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Ardent Grove is proud to be able to do our part in assisting the greater community through education and partnership! We are available for trainings, workshops and presentations, free of charge with any organization, large or small, that is looking to broaden their understanding of and enhance mental health services and support. We have been invited to speak at schools, parent groups, faith communities, community centers, library systems, mental health conferences, and at other interested organizations, and would love to connect about how we can support you and your organization today!
The greater Denver area has been at the center of this new phenomena of school-centered violence, beginning with the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and continuing through the shooting at STEM Highlands Ranch 20 years later. This year Denver was also targeted by someone who travelled here specifically to perpetrate a school shooting - this unfortunate legacy has made our community even more vulnerable violence. It was these recent events and recognition of the human tendency to move on and forget that made us realize that as trauma specialists we have a unique and important role to play in our community.
Trauma has been shown to be one of the risk factors to school violence as is a lack of mental health intervention. There is evidence that mental health awareness and response is an important part of preventing events of school violence. Of course, we also need trauma awareness after an incident of school violence as each incident (or even threat) leaves the mark of trauma on many children, teachers, and parents.
Traumatic situations such as school violence and other life-threatening acts against children and adults continue to impact our community. We look back at our experiences and work to support parents, teachers, and other community members who need to be better equipped to take care of themselves and to speak with their children about understanding, recognizing, and preventing violence through knowledge and improved mental health care. Looking forward we need to increase stress management techniques, self-care for all ages, and understanding of when to be afraid, when to react, and when to enjoy life with security. Ardent Grove presenters will help adults to recognize and address signs of trauma in themselves and children.
Ardent Grove's Resilience Project engages in community outreach in the form of presentations and discussions that focuses on trauma awareness, concerns of children, parents, and other adults, and directly addresses school violence using psycho-education in social-emotional awareness and resilience for all ages.
A typical community event under the Resilience Project includes two discussions:
We attempt to provide these two discussions simultaneously in order to help to avoid one possible barrier to obtaining mental health support through difficulties with childcare. By offering the social-emotional component for children in the form of teaching and childcare, we hope that more adults can attend the larger, community discussion and the children can learn skills for themselves for their own mental wellness.
We are living in an uncertain time and are all dealing with an increase in stress. We have heard from so many people in our community- doctors, medical professionals, birth professionals, clients, and even just friends and family about the overwhelm people are feeling. We can help with many of the big topics that are often coming up for people around the increased stress we are feeling due to covid-19 and other current events. Including:
Anxiety and Depression
Parenting In a Pandemic
Stress and Overwhelm
We are happy to address any mental health related issues that may be arising, from vicarious trauma and burnout to self-care and stress management and any other topics that would improve health and well-being for our community.
Provided a talk on how to support yourself and a Healthy Life During the Pandemic.
We were guests on the Push Revolution Podcast, speaking on The Mental Weight of the COVID Pandemic and it's toll on perinatal and postpartum mental health. Listen here.
Provided a talk on Attachment Parenting.
Spoke on Mental Wellness at Westerly Creek and how the ongoing pandemic is affecting students and families
Presented to the library staff on Mental Health Awareness with Trauma-Informed Approach and how it may impact interactions with clientele.
Provided a 4-week presentation for parents on Tools for Coping with Stress during the pandemic that included an overview of what trauma looks like, skills and coping techniques for stress management, modeling self care for children, and how to cope with grief and loss.
Our Lunch and Learn Panel and fundraiser focused on Resiliency and Strength 2020 and we provided free blogs, skills and coping tools, speakers, and provided comic relief from Adam Cayton-Holland and music from Andy Thomas and Jen GaNun of Lost Walks and Dust Heart.
Provided a free Stress Management Series highlighting issues during the pandemic including: Coping with Stress, Trauma Prevention, Parenting Tips, Grief and Loss
Gave a talk to teachers and other educators on Trauma and School Violence.
As part of our Resilience Project we gave a presentation to teachers and other educators on Coping with Trauma and School Violence.
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