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2022 Resilience & Trauma Informed Care Symposium

May 6 @ 7:30 am 12:00 pm CDT

Friday May 6, 2022


Live, In-Person

Free Registration


The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

COVID19 & Safety Requirements:

  • Completed COVID Vaccination req for all attendees
  • All attendees will also be req to wear masks throughout the event

Event Schedule:

  • 7:30am– Registration opens, Coffee & Networking
  • 8:30am–Opening Remarks
  • 9:00am–Keynote Presentation
  • 10:15–Break
  • 10:30–Keynote Presentation cont.
  • 11:45–Closing Remarks

The Yes Brain For Professionals

Featuring Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

All of us, without exception, deal with difficult situations in our professional and personal lives. We can’t change that. But the latest neurobiological research is affirming that what we can alter is how we respond to those circumstances. When we automatically respond to challenges with fear, defensiveness, and/or reactivity, this is a “No Brain” response. A No Brain makes it nearly impossible to listen, make good decisions, or connect with a colleague or family member. A focus on survival and self-defense kicks into gear, leaving us feeling guarded and shut down when it comes to interacting with the world and learning new lessons. Our nervous system initiates a fight-flight-freeze-or-faint response, and when these reactive responses to threat become engaged, they can prevent us from being open and keep us from offering flexible responses and finding success.

Instead, we can learn to offer a “Yes Brain” response, where we’re receptive, approaching life with openness, creativity, and curiosity. The Yes Brain emerges from different circuits in the brain that become activated and lead to receptivity rather than reactivity. Scientists use the term “social engagement system” to refer to the set of neural circuits that help us connect openly with others—and even our own inner experience. As a result of receptivity and an active social engagement system, we feel much more capable of addressing challenges in a strong, clear, and flexible way. In this Yes Brain state, we open ourselves to a sense of equanimity and harmony, allowing us to absorb, assimilate, and learn from new information, leading to more effective and constructive responses to the problems we face in our professional and personal lives.

In this presentation based on her book The Yes Brain (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Tina Payne Bryson discusses ways to cultivate a healthy, innovative, engaged approach to life. Using her trademark warmth and humor, she will discuss specific strategies for creating Yes Brain opportunities that allow us to thrive in our lives


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7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, 52404

Special Thanks

This event is brought to our community thanks to sponsorship by the Linn County Board of Supervisors

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About Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the author of the Bottom Line for Baby and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into over fifty languages, as well as The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations.  An LCSW, Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com.