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.

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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...

Everything You Do is Sacred – Hafiz

My friend Abdi Sami has been living with cancer and all the treatments.  It’s been an honor to witness the soulful journey.  He shared this poem of Hafiz which seems like a good way to begin any day and any blog.

Everything You Do is Sacred

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
With veracity
And love.

…Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to deeply compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.

Hafiz