Events & Workshops

Even our events and workshops are intentionally designed in a trauma-informed format.  They provide participants with a high degree of psychological safety in order to maximize learning and growth. They are intimate, interactive, collegial, and collaborative. 

More than 95% of surveyed participants rate our workshops and events as “excellent.”  Many comment that we offer the best training they have ever attended!  We hope you join us to experience HERE this NOW.

Building a Trauma-Informed System

The Ecological Perspective :  Two-Day Intensive

For some time, those knowledgeable about ACES/trauma remained focused on the individual that experienced adversity.  “Treating trauma” was client/patient focused, psychotropic medication dependent, and cognitive/ behavioral in emphasis.  Yeah, that’s so 2005.

Today, becoming “trauma-informed” is about initiating and sustaining systems change.  It begins with acknowledging that the current functioning of public service (i.e. education, health care, mental health, etc.) compounds survival reactions rather than mitigates them. Becoming a “trauma-informed” system requires intentional actions (reflected in organizational processes) that generate psychological safety and nervous system regulation.

In this interactive workshop, participants build capacity for guiding systems change. Participants learn about complex systems theory, systems phenomena, key considerations in initiating change in a system, adaptive challenges, adaptive leadership, social network theory and network thinking.  Participants reflect on the aforementioned concepts as they relate to the “Self-Healing Communities” framework that revolutionized a county in Washington State.

Intentionally offered in the bucolic village of Hancock, NH, participants will leave this workshop feeling connected, informed, inspired, and equipped to champion trauma-informed change in their respective settings.

Becoming a Trauma Informed System workshop

When:  2 Days, Fall 2019
Who: Counselors, educators, social workers, administrators, DCYF employees, juvenile justice workers, health care professionals
Where:  Hancock, NH | Hancock Meetinghouse (first floor, beautifully renovated)
Time:  8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Cost:  $399.00, lunch provided at The Hancock Inn
Lodging:  The Hancock Inn
Contact Hours:  12

Parenting with PTSD:

Understanding and Healing for Parenting Survivors

You thought you were “over it.”  Then you had your kids and you were reliving your childhood abuse through flashbacks and panic attacks.  You are not alone and healing is possible.

In this one-day workshop co-led by author Dawn Daum and HERE this NOW founder Emily Read Daniels, participants will gain an understanding of ACEs science and its impact on:
* mental, emotional, and physical health;
* common triggers parenting survivors experience;
* common reactions and symptoms experienced by parenting survivors;
* the role self and co-regulation play in re-calibrating the body’s stress response system
* interrupting the cycle of abuse

Intentionally offered in the bucolic village of Hancock, NH, participants will complete this workshop feeling supported, informed, validated, and equipped to strengthen their individual resilience and aid their healing or the healing of those they serve.

Learn more about Dawn Daum (co-presenter).  Learn more about Emily Read Daniels

Parenting with PTSD

When:  TBA
Who:  parenting survivors and professionals that work with parenting survivors
Where:  Hancock, NH
Time:  8:30am-4:00pm
Location:  The Hancock Inn
Cost:  $249.00, lunch provided at The Hancock Inn
Contact Hours:  6

Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference:

With Jim Sporleder, Lara Kain and Emily Daniels

HERE this NOW is thrilled to present its first annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference.  The event will take place May 9th-May 11th at The Woodbound Inn in Rindge, NH.  The event locale was selected for its central location in New England (2-hours from Boston, 3-hours from Portland, 4-hours from Albany).

This conference experience will be unlike other conference formats.  Registration is limited to 40 participants to maximize psychological safety, depth of learning, and individualized attention.   This immersive 2-night, 3-day experience will equip trauma-informed champions with the knowledge and skills to shepherd trauma-informed change in their respective settings.

Participants will be guided by experienced trauma-informed consultants Lara Kain and Emily Read Daniels, and special guest presenter, Jim Sporleder.  Participants will learn about the process and structure that guides cultural change, as well the principles, strategies, and practices of trauma-responsive schools.

