As part of the 0-5 Flathead Reservation-Lake County Coalition, an exciting slate of trainings will be presented in the spring of 2023. Facilitating these sessions will be Teresa Nygaard, Executive Director of St. Luke’s Foundation. In her career, Nygaard has been an advocate for children, helping establish and lead a premier family support agency in Missoula. With her work, Nygaard has been on the frontline, and understands the dynamics those supporting children face every day. Her trainings are relevant, realistic, powerful, and focused on participants building personal skills and career success. 

All trainings are free and there is the option of credits from the Office of Public Instruction and Salish Kootenai College. Sessions will be in 3-hour blocks. All of the training will have an interactive focus to promote engagement and improved learning outcomes. Share this with others who might be interested. The sessions have limited seating. To register, send name, email and contact number to Registration confirmation will be sent within seven days. 


March 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Childhood development is impacted by many factors. This session explores how positive and negative experiences work to create basic human brain wiring and one’s view of the world. Understanding the brain science behind how trauma impacts the brain’s “wiring” or “architecture” allows for an entirely new way of interacting with others. The “architecture” of our minds defines one’s existence and life. Truth be told, we need to understand ourselves in order to begin understanding others. 


March 31, 3 p.m.

What does it mean to feel well? There is no simple answer to this question because there are different aspects of feeling healthy or well for each individual. It’s not just about the absence of illness or stress, it’s so much more based on one’s life. The facilitator and participants will look at the domains of health and wellness. Each participant will have the opportunity to create their own self-care diagram and plan. 


April 22, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a term to describe traumatic events occurring before age 18. Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that without supports can have long-term negative effects. When “we” are trauma-informed, we realize the impact of trauma and understand there is potential for recovery. We recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in those that we interact with, and in ourselves. We respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into procedures, policies, and practices. We seek to actively resist re- traumatization. We stop asking “what’s wrong with you?” and begin asking “what’s happened to you?” This training delves into this topic, responding to participants based on their pre-existing knowledge of the topic

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