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MRBN Newsletter, November 2019

Save the Date!

Maine Resilience Building Network Annual Conference

Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2020

The Samoset Resort, Rockport

Meet one of our featured speakers, Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH!

​MRBN is pleased and honored to announce that Dr. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH will present on the first day of our 2020 conference. Dr. Bethell provided expert testimony to the first-ever congressional hearing on childhood trauma this summer. In addition, her paper on promoting positive relational experiences to promote child and adult health was published in Jama Pediatrics September, 2019. Her 9/9/19 audio interview on NPR’s All Things Considered can be listened to here .    A short video from Stanford’s ChildX talk can be viewed here.
Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families and communities. With roots in health care financing reform, social epidemiology and culturally-competent, community-engaged approaches to assessing and improving health and well-being, she is the founding director (1996) of the national Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health and the We Are the Medicine consortium. Together, this work operates to promote “top down” (knowledge and data to reveal the big picture and possibilities), “bottom up” (methods to engage families, collect data and track progress) and “inside out” (relationship-centered strategies for successful transformational partnerships). She led the design of a widely endorsed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote healing and flourishing and advances family-centered approaches to optimize child well-being and national, state and local policies to enable transformation.

Dr. Bethell earned an MBA and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Healing Through Revealing methods and is an avid student of transparent communication, presence and human potential for flourishing amid adversity. She writes poetry, dances and believes that connection with ourselves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy.

More information on the conference will be shared soon! Mark your calendar now!
Discounted Conference Fee for MRBN Members!
Did you know MRBN Members get a significant discount on the cost to attend our conferences? If you are not yet a member, now is the time to join!

The Maine Resilience Building Network offers many membership levels. Our network, representing a cross sector of professionals and community members, is committed to building communities where children and families can thrive. Please visit and JOIN the Maine Resilience Building Network
New Opportunity - Certificate Program focused on Social Emotional Learning

The University of Maine in Farmington has a new Certificate Program in Systems of Student Support which was designed to provide educational leaders with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and competencies that can prepare them to assume leadership roles in the development and implementation of student support services and related programming in their schools and districts. One of the courses, being held this spring focuses on Risk and Resilience. Read more .
Save the Dates!

2020 Maine Resilience Building Network Meetings

January 30 th , April 29 th , July 30 th , and October 29 th

Meetings held at Educare Central Maine, Waterville

 Our January 30th meeting will feature a talk, '2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey Data Review' by Korey Pows, MPH, Project Coordinator MIYHS, Division of Disease Prevention at Maine CDC/DHHS.

Community Resilience Facilitators (CRF) Project

The Community Resilience Facilitators (CRF) project is active throughout Maine providing community conversations and education about ACEs and resilience building. Local training is provided to schools, healthcare practices, community collaboratives and organizations in an effort to promote resilience in Maine’s children, families and communities. The project offers a 1 hour overview of ACEs and resilience as well as an expanded 2 hour training focused on ACEs, the impacts of toxic stress and the importance of building resilience through protective factors.

For more information please contact
Partner Resources


1.  Some Days I Flip My Lid: Learning to be a Calm, Cool Kid,  Kellie Doyle Bailey, MA, CCC-SLP, MMT. Illustrated by Hannah Bailey. This engaging children’s book is authored by a member of our MRBN community and recommended for ages 4-8. The story follows third-grader Max as he develops self-awareness of his emotions by learning mindfulness techniques. This book was inspired in part by Dr. Dan Siegel’s Hand Model of the Brain. It’s a colorful and delightful story which comes with bonus materials for educators, parents and caregivers including step-by-step instructions for mindful breathing. 

2.  The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind,  Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD. This New York Times bestseller written by a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist offers 12 guidelines for nurturing brain development. Influential strategies include: name it to tame it, connect and redirect, engage don’t enrage and move it or lose it. 

3.  Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal,  Donna Jackson Nakazawa. This book has been described as an every-person’s guide to understanding the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses. Resources are provided on how one can cope and heal from emotional traumas. The author is an award-winning science journalist whose upcoming book on microglia The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine   will be published in Jan of 2020.


1. Merrick MT, Ford DC, Ports KA, et al.   Vital Signs:  Estimated Proportion of Adult Health Problems Attributable to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Implications for Prevention — 25 States, 2015–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:999-1005. DOI:

2. Jones CM, Merrick MT, Houry DE. Identifying and Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Clinical Practice.  JAMA.  Published online November 05, 2019. doi :

3. Bellis MA, Hughes K, Ford K, Ramos Rodriguez G, Sethi D, Passmore. Life course health consequences and associated annual costs of adverse childhood experiences across Europe and North America: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Public Health 2019 Published Online September 3, 2019