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2022 Resilience Symposium

April 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


CASA of the Eastern Sierra is excited to announce their 4th annual Resilience Symposium and would like to invite you to attend the event IN PERSON! Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of experts on the topics of ACE’s, Childhood Trauma and Resilience, connect with community members, and take home raffle prizes. The event will be kicked off with the Children’s Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony, which is set to takes place at Inyo County’s new Clint G. Quilter Building. The remainder of the symposium will be held at the Methodist Church in Bishop. Our keynote will be presented by Matthias J. Barker, an expert on complex trauma and anxiety, and the author and creator of two e-books and various public workshops. We are also excited to announce that attendees will have the opportunity to participate in various workshops. The line up is as follows:

  • Motivational Interviewing by Sarah Downard and Melissa Ruiz: Motivational Interviewing is an approach that can help people identify their feelings about behavior change, resolve inconsistencies with how they feel about making behavior change(s), and develop a plan to follow and update as needed. The person-centered approach is based on conversational techniques guided by relationship-based awareness and specific skills that can lead a person to find their own reasons for deciding to change their behavior. Participating in supportive conversations with someone who uses Motivational Interviewing skills and spirit can help resolve ambivalence and maintain, or even increase, intrinsic motivation over time. Join us to hear a basic overview of this approach to motivating people to change!
  • Nature Connection as  a Healing Response by Erin Boehme: This workshop will help you further understand and explore your own connection to nature and how it serves those you work with in relationship to healing from trauma. We will define and explore the main attributes of a nature connected person, how these attributes can be cultivated, practiced and effectively utilized for those of us who work in trauma responsive fields. We will also add exciting and practical tools to your response toolbox. This workshop builds on the importance of healthy modeling and mentorship in response to trauma – be prepared to play.
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) by Tajia Rodriguez: Let’s add some tools to your tool bag and learn EFT! Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as tapping. Practice EFT to ease emotional distress and clear negative emotions and beliefs. It’s using what we have to set a new tone for how we manage stress in the modern world.
  • Trauma Intervention in Native Communities by Darcia Blackdeer-Lent: Trauma in Indian Country affects individuals, families and entire communities.  Native American populations experience trauma that is distinct to tribal people, with unique cultural factors impacting health and wellness.  In this workshop, trauma will be discussed through a tribal lens.  Culturally relevant practices and culturally-specific approaches to healing will also be explored.
  • Art 4 Healing: Art 4 Healing offers emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress. In this workshop participants will learn the process of Art 4 Healing by creating an abstract painting using acrylic paints.

This event is FREE and fully catered. Breakfast will be put on by Looney Bean, and lunch will be hosted by Pupfish Café.

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Please note: Space is limited and all participants MUST be registered to attend the event. REGISTRATON WILL CLOSE APRIL 21, 2022!

We ask that all attendees wear blue to stand in solidarity for Child Abuse Prevention Month!


April 22
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


CASA of the Eastern Sierra
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First United Methodist Church
205 N Fowler St
Bishop, CA 93514 United States
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