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Aug 01

Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018 – Speaker Spotlight: Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Watch the video clip for our keynote speaker, Jim Morris, and his inspirational story about the Power of One! #FallSummitThePowerofOne     

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Register soon – seating limited – we do anticipate selling out!


Jul 25

Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018

A very special Thank You to our Premier Sponsor!


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Jul 19

Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018 Thank You Thursday!

A very special Thank You to our sponsors!

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Jul 16

YOU Have The POWER to Create Change!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Don’t miss out on this amazing Summit Sept. 20 & 21 2018 in Helena. YOU have the POWER to create change!  #FallSummitThePowerofOne

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Jun 14

Be Childwise Workbook Now Available!

Across Montana children are waiting to experience a place called home. Understanding child and relationship development is the key to Intermountain’s therapeutic approach with children and families. The BE CHILDWISE workbook provides parents with the opportunity to review concepts and practice skills in order to build strong, resilient families.


To order your copy of the Be Childwise Workbook, click here!

Apr 02

Farewell Letter from Todd Garrison

Dear ChildWise Friends,

After a long, challenging, and exciting career working passionately to do my part to elevate the well-being and futures of children and families, it is time to open another chapter in my life. Some people might say that I’m retiring, and that’s what might be expected after this career. But I like to think of it not as retiring, but re-wiring!

Yes, as of April 1st I’ve left ChildWise Institute! But what I’m really doing is re-imagining how I use my time on this planet. By that I mean that I will be spending a lot more time with my bride, Sue, doing the things we enjoy together – especially camping in the summer. And we’ll be spending a lot more time with our kids and grandkiddos, all of whom live in Southern California and Utah.


But my work for many years has not been a “job,” it’s been my passion. When a person is deeply involved in a human cause, it’s not something one can just walk away from like a factory job. I intend to stay engaged in the cause to elevate the well-being of our children, youth, families, and communities. For years I have been active with many committees and groups across Montana and the nation, and I intend to continue that involvement. Also, when time permits, I will continue to train and present in Montana and throughout the nation as opportunities arise. But my first love and commitment is to my family.


ChildWise Institute is a healthy, thriving, important organization in Montana; and its work will continue to grow in depth, breadth, and impact. All of my colleagues at ChildWise – Cathy Huntley, Tina Eblen, and Kati Bono – are personally vested in this work, and passionately devoted to the cause. Tina is the Interim Director.


Zig Ziglar was a personal friend of mine from way back. He once said, “Among the things you can give away and still keep are your word, your smile, and a grateful heart.”  Please know that I am very grateful to know you, and to have worked with you. I hope that our paths will cross many times, as we are all in this together.


With deep appreciation,

Todd Garrison

(406) 457-4741

Feb 28

Trauma-Informed Care Resolution Passed in the House of Representatives

The Trauma-informed care resolution passed in the House of Representatives on Feb. 26, 2018!!  To read the full Resolution visit: House Resolution 443

Jan 24

Resilience As A Vital Sign

We overcome adversity through resilience and it’s empowering to know that we can build resilience at any age!

Click the link below to read the full article and the “David Letterman Top 10 List of Ways to Build Resilience.”



Jan 12

Native American Women Speak Out About Sexual Violence

“As the country has its national reckoning with cases of sexual harassment, abuse and inequalities, there is at least one overlooked group of women. The treatment of indigenous women in the U.S. and their accusations of sexual violence perpetrated against them have been seemingly ignored. According to U.S. government statistics, Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the country. Caroline Antone of the Tohono O’odham Nation near Tucson, Arizona, was molested when she was six years old and endured years of continued assault. As an adult, she has devoted herself to awareness, holding rape response clinics on tribal lands and encouraging others to no longer hide what happened to them.”

Click this link to watch this powerful video:


Jan 08

How do I know if I have a Problem with Substance Use?

“Over 21 million people suffer from addiction in the United States – that’s 1 in 7 people. On average, we lose 144 people a day to drug overdoses and that number climbs to 375 if you factor in alcohol-related deaths.”

For more information, a self-assessment, helpful resources and more, visit Addiction Policy Forum’s website:


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