Looking back at the first half of 2016
With the first half of 2016 in the rearview mirror, we’re being asked to share an update on our work. At the top of the list is our annual conference – registration is now open!
Resilience Summit 2016:
Our Resilience Summit 2016 is being held at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center on Nov 2-3. Check out this amazing line up as we bring together practitioners, educators, researchers, policy-makers, and other human resilience pioneers from around the globe to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills, and tools that help individuals and communities constructively cope with today’s most pressing adversities. This year’s event includes screenings of the provoking Paper Tigers and Resilience documentaries and a conversation with film producer James Redford. From world-class researchers to federal policymakers and leaders innovating in the field, join us to harness our collective knowledge to address the urgent needs of building personal and psychosocial resilience before, during, and after trauma. Register now to ensure your spot – and take advantage of best pricing!
We continue to collaborate with Scholastic and SenArt Films to reduce the “School to Prison” pipeline and provide resilience building skills to millions of educators and students across the nation. This innovative project raises awareness of how we are inadvertently increasing risk factors for our youth and leads the way in creating attitudinal and behavioral shifts that increase protective factors and improve outcomes for all youth, including those exposed to early childhood trauma. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military and Families:
NRI participated in the Pathfinder Showcase at the 2016 Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. We’re proud to collaborate with an organization doing such tremendous work supporting military-connected youth. We recently met with the ROA STARS Foundation to explore the unique circumstances and demands of our reserve forces. And we continue our educational collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project – one of our valued Summit sponsors.
Climate Change and Disaster Recovery:
Our CEO moderated a “Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change” webinar hosted by the American Public Health Association and EcoAmerica. You can listen along [https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/apha-calendar/webinar-events/2016/climate-changes-mental-health]. NRI team members also participated in The National Academies of Sciences June workshop in Linn County, Iowa, and in The State of Resilience: A Leadership Forum and Community Workshop held in Washington, D.C. in June as part of a pilot project studying the resilience of post-disaster communities.
NRI team members traveled to New York City in March to meet with the Israel Trauma Coalition and continue laying the groundwork for an international taskforce on preparedness and response to terrorism-related trauma. We remember the date because we were meeting when Brussels experienced coordinated suicide bombings… followed by our CEO being in Orlando during June’s mass shooting. Our world has changed and NRI is working with some of the most qualified researchers and practitioners in the world to provide evidence-based whole person, whole community supports for the psychosocial trauma that accompanies these horrendous acts of terror.
Public Health, Safety and Security:
NRI has been spending more and more time in Washington DC! Earlier this year, we participated in a meeting at the White House examining opportunities for federal agencies to work across silos to create a national framework for personal and psychosocial resilience building. Over the past several months, we have consulted with various federal agencies on public health, safety and security initiatives. We are participating in some promising developments toward launching a coordinated national framework to grow human resilience – including increasing utilization of prevention services, educating about trauma and the creation of safe environments, providing resilience skills building, nurturing social connectivity, and improving psychosocial determinants for health. These efforts will be highlighted with a federal agency panel at the Resilience Summit.
As we learn, we teach… and as we teach, we learn. This year, one team member completed a year-long certification course in Trauma Informed Care while three team members were added to the national registry of trained Psychological First Aid providers. Our outreach so far this year includes presentations to youth building, military-connected, mental health, and public health audiences. With the generous support of Mediacom MC22, the Resiliency Matters TV show continues to provide direct education to over 250,000 viewers. Recent guests include Dr. Okpara Rice, President-Elect of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, on helping youth thrive, Stephanie Neff, Health/Wellness Supervisor for Cedar Rapids Schools, on building wellness into the fabric of communities, and Dr. John Lyons, Professor at Chapin Hall, University of Chicago, on practical ways to increase and measure resilience.
The Corridor Business Journal recognized our Board Treasurer, John Rhomberg, as a 2016 Financial Executive of the Year. John was selected from a very talented pool of nominees for his work on behalf of a small nonprofit organization doing big work in the world. This is the third peer-voted recognition in the past year of influential contributions being made by NRI team members. Shine on — Serve on!
We hope you share our excitement about the progress being made across a variety of human sectors to better prepare for, respond to, and grow through today’s most pressing challenges. NRI is dedicated to moving this work forward. You too? Please join our #humanresiliencemovement!