The Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) offers a range of professional development and training opportunities for professionals, parents and community members. These sessions are intended to build skills and knowledge about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs), protective factors and resilience, trauma-informed care practices, individual and organizational wellness, and other topics that improve the well-being of all community members.

MRBN is dedicated to providing education across many sectors as part of a broad public health approach to address trauma and social determinants of health. All trainings are evidence-based, trauma-informed and tailored for those who work in education, healthcare (including behavioral health), social services, community-based organizations, civic leadership or business community. All our work is data-informed through a number of sources, and when available offer county and local community level data.

In addition to education, MRBN provides technical assistance to organizations and communities to become a more trauma-informed system. Technical assistance includes awareness training, policy & practice review, and practice implementation. MRBN takes a strength-based approach which is grounded in cultural humility and a strong recognition that positive experiences and environments are essential to the health and well-being of systems.


SPREADING HOPE: HEALTHY OUTCOMES FROM POSITIVE EXPERIENCES- Through new research on the science of Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs), we know both negative and positive experiences impact that brain development. This training will offer those working with children and families practical guidance in implementing a strengths-based approach that identifies, celebrates, and promotes access to essential Positive Childhood Experiences. The presentation will cover the research behind PCEs and their mitigating effects on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the Four Building Blocks of HOPE, and the power of the brain to heal. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)  Learn about how brain development is impacted by childhood adversity and how it is linked with increased risk for physical, mental, and behavioral health problems throughout life. The role of resilience will also be introduced. 

Resilience Building Strategies  Explore strategies that build resilience in people and communities while learning the role of protective factors and positive experiences that support and promote resilience.  

Trauma-informed Practices – Learn about the  foundations of trauma-informed care and ways to integrate and shift practices to ensure a safe and supportive environment for all staff and clients. 

Cultivating Youth Mattering  Learn the science of mattering and the role of social connectedness to support young people in our community and prevent mental health challenges and substance misuse. 

Deactivating Stigma & Shame Expand awareness & widen your perspective while unlearning judgment. Guided by science, empathy & a trauma-informed lens, we’ll understand how stigma impacts people and ways we can deactivate through healing relationships.

Connection Between ACEs & Substance Use Understand the science and data connecting childhood adversity to early substance use and substance use disorders. Participants will learn how harm reduction practices support trauma-informed work. 

Integrative Wellness Learn about the ways our body responds to stress and how we can shift stress-activation patterns to resilience-building ones. 

Other topics available upon request.

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