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Feeling the Impact Series: Personal & Organizational Integration of Crises

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About the Series

In this program series, you will encounter and work with frameworks and practices for understanding and coping with the effects of crises as they impact us as individuals, organizations, and society. In these four sessions, we will explore how our need for safety, dignity, and the right relationship deeply influence how we navigate crises. We will practice strategies that support self-regulation, creativity, and capacities needed to be a positive contributor in times of profound disruption.

The past six months have brought unparalleled disruption and loss that has affected every aspect of our personal, organizational, and communal lives. Intermingled with the grief of losing hundreds of thousands of precious lives, we are experiencing the traumatic loss of livelihoods, homes, businesses, and beloved landscapes as wildfires whip across broad swaths of our state. Many of us still harbor disturbing memories of the devastating wildfires of recent years. Others are also carrying the gravity of events at the heart of the Racial Uprisings. All of these place demands on our bodies, hearts, and minds as well as our relationships, our organizations, and the systems in which we operate.

Join us to explore taking care of ourselves, our colleagues, and our grantee-partners during this period of convergent and large-scale disruption and challenges.

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You can register for the events of your choosing, or register for the full series, below. 

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Part 1: Sharing Stories and Honoring Experiences 
When: Monday, September 14, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Where: Zoom Meeting
In the first session, we’ll allow room for an exchange of experiences from the recent wildfires, racial uprisings, and pandemic response. Join us to share what’s preoccupying you and to learn strategies that can support you to remain centered as we continue into wildfire season, with the election cycle looming and continued dynamism posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Part 2: Psychological First Aid: Showing Up for Yourself and Your Communities During Crises 
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Where: Zoom Meeting
Have you been feeling on edge or checked out and numb more often than normal lately? How do we accommodate our own emotions in a healthy way and also show up as a supportive and grounding presence to our grantee-partners on the frontlines of crisis response? Crisis after crisis and the constant uncertainty create high levels of prolonged stress for all of us, which impacts how our brain responds to events around us. In this second session, we will equip you with easy to use concrete practices to regulate our brains and bodies that will help you become a more available, grounded, and resourced force for good. This session is for everyone interested in gaining an understanding of what happens to us in crises and what we can do to quickly find our way back to a resourceful place.
 
Part 3: Understanding & Contextualizing Multiple Significant Crises 
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Where: Zoom Meeting
These times are asking a lot of us – as individuals, leaders, people connected to resources needed to address multiple crises. It’s reasonable that we’re having atypical physical and mental/emotional responses day to day – even moment to moment. How can we use an informed understanding of the cycles of harm and healing to help us through these challenging times? How might the principles of trauma-informed care serve us to take care of ourselves, our colleagues, and our grantee-partners during this period of convergent and large-scale disruption and challenges?
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Part 4: Now What? Building a Support Ecosystem for the Age of Disruptions 
When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Where: Zoom Meeting
As we work our way through multiple large-scale disruptions to the known and familiar, what support eco-systems can we put in place for ourselves and our grantee partners? What are the principles, practices, and conditions we can cultivate within ourselves and our organizations to be able to respond to crises in generative ways, in the medium and long term? In this final session, we will explore and learn about practices and processes to create cultures of healing and resourcefulness within our organizations and with our grantee-partners.
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Speakers

Lori Chelius, Co-Founder, Origins

Lori is driven by a desire to create sustainable change. Prior to founding Origins with Andi, she spent 15 years pursuing this desire in a number of roles in healthcare and public health, including strategic planning, business development, project management, market research, and needs assessment. During that time, Lori saw abundant opportunities to address issues upstream and affect the root causes, not just the symptoms. When Lori met Andi, a fellow champion of a trauma-informed approach, she realized they could team up to help organizations build strong foundations based on solid values, build resilience, and provide even better care for the people they serve. And so, Origins was born. Lori has a BA in psychology (with a concentration in neuroscience) from Williams College and an MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her wife, three kids, and their dog, Oliver. She also coaches youth soccer (and still attempts to play it). Contact her atlori.chelius@originstraining.orgor 503-341-3361.

Andi Fetzner, Co-Founder, Origins

Andi strongly believes that you don’t have to be a therapist to be therapeutic. Working in social service for 15 years prior to founding Origins with Lori, Andi frequently was frustrated with the lack of coordination between clients and the various systems serving them and the lack of attention to the underlying cause of clients’ problems. The ACEs framework and trauma-informed approach provided a framework for supporting people clients and their families to heal despite obstacles in systems of care. Andi built from this work, training people across sectors to amplify trauma-informed approaches to care. She draws from her personal experience growing up as a child in kinship foster care and her professional education to encourage empowerment and equity. Andi has served children with special needs, at-hope youth, adults with special vocational training needs, and youth and families. Since moving to California in 2016, she has served both youths in schools all over LA County and those affected by the Malibu fires. She applies her experience today as a Seeking Safety facilitator for parents and as Trauma Informed Care Coordinator at Eisner Health in Los Angeles, where she focuses on the integration of trauma-informed approaches within a community healthcare clinic. When not working, Andi enjoys yoga, good food, and exploring with her fiance and two dogs, Brutus and Princess. Contact her atandi.fetzner@originstrainingorgor 818-473-9797.

Bobby Lyle, Facilitator, Coach, and Wellness Consultant

Bobby is a facilitator, coach, and wellness consultant. His relaxed and natural way of being makes his work accessible and relatable, while maintaining awareness of somatic experiential learning. He has a varied skill-set from Integral Facilitator, and NLP master practitioner to bodyworker, personal trainer, and Gyrotonic instructor. The combination of these tools helps create a holistic learning environment.

Bobby has worked with a wide range of clients around the world. He is fueled by a passion to help individuals and organizations identify and embrace their potential to become their fullest selves. Find out more about Bobby at https://www.nsightout.co.

Simone Torrey, Certified Conflict Mediator and Integral Facilitator

Simone is a certified conflict mediator and integral facilitator who supports people, organizations, and communities through complex conflicts and transitions towards co-creating life-affirming cultures for all. Her work is grounded in a deep respect for all living beings, which was shaped by her experiences traveling, living, and working all over the world for over 20 years. She is a deep listener and systems thinker, who sees the partial truth in all points of view, which gives participants the experience of being seen and allows her to weave a more nuanced picture for all. From a history of childhood trauma, she has developed a deep and broad toolkit of practices to resource herself and support others in the midst of conflict and chaos. Simone holds an MA in Leadership, Peace Building and Conflict Transformation from Saint Mary’s College of California. Find out more about Simone at https://storrey.us.