A Bit of Background...

Many existing  behavioral support systems are structured to be system-responsive, rather than people-supportive.


Advocating and teaching methods that are trauma-informed people-supportive goes beyond the current vision. That's where The Center for Human Engagement is different. 

Method & Philosophy


We assess, teach, advocate, and consult in the areas of academic, behavioral, creative, social, reflective, and person-centered engagement. In addition, we also implement and teach evidence-based practices that increase inclusion, foster social connectedness, and support individual mastery of skills.  

We work on a project basis, targeting needed areas of support at the state, community, agency and family level. 

Based on our needs assessment meeting, we tailor our program design to address professional development, skills training, and mentoring in these primary areas. 


We firmly believe that these services are essential to the well-being of people in Appalachia as this region has been so touched by generational trauma and poverty as a result of economic decline and opioid epidemic. 

Huntington’s close sense of family makes this community a powerful ally in the effective and compassionate response to the growing addiction, suicide, and mental health concerns our region faces.

Those We Serve...

  • Elders
  • Special Populations
  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Social Service Agencies
  • School Districts
  • Care Providers
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Victim Advocate Groups
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Advocacy & Systems Change

Creating communities of change, is the process of building strong community networks to support and respond to the needs of the elder community. We create awareness and strong working partnerships among all community partners focusing on building awareness and knowledge of best practice in creative engagement, mindfulness, and  positive behavior support. Major areas of concern to address for this region are grandparents as parents, social isolation of elders, effects of dementia, effects of opioid addiction on the community, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on growth and development across the lifespan.

Positive Behavior Support

We teach and train groups and individuals in person-centered 
techniques that support trauma-informed, positive engagement for individuals, families, and care providers. We are able to address needs of individuals and their support systems in each phase of life. We plan and anticipate adjustments needed to maintain engagement as people move through different stages of life.

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Lifelong Creativity & Creative Engagement

Research shows that participation and viewing of creative arts increases health and well-being among elders. By advocating access and support to the arts across the lifespan, from young childhood through elder age, the Center for Human Engagement supports community awareness and the opportunity for all to take advantage of this fact. (NCCA, 2014)

Mindfulness & Resilience

Mindfulness is a tremendously important and overlooked element of true behavior change. Deep work takes effort and time, and a level of persistence that intervention will continue and be successful. This combination of tenacity and flow is critical to quality behavior change and caregivers and families benefit from access to support in learning and practicing this.

A View

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James