Resilient Colorado provides training and consulting about the impact of trauma and ways to enhance resilience. Resilience can be taught, and it is profoundly important for ourselves, our businesses, and our communities at large. A groundbreaking study in the late 1990’s revealed a significant and ongoing connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative adult health outcomes, running the gamut from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to addiction, suicidality, and more. Trauma affects all of us, either directly or indirectly, so it is imperative that we work together to build resilience.
Through direct service and partnering with other community leaders, I serve as a consultant and educator for Trauma Sensitive Schools and Trauma Informed Care. I teach about the impact of trauma on brains, bodies, and behaviors. I help schools, businesses, and non-profits infuse trauma sensitive practices into all that they do while building the resilience of staff, students, families, and clients. Trauma-sensitive schools see a decrease in discipline referrals and an increase in outcomes like graduation rates alongside higher levels of staff engagement, satisfaction, and retention. Businesses find that practicing trauma-informed principles yields excellent customer service and a wide range of improved outcomes.
What’s up next:
This winter and spring (2019), in addition to regular training and consulting work, Resilient Colorado will be partnering with Celebrating Healthy Communities to build trauma awareness in our area through new training opportunities.
Inspired by the teenagers in our community, Resilient Colorado is working with high school students to develop a pilot program at Durango Big Picture High School. This project seeks to marshal the creativity and passion of young persons to support resilience and well-being in our community at large.