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Resilience: Hope Lives Here

Idaho Public Television is excited to partner with Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, Optum Idaho and Idaho Resilience Project to bring teachers, counselors, and other practitioners a three-part virtual professional development series centered around our documentary Resilience: Hope Lives Here.

The hourlong film investigates Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which include abuse, neglect, divorce and other childhood traumas. Research shows that left unresolved or untreated, these experiences can lead to health conditions in adulthood — such as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Being a trauma-informed teacher or practitioner is critical because Idaho has the fifth-highest rate in the nation for children who have experienced three or more ACEs.

The third webinar will feature some hands-on, practical applications and ideas for managing trauma in the classroom. This final webinar will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5-7 PM Mountain.  

All of the webinars will be available to teachers and practitioners at no cost and will be available for credit (additional fee will apply). Please join us as we learn how to conquer ACEs and be more trauma-informed.

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Participants in the film

Tracey Karst, Sandpoint
Tracey Karst is a teacher and adoptive parent of four special needs children. She sees the effects of ACEs on a daily basis both in her classroom and in her home. Meet her family and hear their encouraging story of overcoming trauma.

Sean Blackwell, Boise
Sean Blackwell is a criminology professor, but he can’t remember much of his childhood – a telling sign of trauma. Hear what helped him become resilient and how he is getting involved in the community to promote healing and change.

Keith Orchard, Coeur d’Alene
Keith Orchard is the Mental Health Specialist for the Coeur d’Alene School District.

For the past several years, he has presented trauma informed training in the district with the goal to shift how adults see and respond to children who are struggling by understanding root causes and working to meet the need behind the behavior.

Keith's training equips teachers and administrators with understanding and tools to support, respond and teach self-regulation skills to children who are acting out. This has completely transformed their approach.

Luis Granados, Nampa
Luis Granados grew up in the gang culture and found himself in jail as a young person. He was able to turn the negative experiences he faced growing up and use them as a skill to help him reach young people in a unique and meaningful way. He is the Executive Director of Breaking Chains Academy of Development. The non-profit in Canyon County, ID works with gang-involved youth to attain their education and develop life skills.

Shannon McGuire, Boise
Shannon McGuire is a community-minded entrepreneur and leader in Idaho. Her life today is a stark contrast to where she grew up—South Central Los Angeles.

She lost her brother in a traumatic and tragic accident at the age of nine. Even worse, people blamed her for his death. Learn how she is able to choose joy and positivity even after such a rough start to life.

Dr. Bryan Taylor, PhD, JD, Caldwell
Dr. Bryan Taylor is the Prosecuting Attorney for Canyon County. His office is very familiar with the ACEs study and takes a proactive approach in looking for ways to identify trauma and better support victims. His team works hard to reduce crime while pursuing justice. Bryan is very involved in the community and believes that civic engagement is key to building a safer and healthier community.

Becky Johnson, Meridian
Becky Johnson is a therapist and former youth pastor with two masters degrees. Growing up, she experienced massive trauma and has a 10 out of 10 ACE score.

Abuse and neglect could have determined her life, but instead she overcame unthinkable tragedy and now lives a successful and meaningful life where she helps others heal.

Holly Whitworth, Idaho Falls
Holly Whitworth is the Program Manager of the Parents as Teachers Program through Eastern Idaho Public Health. This free service helps to support families by building their child’s intellectual, language, social and physical development from birth to age three. Holly has personally seen the power of this mentorship program break the cycle of trauma in families.