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Nurturing the Northland Conference
The Northland Foundation and Fostering Futures host the two-day Nurturing the Northland Conference, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Bridges to Resilience” on June 12 and 13. Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth and Mayor Jim Paine of Superior will open the conference on June 12. Training sessions will run both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Keynote presenters are Rick Griffin, M.Ed., Anne Gearity, Ph.D., and Molly Harney, Ph.D., joined by 10 education, judicial, medical, early childhood and family, psychology, and advocacy experts leading in-depth breakout sessions.
The conference is designed for professionals who work closely with children and families in and around the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, including educators (early care and education, K-12 and higher ed), human services professionals (tribal, county and nonprofit), medical and mental health providers, and others in the region who serve children and families.
Participants will gain a deeper level of understanding of adverse childhood experiences and learn effective, evidence-based strategies to help mitigate the effects of trauma and to build resilience. The more than 170 people registered to attend will enhance their understanding of:
• How “people are driven by their experience. It’s hard to focus, behave, and interact in ways that are contrary to their experience.”
• Ways to strengthen the connection to oneself, one’s family, and one’s community.
• Approaches to help keep people safe and connected in their community.
• Opportunities to engage and nurture the protective systems that impact resilience.
• Concrete strategies to actualize newfound knowledge.
Keynote speakers include:
Molly Harney, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and recognized expert on early brain development. Dr. Harney will offer the opening session on day one, as well as co-present a breakout session on day two.
Rick Griffin, M.Ed., the Executive Director and a founding member of Jubilee Leadership Academy, a trauma-informed school in the state of Washington. Griffin speaks to groups all over the country. He will present a two-part “Trauma Informed (Certification)” on the first day of the conference, addressing the burgeoning science regarding trauma and resilience.
Anne Gearity, Ph.D., a mental health practitioner and clinical faculty member at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities who developed an innovative intervention for very at-risk young children which now informs mental health programs throughout the state. Dr. Gearity will open day two of the conference and lead a breakout session.
In addition, attendees will participate in three breakout sessions of their choice, with topics such as, “Cultural Strategies in Response to Trauma,” “A Physician’s Perspective on Social-Emotional Best Practices in Pediatric Care” and “ACEs in the Court System: What Works.” The breakout sessions, led by experts in their fields, will dig deeper into applying a trauma-informed lens and best practices for working with children and their families.
For more details, see the conference brochure at northlandfdn.org or contact the Northland Foundation at 218-723-4040