Oct 29 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Professionals need to feel comfortable discussing the critical messages of Resilience with colleagues or peers, in their own language. The intent is to engage the participants and motivate them to take action on behalf of children, their families and the communities in which they live:

  • by introducing them to the concepts behind the ACE studies and the life-long im¬pact of exposure to multiple ACEs, and the normalization of ACEs in all of our lives; but then,

  • through a guided discussion about the role they can play in the lives of the children and families they serve professionally and in their communities, encourage others to do so, support com¬munity members already playing a role and obtain the tools they need to do so.

Audience members will see how all of the different professions participating in the community initiatives highlighted in the film made a difference.  It can be noted that  even when a trauma-informed approach was implemented by one profession, it was successful thanks to strong collaboration with staff from others.

The goal is to elevate the dialogue to that of how an interconnected population or system, not just any particular teacher, child or family can make a change.