Rick Griffin is the Director of Training and Curriculum Development with Community Resilience Initiative (CRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding trauma and resilience. Rick uses his education to develop cutting-edge content and to deliver engaging presentations. He speaks to thousands of groups from all over the country and is widely recognized for his work with trauma-informed practices. His experience allows him to consult seamlessly with schools, businesses, and community organizations.
After completing his master's degree in education, Rick became a founding member and executive director of Jubilee Leadership Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teens. Under Rick's leadership, Jubilee was World Magazine's 2014 winner of the Hope Award for Effective Compassion. Rick enjoys speaking to thousands of individuals from around the globe and is widely recognized for his work in trauma-informed care. Rick's vision to educate the masses about the impact of trauma inspired him to establish a national trauma and resilience conference that is held annually in Washington state.
Trauma shows up from our history and impacts our current reality. We need mental resources for it, and you can build these inner strengths by guiding your brain’s learning process. Because of the brain’s negativity bias, painful and harmful experiences move to the front of awareness, while enjoyable and useful one’s fade into the background. By tilting back toward positive experiences, we can level the playing field. This session is about tilting back toward positive experiences and stamping resilience into your brain to level the playing field altered by trauma and helping others to do the same?
Research tells us that emotional granularity is one of the most important skills for healthy childhood development. Emotional granularity is described as the degree in which an individual can verbally characterize emotional experiences with precision. Granularity for emotional concepts like “safety” can have huge implications. When children use words like “bad” and “good” to describe a full range of emotions regarding their feelings of threat and safety, it can negatively impact relationships and negatively impact their body’s responses. Likewise, having distinct concepts for interrelated words leads to more balanced body responses and greater social engagement.