Presentation: Children’s Resilience Initiative™: A Case Study of One Community’s Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ is a collaborative effort to reduce ACEs and promote resilience in the children of the Walla Walla Valley. Through community presentations, an interactive website and a general community campaign, the goal is to create a community conversant in ACEs and resilience. Presenter:
Theresa Barila is the co-founder and current CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) based in Walla Walla, WA. CRI is part of the Walla Walla County Community Network, whose goal is to build capacity within the various partner agencies so the Walla Walla valley can have a unified approach when dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Teri earned her MS in Fisheries Management and a BA in Biology, giving her a strong research background, which is crucial in her role with both CRI and the Community Network. Recognized internationally for her work, she travels frequently, training communities to develop strategies so that “Resilience Trumps ACEs”. Serving as CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative, Teri is involved extensively in training, consulting, writing and researching in the area of trauma, resilience and community capacity building. Her work has attracted attention in a variety of venues, in part due to the focus Teri places on grassroots organizational development and the focus on the hope of Resilience. Teri is the mother of two children. Her son is currently working as a Peace Corp volunteer in Zambia, while her daughter is studying Library Sciences. Experiencing the world of a special needs child with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum) has significantly shaped Teri’s thinking on systems, education, resilience and advocacy for children. In her spare time, Teri enjoys playing the piano, gardening and entertaining friends.