"Being able to feel safe with other peoples probably the most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives."
Bessel A. Van Der Kolk
Engage with our knowledgeable and experienced team at Creative Behavior Systems to help create a culture of collaboration for you and your community. Together we will acknowledge, learn, and diminish the common systemic effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma through our unique coaching, training, and sustainable development which begins exactly where you are now.
The ACEs study by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illuminates a strong link between trauma and the overall health and behavior of a person. Trauma is a result of painful experience(s) and can create life-changing circumstances. This in turn causes lasting adverse effects on an individual’s overall wellbeing. Most have experienced various levels of adversity as well as many have experienced varying levels of protective factors, which are all embedded within our behavior, our communication and our overall ability to function, regulate, co-regualte, connect, acknowledge and heal.
At Creative Behavior Systems, our goal is to minimize the negative effects of the prevalence of trauma by supporting understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and find ways to make use of this knowledge by better understanding what it looks like behaviorally and simply, what we can be done next by educating and teaching of tools to put in place today!
According to SAMHSA this is
“A program, organization or system that is trauma-informed.”
Using this approach, enables us to understand the root cause of current systems and help foster safe environments for all in your community.
We empower Educators, Leaders and People with skills and knowledge to foster trust and truth in their relationships with students, colleagues, parents and self to heal, connect and diminish inequities, to create communities where trauma and adverse childhood experiences become the exception, not the rule.
In 2011, Susan Jones had the vision to better education systems most often presented by challenging behavior from students. Little did she know within only a few years she would be training organizations, police, juvenile justice, district attorneys, schools, districts and county office of educations and many, many more.
Susan coached many classroom teachers individually which lead to lessening many of the inequities witnessed, created increased engagement in learning and empowered educators to foster relationships with connection, awareness, and resilience in classrooms, with students, their families and colleagues by instilling C.A.R.E. to traditional systems.
Her vision began as a Facebook page and grew into a community of educators, families, students and community members engaging, connecting and wanting to learn more.
Susan brings 20+ years of personal experience and with her partners' a collective vision to build connected, aware, and resilient environments where students, staff, families and people can thrive.
Susan's experience in the trauma-informed approach to behavioral intervention and support with ACEs science, resilience-building expertise to organizations seeking to transform escalated environments into calm, supportive, productive, and equitable systems has included leadership in Resilient Sacramento and currently Resilient Yolo, ACEs trainer, former Behavior Specialist/Analyst, Moderate/Severe Teacher to Consultant, Susan has certifications and/or experience in training Restorative Practices, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (externship), Mindful Leader, Mindful Based Stress Reduction, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Healing Trauma and Addiction (Gabor Mate), Narcissistic Abuse Masterclass, NICABM certificates:Treatment of Trauma Master Series, The Neurobiology of Trauma, Working With Pain of Abandonment, Working With Core Beliefs, Why The Vagel Systems Holds The Key to Trauma Treatment, and many more.
Connect with our collective and begin your shift towards understanding the importance of this learning.
Our partners combine decades of collective experience to create our vision, to build connected, aware and resilient environments.
Susan Jones (She/Her/Hers) Founder and Principal Consultant
Susan brings 20-plus years of experience in the trauma-informed approach to behavioral intervention and support, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) science, and resilience-building expertise to educators seeking to transform chaos and misunderstanding into calm, supportive, productive, and equitable environments.
Susan is a longtime ACEs trainer, former Behavior Specialist/Analyst who has worked with leaders and teams in criminal justice, nonprofits, community organizations, and many schools and school districts. A public education veteran, Susan saw a need to create a more productive environmental change system and set about to create CARE (Connected, Aware, and Resilient Environments).
CARE is a comprehensive approach that’s customized for differing environments. It improves relationships, communication and equity in a mindful and trauma-informed approach.
Lauren Keeler (She/Her/Hers) Special Education and Behavior Consultant, Founder of The Behavior Collective, LLC.
Lauren is an experienced Behavior Specialist with a history of working in the higher education industry. She is skilled in public education, nonprofits and teaching educators how to best support students with varying diagnosis such as autism, developmental disabilities and more.
Lauren has over 15 years of Behavior Consultant work and is a passionate community and social services professional and Founder of The Behavior Collective, LLC
Marianne Candela (She/Her/Hers) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Founder of Creative Justice Healing, Business Development Associate
Marianne is a queer, bi-racial, social justice educator, queer community advocate, and business developer.
Marianne's teaching career began in South Korea, where, for two years, she began observing behavior and cultural intersections in education as she pursued her teaching credential and master's in teaching from the University of Southern California.
After completing a full year of training under Susan during her first year teaching, she continued studying trauma on her own. Marianne brought her practices with her while working in other school districts for the next four years until she suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2018.
Through her recovery, Marianne applied the neuroscience of trauma to cognitive behavior therapy, hypnotherapy, and somatic therapies to recover her brain function and develop self-regulation practices to get out of "Trauma Brain" and back into wellness.
These experiences have led her to pursue consultative work to share what she has learned to help heal her community, colleagues, family, and self.
Laura Tinti (She/Her/Hers) Resilient Building Yoga, by Laura
Laura’s single-day training covers how yoga, meditation, and self-inquiry are powerful tools for self-care and how to share them with others.
#Unstoppable yoga, primarily created for teachers and students within classroom settings supports yoga-inspired calm to your mind and body with self and others in trauma-informed practice.
Lauras training also gives an introduction as to why and how these take-home tools can help people who have experienced trauma and how to care for yourself first so you can more effectively serve others.
Katherine Gaffey Lehman (She/Her/Hers) Art and Movement Consultant
Katherine is an early childhood teacher and Waldorf Educator with extensive trauma-informed teaching experience in kindergarten through seventh grade. Katherine has a Masters of Waldorf Education specializing in Literacy Development in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks California. Katherine also has a Master’s degree in Arts In The Curriculum from California State University Sacramento..
Katherine has more than 40 years of training in movement and dance with children and adults, 20 years of training and implementation of storytelling, painting, drawing, puppetry, drama, and story games in her classrooms. Katherine is dedicated to the integration of arts into cognitive education for young children and teaches workshops for parents, teachers, and children in any realm of education.
Brian Goetsch (He/Him/His) Founder and Lead Facilitator of Authentic Relating Global Community
Brian has worked for six years as a school psychologist. Beyond this expertise as a special education manager, Brian pursued his passion for teaching mindfulness and social-emotional lessons to individuals, small groups, and primarily in classrooms.
In 2018, Brian taught the Mindful Schools Curriculum to the entire staff at a local elementary school and delivered workshops on Mindfulness and Compassion at the Trauma-Informed Educators Conference. After planting these seeds, Brian embodied his passion for mindfulness and pursued a spiritual path, traveling to Peru, Guatemala, and Thailand over two years.
In Thailand, Brian picked up a practice called Authentic Relating and started the online movement called Authentic Relating Global Community, a group dedicated to the practice of this new ‘social technology’ in 2020.
Now, after hosting more than 50 online gatherings, Brian is traveling the United States to experience authentic living in different communities, from Asheville, North Carolina to Boulder, Colorado to Sedona, Arizona, Brian is passionate to bring Authentic Relating to the field of education by using a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based approach to health, wellness, and authentically relating in education.