Building A Resilient Lane County


Would you like to learn skills to build your personal resilience? Would you like to learn skills to help the people you work with enhance their resilience? Would you like to learn how to make your organization more resilient? The workshops offered by Building a Resilient Lane County can help!

All workshops are free and with thanks to the City of Eugene, will be held in the Bascom/Tykeson rooms at the Eugene Downtown Public Library. Preregistration is required to attend each workshop–see links below.

Tuesday, February 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Simple Body-Based Resilience Skills: This workshop will teach you how to notice pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral physical sensations in your body when stressed. These simple ‘somatic’ resilience skills can help you quickly stabilize your nervous system and calm your body, emotions, and thoughts when stressed. The workshop will also help you learn how to teach these skills to your families, friends, colleagues, or clients. Sign up here for this workshop.

Wednesday March 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Simple Breath-Based Resilience Skills: This workshop will teach you how to use simple breath-based resilience skills to stabilize your nervous system and calm your body, emotions, and thoughts when stressed. By deliberately regulating your breath, or watching the breath flow freely in out of your body, these mindfulness skills can help you become more aware of what’s going on within and around you and make better decisions about how to respond. The workshop will also teach you how to teach these skills to your families, friends, colleagues, or clients. Sign up here for this workshop.

Tuesday April 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Simple Thought-Based Resilience Skills: This workshop will teach you how to use simple thought-based resilience skills to stabilize your nervous system and calm your body, emotions, and thoughts when stressed. By noticing when you are catastrophizing, blaming, or in other ways practicing a ‘thinking distortion’, these cognitive skills help you see actual conditions more clearly and make wise and skillful decisions. The workshop will also help you learn how to teach these skills to your families, friends, colleagues, and clients. Sign up here for this workshop.

Tuesday May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Tuesday  May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Building Robust Personal “Bonding,” Bridging,” and “Linking” Social Support Networks: This workshop will teach you how to build three types of social support networks that can buffer you from stress and help you constructively respond to trauma. ‘Bonding’ social support networks are composed of family, friends, and neighbors. ‘Bridging’ networks are connections between different bonding networks. ‘Linking’ networks connect bonding and bridging networks with organizations and government agencies that provide important information or resources. The workshop will also teach you how to help other people build robust social support networks.  Sign up here for this workshop.

Tuesday June 7 from 1:30-3:30 pm: Teaching the Psychobiology of Trauma and Toxic Stress: This workshop will teach you how acute traumas and overwhelming stresses can affect the human mind and body, how trauma can lead to self- or socially-harmful thinking and behaviors, and how resilience skills can counter those reactions and increase personal and social wellbeing.  The workshop will also help you learn how to teach this information to individuals and groups you know or work with. Sign up here for this workshop.

Tuesday September 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Using Adversity as a Catalyst to Learn, Grow & Thrive: This workshop will teach you simple ways to use adversity as a catalyst to learn, find new meaning in life, and thrive. By learning how to turn toward rather than deny, ignore, or lash out during hard times it is possible to use adversity as an opportunity to gain new insights into the world and ourselves and find powerful new sources of meaning and purpose in life. The workshop will also help you learn how to teach these skills to their families, friends, colleagues, or clients.  Sign up here for this workshop.

Thursday September 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Using Resilience Skills to Respond to Systemic Oppression: This workshop will teach participants how to use simple resilience skills to respond constructively to racism, sexism, economic discrimination, and other types of systemic oppression. People can either become resigned to hopelessness when they experience these injustices and harm themselves, lash out and harm others, orincrease their personal capacity and compel social change. Personal power can be increased by enhancing one’s own skills and by joining arms with allies. Good resilience skills are helpful in both cases. Using historic and ongoing examples, this workshop will explain the type of personal resilience skills that leaders throughout time have used to promote social change when faced with system oppression.  Sign up here for this workshop.

Tuesday November 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Transitioning Your Organization to a Trauma-Informed Resilience-Enhancing Entity: This workshop will help people from private companies, non-profit, and government organizations learn how groups often respond to acute traumas and toxic stress by adopting practices and policies that are intended to protect them from the threats, but instead generate additional trauma for everyone. That is, they become ‘trauma-organized.’ Research shows that organizations that are trauma-organized have lower productivity, higher employee turnover, and are less competitive in the marketplace. The workshop will also teach participants the principles and practices used by trauma-informed resilience-enhancing entities, and help them learn how to begin the transition to this type of powerful organization.  Sign up here for this workshop.

Tuesday December 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm: Subject To Be Announced Based on Requests About Building a Resilient Lane County: A growing number of communities have realized that the common thread that ties together many personal, family, economic, social, and environmental problems is trauma.

For example, almost 2/3 of children experience at least one type of trauma ranging from physical abuse, to emotional neglect, to having a caregiver addicted to drugs or alcohol, and others, and many experience multiple traumas. These adversities constrain a child’s brain development and diminish their ability to learn, and the effects often surface in adulthood as significant physical and mental health problems.

In addition, many people are facing major job and financial struggles, constant pressure to work longer and harder for less, racism, sexism, and other forms of systemic oppression, homelessness, and other forms of trauma.

Record hot temperatures and more frequent and intense storms, floods, and wildfires produce additional traumas while also aggravating existing stressors.

When we humans experience acute traumas or persistent overwhelming stresses, neurochemicals are released into the body to prepare us to fight back, flee, or freeze. Unresolved trauma can lead to serious personal psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicidality, physical health problems such as cancer and heart disease, and psychosocial maladies such as drug and alcohol abuse, interpersonal aggression, crime, and violence. These harmful reactions diminish the safety, security, and wellbeing of everyone in our communities.

Research shows that good resilience skills can prevent these types of adverse reactions, and quickly reverse them when they do occur. Building a Resilient Lane County has been formed to build a culture of human resilience countywide. Working with and building upon the efforts of many public, private, and non-profit organizations in the County, its purpose is to:

1)   Help adults and youth understand how trauma and overwhelming stress affect their thinking and behavior, and provide them with the opportunity to learn simple skills to calm their body, mind, and emotions and make wise and skillful decisions in the midst of adversity that increases their wellbeing above previous levels.

2)   Develop an increasingly larger cadre of people throughout the county who can educate others about the psychobiology of trauma and teach simple resilience skills to individuals and groups.

3)   Help leaders of private, non-profit, and public organizations understand the psychobiology of trauma and toxic stress, learn how to assess the degree to which their entity might be ‘trauma-organized’, and transition to resilience-enhancing organizations.

A central focus of Building a Resilient Lane County is a series of monthly workshops that will teach participants a range of simple resilience skills. All workshops are free.

With thanks to the City of Eugene, the workshops will be held in the Bascom/Tykeson rooms at the Eugene Downtown Public Library.

Preregistration is required to attend each workshop. For more information please contact: TR@trig-cli.org or visit http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/.