Pinetree Resilience Conference 2019: A Community Approach to Trauma Informed Care

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Pinetree Resilience Conference 2019: A Community Approach to Trauma Informed Care

May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

$195 – $225

This event has passed, but save the date for next year’s conference May 1, 2020.

We will see you next year!

6.25 CEs available

Click here for more information

Early Bird, local, student, group and Rotary discounts available. Tickets are limited!


Who Is This Conference For?

Health Care PractitionersEducatorsLaw Enforcement ProfessionalsSocial Services Providers

Mental Health and Addiction Counselors | Community & Business Leaders

The Conference

Largely in response to the worsening opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and Maine, Pinetree is bringing together health care providers, social workers, educators, mental health practitioners, law enforcement officials, and other community leaders for the 2019 Resilience Conference. This conference will:

  • raise awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • inform, enlighten and motivate collaborations and new thinking; inspiring action
  • improve outcomes by introducing enhanced approaches to addressing a host of community issues, most especially our substance misuse crisis, at their root cause.

Dr. Robert Anda and Ms. Laura Porter are our featured presenters. Both speakers are featured in the compelling documentary by Jamie Redford, “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” They are two of the most prominent figures in this important movement, demonstrating how to turn the science of ACEs into action, achieving astonishing results in community healing.

During the Pinetree Resilience Conference, participants will:

  • Be given direct instruction about the most powerful determinant of health, plus emerging science that informs what we can do to shift the trajectory of health for future generations.
  • Review the ways that stress during development can affect cognition, relationships, health, behavior and patterns of crisis and coping that can continue to affect life experiences.
  • Be introduced to data that illuminates community challenges attributable to ACEs.
  • Receive application examples, as well as common features of successful community work.
  • Explore the implications and potential application of the science within a professional affinity group, then share those ideas with people living or working within a community.
  • Discuss ways to increase impact, using the synergy of concurrent and aligned action across many disciplines.

After the Conference, participants will:

  • Understand and be able to describe the relevance of scientific findings about how experience shapes health and well-being throughout the life-course and its relevance to programs and community capacity development. This includes:
    • The effects of toxic stress on development, and the relevance of ACE concepts to child and family support.
    • The progressive nature of adversity across the life course.
    • Key variables for improving relational and community context for promotion of wellbeing.
  • Understand and be able to incorporate into organizational or community planning and variation in ACE prevalence and associated ACE-attributable health and social problems.
  • Understand and be able to incorporate the principles and processes of Self-Healing Communities into organizational or community planning.
  • Generate and develop ideas for program/system improvement that are informed by ACE Concepts and Self-Healing Communities principles and processes that hold promise for improving population-level outcomes.
  • Have a common language and understanding to support discussion and assessment of the potential synergistic benefits of concurrent ACE-informed action by several disciplines within a community.

Continuing Education

Learn more on how to get 6.25 continuing education credits

The Portsmouth Harbor Events Center where the conference will be held.

Laura Porter discusses breaking the cycle of ACEs in this brief video. She will be discussing best practices for community-wide implementation of ACEs initiatives and trauma informed care which have been transformative in the state of Washington.


Dr. Robert Anda is the co-author of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study, one of the largest investigations into in the effects of childhood abuse and neglect on the adults those children become.

See Dr. Robert Anda's full bio

Ms. Laura Porter, co-founder of ACE Interface, LLC along with Dr. Anda, will share insights from more than a decade of leading successful state-wide implementation of ACEs concepts.

See Ms. Laura Porter's full bio

Agenda for the day:

8:00 Greeting, informal mixing
8:30 Welcome, announcements, introduce Rob
8:45 Understanding ACEs, promise of Self-Healing Communities.

  • Stress embedded early – life course effects
  • ACE pyramid
  • ACE Study findings – common, interrelated, relevant to
  • multi-disc, include substance abuse (opioid), give smoking e.g.: of
  • self-medication, education outcomes,
  • What is Population Attributable Risk – ACEs and PAR
  • Powerful focus for prevention – includes both preventing ACEs,
  • and preventing the progression of adversity across the life course

Why you believe in Self-Healing Communities – outcomes from WA

10:00 Discussion: What came up for you as you listened to Rob?
How do ACEs “show-up” in our communities?

  • Questions – write down, we’ll pick up at the break
10:15 BREAK
10:30 Self-Healing Communities – high leverage solutions
John Snow – act in own sphere of influence
Dual generation, reduce stress activation,
systematically notice what works for whom, in what context.
Help that Helps
ACE concept application examples (NEAR@Home, relapse
prevention, crisis nursery, Juvenile Intervention Program, CPS transitions
supports in court, systematic noticing – including Stress-related Executive
11:00 Executive Skills Questionnaire with debrief
11:20 Principles of Self-Healing Communities – What we learned from successful communities (primarily stories to illustrate principles)
12:00 Lunch Break
12:45 How use of the ACE Study is expanding.
Why educate everyone?
Faculties of the Mind
1:10 What is radically right about the work we do, or the way we work currently?
How might the way we work, or the work we do be counterproductive, given what we know about ACEs?
How are we uniquely positioned to interrupt progression of adversity and/or ACE transmission
If our policies, programs, and practices were focused to effectively interrupt progression of adversity and prevent ACEs in the next generation, what might that look like?
What would have to change?
What two or three ideas for action could we begin right away?
2:00 BREAK
2:15 Share what came up with each affinity group (round-robin)Discuss: how would other disciplines be impacted by the changes recommended by each group?
Stepping back to consider the set of action ideas suggested, and any others that come up during discussion: What actions, if we were taking them next, would invite a profound shift in norms… such that parents and other residents experience wellbeing and can actively participate in preventing accumulation of ACEs in the next generation?
Given all we have thought about; what’s needed or next? What would you ask of your
colleagues so that next steps are powerful and generative?
3:15 A few popcorn reports – what ideas or insights stood
out as unique, surprising, insightful, potentially powerful, fun for others
to hear about?
3:45 Thank you, promises from the host, request for
4:00 Conference concludes

This event has passed, but save the date for next year’s conference May 1st 2020.

We will see you next year!

6.25 CEs available

Click here for more information

Local: If you live or work in Rockingham or Strafford Counties in NH or York County in ME, use the code “local” to save $20 off registration!

Students: Enter the code “student” to get the special student rate of $95.

Groups: For groups of 3 or more, click here to contact us directly about a 10% discount for your group.

Rotary: Rotary members are eligible for a special rate. Click here for information

Cancellation Policy: Full refund through April 29th, after April 29th 50% refund.


May 3, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
$195 – $225
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100 Deer Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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