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Project Hope - First Responders

Project Hope

First Responders

Seeing coverage of the pandemic on the news is stressful enough, but first responders are facing it head-on. Whether through the care they are providing or their own increased risk of exposure, essential workers are facing more anxiety than ever. In many cases, they are unable to take time off and may be working extra hours, providing as much service as they can, no matter the personal costs. They have seen first-hand the loss and trauma this pandemic can cause and keep fighting through it.

Project Hope will address stressors and triggers first responders are facing, helping them to navigate relationships, mitigate vicarious trauma, and manage stress. These sessions will include both general mental wellness strategies and Covid-19 specific coping strategies. Speakers will not only provide guidance but also give attendees actionable items that can help them immediately.


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All sessions are free and open to the public.

Burnout, secondary traumatic stress, uncertainty distress, and vicarious trauma, can take its toll. During this webinar, participants will increase their awareness of how to practice self-care by identifying their character strengths and ways to put them into practice to build their personal resilience.


The crazy circumstances of 2020 with pandemic, politics, fires, storms have impacted everyone especially those on the front lines. They have to process their own emotions and all the while support others through the process and they deal with the added challenge of putting their lives and their loved ones as risk. Join Penny Zenker to understand how to manage the energy of thought and make an unconscious process conscious to give us learn how to become comfortable with uncertainty, reduce stress and create strategies for regulation and recovery despite high pressure situations.


The exceptional demands of our stressful times and occupation places undue pressure on our primary relationships. This workshop will focus on what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable. Learn problem solving skills including the six skills for effective conflict resolutions as well as how to strengthen and maintain your relationship.


More than ever, people are feeling exhausted, unfocused, and burned-out. This workshop will give you three science-based strategies for bringing more peace into your daily life despite difficult circumstances. Learn practices that work even if you have no time or energy to spare.


Barbara Rubel, MA, B.C.E.T.S., D.A.A.E.T.S., is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer on vicarious trauma. Ms. Rubel’s programs motivate professionals to build personal resilience.

Barbara is the author of, But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping families after a suicide (3ed), and the 30-hour continuing education course book for nurses, Loss, Grief and Bereavement: Helping individuals cope (4ed). Ms. Rubel co-wrote the Department of Justice, OVCTTAC training curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma, and is a contributing writer in several books. Her story was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress, and diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Barbara’s website is

Penny Zenker is a focusologist, an international speaker, a business strategy coach, and a best-selling author. As a master NLP practitioner and Neuro-strategist, she integrated elements of thought, communication, and behavior to provide strategies for boosting productivity and maximizing results for business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Before her 31st Birthday, Penny founded, developed, and sold her first multi-million dollar business while living in Zurich, Switzerland. Later, at the world’s 4th largest Market Research company, she managed business unit turnarounds and was a Tony Robbins business coach helping entrepreneurs around the world to double their businesses.

Penny is one of America’s leading experts in the psychology of productivity to eliminate distraction, perfectionism, and self-sabotage to maximize results in every area of your life.

Penny’s book The Productivity Zone was an instant Amazon Best Seller and her TEDx, “The Energy of Thought”, has gained attention around the world. Her engaging, inspiring interactive talks teach people to think and act more strategically.

Penny has been featured on NBC News, Forbes, Inc, ESPN, and Wharton Business Radio among others.

Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder and former Executive Director of the Relationship Skills Center.

She is author of Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience an educational curriculum to overcome trauma. She was the founder and Executive Director of The Relationship Skills Center, one of the leading organizations in the nation in building healthy relationships. The Office of Family Assistance acknowledged the organization as “exemplary,” awarded them two healthy marriage grants and wrote three monographs about the Skills Center.

In her clinical practice of thirty-five years, she specialized in working with couples, alcohol and drug abuse, and trauma. She was an Adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department of California State University, Sacramento, and American River College.

Dr. Curtis is a trainer of facilitators in several major relationship education programs: Bringing Baby Home, Mastering the Mysteries of Love, Relationship Enhancement, PAIRS. She is a Certified Imago Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

She presented papers at major national and international conferences: The Governor’s Conference on Child Abuse, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, University of California Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Fathers and Families Coalition of America, International Transactional Analysis Association of America, Office of Family Assistance Grantee Conferences and at the White House.

Dr. Christine Carter, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and coach. Her books include The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (2020), The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (2011).

A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Carter draws on the latest scientific research in psychology, sociology, and neuroscience to help her clients lead their most meaningful, joyful, and productive lives. She lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog Buster in Marin County, California.

Lara Elfstrand, M.A., is a bilingual English/Spanish-speaking early learning specialist who calls herself “a tour guide on the adventure into early parenting.”

She holds a master’s degree and teaching credential in early childhood special education from Santa Clara University, and graduated from the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship through U.C. Davis Extension. She has expertise in the Pyramid Model through the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL); Love and Logic positive parenting techniques; Brazelton’s TouchPoints and Newborn Behavior Observations; the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Feeding Scale; SPARK Communication early intervention strategies through the Hanen Centre; and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics through the Child Trauma Academy.

During pregnancy, Lara supports new parents to build a positive, playful parenting team through the Gottman Bringing Baby Home program and postpartum planning. After birth, she reads infant cues, acknowledges parents’ competence, and models positive, playful strategies. Find her at

After registering, you have access to all sessions.
We'd love to see you at all of them, but choose whichever sessions work for you.

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All sessions are free and open to the public.