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MRBN Newsletter, February 2020
The Maine Resilience Building Network , in partnership with UNE’s Center for Excellence in Public Health, invites you to join colleagues from Maine for a one-day conference on HOPE (Healthy Outcomes of Positive Experiences); a framework co-authored by Dr. Robert Sege from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
For too long, our work with young children and their families has focused on adversity and risk. While these are important, we now know that positive childhood experiences also have dramatic effects on brain growth and development and on adult health. Building on the key insights from toxic stress, our brains develop in response to experience. HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) outlines approaches that we can take to incorporate a more holistic understanding of human development. The keynote address will describe the science of HOPE, and lay out the four pillars of HOPE. These pillars describe the common elements of programs that have been successful in promoting child and adolescent development.

Following the keynote, we will have a series of interactive sessions, designed to bring this new scientific understanding into practice. These sessions will explore four areas of implementation of HOPE: (1) HOPE-based intake and assessment, (2) How HOPE supports empathy with individuals who may have had childhood trauma, (3) Programming that creates Positive Childhood Experiences, and (4) Monitoring and improving HOPE-informed implementation.

This daylong session will leave participants, from trainee to experienced practitioners, with new approaches and concrete skills to improve the effectiveness of their work with young children and their families.

Conference Objectives - Following this session, participants will:
1.      List the four types of positive experiences (pillars of HOPE) that support the development of resilience.
2.      Explain how positive and adverse childhood experiences interact in affecting long-term health.
3.      Use positive, strength—based approaches to improve the effectiveness of evidence-based screening.
4.      Set a specific, measurable, applicable, realistic, and time-bound objective for the next 60 days.

Who Should Attend: All professionals are invited to attend: social workers, public health and healthcare professionals, guidance counselors, educators, child and family advocates, therapists, behavioral health professionals, policy makers and public safety officers.   Education credit for this program is pending.
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Location : UNE’s Innovation Hall, 772 Stevens Ave, Portland, Me
Registration Fees : $75 member, $150 non-member, $30 full-time student
To register for the conference: Dr. Sege HOPE event Register Now!
To become an active MRBN member and receive member pricing for this event, JOIN NOW !

The Maine Resilience Building Network invites you to become a MRBN member. Together we are raising awareness of the ACEs science and resilience building in Maine and nationally. The MRBN Network is an integral part of the work that is happening across sectors to improve well-being and build systems that strengthen children, family and community connections so all people matter. MRBN is responsive to the network through statewide network meetings, professional development and consultation. MRBN provides contributions to state and local policy development on resilience-building strategies that impacts the well-being of our children, families, and communities. Join the Network today.   
The Maine Resilience Building Network’s mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.