Building Strong Brains Learning Conference Lunch & Learn Series PART 2!

Announcing ”Part 2” of Building Strong Brains Learning Conference Lunch & Learn Series!

Since its inception, Building Strong Brains Tennessee (BSB TN) has connected brain science and communications science to change the culture in Tennessee to be informed by ACEs, Trauma and Resilience (ATR).  This culture change in addition to appropriations in the TN state budget for BSB ACEs Innovation Grants have prompted many professionals, communities, and philanthropists to use the latest brain science to better prevent and mitigate ACEs, trauma and toxic stress. Four years of comprehensive, coordinated and collective work from both the private and public sector have positioned TN as a national leader in ACEs response.  

To continue to propel and expand this cutting-edge work, BSB TN was planning to conduct a two-day learning conference to support professionals and community members to learn from innovative efforts happening at the national and local level. The goal of this conference is to advance trauma-informed philosophy, policies and funding, programs and professional practice in a variety of professional sectors and communities across the state. However, the coronavirus pandemic has required that we rethink our plans and not hold the conference at this time, in light of the necessary precautions to which all of us want to adhere. As a result, the conference content committee has moved forward with crafting a learning conference “lunch and learn” series throughout the spring and summer.  An excellent line-up of nationally recognized and visionary speakers will present during this online series.

A key theme of our conference is the impact of equity on health, learning, access and well-being.  Below are a list of the lunch and learn events.  You must register for each lunch and learn separately.  For those who attend the live session, you will receive CEU’s courtesy of the TN Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.  If you are unable to attend the live sessions, we will email the recorded presentation.  The webinars will be recorded and posted to TCCY’s YouTube PageTo access previous Lunch and Learn Session, click here. This event is sponsored by the Building Strong Brains Tennessee ACEs Innovation Grant. We will be sending an announcement with September dates for “Part 3” of the series in the coming weeks!

Speakers for BSB TN Learning Conference Lunch & Learn Series Part 2

 MLewis2015Pix Do No Harm. Building Equity for Children of Color to Promote Social Justice in the Child Welfare SystemMavis Lewis, Ph. D. July 28, 11:00a – 12:00p CT/12:00p – 1:00p ET In partnership with the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) System of Care Across Tennessee, we are pleased to announce the following learning opportunity:  Racial disparities emotionally hurt children. Children of color are disproportionately placed into the child welfare system at higher rates than their presence in the population.  In this webinar, we use address interacting individual and systems levels factors that include individual implicit biases as well as culturally insensitive policies, and practices that contribute to racial disparities. We present relationship-based, trauma-informed approach, psychosocial tools to examine how our individual bias and professional standards and practices may contribute to structural inequality leading to racial disparities. We end with of a tip sheet on Ten Guidelines for undoing bias that may be incorporated into everyday practice.  This project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). The project was supported by Grant Number SM063412 System of Care (SOC) Across Tennessee from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of TDMHSAS, SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, or Department of Health and Human Services.   
   Moving beyond ACEs with Protective Factors, Healing, and HOPE – Health Outcomes from Positive ExperiencesCailin O’Conner with Center for the Study of Social Policy August 4, 11:00a – 12:00p CT/12:00p – 1:00p ET Positive childhood experiences can affect adult health and well-being and counteract the well-known effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Many of us who work with children and families are eager to think about how our work can prevent ACEs from occurring, buffer children from negative effects of adversity they do experience, and support families so that they can thrive despite their challenges. Understanding both ACEs and HOPE can frame how we respond to the crises facing families and communities and how we help parents build the strongest foundation possible for their children’s future. Please join this webinar to learn about emerging research on the Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences (HOPE), the importance of foundational relationships, and how it all relates to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework. Join us in reflecting on how we can help families to create positive childhood experiences and build their protective factors despite whatever adversity they may face.   
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Description automatically generatedModerator: Janet Watkins Education Panel Transforming to Trauma-Informed: Three Journeys of Building Trauma-Informed Schools August 11, 11:00a – 12:00p CT/12:00p – 1:00p ET Education Panel: Janet Watkins, Adam Clark, Julie Malone, and Job Isles. An education panel of experts from the Tennessee Department of Education’s trauma informed schools project will address best practices, outcomes, anecdotal examples and expansion work in their respective communities and schools. 
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Description automatically generatedMoving What to Why:  A Trauma-Informed School’s JourneyPrincipal Mathew Portell August 25, 11:00a – 12:00p CT/12:00p – 1:00p ET Fall-Hamilton Elementary School in Metro Nashville Public Schools has been on a journey for five years to disrupt the status quo by utilizing innovative practices to assist in mitigating the effects of childhood trauma.  Principal Portell will take you through their journey by discussing lessons learned and how the school moved from “what” they do, to “why” they do it.