About 5 years ago, a group of amazing physicians at Children's Health Alliance reached out to me and asked me how to address trauma in children and families. The answer was simple: teach parents how to build resilience in their children. Resilience decreases the effects of trauma.
Physicians & teachers who work with children are in a unique position to create a tremendous impact on children and families they work with because they interact with children before most other systems can - and they build trusting relationships with children throughout their lives. So, when I was asked to create a curriculum around resilience-building techniques, I was honored to have the opportunity. I blended everything I knew about trauma, child development, and family systems then layered that upon research-based interventions to create an amazing learning opportunity for them to guide children and families through ways to move from adversity to thriving within their professional practices. I work under the assumption that all families face adversity, parents are truly doing the best they can with the experiences they have had, and that professionals want to help families heal and feel seen.
My passion is that every person who interacts in the life of a child is trauma-informed, resilience-trained, and becomes a champion in his/her organization to help children heal and families thrive.
What I’m known for:
Creating amazing live events that both educate while also creating wellness - delicious food, amazing content, and self care!
I'm an expert with tons of experience! I've been working with children and families for almost 20 years. You won't be let down.
Off-the-hook keynotes, inspirational conferences and online courses that educate and influence.
Whole heart learning - I pour mine in, you pour yours in - there is no other way.
The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved.
— Bruce Perry
Got my PHD from Indiana University
Moved to Portland, Oregon for my Residency and Training
Became a mom - one of the greatest accomplishments ever!
Working in private practice. Loving my clients but wanting a greater impact.
Created a curriculum for pediatricians to teach resilience to families throughout their lives
Began working with schools on how to build resilience in classrooms
My reputation for being an expert on resilience and trauma begins to create momentum for me to train across the country!
I get to train professionals and parents everywhere about how to build resilient children and thriving families!
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My favorite night with family includes pizza, chocolate milk, Doritos, Phase 10, and a great movie!