The Clallam Resilience Project is a consortium of over 50 organizations working together to foster resiliency for our residents, organizations, community, and systems. Using research from the NEAR* sciences, we provide opportunities to connect, learn, and educate on how and why to apply trauma sensitive care county wide.
*NEAR sciences are: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Resiliency
To foster a resilient Clallam County: its residents, organizations, community and systems.
To build resilience through fostering trauma sensitive care and expanding the understanding of NEAR sciences for the benefit of everyone in Clallam County.
More than 50 different agencies formed and lead the Clallam Resilience Project. Our Leadership Committee includes:
- Clallam County Health Department
- Lutheran Community Services
- Quileute Tribe Health & Human Services
- Mariposa House
- Port Angeles School District
- United Way of Clallam County
- Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP)
- Quillayute Valley School District
- Sequim School District
- Olympic Communities of Health
- WSU Extensions 4-H Program
- First Step Family Support Center
- Peninsula Behavior Health
- Prevention Works of Clallam County
- Clallam County Prosecutors Office
- North Olympic Library System
Other recent contributors include:
- Clallam County Health and Human Services
- Planned Parenthood- Port Angeles Health Clinic
- Olympic Medical Center
- Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A)
- Department of Social and Health Services
- Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
- Serenity House
- Baart Programs
- American Red Cross
- Nor Wester Rotary
- Healthy Families of Clallam County
- Jefferson County Public Health
By collectively teaching accessible neuroscience, epigenetics, and public health research to community members, we are simultaneously valuing individual knowledge acquisition and autonomy while stating the need for community responsibility and sharing the actions we are taking to towards meeting them.
It might be evident to those who work with children, or in social services every day, that adverse childhood experiences can negatively affect health throughout the lifespan. It is significant to share the breakthroughs in research on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills. This research has led to innovative and effective trauma sensitive approaches in healthcare, education, human services, public safety, and workforce development.
The Clallam Resilience Project hosts a monthly Leadership Committee Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month, featuring a short presentation from a rlocal expert on a topic related to building resiliency here in Clallam County. These meetings are open to the community. For more information on how to join the meetings or to see recordings of past meetings, please follow the link below.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers the Four R’s as a helpful way to think about trauma informed care:
“A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed
realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively