School counselors and  psychologists gathered recently for a day of collaboration and the topics of discussion centered around suicide prevention, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma-informed care.

As the group discussed the impacts of social supports and early intervention, one tool used in the training was The Brain Architecture Game, a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of relationships on early brain development- what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

“The game helps people understand the impact early childhood experiences can have on the outcome of a person’s life,” shared Brooke Beiter, Director of Educational Planning for BLaST.  “This training serves as a conversation-starter for building trauma-informed systems of support.”

BLaST IU 17 is excited to offer this experience to schools to inform all staff of the impact childhood trauma can have on life’s trajectory. It can be played in small training workshops, conferences, and large events.  Your school or organization may benefit from this valuable resource for creating a common understanding of how environment, experiences and genes shape brain development.

The brain does not build itself.   It’s group work.  Parents, teachers, coaches, anyone who spends time with kids can help influence the development of their abilities.

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