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Founder and Executive Director

Julie Kurtz is an author, speaker and expert consulting and training internationally on trauma-responsive and resilience building strategies. She has over 30 years of experience working with youth, adults and families who have experienced trauma and toxic stress.

She is a co-author of:

  1. Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators: Relationship-Based Approaches that Support Healing and Build Resilience in Young Children. (Edition 2)

  2. Culturally Responsive Self-Care for Early Childhood Educators 

  3. Trauma-Responsive Practices for Early Childhood Leaders: Creating and Sustaining Healing Engaged Organizations 

  4. Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood: Practices for Equity and Resilience 

  5. Supporting Young Children to Cope, Build Resilience and Heal from Trauma through Play: A Practical Guide for Early Childhood Educators


And the author of 2 children's books:​

  1. Understanding My Brain: Becoming Human(E)! (Ages 5-10)

  2. Understanding My Brain: Becoming Human(E)! (Ages 4-8)


Next Book Coming in 2024: Reducing Stress in Schools: Trauma-Responsive Strategies to Support Teachers and Students (Harvard Education Press) Mathew Portell, Julie Nicholson, Julie Kurtz and Ingrid Cockhren


Julie Kurtz is the creator of the phone/tablet Application (APP) Trigger Stop: Sensory and Emotional Check-In designed specifically for children ages 3-8 years to promote sensory and emotional literacy and to support self-regulation.


In 2011, she was named as one of the most 100 Influential Women of Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.


Julie has provided keynotes and training on trauma-responsive and resilience building and social-emotional for programs small to large internationally.


Julie is also a licensed marriage family therapist providing counseling in the Bay Area and throughout California and parent coaching nationwide.

Julie Kurtz, Founder

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