The Resilience Champion Live is a six-week workshop for leaders who want to integrate a trauma-informed approach in their setting. Weeks 1-2 of this course provide the foundational overview of the key concepts behind a trauma-informed approach from our Basics course. Weeks 3-6 focus on translating those concepts into action. Each week, you will be introduced to a skill from Practical Tools to Support Wellness to support the development of a resilience culture.
This course will guide you as you move from trauma-aware to trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. In addition to reviewing concepts such as ACEs, toxic stress, and resilience, this workshop will also guide you and /your team in establishing a foundation, exploring your culture, creating goals, and identifying concrete steps you can take to sustain this approach in your specific setting.
Each week will consist of a 90 minute live interactive workshop with activities designed to help operationalize the key concepts. Wellness practices will be offered each week. You’ll also see cross-sector examples of Resilience Champions and specific strategies that have worked for them, providing inspiration for clear steps to help you get started.
This course starts on February 10, 2021 and the live sessions are from 9:30am-11:00 pm PST. If you are unable to be present, recordings will be available in the learning center on Thursdays.
February 10, 2021- Week 1: ACEs, Toxic Stress, and Intergenerational Trauma
In week 1, you’ll explore the science behind the ACEs framework, including the link between toxic stress and health, behavioral, and societal issues. In addition to reviewing the findings of the original ACEs study, you’ll see related research that applies the study’s framework to identify additional risk factors, including Adverse Community Experiences and other sources of individual, social, and systems adversity. You’ll also learn the key principles of historical trauma and how adversity can impact individuals, groups, and communities across generations.
February 17, 2021- Week 2: The Brain, Body, and Resilience
In week 2, you’ll examine how the body and brain are affected by toxic stress, define different types of stress, and understand toxic stress physiology. You’ll also learn what resilience is, identify how protective factors can help heal the impact of trauma, and discuss how resilience can be built and sustained in individuals, organizations, and communities.
February 24, 2021- Week 3: Building Your Vision
In week 3, you will strengthen your foundation for promoting sustainable change. You will explore the role of leadership and teamwork, “why you do what you do”, and your overall vision for integrating this approach into your setting.
March 3, 2021- Week 4: Developing Your Culture
In week 4, you’ll learn about the role of culture in sustaining a trauma-informed approach and define the values that will help promote a resilience-building culture in your setting. As part of this, you will explore how your organizational culture developed and how it does (or does not) reflect those values.
March 10, 2021- Week 5: Assessing Your Setting
In week 5, you’ll use a systematic approach to assess and examine the different domains of your setting, such as leadership capacity, services, clients, policies and procedures, and physical environment. The goal of this workshop is to define a process to gather information about strengths, assets, what’s working well, and where you would like to do more.
March 17, 2021- Week 6: Creating an Action Plan
In week 6, you will build off the findings from your assessment to define concrete goals for integrating a trauma-informed approach into your setting. You will then translate those goals into a concrete action plan through the process of brainstorming and prioritizing potential solutions.