Surviving to Thriving training seminars are open to the public. Our vision is for Pittsburgh to become a model for best practices in social & emotional learning and in trauma-informed care. In order to support this vision, we at OMA Pittsburgh hold Surviving to Thriving seminars.
Attendees gain an understanding of social, emotional, mental and behavioral health issues and learn necessary skills to support youth. Keynote speakers and workshops teach concrete, actionable holistic skills adults can use to support youth in developing resilience and stronger brain architecture including: developing mindfulness practices, strengthening conflict transformation, fostering supportive relationships with youth, and skills that support youth for development of social and emotional intelligence. Crucially, facilitator Anita Russell, founder of The Place to SOAR, guides participants on a deep dive into the concept of racism—historically, socially, and personally. The program is dedicated to the proposition that systemic racism is not spontaneously generated or self-created; rather it flows generationally from the hearts and minds of people; it flows from thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that undermine our value as human beings.
The primary goal of the seminars is to create collaborative conversations regarding the impact of early childhood adversity and trauma on one’s cognitive, emotional and physical development as well as on interpersonal relationships and life choices throughout one’s life span. Through community collaborative learning sessions, we can develop greater awareness of needs that exist for healthy youth, adult, family and community development where all can thrive. Surviving to Thriving is a bridge designed to connect educators, community organizations, families and professionals across generations and the healthcare spectrum.
Partnership with Pittsburgh Schools:
OMA to created a curriculum for students at the Community School East for students who have been temporarily excluded from a traditional school setting.
This course guides students (7th-12th) through various modules that support positive identity development, self-regulation, emotional healing, and compassion for self and other. These practices foster the development of social and emotional skills: grounding techniques, regulating emotions, developing self-image, restorative approaches to conflict, perspective-taking, mindfulness and meditation, non-judgmental awareness, and gratitude. Students have the opportunity to express themselves using drawing, writing, theater and improvisation, physical movement, and engagement with nature. We witness how anger functions as a mask for our underlying feelings and how our lives change when we express the feelings underneath anger. We learn why our brains and bodies react impulsively and why often we feel like our only choices are to fight, flee, or freeze. As students use the practices we engage each month, youth find that instead of reacting impulsively, they are able to step back and choose how they want to respond, even in difficult situations. Students add more tools to their toolbox so that instead of being controlled by circumstance, they can gain agency and freedom to respond in ways that feel good to them.
Please Stay in Touch:
If you are interested in learning more or joining in our work, please reach out. The possibilities that emerge when we connect and collaborate to prevent and better respond to adversity and build resilience brings us great hope.
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