Greater Portland’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

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Our communities continue to struggle with an epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse. This epidemic has many causes. One contributing factor is our healthcare systems’ overreliance on pain medications to treat a large number of patients with chronic pain. Unfortunately, our current workforce does not include an inadequate array of behavioral and non-opioid options for the large populations of patients with chronic pain. Alternative treatments and models of care needed now, not later.

We are excited to introduce you to an innovative and important project in our community. We have organized a consortium of independent practitioners from various disciplines to participate in a project to respond to the needs cited above. The consortium includes skilled psychologists and other experienced clinicians as well as others who are interested in gaining such experience. Continue reading “Greater Portland’s Response to the Opioid Crisis”

The Meaning of the Drums

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On November 23, 2019, our partner and friend, Alphonse Ndayikengurukiye (n-D-ah-ih-kehn-goo-roo-KEE-yea), left for NYC in the company of the Batimbo Foundation Family team of drummers who have been invited to perform for America’s Got Talent (AGT). Alphonse will document the journey and its motivations in the form of a video or the Batimbo Foundation Family.

This is but a small piece of a much larger project that Alphonse and Building Resilience will initiate. Alphonse will call on drummers from many countries and cultures to come together and explore the messages loaded by and through drumming. The act of drumming spreads the spirit within the drum to the sensation of those around. In Burundi, Alphonse’s homeland, a master drummer faces a team of drummers, in semi-circle formation, with the sole objective of following the master. In doing so a powerful spirit of unity and solidarity is shared. Continue reading “The Meaning of the Drums”

Building Resilience: A Peer Coaching Manual

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By Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D.  and  Ronald L. Breazeale, Ph.D.

Building Resilience: A Peer Coaching Manual, Assisting Others to Aquire and Sustain Positive Change is now available for purchase at $34.95.

“This manual is premised on the assumption that there is no single most effective model of helping people when conditions, situations, or events occur to upset the balance in life. We know the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma is often left to work itself out. But at what cost? Usually, an event occurs that disrupts normal life and forces the individual to refocus differently in resolving the problem. Finding a path around the obstacles encountered is often too daunting to consider. We need not got it alone when faced with a negative experience, especially when associates are trained to assist us. We can move forward to a return to balance more quickly when we are supported.”

To help you understand the principles and objectives of our training and how it helps to build stronger, more resilient communities and organizations, we have composed an article below.  Follow the link below to read the PDF version.

Foundations of Resilience Training: Moving to Personal Balance by Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D., Ronald L. Breazeale, Ph.D., and Charlene Fernald Moynihan, B.A.-pdf

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Charlene Fernald Moynihan

Crowdfunding Kickoff

We believe that resilience is key to managing both personal and global stressors. We know that resilience can be learned. We help to build resilient communities; one individual at a time. With your help, we will provide no-cost training to three communities that research indicates would benefit from increased resilience, and, who we believe are in a position to make a significant contribution to building community resilience. Those communities are immigrants, students, and 1st responders. Click the image below to learn more about our target communities.

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Tomorrow we launch our Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign, Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond, in an attempt to raise the funds needed to do just that. Our initial target markets are federal, state and local government, social service, and non-profit programs that serve our target communities. These programs have limited operational budgets and even smaller training budgets with stiff competition for those training dollars. If we are to compete for those funds, we must be able to demonstrate the value of what we have to offer. Continue reading “Crowdfunding Kickoff”

Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond: A Crowdfunding Event

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Click on the image t be taken to our Crowdfunding Pre-Launch page.

To our valued supporters,

On May 15, 2019, we will embark on a crowdfunding campaign intended to finance six no-cost training sessions to three communities that research indicates would benefit from increased resilience, and, who we feel are in a position to positively impact the quality of our current and future lives. Those communities are immigrants, students, and 1st. Responders.

Children are our future. We all benefit from our future decision-makers becoming more resilient in an era where these Skills & Attitudes have not evolved as naturally as in past generations. Immigrants bring value by way of diversifying our thinking. They can have a stabilizing effect on our economy. We need to focus on what is good in them and help them to manage the adversities that brought them to us. 1st. Responders are our lifelines. They face adversity daily. We need to help them help us by providing Skills & Attitudes and support that will enable them to better manage the trauma that they encounter. Continue reading “Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond: A Crowdfunding Event”