The “Root and Fruits” of our journey HERE, to this moment— right NOW.
Our mission is to empower educators and school systems to create joyful, responsive, and resilient learning environments through the applied science of trauma.
- Felt sense of safety: We work hard to cultivate ample cues of safety for clients.
- Anti-racism and equity: We strive to challenge internalized bias in our actions and content.
- Collaboration and reciprocity: We work in partnership with others. We treat others in a way that inspires mutually shared generosity.
- Lived experience is a valid form of expertise: We are not obsessed with degrees and titles.
- We aren’t fixing anyone. We do not subscribe to a pathologizing view of human behavior. The answers do not lie in the right pill, therapist, or mental health service. The answers we seek are in us and require that we recognize and challenge our assumptions and biases, power structures, practices, and our ingrained patterns of interaction.
- How we currently operate induces and compounds trauma. The trauma-informed movement is NOT like PBIS or MTSS. It is informed by multiple fields of science and acknowledges that current practices create or worsen problems for many children, families— especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and those living in poverty.
- This is deeply personal transformative work. If we wish to see change, we must acknowledge that it begins with ourselves. This is often a painful process. Change is an ongoing process of inquiry and reflection. We are human and our journey of growing and developing is continual.
HERE this NOW was founded in the spring of 2017 by experienced school counselor, Emily Read Daniels. Through her work as a high school student assistance counselor, Daniels witnessed an increasing population of students living with ACEs (Adverse Child Experiences), paired with a woeful lack of awareness and resources. The result was classrooms heavy with kids unable to learn because of their frequent state of dysregulation, and teachers without the support and resources to manage the increasing stress of their job.
Emily Read Daniels representing HTN as a NHSCA sponsor (NH School Counselor Association) in the fall of 2017
Daniels was desperate to bring the science of trauma to her school; however, the roadblocks and barriers she encountered revealed that there simply were not enough voices engaging educators in the conversation about the value and significance of the trauma-informed movement in schools. Recognizing the critical role of teachers as influencers in the trauma-informed movement, Daniels stepped away from her position as a student assistance counselor to be such a voice— and HERE this NOW was born.
Since then, HERE this NOW (HTN) has served thousands of clients through on-site and virtual professional development, keynote addresses, workshops, conferences, consultation, and coaching services. HTN has collaborated with known pioneers and thought-leaders in the trauma-informed movement; brilliant and incredibly cool people like Jim Sporleder, James Moffett, Lara Kain, Dr. Mona Delahooke, Dr. Stephen Porges, and many others.
Here for you so you can be there for them
Meet the thought-partners working together to revolutionize the way we care for educators and students.
We are grateful to the schools and organizations who share our vision.
Through our workshops and conferences we have welcomed participants from nearly all U.S. States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as international participants from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, and Ireland.
The following is a list of clients who have contracted HTN for professional development and/or consultation services:
Schools & School Districts
Alton High School, NH
Troy Middle School, NH
John Stark High School, NH
Strafford School District, NH
Kearsarge High School, NH
Clark Wilkins Elem School, NH
Monadnock Area District, NH
Keene Middle School, NH
SAU 24, NH
SAU 50, NH
Belmont High School, NH
Interlakes Regional HS, NH
Moultonborough Academy, NH
Wentworth Elem School, NH
Appleton Village School, ME
Waterville Valley, ME
BOCES, Monroe #1, NY
San Pedro Middle School, CA
Baltimore County, MD
SAD 75 Topsham, ME
Project AWARE, VT
SAD 92, ME
Kensington School, MA
Progress Park, WISD, MI
Lincoln-Woodstock School, NH
Wells Memorial, NH
Non-Profits and Businesses
Big Brothers, Big Sisters, NH
Boys and Girls Club, Nashua NH
Adult Learning Center, NH
21st Century Program, Nashua, NH
NH Arts Council
Keene Housing Authority, NH
Keene State College, NH
Southern NH University
Monadnock Voices for Prevention, NH
Makin’ It Happen, NH
Fostering Futures, WI
Connected Communities, VA
Riverside Head Start, MA
Lauren’s Education Institute, AZ
TREE (Transforming Rural Education Experience), ME
Healthier Northern Kennbek, ME
Tri-State Trauma Network, KY
Resilience & Learning Project, NC
YMCA Keene, NH
NH Legal Assistance
A Child’s World, NH
NHSCA – Southern NH
Staff Development for Educators
Student Transportation of America
Pickering Educational Services, NH
Caledonia & Southern Essex Starting Point Network, VT
Dry Arch Children’s Centre, Northern Ireland
Families First, Seacoast NH
Cheshire Medical Center, NH
Government & State Agencies
Public Defender’s Office, NH
City of Nashua – Department of Public Health, NH
Circuit Court Judges, NC
Center for Children’s Justice, WV