A quick Google search shows us that the most common perception of “forward-facing” is an option for installing a car seat. But Forward-Facing® is different; it is both a concept and a way of life that is transforming thousands of lives, from the blue-collar worker, to the complex trauma survivor, to the high-performance executive.
Forward-Facing® appeals to what connects us as humans – our stories. Each of us has a story. And everyone’s story involves pain. That pain can show up like an unwanted visitor, pounding on our door when we least expect it. Our default as humans is to react to that pain through avoidance (turning all the lights off and hiding in a back room) or aggression (yelling at the visitor to leave). Millions of us become victims to our environment, allowing the unpredictable visitor to determine the quality of our lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Forward-Facing® layers skills that restore our sense of safety and instill hope through the union of Self-Regulation and Intentionality. When we learn how to change the ways our bodies respond to perceived threat, we gain a sense of agency and hope, for many of us the first time in our lives! No longer do we react to that pounding on the door; we notice it, reflect on our intention, and chose our response.
To learn more, check out Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy or Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience by Dr. J. Eric Gentry, both available as Udemy courses. Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy is also available in book format, and Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience is expected to be on Amazon this fall.
Jenny Brackman has served Arizona children and families impacted by ACEs for over 20 years. Her formal education comes from ASU where she studied closely under Bob and Barb Weigand, pioneers in the field of infant and toddler mental health.
In 2010 she and her husband chose to be foster parents and adopted a sibling group of three from foster care. Eight years later, she believes her best education has come from parenting five children and her marriage of almost 18 years.
Motivated by her own family’s experience with compassion fatigue, Jenny founded Rezilia to bring Dr. Eric Gentry’s research on resilience to lay-people. Currently she is being mentored by Dr. Eric Gentry, creating resources to equip a new generation of leaders with resilience.
In her free time you can find Jenny spending time with her family, making kombucha, or fighting with the guys at her local Muay Thai gym.