Advancing Resilience and Trauma-Informed Trainings Across Sectors

Adverse childhood experiences, ACEs, are a public health crisis with broad implications to cross-sector systems. In response, MRBN has launched a series of evidence-based resilience and trauma-informed trainings tailored for education, healthcare (including behavioral health), social services, community organizations and business with technical assistance included. Becoming an ACE-aware, resilient and trauma-informed system is a process. The journey begins when staff and leaders have a readiness to receive awareness education. A single training will not fix the challenges that we collectively face but organizations can learn to cultivate greater resilience. Our training programs are individualized according to sectors with several phases of learning. Initial trainings focus on the science of ACEs and resilience laying the foundation for subsequent learning. Continuing education provides the “how to” adopt trauma-informed approaches in our workplaces and practices so that cultures transform and systems flourish. Our strength-based approach is grounded in cultural humility and a strong recognition that positive experiences and environments are essential to the health and well-being of systems.

MRBN has launched a series of evidence-based resilience and trauma-informed trainings across sectors, including:


Behavioral Health

Business 

Community Organizations

Education/Schools

Healthcare

Social Services


Please contact the Maine Resilience Building Network  at info@maineresilience.org for training information or questions.

Behavioral Health:

We are facing a mental health and opioid crisis and know from the research that there is a clear correlation between ACEs and substance use as well as mental health issues. This series of trainings provides an opportunity for staff and leaders working in mental health and substance use to receive an overview of the ACE study, the survey data from Maine, the impacts of toxic stress on the brain, body and behavior and the positive research on resilience. The deeper dynamics that drive health-risk behaviors including self-medicating are often overlooked in traditional approaches. Principles of trauma-informed care are introduced along with invitations to de-stigmatize our lens so that patients as well as staff have the best opportunity to relationally heal and recover. The research on resilience and compassion is taught along with the detriments of empathic distress enabling staff to protect against burnout. Resilient strategies, tools, practices and resources are shared.

   
Business
:

Business leaders are realizing that they have a role to play when it comes to taking care of their own, meaning all of their stakeholders and especially their employees. With growing public awareness about the common prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the impacts of toxic stress throughout life, ACE-aware businesses understand the downstream costs of inaction. Promoting a healthy, connected work environment and building a resilient organization leads to improved outcomes for all. The first phase of training provides ACEs-awareness education so that leaders and staff have a foundation for understanding how to become trauma-informed instead of unintentionally inducing trauma. Cultural humility is introduced to de-stigmatize our lens so that individuals have the best opportunity to relationally heal and recover. Resilient strategies, tools, practices and resources are shared.

Community Organizations:

This series of trainings provides breakthrough science on adverse childhood experiences, ACEs, including results from the ACE study and survey data from Maine. The impacts of toxic stress on brain development, health and well-being are shared along with the positive research on resilience, including family resilience. Integrative, trauma-informed and two generational approaches are taught to foster resilience that community organizations can offer to families even in the midst of adversity. Cultural humility is introduced to de-stigmatize our lens so that individuals have the best opportunity to relationally heal and recover. In addition, compassion training is provided with protective strategies for avoiding vicarious trauma. Resilient strategies, tools, practices and resources are shared.

Education/Schools:

Education professionals who work with students and families face complex challenges. The initial phase of training builds awareness and knowledge about the groundbreaking science of adverse childhood experiences, ACEs, survey data from Maine, and the impact of toxic stress on student learning and behavior. Teachers are not immune to vicarious trauma, and key principles of regulation, resilience, and well-being are introduced. Social emotional learning skills as well as emerging research on positive childhood experiences are incorporated, so that systems promote these with strength-based, whole-school, trauma-informed approaches. Classroom strategies and resilient tools, practices and resources are shared.

Healthcare:

Working on the frontlines of integrated healthcare is challenging. Initial trainings focus on the neurobiology of early adversity, including the landmark work of Feliti and Anda in the ACE study and survey data from Maine. The toll of toxic stress on allostatic load and the costs of childhood adversity on adult health is introduced. A strength-based approach is used to de-activate the shame and stigma often associated with mental health and substance misuse by patients or staff. A paradigm-changing lens is needed for the well-being of all. The case for trauma-informed care (TIC) is made including viewing TIC as a universal precaution. Principles of TIC are introduced to strengthen patient-centered care and increase sensitivity when it comes to screening for adversity and social determinants. The research on resilience and compassion is taught along with the detriments of empathic and moral distress. This enables staff to protect against burnout. Resilient strategies, tools, practices and resources are shared.

Social Services:

Professionals working in the field of social services face numerous challenges. This series of trainings provides breakthrough science on adverse childhood experiences, ACEs, including results from the ACE study and survey data from Maine. The impacts of toxic stress on brain development, health and well-being are shared along with the positive research on resilience, including family resilience. Integrative, trauma-informed and two generational approaches are taught to foster social services programs that support the resilience of families even in the midst of adversity. Cultural humility is introduced to de-stigmatize our lens so that individuals have the best opportunity to relationally heal and recover. In addition, compassion training is provided with protective strategies for avoiding vicarious trauma. Resilient strategies, tools, practices and resources are shared.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT INFO@MAINERESILIENCE.ORG


Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, Williamson DF, Spitz AM, Edwards V, Koss MP, Marks JS. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Am J Prev Med. 1998 May;14(4):245-58.

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