Panel discussion of “Resilience” after each screening, 11/4 — 1pm at the Grange and 11/5 — 10am at Brickworks.
Teresa Tilton, MS, LMHC
Teresa holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Missouri State University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the state of Washington. She has been a therapist for over 14 years and specializes in work with children and adolescents. Teresa has been practicing in Friday Harbor, Washington for the last 4 years by coordinating a play therapy program in Friday Harbor Elementary School and utilizing her skills in the private practice setting. Due to the increase in the ACES seen in the school setting, Teresa now has a new position through Compass Mental Health as a School-Based Therapist, serving Friday Harbor’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Frank James, MD
Dr. Frank James has served as the Health Officer for San Juan County Health & Community Services for over twenty years. He is a practicing physician in Bellingham, WA in community-based and tribal clinic settings, and serves on the faculty of University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. James has been instrumental in integrating behavioral and mental health into physical practice, with the framework of reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and promoting resilience in children and families. In addition to integrating ACES prevention into the primary practice setting, Dr. James has led research studies on ACES and resilience in orphans living in India.
Barbara Gurley is the Executive Director of the Lopez Island Family Resource Center. Through previous work with Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), she attended numerous ACES and Compassionate Schools trainings and saw the power and potential of this work. After moving to Lopez Island, Barbara worked with OSPI to bring two community-wide ACES trainings, and two viewings/discussions about the movie, “Paper Tigers,” a film about a Yakima school’s response to ACES. The Lopez community wanted to continue, so nine days of events called “Compassion Lopez — Cultivating Kindness,” were held in April 2017. Planning is underway for more events on Lopez in January 2018.
Jennifer Armstrong has served as Director of the San Juan Island Family Resource Center since 2013. Before moving to San Juan Island, Jennifer worked in a range of health, social service and educational positions. She began her professional career in New York City, working with homeless populations in the Bowery, as an Art Therapist and Psychiatric Case Manager at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital, and as Director of Children’s Services for Hartley House, the oldest social services center in Times Square. After re-locating to the West Coast, she spent twelve years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles developing and directing a nationally-recognized Art & Music Therapy Department. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from U.C.L.A. and a M.A. in Clinical Art Therapy from New York University. At the Family Resource Center, she particularly enjoys working with a diverse range of clients, collaborating with other local agencies and being able to take creative approaches to developing programs and services that meet the needs of our unique island community.