Fall Schedule and Train the Trainer

I hope you can join me for one of the fall classes. The self-healing practices are needed these days. I feel honored to serve so many organizations and communities.

We can navigate the myriad of challenges we are facing with more ease. Doing so makes us smarter. As our bodies enter a restorative state, more oxygen and circulation get to our brains and vital organs. Our brains come out of survival mode more easily and we plug into our exquisite intelligence. We can hear and see each other. We can be in learning and relationship. We can focus more.

Our Fall Cohort for Take Care of Your Heart is forming now.

Our Train-the-Trainer Team for Self-Regulation:Create Habits of Ease is growing!

Self-Regulation helps us navigate each day with a little more ease.

Restorative Anatomy for Self-Regulation helps us learn about our brilliant bodies and minds.

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Calm and Connected Toolkit

Become a trusted adult to help address the Youth Mental Health Crisis. Join us in growing webs of support for our Youth. We take a two generation approach to mental health. We are working with intergenerational patterns. Together we take the journeys toward wellness. The Calm and Connected Toolkit trainings help communities and networks grow the adult skills needed, and brings in a wealth of wellness practices that are easy to integrate as curriculum in any youth centered programming.

Teresa was a supporting author for the series and integrated Self-Regulation movement breaks into the beautiful curriculum.

Learn more at the website Calm and Connected Toolkit

Self-Regulation Trainings

Hooray we are rolling out Self-Regulation:Creating Habits of Ease. Very excited by the many groups and organizations bringing in the Ease Keys.

We have a Self-Regulation series that is good for everyone who’s looking for effective self-care practices – or – wants to care for their nervous system, vital organs, and brains. If you’d like to work better with stress in order to bring out your brilliance, come join us. We are trying a flexible tuition model. Find discount codes on the registration page.

We also have a series Understanding the Anatomy of Self-Regulation. The series is designed for healthcare practitioners and those who want to learn even more about their magnificent bodies. You’ll understand why the Ease Keys practices are so efficient and explore client and clinical applications in addition to caring for your own nervous system.

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SELF-Leadership Learning Journey Cohort – July 19-Aug 23rd

Take Care of Your Heart.

Joining the cohort is a commitment you make to your SELF! Our next cohort launches July 19th, 7:30-8:45 am PT, 10:30-11:45 ET Cohort meets every Thursday through August 23rd.

Your six-week journey includes daily meditations, weekly cohort gatherings, teachings, and a reflection journal. The meditations are available in English and Spanish.  

Register HERE.

Take time to: 

  • Journey home to YOUR heart.
  • Support and nourish your heart
  • Find strength at all levels – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.
  • Care for what is heavy on your heart.
  • Kindle the dreams in your heart.

Weeks 1-3: Exercise our Stress Responses Less – Lighten our hearts

Week 1: Train the observer

Week 2: Accept that I feel that way

Week 3: Conscious breathing

Week 4-6: Exercise our Resilience More – Kindle the dreams in our hearts

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

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!

Visit our new website PowerOfEaseKeys.com and join our community of practice. Download your EASE KEYS here, scroll down on the homepage.

We are in the process of translating the curriculum and Ease Keys into Spanish.

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-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.

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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...