Science has shown that:

  • Human beings CANNOT behave, listen, remember, self-regulate, become resilient, think rationally, develop cognitively, or become behaviorally or physically healthy until they can feel calm.
  • Our temperament, i.e., how we are pre-wired by our DNA to respond to distress – plus the distress-management skills and habits we have been taught –are what allows us to regulate our sense of Calm.
  • We are 85% sensations and 15% emotions – – both of which are called feelings – – and our brain follows our body’s lead. If we learn skills for calming our sensations (breathing, heart-rate, etc.) – and we practice those skills until they become habits – we can achieve a state of calm regardless of the situation.
  • Practicing coping and calming skills until they become habits means that we can prevent, interrupt, mitigate, and even reverse the harm from childhood adversity, regardless of whether or not we can identify or impact its source. And, when we do, we can effect significant positive changes in child and youth behavioral health, learning, and development.   


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • The importance of the 5-C Pyramid & the Reward Circuit
  • The role of our basic behavior chemistry
  • At least one calming strategy they will use personally and practice/teach professionally


  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, CDC,1998
  • The Trauma Academy, Houston, Texas, Dr. Bruce Perry
  • Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, research & videos.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Center of Biotechnical Information (NCBI) – longitudinal brain scan study, research on neuroplasticity, mirror neurons, temperament, chemical homeostasis, the vagal nervous system
  • How the Brain Learns, Fifth Edition, David A. Sousa, 2017.
  • The National Research Council (NRC) – Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Youth, 2009.
  • The Developing Mind, Second Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are. Daniel Siegel, M.D. 2012.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Format:  PowerPoint and Videos, with Q&A


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop (1.0 hrs. ATOD Specific)