Toxic Stress and Building Resiliency
Participants will become familiar with the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study, toxic stress, and resiliency to provide strategies to build responsive care giving in their field. This workshop will help participants implement a higher level of responsiveness to children and families and improve their own program fidelity over time. It can be difficult to work with children who have experienced stress and trauma and it is vital for early childhood professionals to understand and be responsive to their needs. Additionally, attendees will gain knowledge of the types of stress, how to mediate stress, and will receive tools to build resilience.
Cathie Johnson, M.S. is the Education Administrator and Disabilities and Mental Health Specialist for all 10 Community Council of Idaho centers in Idaho. She is on the Aim Early Idaho Infant Mental Health Board, and served an appointed term as the state Regional Early Childhood Committee Chair with the Idaho Infant Toddler Coordinating Council, and a term with the former Early Childhood Coordinating Council. She is committee chair on the Infant Toddler Coordinating Council to share Toxic Stress and Building Resiliency information with the community.
Heidi Diaz, LMSW has been working in the mental health field in Idaho for 8 years, and through her experience she has learned that there is a great need for Spanish speaking mental health professionals. Heidi is alumni of California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Sociology. She earned her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.