Upcoming Conferences & Events

Upcoming events

    • July 30, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • via ZOOM Meeting
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    MRBN July Professional Development Meeting

    Please join us via Zoom for our July Networking/Member meeting! This meeting will be held virtually from 9am - 11:30am on Thursday, July 30th and will feature Bobbi Johnson, Associate Director of Child Welfare Services at the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), Erin Whitham, Performance Management Coordinator at the Maine Children's Trust, and Christine Theriault, Family First Prevention Services Program Manager, OCFS. 


    • August 05, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via ZOOM
    • 30
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    Equity Workshop Series - Session 1 - Bias and Brain Development

    MRBN is offering a workshop series to engage Maine community members to increase knowledge around systemic injustice. The cost to attend each session is $30 for MRBN members and $40 for non-members.

    Anti-racism education builds resilience for everyone. Evidence shows that systemic injustice has a negative effect not only on the marginalized community members who are directly impacted, but every community member, regardless of identity. Studies support the idea that when communities take action to address racism, outcomes for every group improve.

    This workshop will use Daniel Kahneman's theory of fast and slow thinking to explain how representation, societal structure, and brain development create a culture of biased thinking and behavior. Attendees will take the Harvard Implicit Bias prior to the training and will receive follow up materials to practice unlearning their own biases.

    The speaker, Sultana Khan, is a writer, organizer, and consultant who lives in New England. She works with community members, educators, and young people to increase their understanding and activism around social change. Sultana believes equitable communities can only be developed through education, acknowledgement, and action, and tailors her approach to meet people wherever they are in their journey towards collective liberation. Her writing has been published locally and nationally, and her first book of nonfiction essays is forthcoming. Sultana is a queer woman of color and can most often be found splashing around in cold bodies of water.

    • August 13, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual via ZOOM
    • 30
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    Equity Workshop Series - Session 2 - Microaggressions 

    MRBN is offering a workshop series to engage Maine community members to increase knowledge around systemic injustice. The cost to attend each session is $30 for MRBN members and $40 for non-members.

    Anti-racism education builds resilience for everyone. Evidence shows that systemic injustice has a negative effect not only on the marginalized community members who are directly impacted, but every community member, regardless of identity. Studies support the idea that when communities take action to address racism, outcomes for every group improve.

    This workshop will expose and explain the subtle nature of microaggressions, which are defined as "daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental communications, whether intentional or unintentional, that transmit hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to a target person because they belong to a stigmatized group."

    The speaker, Sultana Khan, is a writer, organizer, and consultant who lives in New England. She works with community members, educators, and young people to increase their understanding and activism around social change. Sultana believes equitable communities can only be developed through education, acknowledgement, and action, and tailors her approach to meet people wherever they are in their journey towards collective liberation. Her writing has been published locally and nationally, and her first book of nonfiction essays is forthcoming. Sultana is a queer woman of color and can most often be found splashing around in cold bodies of water.

    • August 18, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
    • 30
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     Equity Workshop Series Session 3: A Racial History of Maine

    MRBN is offering a workshop series to engage Maine community members to increase knowledge around systemic injustice. The cost to attend each session is $30 for MRBN members and $40 for non-members.

    Anti-racism education builds resilience for everyone. Evidence shows that systemic injustice has a negative effect not only on the marginalized community members who are directly impacted, but every community member, regardless of identity. Studies support the idea that when communities take action to address racism, outcomes for every group improve.

    This workshop will explore the history of racial prejudice in Maine, from the persecution of residents of Malaga Island to the KKK to the history of US relations with the Tribes that have lived in this area for thousands of years. This real history is a necessary component of anti-racism education for Mainers.

    The speaker, Sultana Khan, is a writer, organizer, and consultant who lives in New England. She works with community members, educators, and young people to increase their understanding and activism around social change. Sultana believes equitable communities can only be developed through education, acknowledgement, and action, and tailors her approach to meet people wherever they are in their journey towards collective liberation. Her writing has been published locally and nationally, and her first book of nonfiction essays is forthcoming. Sultana is a queer woman of color and can most often be found splashing around in cold bodies of water.





    • September 15, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • via ZOOM Meeting
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    Join MRBN 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 cross-sector professionals are invited to attend: social workers, public health and healthcare professionals, guidance counselors, educators, child and family advocates, therapists, behavioral health professionals, policy makers and public safety officers.

      • October 29, 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
      • Educare, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville, ME 04901
      • 60



      • November 12, 2020
      • 10:00 AM (EST)
      • November 13, 2020
      • 2:30 PM (EST)
      • via ZOOM Meeting
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      Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2020 - Virtual two-day program

      Please join us for a two day virtual event featuring speaker Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD,MBA, MPH. Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

      Each day, Dr. Bethell will offer a unique keynote presentation from 10:00am -11:30am.

