Resilience Week 2022

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For fun, physical & in-person activities, here's some Community Events.
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Snap Back Sunday - 5/1

2 p.m.Viewing of My Asian-American Dream Williamsburg Regional Library – an in-person viewing of the first documentary film produced by All Together Williamsburg. This documentary highlights the stories of  three Asian-Americans and their relationship to America: Satoshi Ito, a Japanese Interment Camp survivor and former William & Mary sociology professor; Jenny Loveland, the USAF veteran daughter of a Japanese woman an American GI; and Hannah Aaronson, a Chinese adoptee to a White American family.

Mindful Monday - 5/2

9 a.m. - Welcome to the kick-off of Resilience Week 2022! Click to join and meet two of our members who will jumpstart the week's celebration! Prell Gross, a licensed professional counselor and co-owner of Peace'In'It Counseling in Newport News, will set the scene with a discussion on life/work balance. Fred Liggin, pastor, certified trauma-professional and founder of 3e Restoration, Inc. will follow.

11 a.m. – Revealing of the Resilience Rock Garden - Freedom Park in James City County – ALL are welcomed to join the members of the Racial-Trauma Sub-Committee on site, in-person, to practice the mindful and meditative activity of rock painting. Rocks will overflow and decorate what will be a permanent space inside the park for residents and visitors to reflect on their experiences, their trauma, and their ability to bounce back! This Garden is made possible by a collaborative effort, spearheaded by Network members and the JCC Parks Department. Freedom Park is the home of the rock garden as it is a park that celebrates human resilience; it is one of the first free Black settlements in America.

Therapeutic Tuesday - 5/3 

Noon - The Effects of Trauma on the Workforce - This in-person, trauma-informed business Lunch & learn is best suited for leaders in workforce development. Leaders will learn how trauma may present in employees and partners on the job. This lunch & learn found its roots in a conversation between the Network, Sen. Monty Mason and the Chamber of Commerces along the peninsula about reducing the effects of trauma in former foster care youth by enabling them to find secure employment. You must register to attend.

Noon Mindfulness in Motion: Walking the Labyrinth to Connect to inner Strength – In preparation for World Labyrinth Day, Dr. Amanda Trent, LCP, will offer a brief history and explanation of the use of labyrinths across cultures to connect to meditative & spiritual experiences. Participants will learn a common approach to walking a labyrinth, and will be guided through an experiential exercise called "finger walking." Participants are encouraged to print this copy of the Chartres labyrinth OR to download the app Labyrinth Journey. Resources will be provided and referenced for further research and exploration.

Wellness Wednesday - 5/4

Noon - It Takes a Different Kind of Love to Educate a Child - Mr. Josh Farris, is a young speaker and consultant. His research and personal narratives help institutions and state agencies create systemic change for first-generation and low-income students. Register to hear Mr. Ferris share his vision for education having navigated poverty, apathy, and failure on his journey to living a richer life. 

1:30 p.m. - Breaking Down Wellness - Register to sit with Prell Gross, LPC, and beloved TICN member as he breaks down the eight (8) dimensions of wellness. Be ready to identify your successes and limitations to maintaining your own balance. 

Trauma-Informed Thursday - 5/5 

ALL DAY - We're Building Resilient Communities with the Greater Richmond TICN during their virtual conference to celebrate TICNs around the state - that includes us y'all! Catch a pre-recording of your Chair, Rebecca Vinroot, and Coordinator, Shari Wiltshire, in the morning as we share what makes our TICN unique and how we serve our historic district. Join again, at 2:30 p.m., to meet members of our Racial-Trauma Sub-Committee. Hear why they invest their time in this committee and how they intend to educate others on this type of collective trauma.   

See the image below for a closer look at all scheduled content provided by other TICNs in VA.


Fulfillment Friday - 5/6

Noon Neuroscience & Trauma: Using Movement, Play, Humor, Music, and Imagination - Dr. Lynn Banez will apply new neuroscience research in trauma and the "PTSD Brain" to discuss how adding yoga, Tai Chi, humor, music and playfulness (especially singing) to Cognitive Behavioral Therapies or EMDR can enhance the therapeutic process.  This lecture is for professionals or parents. Expect to walk away with examples and useful skills to tackle life's challenges. 

Self Care Saturday - 5/7

6 p.m. Viewing of Broken Places - Grove Outreach Center in Williamsburg - an in-person viewing of a documentary exploring why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. This documentary splices together 40 years of footage capturing the lives of children and provides updates on their stories. Professional insights on the impact of trauma and the resilience of people round out the film's discussion.


We hope we're bringing you more specific ways to minimize harm and reduce one's encounter with traumatic experiences. If not, you should share your ideas for more robust, creative and targeted workshops here.