Children’s Resilience Initiative™ Announces Upcoming Speaking Engagements On Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI) announced that its co-leaders, Teri Barila and Dr. Mark Brown, will present on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) this fall at several regional and local events in Washington state and Detroit, Michigan. ACEs are childhood traumas that result in actual changes in brain development with resultant negative impacts on adult behavioral and physical health.

Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI), a highly effective and innovative program that was created as a community response to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), announced that its leaders will present on the topic this fall at several regional and local events. ACEs are childhood traumas that result in actual changes in brain development with resultant negative impacts on adult behavioral and physical health. Considered to be among the most authoritative speakers on community response to Adverse Childhood Experiences, CRI’s co-founders, Teri Barila and Mark Brown, have been asked to participate in national Webinars as well as conferences and workshops in Walla Walla and Spokane, Washington, and Detroit, Michigan.

CRI’s fall schedule of events represents a continuation of the program’s recently-completed spring and summer speaking tour on Adverse Childhood Experiences, which included national and regional mental health conferences in Charleston, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, Pasco, WA, and Portland OR. The upcoming events, taking place from September through November, are listed below:

Walla Walla, Washington

  •     September 17, 2012: National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care Webinar, 11am to 12:30pm PST, CRI-One Community’s Response to ACES, Barila and Brown will share resilience tools and strategies developed in Walla Walla which can be replicated in communities throughout the country. Registration is free. To signup click here
  •     October 2, 2012: Philanthropy Northwest Conference, Walla, Walla, WA (By invitation only). Resilience Incorporated Into Commitment to Community Neighborhood Outreach Work. Barila will highlight strategies employed by a neighborhood outreach organization to embed resilience in daily practice.
  •     October 19, 2012: Blue Ridge Elementary School Training, Walla Walla, WA (For pre-school and ECAP staff only) on Trauma-Informed and Parent Involvement. CRI will assist school staff in a deeper conversation about behavioral strategies for children with trauma histories.

Spokane, Washington

  •     November 16, 2012: Washington State School Directors Conference - featuring CRI and Walla Walla's Lincoln High School, presenting dramatic data regarding school suspensions and reductions based on trauma-informed practice.

Detroit, Michigan

  •     October 29-30, 2012: CRI and ACEs presentations to various mental health providers in Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan, detailing the multiple components of the CRI community response to ACEs in Walla Walla, WA.

With local, statewide, and national recognition that has fueled significant demand for CRI’s knowledge and thought-leadership related to Adverse Childhood Experiences, Children’s Resilience Initiative has been widely embraced by a multitude of schools, mental health organizations, government agencies, individuals, and many others from all over the United States. Known for its expertise and innovation in the field of community response to family trauma and children’s resilience, CRI’s unique model was co-developed by two highly respected professionals, Teri Barila, Leader, Coordinator, Walla Walla Community Network, and Dr. Mark Brown, Executive Director, Friends of Children of Walla Walla. CRI was created with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington State Family Policy Council, Sherwood Trust, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, in addition to several other funders, organizations, professionals and peers in the fields of childhood resilience and mental health.

According to Teri Barila, co-facilitator of Children’s Resilience Initiative, “Whether you’re a teacher, parent, counselor, school administrator, service provider, law enforcement official, or just a concerned citizen, our innovative approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences is highly valuable and impactful.” Barila continued, “We are honored by the attention and support for our work locally, regionally, and nationally, and we look forward to building our social impact so we can achieve our goals of healthier children and families.”

ABOUT CHILDREN’S RESILIENCE INITIATIVE™                                
Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) is a Walla Walla, Washington based program that grew out of a vision that tools could be developed to help children, their families, and the community with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). One such tool is CRI's innovative Resilience Trumps ACEs™ Deck of Cards and Handbook, a product that can be purchased to help build resilience into children's lives. The program is based on the fact that ACEs can be devastating to a person’s health and that CRI can address this issue by creating a model of community services and pathways to build resilience.

Formed in 2009 and led by Teri Barila and Mark Brown, the CRI Team is comprised of local agencies, businesses, parents, social service entities, school districts and law enforcement officials. To learn more about Children’s Resilience Initiative or to purchase their Resilience Trumps ACEs™ Deck of Cards and Handbook, visit

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