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Matt's Playground - From Trauma to Resilience
Transcript of Matt's Playground - From Trauma to Resilience
r is driven by
a desire for belonging
misunderstanding of how
to achieve belonging and
Jean Baker Miller
Dr. Vivek Murthy
Children form their conceptions of relationships through their early experiences with primary caregivers - attachment figures. Sensitive and responsive care-giving engenders in children a sense of
Relational / Cultural Theory: Growth fostering
relationships are a central human necessity
and disconnections are the main source of psychological problems.
one of the most damaging human experiences
and is best treated by
with other people.
Former U.S. Surgeon General:
"We have thought of ourselves as an individualistic society. The data around loneliness tells us that we are interdependent creatures and that ultimately, we need each other."
"...prevent suicidal behavior by building and strengthening connectedness or social bonds within and among persons, families and communities."
Bessel Van Der Kolk
"Our culture teaches us to focus on personal uniqueness, but at a deeper level,
we barely exist as
Tribal to Hierarchy
Comfort vs Collective
Agricultural to Industrial
Independence = Success
Breakdown of Institution
Individualized morals, values & beliefs
Abandoned - Separate World
Trauma Rewires the Brain
with 5+ were prescribed anti-depressants
5x more likely
to be in a violent relationship
8x more likely
to be raped
less likely to succeed in school
(Adverse Childhood Experiences Study)
The Most Significant Threat to Public Health
A solution to a hidden problem
Kaiser Study: 17,421 Non-marginalized People
10 Categories of Trauma, ages 0-18
Common - MORE than 10 categories
Significant and Broad Health Impact
60% of genetic material
to brain cells
250,000 cells a minute:
100 billion in 40 areas
1000 trillion by 2 yrs.
15k per neuron,
more than stars
Experiences trigger connections
Connections form neural pathways (ruts)
Leaving the Survival Switch ON
Trauma Impact & Low Resilience Behavior
Attention, Behavior & Emotion
Perception of Danger
How I matter (or don't)
Walls instead of connections
Can't now & don't want to later
Basic trust, Ability to delay gratification, Cause/effect thinking, Conscience development, Ability to handle stress, Relationship skills, Socialization, Concentration, Identity formation, Intellectual potential
Can't Stop Pedaling
To be the kind of person that can...
Kauai Study -
Caring Adult Power
Trauma Response in Person
ffer What You Have
ake What You Need
hare the Story
...Do What I Say
1. Pick one to
2. Pick your
to send back
Stress: The space between how life is and how you think it should be.
Coherence & Entrainment
The heart is 100,000 times stronger electrically and 5,000 time stronger magnetically than the brain
Will's Challenge & Invitation
Brain in Hand
Invite & Challenge
Moving toward mutual respect
*Punishment - 32
*Solutions vs Consequences
Rewards - 32
*Curiosity - 33
*Mistaken Goal - 36
*Kind AND Firm - 33
*What & How Questions - 34
Asking vs Telling - 37
Empowering vs Enabling - 38
*Encouragement vs Praise - 35
*Continuum of Change
Juggling or Ball Toss
*Agreement and Follow Through - 39
*Teacher Helping Teacher - 40
4 Responses to Punishment
- reduced self-image
Feeling bad ≠ Doing Better
Suicide Prevention &
Youth Development Coalition
Caring Adult Network (CAN)
Theory of Change:
Caring Adults and
community connectedness reduce unhealthy
behavior and outcomes by providing
belonging and significance.
Experience: How the Brain Grows
Frequent experiences = strong connections
From 2 - 18, pruning eliminates 500 trillion connections
electrical or chemical communication
signals across tiny gaps between neural axons & dendrites
out of our ignorance, we have created a paradigm about "how it is..."
Mental/emotional/behavioral (negative) outcomes are warnings of cultural missteps/ignorance...(also unintended consequences).
Cultural messages are overstimulating our kids. Lack of structure. Operating on different assumptions than older generations. Sense of abandonment (kids create a separate from adults world that reduces their resilience)
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Suicide Prevention Vision
"Several decades of research have shown that the promise and potential lifetime benefits of preventing mental, emotional and behavioral (MEB) disorders are greatest by focusing on young people."
"This report documents that an increasing number of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in young people are in fact preventable."
"We propose a new emphasis on true prevention, which for the purposes of this report we define as occurring prior to the onset of disorder, as well as mental health promotion...an important and largely ignored approach toward building healthy development in all young people."
How did things change?
Who was your Caring Adult?
Who are you?
Resilience in Nature
Knob Cone Pine