Friday, February 5, 2016.   It seems I have found what I was looking for on the day in April 2009 I listened to the encouragement of my sister and began this Stop the Storm blog!  Read on….

Please take a look at the website information below if you are interested in partnering with others to form a grassroots community network to affect trauma healing WHERE YOU LIVE.


Resilience Trumps Aces

I sent a note this week via the contact email at the Paper Tigers Movie website inquiring about the existence of a community healing trauma group in Walla Walla, WA where this movie was created and impressively received a response providing me with their Resilience Trumps Aces website link (below) within 24 hours.

On their website pages you will find information on healing community through information generated from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, such as is presented in this video:

How Does a Community Become Trauma Informed?

This page describes The Ten ACEs

This page on Resilience lists two links:  Protective Factors and 42 ways to build resilience — All Roads Lead to Resilience

Moving on along the listing at the top of their website you will find headings such as

+ We are CRI — Children’s Resilience Initiative:

The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI) is working to increase the positive, resilience-building experiences in the lives of the children, parents and families in our community.

Empowering community understanding of the forces that shape us and our children.

+ Mission & Vision

Vision: “All young people thrive and parents raise their children with consistency and nurturance to develop lasting resilience in the community as a whole.”

Mission:  “Mobilizing the community through dialogue to radically reduce the number of adverse childhood experiences while building resilience and a more effective service delivery system.”

This page includes —

What’s New?  New Course Offering!  – Emotional Mastery — Builds on the neuroscience of brain plasticity!”

+ Their services, including PresentationsOther Services including Technical Assistance and Telephone Consultations

+ Webinars — Webinars cover brain development, ACE research, resilience and community response and action steps.

Webinars provide an overview of the ACE study, brain development, and Resilience models, with examples of how Initiative partners have embedded the principles into organizational practice.

Contact Teri Barila at (509) 301-2488

+ Resources – including websites, powerpoints, research, and many other links to vital information related to community trauma healing, vitality and health

+ On this page you will find their research report and the following statement — Resilience in Action

We are dedicated to bringing resilience strategies into our community and our schools. This page illustrates our partnership with Lincoln High School and The Health Center. Please go back up to “Resilience in Action” on the menu bar to check out our new partnership with our local elementary schools and Head Start Program.”

+ They also have a great healing trauma – healthy community —  Resilience Store (You might wish to open this in a separate tab/window as it does not seem to include a link back to their main webpage – or just hit your ‘back’ button.)

+ And, of course — Contact Resilience Trumps ACEs page!


I just telephone Teri at the listed contact number with some of my own questions – trying to get a few of my own ACEs info ducks in a row.


If you search on YouTube you can find a host of excellent videos on ACEs in Washington along with other talks related to the work In the state of Washington being done by Laura Porter (who resides in Olympia, WA).  Teri just told me that 2 years ago the state of Washington removed all funding for the work being done in that state’s 39 counties along these lines.  Prior to this withdrawal of funding Teri worked with Laura Porter for 18 years.  (It was $2 million that funded the ACE work in Washington state’s 39 counties.  Note there are more millionaires per capita in Seattle than in any other city in our nation….)

This is the link to Laura’s website – Ace Interface – Building Self Healing Communities

Included in Laura Porter’s work is the Ace Interface Master Trainer Education

and the ACE Fitness.org site


Jane Steven’s website – Aces Too High – is another critically important source as her work connects the nation along these lines

This is the website where Robert Redford discovered ACE education and healing work that led to the creation of the Paper Tigers movie – about the work with students at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla!


Well, yes, I seem to have come around full circle – and now sufficiently dizzy enough to end this post!!

ANYONE in ANY community who wants to bring together a community to begin to talk about high ACE scores and what that means – along with resiliency and what THAT means – within a community will find all the related links right here in this post!!

NOBODY needs to set off of their own to rediscover the proverbial wheel!!  I would suggest a beginning be made in any community with the organization of a screening of the Paper Tigers movie!  All the information needed to make that happen is at this link!!


As for myself and my future, I am very seriously considering a relocation to Walla Walla this coming September.  I can’t really comprehend what it will take for me to actually MOVE there – but “Where there’s a will there’s a way!”

I want to learn from the best – and as far as I can tell that BEST is not only out there in the state of Washington, but is firmly established in Walla Walla itself.

Time – certainly – will tell.  If I make it out there to Walla Walla, I will be content to simply join their community team, begin learning, and go to work on anything they might have for me to do to help with their amazing work!



Here is the info on educational purchase of Paper Tigers

KPJR Films is proud to present the highly anticipated, educational version of the ACEs documentary Paper Tigers.

Directed by James Redford (The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Resilience), Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

The educational version will feature the original, 102-minute version of the Paper Tigers feature film on DVD with Spanish subtitles and SDH captions; a video toolkit of 5 unique and educational segments including:  “What is ACEs;” “How To Connect With Students;”  “Lighthouse Parenting;” and “The Biology of Toxic Stress.”  In addition, the Paper Tigers facilitation discussion guide developed by Prevent Child Abuse America is available for downloading.

Plus, you can get a sneak peak at “Resilience”, the yet to be released KPJR Film. (www.resiliencemovie.com)

Add the Paper Tigers educational version to your library and utilize it for ongoing educational, individual and public screening use for years to come!

DVD Pricing

K-12 / Public Library: $75
University / Non-Profit: $350

Also Available on Streaming for Your School!

  • Use Tugg’s Educational Streaming (EVOD) platform to make Paper Tigers available to all your students, faculty, and staff via our streaming platform.
  • Gain access to educator tools – clipping, annotating, playlists, searchable transcripts, and more!
  • The Educational Purchase License of Paper Tigers will be available to ship starting on March 15th, 2016 for K-12, University, and Public Library institutions. This license will allow your institution to keep Paper Tigers and host multiple screenings of it in the future.
  • Interested in learning more? Contact Tugg Inc. at edu@tugginc.com for a demo.


Here is our first book out in ebook format.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.


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