Our Mission

The Maine Resilience Building Network’s mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing
the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance
of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.

MRBN Memberships for Organizations and Individuals

The Maine Resilience Building Network invites you to become a MRBN member. Together we are raising awareness of the ACEs science and resilience building in Maine and nationally. The MRBN Network is an integral part of the work that is happening across sectors to improve well-being and build systems that strengthen children, family and community connections so all people matter. MRBN is responsive to the network through statewide network meetings, professional development and consultation. MRBN provides contributions to state and local policy development on resilience-building strategies that impacts the well-being of our children, families, and communities. Join the Network today. 

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Upcoming MRBN Meetings

Upcoming Conferences and Events


The Maine Resilience Building Network, in partnership with UNE’s Center for Excellence in Public Health, invites you to join colleagues from Maine for a one-day conference on HOPE (Healthy Outcomes of Positive Experiences); a framework co-authored by Dr. Robert Sege from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

For too long, our work with young children and their families has focused on adversity and risk. While these are important, we now know that positive childhood experiences also have dramatic effects on brain growth and development and on adult health. Building on the key insights from toxic stress, our brains develop in response to experience. HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) outlines approaches that we can take to incorporate a more holistic understanding of human development. The keynote address will describe the science of HOPE, and lay out the four pillars of HOPE. These pillars describe the common elements of programs that have been successful in promoting child and adolescent development.

Following the keynote, we will have a series of interactive sessions, designed to bring this new scientific understanding into practice. These sessions will explore four areas of implementation of HOPE: (1) HOPE-based intake and assessment, (2) How HOPE supports empathy with individuals who may have had childhood trauma, (3) Programming that creates Positive Childhood Experiences, and (4) Monitoring and improving HOPE-informed implementation.

This daylong session will leave participants, from trainee to experienced practitioners, with new approaches and concrete skills to improve the effectiveness of their work with young children and their families.

Conference Objectives: 

Following this session, participants will:

1.       Be able to list the four types of positive experiences (pillars of HOPE) that support the development of resilience.
2.       Explain how positive and adverse childhood experiences interact in affecting long-term health.
3.       Use positive, strength—based approaches to improve the effectiveness of evidence-based screening.
4.       Set a specific, measurable, applicable, realistic, and time-bound objective for the next 60 days.

Who Should Attend: All professionals are invited to attend: social workers, healthcare providers, guidance counselors, educators, child and family advocates, public health and behavioral health professionals, therapists, policy makers and public safety officers.  Education credit for this program is pending.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Location: UNE’s Innovation Hall, 772 Stevens Ave, Portland, Me

Registration Fees: $75 member, $150 non-member, $30 full-time student

REGISTER NOW     To become an active MRBN member and receive reduced member pricing for this event, JOIN NOW!

MRBN's April 29th Member Meeting features a presentation on Restorative Justice

Restorative practices intentionally build community connectedness, and restorative justice is a continuum of ways to respond to harm through consideration of the needs and obligations of those most affected.  Both center on values of individual voice, choice and dignity - believing that human beings thrive in relationships and need known ways of caring for one another that are non-adversarial and non-punitive.  

Join Ryun Anderson, Executive Director with the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine, and Sarah Mattox, Community Resolution Program Manager with the Restorative Justice Project, for a primer in restorative practice and restorative justice, as well as an overview of the exciting restorative work taking shape across the state of Maine.  Participants will explore the ways in which restorative work builds individual and community resilience.

Register now!

Maine Resilience Building Network Annual Conference - November 12 & 13 - Samoset Resort

Meet our featured speaker, Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH

‚ÄčMRBN 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!

    Maine Resilience Building Network: Catalyzing a Statewide Movement

           Read the article: https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/maine-resilience-building-network-catalyzing-a-statewide-movement 

         Written by : Anndee  Hochman for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Shared Learnings series. 


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