Cobb Collaborative would like to invite you to join us for Resiliency Week which will be held February 5-9, 2024. This full week of activities will be focused on growing a more resilient Cobb County. Advocates will have multiple opportunities to share best practices and help to build a more trauma-informed and resilient Cobb community.
Kick off the week with connection! Join us in celebrating the relationships and engagement that we share through our incredible partnerships. Enjoy some coffee and breakfast bites with one another, and leave with more than just a heart and belly full.
Bringing HOPE to ALL
Dive into the framework of HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) with our keynote speaker, Dr. Stan Sonu, as we explore how to build more trauma-responsive and resiliency-focused systems in Cobb. This half-day summit will include a cross-sector panel discussion with local leaders, an update from Resilient Georgia and an opportunity for collaboration.
Dr. Sonu is a double-board certified pediatrician with a passion for teaching about ACEs and training future clinicians on effective and patient-centered ways to address trauma in primary care. Following his keynote address there will be a Q&A will Dr. Sonu.
The Summit also includes a panel discussion about the four building blocks of HOPE.
The panelists are:
- Brandon Jones, CEO/Founder of Skrews4Life
- Lesleigh Knotts, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Cobb Collaborative
- Ana Murphy, Asst. Director of Student Support, CCSD
- Dr. Jyll Walsh, Assistant Director of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
- Chloe Young, Family Programs & Grants Manager, PaintLove
To read biographies of the keynote speaker and all five panelists, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Following the panel discussion and Q&A, we will have an activity that focuses on putting the HOPE framework into action.
We have two excellent opportunities available to you on Wednesday! Take your pick of the one that best suits your interests.
Find resilience in your environment with a Nature Wellness Walk coupled with a guided discussion using the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)®.
Meet Kaitlyn Ball from the Collaborative at the Cochran Shoals Trail by the handicap stops close to the restrooms that you see once you pull in to park. Participants can expect to walk approximately 1.5 miles during the walk. It’s a wide and flat trail and participants will be walking on the main trail that follows the river. During the walk, Kaityln will occasionally stop and lead the group some skill building, like grounding, to build resilience and develop wellbeing skills.
Our other excellent Wednesday option is to bring your little ones out to a special Basics workshop with our friends at Paint Love, focusing on Maximizing Love and Managing Stress. We have so much fun in store for you at the Basics Workshop!
Dine with discussions at our Resiliency Dinner! Bring your friends and family for a free "Community Cafe" style dinner, highlighting our collective strengths and resilience.
Restore your resilience at our Resiliency Retreat! A full day of relaxation and skill-building to add to your self-care routine. Practice the mindfulness of yoga, enjoy the sensation of a sound bath, let your thoughts flow with a journaling workshop, and more!
MORNING SESSION AGENDA:
- 9 AM -10 AM – Morning Yoga with Jillian from Freedom Youth Yoga
- 10:15 AM -11:15 AM – Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® Chat
- 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM – Journaling Workshop with Julia from The Book Worm Bookstore
- 12:30 PM -1:30 PM – Lunch
AFTERNOON SESSION AGENDA:
- 12:30 PM -1:30 PM – Lunch
- 1:45 PM -2:30 PM – Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® Skill-Building Workshop
- 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Chair Yoga with Jillian
- 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM – Sound Bath with Etolya from Medella Sound Therapy
We’d love to have you sign up for BOTH sessions and join us for the full day!
Resilient Summit Keynote Speaker Biography
Dr. Stan Sonu
Dr. Stan Sonu is an Assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and is the Medical Director for Child Advocacy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is the former Associate Program Director for the Emory J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency program at Grady Health System.
Dr. Sonu's research interests include adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, advancing health equity, and addressing social determinants of health in clinical care settings. He is passionate about teaching about ACEs and training future clinicians on effective and patient-centered ways to address trauma in primary care. Engaged in efforts to build community consensus around responding to and preventing ACEs through cross-sector approaches. Dr. Sonu holds additional training in urban primary care leadership (University of Chicago’s LUCENT program), integrative medicine (Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University), medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders, and positive parenting practices (Triple P Primary Care).
Dr. Sonu completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency training in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., where he also served as the pediatric chief resident.
Resilient Summit Panelist Biographies
Brandon Jones is a human services practitioner who was born and raised in one of the smallest cities of Georgia, known as Marshallville. Coming from a population of 800 people, Brandon is proud to be actively serving a community of millions. Brandon is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Human Services. Brandon is the founder and CEO of Skrews4Life, a human services organization that specializes in training individuals to become comfortable with being uncomfortable to close the gap between their entire life and their desired life. From working with public schools and charter schools to colleges and non-profit organizations, Brandon’s background is unique and distinct. His passion for advocacy is deeply rooted in being the change in the community that he wants to see. Brandon is proud to continue his work of advocacy with GeorgiaCAN as the First Male Parent Fellow, aiming to increase education advocacy in Cobb County and state wide male engagement.
Lesleigh Knotts received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia and has experience in human services. She also has background working with diverse populations, ranging from the elderly to children. Leslieigh currently serves as the Mental Health Coordinator for the Cobb Collaborative. Lesleigh says, “I really just love working with and for people. I hope to use my background and passion for serving others to cultivate genuine partnerships around the community for the overall betterment of Cobb county.” Outside of work, she loves to travel, relax in nature, try new food and spend time with loved ones.
Mrs. Ana Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in family and children and holds a Specialist in Education Leadership degree. She received her bachelor’s in social work from Florida Atlantic University, and her master’s in social work from University of Georgia. Mrs. Murphy currently serves as the School Social Work Supervisor for the Cobb County School District in Georgia, since 2015. Prior to 2015, Ms. Murphy served as a School Social Worker for the Cobb County School District for 14 years.
Her passion is to empower families to positively affect the lives of children. As an immigrant from Portugal, and trilingual social worker it has been her focus to continuously promote and challenge cultural humility within the school district served.
Dr. Jyll Walsh
Dr. Jyll Walsh is the Assistant Director for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. In her role, she provides oversight of PCA Georgia’s primary prevention initiatives and serves as a subject matter expert on child abuse and neglect prevention. She also works to educate and advocate for programs and policies that strengthen families, particularly around economic justice.
Previously, Jyll was an ORISE fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, where she supported communication efforts related to the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program for parents of children with developmental delays. She has also worked with Strengthening Families Georgia to manage their statewide training program.
Chloe Young is an educator with a background in Child and Family Studies and Arts Management currently overseeing Paint Love's in-house programming, including summer art camps, public art workshops, and family engagement series and brings years of experience in working with young minds. Chloe is a firm advocate for integrating arts education into broader frameworks, actively spreading awareness about the role of art in fostering independence, empathy, and community.