The conference format and content was first piloted by Emily and Lara in the fall of 2018 with great success.  Participants universally rated the experience as “excellent”  and offered similar reflections:

“This was an incredible journey of professional and personal growth.  Lots of application to so many areas of professional and personal life.”  – Laura Thomas, trauma-informed coach, TREE, Maine

“I have attended many professional conferences and this far surpasses any of them.  The level of engagement, knowledge, and experience shared by the presenters is unsurpassed.”  –Tracie Travers, JMG coach, Maine

“This was, by far, the most engaging, intentional and powerful training I have ever attended.  I have been working on TIC practices/understanding for a few years, but the depth and richness of this information was new.”  – Julie Voelker, Principal, WISD, Michigan

Despite its success, Emily and Lara wanted to further enrich the conference experience by bringing in a voice of “lived experience.”  Sporleder is credited with successfully leading one of the first “trauma-informed” school change initiatives in the U.S.  He is widely recognized as a trauma-informed schools pioneer and his work is featured in the documentary Paper Tigers.

Emily and Lara invited Jim to participate in their conference offering and he gladly accepted.  This will be the first time Sporleder provides training in the Northeast.

Join Lara, Emily, and Jim to connect with like-minded educators and increase your skill and confidence in spreading this movement to and through your school.

The Trauma-Responsive School

When: May 9-11, 2019
Who:  principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, curriculum and instruction directors, special education directors, student services directors, school counselors, student assistance counselors, special education teachers, teachers, behavior therapists, OT/PT, SLP, school social workers
Where:  Rindge, NH
Location:  The Woodbound Inn
Time:  10:00 am on 5/9 to 4:00 pm on 5/11
Cost:  $1099 double occupancy (each person has own bed), $1199 single occupancy.  Cost includes registration fee, accommodations, and meals.  Daily rate (no lodging), $861.00 - limited spaces.  Please inquire about daily rate option at
Contact Hours:  18

An Introduction to The Regulated Classroom:

“Bottom-Up” Trauma-Informed Teaching

When educators learn about the devastating impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), childhood trauma, and toxic stress on a child’s developing body, brain, and behavior, they often remark, “Well..what do I do now?”  The Regulated Classroom answers that question.

In this one-day workshop experience, educators will deepen self-awareness and capacity for self-regulation through a new approach to trauma-informed teaching.  The Regulated Classroom: “Bottom-Up” Trauma-Informed Teaching is an approach to creating a safe and connected classroom environment by understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system in human behavior.

Educators experience their own stress reactions when they encounter challenging student behavior.  If their bodies perceive threat from a student or in the school environment, they are more likely to respond in defensive ways.  This dynamic human experience (i.e. “you’re threatening me; I am threatening you”) undermines connection and fuels power struggles and defensive reacting in children and adults.  This is especially true if there is a history of trauma. 

The Regulated Classroom: “Bottom-Up” helps educators deepen self-awareness about their cycles of stress activation and settling in their bodies.  They learn to recognize the signs of “activation” and “settling” in their bodies through various exercises, sensory tools, and four kinds of classroom practices – Connectors, Activators, Soothers, and Affirmations. 

These tools and practices are incorporated into classroom routines as a means of building psychological safety and establishing self-regulation in educators and their students.  When the classroom environment is “well-regulated,” human synchrony and harmony ensue.  This creates safety – the optimal condition for learning and building relationships.   

Daniels, founder of, HERE this NOW, developed The Regulated Classroom after spending more than 20 years fine tuning her capacity for self-regulation in order to support vulnerable youth as a school counselor and educator. The approach is steeped in tenets of The PolyVagal Theory and informed by principles of Somatic Experiencing,™ Responsive Classroom,™ Project Adventure,™ and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.™

The Regulated Classroom:  A New "Bottom-Up" Approach to Trauma-Informed Teaching

Who:  classroom teachers, special educators, specialists, OT/PT, speech practitioners, behaviorists, paraeducators, school counselors, adjustment counselors, student assistance counselors, administrators
When:  Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Where:  The Hancock Inn
Time:  8:30-4:00pm
Cost:  $259.00 - includes lunch
Contact Hours:  6 contact hours

The Lonely Leader:

Administrator or Executive Resilience

The best kept secret in leadership is the overwhelming stress load threatening leader performance and tenure.  This interactive workshop offers an opportunity for increased self-awareness about the body’s stress response, its impact on the body, well-being, and job performance.  Participants will explore tools and strategies for strengthening self-regulation and stress management.

Participants will benefit from the opportunity to pause, breathe, reflect, and deepen their understanding of self and tools for strengthening their resilience.

The Lonely Leader:  Strengthening Executive / Administrator Resilience

Who:  principals, health care directors or administrators, social service directors, executive directors, superintendents, CEO's, police/fire chiefs, correctional officials.
When:  TBA
Where:  Hancock, NH
Location:  The Hancock Inn
Time:  8:30am - 4:00pm
Cost:  $249.00, lunch provided
Contact Hours:  6

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