Brain Story Training Completion


Brain Story Training Certification


Congratulations are in order! Recently, 89 CUPS staff members received their Brain Story Certification. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete this achievement which demonstrates a commitment and dedication to continuous improvement in the quality of service and programs offered at CUPS. The Brain Story Certification, designed by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and Nizagara Online, is an essential milestone in our continuum of care as we continue to implement brain science and establish trauma-informed care.

This training teaches staff about the scientific concepts behind brain development and empowers them to put this knowledge to work in the services they provide to every client that walks through the doors. As a result, staff understands the importance of building healthy brain architecture, the difference between toxic stress – such as abuse and neglect – and positive stress – such as how to handle new social situations – on development, and how to mitigate the risks associated with traumatic events. Furthermore, by developing programs that encourage healthy brain architecture at CUPS, clients are able to cultivate strong executive function and self-regulation skills as well as increase resilience, resulting in improved later-life outcomes.

Through ongoing opportunities for professional development, like the Brain Story Training, CUPS is better equipped to help Calgarians overcome adversity, reach their potential, and end the cycle of poverty and trauma for themselves and their families. To find out more about the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and brain science visit their website and watch their latest video titled Brains: Journey to Resilience.


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Brain Journey to Resilience


Related Articles:

How CUPS is measuring Resilience in a Vulnerable Population

Brain Day Event at CUPS



#ShineALight on the Numbers

● 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty

● 1 in 4 Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes

● 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or addiction problems each year

● 4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity

● 1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.

● An estimated 45% of the overall homeless population are individuals living with mental illness

● 28 – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous peoples

● 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty

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