Surviving to Thriving

Surviving to Thriving training seminars are free and 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 & resilience. In order to support this vision, we at OMA Pittsburgh hold Surviving to Thriving seminars.

Surviving to Thriving training seminars are free and 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 & resilience. In order to support this vision, we at OMA Pittsburgh hold Surviving to Thriving seminars.

At 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.

The primary goal of Surviving to Thriving 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:

Allegheny Intermediate Unit has asked OMA to create a monthly curriculum for students at risk in the Turtle Creek School.

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, managing emotions, developing self-image, learning and using nonviolent communication, 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, we find that instead of reacting impulsively, youth 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, students can gain freedom to respond in ways that feel good to them.

Surviving to Thriving Seminars:

Bridging the Gaps: Working Together to Support Holistic Wellness Throughout Pittsburgh

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 their interpersonal relationships and life choices. through the use of community collaborative learning sessions, we can develop greater awareness about the needs that exist for healthy youth development and for communities where all can thrive. Surviving to Thriving acts as a bridge designed to connect educators, community organizations, families, and professionals across the generations and healthcare spectrum.

Keynote speakers, workshops, and panelists teach concrete, actionable, holistic and accessible skills that can be used to support the development of stronger brain architecture and resilience including: developing mindfulness practices, strengthening conflict transformation, understanding and addressing bias, fostering supportive relationships with youth, and skills that support the development of social and emotional intelligence.

Surviving to Thriving provides knowledge and applicable holistic skills which can be used with a diversified population of children, youth, adults, families, and the elderly to provide alternative options for healing, growth and the ability to ‘thrive’ in one’s life, family and community.

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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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