What's at our core?
Throughout our work as a community we have found ourselves returning to the same core concepts to guide our conversations, projects, and how we meet. Below we invite you to read about our Mission, Three Gathering Themes, Core Values, our definition of Resilience, what it means to be Trauma-Informed and a Self-Healing Community
1) Sharing widely the science of trauma, historical trauma, and resiliency and lead community conversation about these topics
2) Expanding the network of community members who will provide input on what is needed for a healthier, more resilient community
3) Uniting this expanded network of community members to identify and implement strategies that will result in a healthier, more resilient community
three Gathering themes
Three practices have continually helped to guide our work:
1) Taking time to listen to each other
2) Taking time to share our lived experiences, knowledge, and
wisdom with each other
3) Lived experiences are valued here
These three practices have helped us center our focus and conversations as we dive into honest and authentic conversations as a community.
As a team, we have discussed what core values best align with how we want to listen, share, be a community, and work together. As a team we do our best to practice.
We also see each of these core values supporting each of the three gathering themes that we practice.
Here at the Beltrami Area Resiliency Team we believe that resiliency means:
The capacity of an individual and their community to adapt in the face of adversity through building strong relationships, accessible resources and services, self-awareness, and access to support in culturally meaningful ways.
We know that people are more likely to flourish when they are nested in a supportive community
The Self-Healing Communities Model is designed to improve health and social outcomes for people by reducing and ultimately preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Like others around the country who have already begun this work, we aspire to “engage the public, inspire innovation, support peer helping, ease the daily stress burden of parents and promote change in all of the systems that serve them so that together communities can better protect and nurture the next generation” (RWJF, 2016).
Trauma informed work
In order for our community to better learn into our strengths we also need to lean into some of our needs. A need within our community is to better understand the trauma that impacts us. To do so we have three goals we have been working towards:
(1) realizing the prevalence of trauma;
(2) recognizing how trauma affects all individuals involved with a program, organization, system, including its own workforce and community; and
(3) responding by putting this knowledge into practice.