Connect All is a global initiative based on goodness and logic, to address all that can be, for all life to have the most safety and hopeful possibilities
The Connect All approach:
Equips us individually to/try to do the best we can.
Equips us as a community to achieve our global needs.
Is a measurable standard to hold ourselves and others accountable.
The curriculum includes Five Through the Filter:
A self-care framework that synthesizes everything from addressing our basic needs to our major issues, from child abuse to the environment, in a simple daily application each individual within functionality can do; adaptable across cultures and to age and functionality.
Connect All came from Gwen's two motivations:
I need the most safety and hopeful possibilities for myself, and for who I am attached to.
I both want to positively and don't want to negatively, tell all innocents, "This is what I was doing the moment you needed me."
Gwendolyn Downing, LPC
Gwen (she/hers) wherever she resides, identifies as part of all. She is a leader, advocate, developer, and trainer. She is the originator and Director of the Connect All initiative. She is currently a Senior Training Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma's National Resource Center for Youth Services; and a member of the Oklahoma Coalition of Advocates for Behavioral Health, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership and the International Initiative for Disability Leadership; the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and UNA-USA. Prior experiences include: 2022 official UNA-USA representative at the 66th Commission on the Status of Women; 2021 co-author of the Oklahoma Crisis Line handbook for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Trafficking Advocacy; former Manager of Hope and Resilience for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and a former member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Steering Committee.