      The first keynote address is titled, We Are the Medicine: Building an EcoSystem to Take Healing and Flourishing to Scale, will allow participants to learn about the science of flourishing amid adversity and approaches to prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs to promote resilience. In this address, Dr. Bethell will present research evidence supporting bold policies and strategies to translate the science of flourishing into health, education and social services and policy.

      The second keynote address is titled, Prioritizing Possibilities: Leveraging the Power of Relationships and Family and Community Engagement to Catalyze and Sustain Flourishing, will take a deeper dive into the science and anatomy of a healing relationships and community engagement to address childhood adversity and promote well-being. She will discuss the neuroscience principles behind the mandate for effectively engaging families and the community to assess priorities, define success and partner to improve and tailor health, education and social services.

      Dr. Bethell will facilitate community forums each day from 1:00pm-2:30pm. During these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on approaches to promote flourishing amid adversity in their current work, review existing strategies and services, evaluate how current work to promote flourishing and healing and assess the impact of adversity and trauma and assess the well-being of their workforce and leadership.

      All professionals are invited to attend: social workers, healthcare providers, guidance counselors, educators, child and family advocates, public health and behavioral health professionals, therapists, and policy makers. We encourage community organizations and coalitions to attend.

      Meet the speaker,  Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH!

      Dr. Bethell provided expert testimony to the first-ever congressional hearing on childhood trauma last 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 finance 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.

      *If you are not yet a MRBN member, please JOIN NOW to receive a substantial discount on all event registrations! You must have a paid membership to qualify for the discounted rate.

    Past events

    June 25, 2020 MRBN Conversations: Strengthening Resilience and Connection Together - June 25th
    June 19, 2020 Care of the Perinatal Patient with Substance Use Disorder and Resilience Building
    June 02, 2020 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - 6/2 (other dates available - see event list)
    May 21, 2020 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - 5/21 (other dates available - see event list)
    May 21, 2020 MRBN Conversations: Strengthening Resilience and Connection Together - May 21st
    May 18, 2020 Love in the Time of Coronavirus - HOPE and Parenting
    May 12, 2020 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - 5/12 (other dates available - see event list)
    May 04, 2020 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - 5/4 (other dates available - see event list)
    April 29, 2020 Professional Development - April 29, 2020 - Restorative Practices
    April 28, 2020 MRBN Conversations: Strengthening Resilience and Connection Together - April 28th
    April 28, 2020 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - 4/28 (other dates available - see event list)
    April 23, 2020 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - 4/23 (other dates available - see event list)
    April 02, 2020 MRBN Conversations: Strengthening Resilience and Connection Together - April 2nd
    April 01, 2020 MRBN Conversations: Strengthening Resilience and Connection Together - April 1st
    January 30, 2020 MRBN Professional Development - 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey & Census 2020
    January 23, 2020 Broken Places Film Screening: Examining the Impact of Childhood Adversity
    November 05, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - York, ME
    November 04, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - Augusta, ME
    October 31, 2019 MRBN Professional Development & Member Meeting - October 31, 2019
    October 29, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 - Calais, ME
    October 23, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Auburn, ME
    October 23, 2019 The Why and How of Trauma-Informed Care: A Life Course Approach to Understanding the Trajectory of Tobacco Use
    October 21, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Bangor, ME
    October 17, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Waldo, ME
    October 16, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Westbrook, ME
    October 15, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Mexico, ME
    October 08, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Owls Head
    October 08, 2019 Maine Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Conference
    October 02, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Houlton
    October 01, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Caribou
    September 26, 2019 Maine Resilience Building Network Sept 26th Member Meeting
    September 26, 2019 Training for Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
    September 24, 2019 Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth - Age 5 - Brunswick
    August 19, 2019 Social Emotional Learning - 1st Annual Summit
    August 14, 2019 Alcohol Prevention Conference - Safety, Success and the Life Ahead: Alcohol Concerns for Emerging Adults
    August 08, 2019 Beyond ACEs: Why Trauma-Informed Practices Are a Call to Action
    July 09, 2019 The Kids We Lose - Documentary screening at USM on July 9
    June 25, 2019 Mental Well-being… Life Is Good, WELLNESS Makes It Better!
    June 21, 2019 Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings
    June 17, 2019 Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference
    June 11, 2019 'Recovery Boys' - documentary film and discussion
    June 07, 2019 Mindfulness & Meditation Skills For Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents
    May 30, 2019 MRBN Member Conference: Resilience Building Across the Lifespan
    May 23, 2019 Positive Youth Development Institute
    May 22, 2019 Maternal and Child Health & Substance Exposed Infant Conference
    May 10, 2019 Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference
    March 28, 2019 MRBN Member Meeting
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