a community level and at a systems level.  The NEAR Sciences are:  Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experience), and Resilience.

What the neurosciences are saying is trauma and patterns of toxic stress are deeply imprinted often across generations. Epigenetics shows our DNA is changing based on our environment in the first few years of life.  It also says our brains can heal and we can radically shift how we PERSONALLY respond, and how our COMMUNITIES and SYSTEMS respond to toxic stress or stress related “triggers.”

In Washington State there is a 15 year effort underway to reduce trauma in communities generation to generation informed by the NEAR Sciences. … Continue Reading...

2015 ACE’s and Neurosciences Resource List

We had a session at our Bowen Island Art of Hosting on the Neuroscience and ACE’s – I offered to share out a suite of resources from the work here in Washington State and also my ever geeky study of the neurosciences, resilience, and healing.   It is a deep passion of mine learning how patterns are in the physical, emotional, mental body and what are the tools and practices that support healing.   I’m profoundly grateful to Laura Porter, Rob Anda, all of my friends at the former Family Policy Council, and SOOOO many others offering the gift of their leadership to these efforts.

Video Resources on ACE’s AND Resilience

Rob Anda, MD, “Adverse Childhood Experiences in our Society.”

Rob Anda, MD “Adverse Childhood Experience, What Do Future Leaders Need to know”

Laura Porter Keynote Address on Flourishing – youtube

Breaking the Cycle of ACE’s in Washington – Laura Porter

Resilience in Education youtube series by Michael Unger

Ace Study DVD Movie Trailer

 Adverse Childhood Experience Study resources:

Adverse Childhood Experiences Fact Sheet  http://www.cdc.gov/ace/ Rob Anda, MD

Find out your ACE score:  http://acestudy.org/ace_score

More on the ACE’s Study http://acestudy.org/home  linking childhood trauma to long term health and social consequences. … Continue Reading...

Leadership and the NEAR Sciences

Last month I hosted the first ever NEAR Sciences Think Tank with over fifty thought leaders from across the country.  The NEAR sciences (neurobiology, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences & resilience) are such an amazing combination. I’ve been following the neurosciences and work around trauma and toxic Stress for 11 years as part of my work here in Washington.  It’s been an amazing ride to see how these understandings have been brought into our community networks, legislator, early learning programs and into systems and communities across the state.   More formally adding in Epigenetics  is powerful – showing things like how our genetics are changed by our environment early in life.  We are wired to adapt to the circumstances we face… to survive.   Then add Resilience – learning how to thrive and how to “Build Resilience not ACE’s.”

The Think Tank participants came from many disciplines and perspectives.  We used our diversity of experience, training and practice to engage in cross-cutting dialogue.… Continue Reading...