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ID Conference Spotlights Importance of Positive Moments for Children

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Monday, March 13, 2023   

This year's Strengthening Families Training Institute in Boise is highlighting the importance of positive experiences for children.

Dr. Robert Sege, pediatrician and director of the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and the conference's keynote speaker, helped develop the Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences framework.

"Our goal is to transform the care of children from one that focuses on deficits and problems to one that begins by understanding and supporting sources of family and individual strength and stamina," Sege explained.

Sege pointed out the HOPE framework focuses on four kinds of experiences: stable and secure relationships, safe environments, community engagement and opportunities for emotional growth. The conference, presented by the Idaho Children's Trust Fund and Prevent Child Abuse Idaho, takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ashley Stallings, executive director of the Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center in Rigby, which serves southeast Idaho, is a trained HOPE facilitator. Stallings said Rigby experienced a school shooting in 2021, which highlighted the need to focus on positive experiences.

"There's always a way to provide these positive childhood experiences to these children, and they don't have to be big, huge things," Stallings noted. "They're as simple as listening to a child."

Sege acknowledged the pandemic has been hard on children, especially their need to feel engaged in their community when people could not gather, but he added there was another side to the experience.

"Families were remarkably resilient during the pandemic," Sege stressed. "Parents and kids spent a lot of time together, did a lot of fun things together and actually, right at the moment, families grew closer."

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