Join PJI for the Fourth Annual Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing Conference

Monday, February 28, 2022

Date: Thursday, April 21 ― Friday, April 22, 2022
Time: 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
Location: Online. Register here.

The Peace and Justice Institute and the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County are hosting the Fourth Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing Conference.

This annual conference hosts cutting-edge keynote speakers and convenes participants to explore community wellness, Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs), and trauma-informed practices that can transform our region into one of prevention, hope, healing and resilience for all. 

Keynote speaker Asim Jani, a local epidemiologist, will outline the paradigm shift for creating community resilience and well-being.

Building a resilient, trauma-informed community involves responding to the challenges inherent in all three realms of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) — household, community and environment. By definition, these realms respectively include the broad range of individual, social and climatic determinants of overall health. Looking at existing and emerging problems, regardless of which realm they relate to, involves a paradigm shift on an individual and collective level.

The first interactive day of the conference will introduce three key concepts, especially related to ACEs and the countervailing set of PACEs — salutogenesis, syndemics and systems thinking. These three components are part of the paradigm shift that will enable us to engage in more effective individual and collective level actions for change.

Day two of the conference will be an opportunity to more deeply connect as a community, understand what’s happening in each individual sector, and showcase workshops and best practices to support our community in becoming a resilient, trauma-informed Central Florida.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend sector-specific breakout groups to learn about the goals and work happening in their specific sector of interest (i.e. Health/Wellness, Business, Education, Government, Nonprofit, Faith, Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Child Welfare). Then, conference participants have the opportunity to select from a menu of workshops hosted by community members that will further our community knowledge, skills, and awareness of best practices around the topics of PACEs, Trauma-Informed Care and Resilience.

Employees may use Employee Development Funds (EDF) to cover the conference cost. To use EDF funds, complete the EDF and Travel Authorization forms. To access the forms:

  • Log in to Atlas.
  • Click on the Employees tab.
  • Select Tools.
  • Click on Valencia Forms.
  • Search for the forms, Request for Employee Development Funds and Travel – Authorization for Travel or Absence From Campus.
  • Complete both forms and email to

2022 Conference Scholarships Available
PJI will offer limited scholarships for students and anyone with financial hardship who is interested in attending the conference. Applicants have the option to apply for a 75% discount (for students) or a 50% discount. To apply, please complete the 2022 Conference Scholarship Application by Monday, March 21, 2022.

For more information about this conference, including Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

If you have any questions, please email

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