Embed Brain Science: Building a Resilient Workforce Part 1


The human services field has made strides in raising awareness around the urgency of building healthy brains in new babies and young children. Early childhood resilience strategies such as “serve and return” are now commonly built into trainings and practice. However, the field has been slow to translate emerging brain science into learnings and practices with adults and the workforce.

To be well at work, especially in complex and stressful settings, staff need to understand basic brain concepts and embrace practices and behaviors that support optimal brain functioning.  Stress, distress, and trauma interrupt the ability to access the “thinking brain” and, without intervention, keep people in their survival or lower brain, where they struggle to think, problem solve, focus, or manage conflict.

Regulation, a basic strategy for calming the lower brain, is integral to a healthy workforce. Practicing brain-based interventions helps to achieve better outcomes. Staff will experience increased trust, stronger relationships, candid conversations, and more accountability.

This webinar, the first session in the Workforce Well-Being and Resilience learning series, focuses on the importance of embracing brain science awareness in work settings. It will explore the neurobiology of stress, distress and trauma, the arousal continuum, and strategies for practicing daily regulation activities at work and building a brain friendly culture that leads to resilience and success.