MRBN promotes building resilience for Maine’s children, families and communities by increasing the understanding of the impacts of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). We work to strengthen families and communities by increasing protective factors and resilience-building relationships. We aim for a comprehensive, cross-sector, and systematic approach to foster education, awareness and action.
Film Screening: 'Broken Places'
The Maine Resilience Building Network invites you to Join the Conversation and become a paid MRBN member today. MRBN is educating individuals, community leaders, businesses, schools, and organizations about ACEs and resilience and working to build stronger communities across Maine. MRBN welcomes your expertise and contributions. Become a member and join the momentum.
HOPE in Maine
(HOPE: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences)
Conference featuring Dr. Robert Sege, Tufts University School of Medicine
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, MRBN will host an all day conference on HOPE facilitated by pediatrician and researcher Dr. Robert Sege from Tufts University School of Medicine. HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) is a new way of understanding key positive childhood experiences that allow children to grow and develop into healthy and resilient adults. Positive childhood experiences (PCEs) support child development and protect against the effects of ACEs. Assessing positive childhood experiences allows people to identify their sources of strength beyond the history of traumas they have endured. HOPE supports families, health equity and resilience in the face of historic trauma and institutional racism. Please join us May 5th in Portland to learn about the research and applications for practice within your profession.
Further details and registration will be announced soon.
Maine Resilience Building Network Annual Conference - November 12 & 13 - Samoset Resort
Meet our featured speaker, Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH!
MRBN is pleased and honored to announce that Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH will present on the first day of our 2020 conference. Dr. Bethell provided expert testimony to the first-ever congressional hearing on childhood trauma this summer. In addition, her paper on promoting positive relational experiences to promote child and adult health was published in Jama Pediatrics September, 2019. Her 9/9/19 audio interview on NPR’s All Things Considered can be listened to here. A short video from Stanford’s ChildX talk can be viewed here.
Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families and communities. With roots in health care financing reform, social epidemiology and culturally-competent, community-engaged approaches to assessing and improving health and well-being, she is the founding director (1996) of the national Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health and the We Are the Medicine consortium. Together, this work operates to promote “top down” (knowledge and data to reveal the big picture and possibilities), “bottom up” (methods to engage families, collect data and track progress) and “inside out” (relationship-centered strategies for successful transformational partnerships). She led the design of a widely endorsed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote healing and flourishing and advances family-centered approaches to optimize child well-being and national, state and local policies to enable transformation.
Dr. Bethell earned an MBA and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Healing Through Revealing methods and is an avid student of transparent communication, presence and human potential for flourishing amid adversity. She writes poetry, dances and believes that connection with ourselves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy.
More information on the conference will be shared soon! Mark your calendar now!
Learning Opportunities for Maine Early Childcare and Pre-K Teachers
The Maine Resilience Building Network traveled to 12 sites across Maine this fall to provide professional development training to public early childcare and pre-K teachers working with children birth-age 5 to strengthen their role in supporting children and families. The training focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building resilience. The training promoted professionals’ understanding of how adverse experiences at a young age can affect a person’s emotional and behavioral development and ways to support the individual by building resiliency. MRBN trainers promoted staff’s understanding and skills related to working with children and adults who have or have had childhood adverse experiences and trauma. Mary Hackett a home daycare provider shared, “it was an outstanding presentation with good discussion, thank you for your efforts”. The work was supported by a Maine DHHS and DOE.
The Maine Resilience Building Network traveled to Aroostook County this week to train Early Childcare and Pre-K teachers about ACEs, early brain development and resilience. Classroom strategies included the practice of mindfulness and compassion. MRBN values the relationships, care and education early childcare and Pre-K teachers provide to Maine's children and families. When Maine's children and families are flourishing our communities will flourish.
Written by : Anndee Hochman for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Shared Learnings series.
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