Announcing an exciting webinar series led by some of the leading experts on trauma-informed practice, early childhood adversity and resilience.

Check back often—We’ll be adding more dates to the series!

Brown Bag Webinar Series

Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities is pleased to announce a series of webinars featuring our 11 national advisors.  In each of these short 45-minute sessions, one of our advisors will share some of their expertise and engage in dialogue with you on key strategies for creating just, healthy and resilient communities.  

Aug 22, 2017
@1pm ET

Mark Dessauer, MA
Mindful Messaging: Strategic Communications for the ACE & Resilience Movement (read more)

Sep 7, 2017
@1pm ET

Melissa Merrick, PhD
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities (read more)

Oct 5, 2017
@1pm ET

Brenda Jones Harden, PhD

Coming Soon*

Nov 8, 2017
@1pm ET

Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH
Capacitar: Tools to Reduce Stress, Promote Resilience and Prevent Vicarious Trauma (read more)

Coming Soon*

*Registration typically opens one month in advance of each webinar. 

Seats are limited, but the webinars will be archived.



Sandra Bloom, MD
Healthy Systems are Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive
Jun 14, 2017
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Kathryn Evans Madden, MPA
Community Organizing: Resistance and Resilience
Jun 20, 2017

Christopher Blodgett, PhD
The Status of Trauma-Informed School Practices
Jul 24, 2017
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Angelo Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH & Nancy Correa, MPH
Building Resilient Communities: Working at the Interface Between Public Health and Hospital Systems
Aug 1, 2017
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Mindful Messaging: Strategic Communications for the ACE & Resilience Movement
Mark Dessauer, MA, on August 22, 2017, @ 1pm ET

Changing communities and policies to create a just, healthy and resilient world means changing people’s minds.  Using strategic communications in your work requires you to understand how policymakers, community leaders and parents understand your messages.  If communications were as easy as tossing a Frisbee back and forth then most of our work would be done. Instead, the brain is a bit like a pinball machine. Messages go in. Sometimes they hit the right places and trigger the preferred response. Sometimes they hit the wrong spots and people are alienated and reject the messaging. Still other times, you lose the ball altogether and have to start all over again.

"Mindful Messaging" harnesses the knowledge about attitudes, social norms, and aspirations and offers guidance for applying these insights to social change efforts. It helps us consider thoughtfully who we are trying to engage, anticipate how their brains might process the messages we use, and keeps us from making predictable mistakes that hinder our efforts instead of moving us forward. And it helps facilitate two-way communication so messaging leads to useful dialogue about important issues rather than dead ends.

This webinar will walk through:

  1. How to think about audiences not just demographically (who they are), but also psychographically (why they think and do what they do).
  2. How to figure out what is at play in that mind of theirs and what messaging needs to take into account to connect with and not alienate those we want to engage in conversations about important issues.
  3. How to both gather this intel and insights and put it to work in a way that strengthens messaging efforts.


Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities
Melissa Merrick, PhD, on September 7, 2017, @ 1pm ET

Dr. Merrick will provide an overview of the 2016 technical package from the Division of Violence Prevention in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. They can help improve the health and well-being of communities. A technical package has three parts.

  1. The strategy lays out the direction or actions to achieve the goal of preventing violence.
  2. The approach includes the specific ways to advance the strategy. This can be accomplished through programs, policies, and practices.
  3. The evidence for each of the approaches in preventing violence or its associated risk factors is included as the third component.

Download the technical package Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (Fortson, Klevens, Merrick, Gilbert, & Alexander, 2016) here.


Capacitar: Tools to Reduce Stress, Promote Resilience and Prevent Vicarious Trauma
Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH, on November 8, 2017, @ 1pm ET

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the work of Capacitar and practice several brain-body modalities that have been shown to be highly effective in promoting resilience, healing and well-being.  Capacitar uses a popular education approach to provide simple tools that can be quickly learned and shared with others.  Capacitar International works in over 40 countries with adults, children, families and communities in a wide range of settings including domestic violence shelters, schools, mental health services and other community services.  These practices are also used by organizations to address vicarious trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe two core values of  Capacitar's work in settings and regions of high stress, violence and poverty.
  2. Give two examples of how Capacitar methods help to calm the brain, reduce stress and promote resilience.
  3. Demonstrate three Capacitar methods found to be effective for managing stress and promoting resilience and healing.