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News in Trauma Resilient Communities

February 15th, 2024

Building Resilience in the Great Outdoors


One of the recent projects I am excited about is a training series we’re creating for the Therapy and…

December 7th, 2023

Connection Activities for a Work Setting


In previous blog posts I’ve highlighted the significance of Peter Block’s concept of Connection Before Content. It is important…

November 6th, 2023

Reinforcing Community Resilience


Communities worldwide have been contending with the word "resilience" for years. What does resilience mean in the context of…

September 21st, 2023

Magical Moments with Miracle Heights Adventures


For most kids, summertime is simply magical. From the rush of freedom that comes from being out of school…

August 17th, 2023

The Revolutionary Act of Self-Care


We have all heard the catch phrases “Self-care isn’t selfish.” Or “Self-care is not an expense, it’s an investment.”…

July 19th, 2023

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What Exactly is “Team Building?”


As I’ve written before, I am convinced there are few phrases that can strike such vivid horror and dread…

June 15th, 2023

In the Direction of Trauma Stewardship


As human service providers, we bear witness to the joys and suffering of service recipients. We may serve as…

May 25th, 2023

Fear and Psychological Safety in Our Teams


Before we dive in, let’s remember that being fearless is not a thing. As noted in the Fear episode…

May 14th, 2023

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Crossnore Announces Grant for Community Work


Crossnore Communities for Children and its Center for Trauma Resilient Communities (CTRC) are pleased to be the recipient of…

April 20th, 2023

What is a Safety Plan and Why You Need One


There are many steps that go into a clinical intake for clients enrolled in Crossnore’s therapy services. The final…

March 23rd, 2023

Building Youth Resilience Through Play


When you meet a kid for the first time, you might ask them something as simple as “What do…

February 15th, 2023

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Embracing the Seven Commitments of Sanctuary in Your Leadership Journey


Practicing the Seven Commitments of the Sanctuary Model embeds and deepens your path to health and wellness. As a…

February 9th, 2023

Workplace Connection and Community in a Post-COVID World


The pandemic didn’t create the workplace connection issues we see today. But it did bring them to the spotlight.…

March 17th, 2023

the way home, episode 30


Today’s episode features David McCorkle, co-founder of Crossnore's Center for Trauma Resilient Communities. David talks about spiritual trauma and…

April 6th, 2023

the way home, episode 33


Today’s episode features Sarah Norris, Ed.D., Crossnore's Chief Program Officer. Dr. Norris discusses her career in child welfare and…

March 24th, 2023

the way home, episode 31


Today’s episode features Cyndi Austin, Ed.D., Principal of Marjorie Williams Academy on Crossnore's Avery campus. Dr. Austin talks about…

March 10th, 2023

the way home, episode 29


Today’s episode features Kevin Redding, Executive Director of Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC). Kevin talks about the mission and work…

August 18th, 2022

8 Tips for Parenting Children Who’ve Experienced Trauma


Most foster parents are parenting children who've experienced trauma. It is estimated that 90% of children who enter foster…

August 10th, 2022


Triggered: Practical Exercises for Self-Regulation


What should I do when I feel triggered? Our Director of Experiential Learning, Andrew Florence, offers some practical exercises…

August 3rd, 2022

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7 Commitments with an Anti-Racist Framework


Written by our Evolve committee, these commitments help guide our internal work to ensure that we are operating as…

July 27th, 2022

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Utilizing Sanctuary in Real Life


One of the questions we are often asked at Crossnore is how we utilize Sanctuary, our trauma-informed care model,…

June 29th, 2022

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Why Team Building Through a Trauma-Informed Lens?


Many of my working hours I am either actively team building, learning about team building, or even just thinking…

June 15th, 2022

The Cost of Caring: Compassion Fatigue and the Helping Professions


Every career comes with some personal risks. People in construction are at risk of injuring their back muscles, people…

June 8th, 2022

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The Messy, Beautiful Work of Living Out Sanctuary


At Crossnore we learn and live and work through the Sanctuary Model of care. This model informs how we…

November 10th, 2021

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How Childhood Trauma Impacts Development


Creating a Family Podcast invited Brett Loftis, Crossnore's CEO, and Dr. Dawn O'Malley, Senior Director of Clinical Services, to…

August 12th, 2021

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Engaging our Survival Brain


I spend a significant amount of my working hours on our aerial adventure park or our Aerial Teams Course…

July 1st, 2021

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Unbroken Families: Helping Children Facing Divorce or Separation


The reality of our world today is that most children in America no longer live in a household with…

May 20th, 2021

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The Meaning & Importance of True Self-Care


If self-care consisted only of bubble baths, we would all be in trouble. Let’s not get things twisted -…

April 30th, 2021

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Re-Writing Old Scripts


In 2019 there were 17,039 children placed in foster care in the state of North Carolina - a number…

April 14th, 2021

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Resilience is My Gain


In 1985, Dr. Vincent Felitti wanted to know why his obesity clinic had a 50% dropout rate, and when…

March 17th, 2021

Learning to H.A.L.T during the Pandemic


Early 2020 we probably didn’t know what the word “Pandemic” even meant. For that matter, I don’t think I’d…

September 23rd, 2020

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We are #crossnorestrong.


At Crossnore, we are blessed to be a family. Whether it’s the children we care for, our staff, our…

January 30th, 2020

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Fighting Those Winter Blues – SAD


If you are like me at all, you may start to feel down as fall turns to winter, especially…

January 23rd, 2020

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Childhood Trauma, ACES, and Changing the Story


Crossnore School & Children's Home has more than 100 years of experience serving children affected by childhood trauma. The…

November 26th, 2019

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The Power of Gratitude


“We steer where we stare.”  This quote by Lysa TerKeurst radically changed how I practice therapy with children and…

January 24th, 2019

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A Healing Moment – Suicide Awareness and Prevention


What do you do when your child looks at you and wishes to be dead or no longer on…

December 14th, 2018

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Surviving the Indoors (with kids!)


After 2,467 hours stuck in the house after snow and rain, is anyone else out there going crazy? Will…

February 16th, 2016

The Sanctuary Model of Care


So many of the children that we serve at The Children’s Home are suffering the difficult effects of the…

January 14th, 2016

Mission: Possible


Everybody loves the idea of a sanctuary, don’t they? A place of rest and refreshment. A place that brings…