Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018

A very special Thank You to our Premier Sponsor!


For more information, visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit

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

A very special Thank You to our sponsors!

For more information, visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit


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

To register visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit

“The Power of 1” – 2018 Fall Summit – TRAINING COMPLETED

“The Power of 1” 2018 Fall Summit

Thursday & Friday, Sept. 20 – 21, 2018

Delta Hotels Helena Colonial, Helena

(Formerly known as the Radisson Hotel)



Important Information:Fall Summit Agenda -The Power of One

The workshop runs from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Cost: $185 (includes up to 12 CEU’s , OPI Renewal Units, POST Credits, Healthcare & Child Care Provider Hours)

To view the agenda, click here!

Course Description (will be updated periodically): Download

*Cancellation Policy: Full refund (less $50 processing fee) if canceled 72 hours prior to the conference. No refund after this deadline.*


In March 2015, Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child released a study saying, “Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult.” Maybe this child is 7 and on your baseball team. Maybe she’s your 12-year-old granddaughter. Maybe he’s 15 and lives in your neighborhood. Whoever it may be, you have the POWER to make a positive and significant difference in their lives!

We will hear from leading experts and nationally known speakers who will inspire, motivate and create a “call to action” for all attendees and give them fresh new ideas and necessary tools to successfully implement innovative programs and initiatives in their communities to help children & families.  YOU have the power for change!

A Special “Thank You” To Our Sponsors!


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Will You Need a Hotel? 

Delta Hotels Helena Colonial (Formerly known as the Radisson) – 2301 Colonial Dr – (406) 443-6715

Comfort Suites – 3180 N Washington St – (406) 495-0505

La Quinta Inns & Suites – 701 Washington St – (406) 449-4000

Fairfield Inn & Suites – 2150 11th Ave – (406) 449-9944


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!

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


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

“Be Child Wise” Workshop, May 11th 2018 – TRAINING COMPLETED

“Be Child Wise” Workshop

Friday, May 11th 2018

Holiday Inn, Bozeman MT



Important Information:

The workshop runs from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

To download the course description and agenda, click here.

Be sure to register soon, as seating is limited!

*Cancellation Policy: Full refund (less $50 processing fee) if canceled 72 hours prior to the conference. No refund after this deadline.*

Workshop Downloads


Be Child Wise compiles the wisdom and insight of Intermountain’s thoroughly tested and nationally recognized therapeutic approach with emotionally distressed children and families. Thirty-five years in the making, this book provides specific interventions based on an understanding of child and relational development so that what is harmed by relationship can be healed by relationship.


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.”




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: https://www.nbcnews.com/leftfield/video/native-american-women-speak-out-about-sexual-violence-1134025795618


"Be Child Wise" Book & Workbook Now Available!

Learn tested and proven methods for raising happy, healthy kids in today's world.