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Rising Up: Change Your Life & Reform Healthcare

Resources for Further Learning


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - - Training modules and activities on an introduction to ACEs, the ACEs study and findings, limitations of studying ACEs, demographics and risk factors for ACEs, the public health and policy applications and prevention of ACEs.

  • Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - - Promotes "science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity."  Provides many short articles that accessibly review key concepts.

  • Center for Youth Wellness - & - Organization partnered with California-based Bayview Child Health Center that is leading the charge on incorporating ACEs and toxic stress into pediatric care.  

  • Community Resilience Initiative - - A collection of resources (including games and materials for adults), trainings and webinars, videos, and more, to promote resilience.




Collections of news, articles, opinions, book reviews and resources relevant to ACEs, trauma, and resilience



  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke-Harris

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • Full Catastrophe Living: The Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Resources for Building Resilience  




  • Sesame Street in Communities - - A series of toolkits, created in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for caregivers and professionals on topics including Resilience, Traumatic Experiences, and Dealing with Incarceration. Includes videos, workshops, and activities. A favorite includes the “Breathe, Think, Do" App (available for Android or iPhone).

  • Generation Mindful - A company that has created tools, toys, and programs to encourage self-regulation in children, classroom management, and positive parenting skills in caregivers.  A favorite includes the Time-In Toolkit, which helps create a calming space for children to process emotions.

  • Mind Yeti - - A web- and app-based platform with guided mindfulness exercises for many situations including study time, bed time and everything in between.



  • Calm - - #1 App for mindfulness and meditation.  Available for Android or iPhone.

  • Headspace - - Short sessions on topics ranging from stress to sleep. Includes SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns. Available for Android or iPhone.

  • The Mindful Teen - - A guide for teens to discover their inner strength.  Website includes education on mindfulness as well as a number of free guided meditations.

  • Affordable Yoga Resources - Hundreds of channels on YouTube including Gaiam Yoga, Yoga for Dummies, DoYogaWithMe.  Or check out a “Community Class” in your local community. Example in Baltimore: YogaWorks Baltimore or Baltimore Yoga Village!

  • The Shared Grief Project  - - Shares powerful videos from famous individuals who have experienced a major loss at an early age who have gone on to live healthy, happy, and successful lives.

  • Resilience Building Blocks Adult Focused Deck of Cards & Handbook -



  • Holistic Life Foundation - - A Baltimore nonprofit committed to empowering underserved communities through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care practices. Provides consulting, classes, and mentoring services to organizations that work with children.


Resources for advocacy (public health, policy, and healthcare reform)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, ACEs and Toxic Stress (The Resilience Project) -  -  “The Resilience Project Website is designed to provide pediatricians and medical home teams with information and resources needed to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.”

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network - - “Our missions is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States”

  • Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice - - Our mission: Create a trauma-informed society where individuals and families have the supports necessary to thrive”


Read more!


Explore existing national projects through SAMHSA (, study The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning (Columbia University), & learn about epigenetics (




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