A TownHall Gathering on Childhood Trauma and Resilience
By: Mollie Marti, PhD, JD
After a recent 60 Minutes segment on treating childhood trauma, the National Resilience Institute enthusiastically supported a virtual screening of KPJR Films award-winning RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope. NRI has been a strong advocate for this film, inviting Director James Redford to screen it at our 2016 Resilience Summit in Chicago and serving as a national screening site in 2017 for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This film chronicles a rising movement to build collective strength by using trauma informed practices to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease.
Following the virtual screening, NRI participated in a live Twitter Townhall Q&A, along with Redford and other leading youth building experts.
HIGHLIGHTED TOWNHALL RESOURCES
Now that you’ve watched @DocResilience, what can you do today to build #resiliency? Resilience can be developed at all ages! We just need to take the time to practice strategies that work. There are “internal” and “external” factors to be aware of: The Heart of the Matter ~@jred5562 [Film Director, James Redford, who alongside Executive Producer Karen Pritzker, has been the force behind the film – a true visionary and pioneer for this and future generations.]
TWITTER TOWNHALL LIVE Tweet using #ResilienceReset to any of our expert participants this evening! @DrBurkeHarris @ACEsConnection @ALIVE_Schools @SporLin @CliffordBeers @ResilienceInst @The_APSAC @JanetRosenzweig @PCAAmerica @CalEndow @wakeAHA @SaintAorg @stdavidsfdn @jred5562 ~@DocResilience [The Resilience documentary.]
Resource: 6 Ways to Become a Trauma Informed School Infographic #ResilienceReset ~@ResilienceInstitute [That’s us 😊]
Part of what I love so much about this science is that it is HOPEFUL! Parents and caregivers can be the best antidote to #ACEs. Learn more about how parents can help prevent or even reverse the impact of toxic stress in their children. ~@DrBurkeHarris [Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founding CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness and author of The Deepest Well, is a leader in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity.]
The U.S. spends $3 trillion on healthcare and 5 percent of that goes to prevention? What would we save if we spent 10 percent on preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences?#ACEsScience ~@ACEsConnection [Curator of online ACEs platforms and great resource for actions to take to get more involved in growing initiatives in your community.]
Trauma-informed communities are inherently connected communities! Relationships are critical to not only buffering the effects of trauma but to preventing it in the first place. ~@PCAAmerica [Prevent Child Abuse America produced the Resilience Viewer’s Guide. Connect with your PCA State chapter if you need help organizing a film screening.]
To understand ACEs is to understand our own self regulation and how it impacts our students when a dysregulated adult is interacting with a dysregulated student. It starts with us understanding that we have to become the calm adult that represents safety, trust, and connection. ~@SporLin [Jim Sporleder, former high school principal featured in Paper Tigers documentary for leading trauma-informed efforts that reduced out of school suspensions and increased graduation rates and other positive outcomes.]
ACTION TIME: SIMPLE STEPS
- Read this blog and watch the referenced 60 Minutes and Resiliency Matters segments as in introduction to trauma informed care.
- Arrange to watch the RESILIENCE film, ideally with a screening in your community or organization, and use other KPJR Films resources
- Connect to resilience leaders highlighted above for additional resources. Even if you are not on twitter, you can enter this search in google to follow along with the conversation: “twitter.com #ResilienceReset”.
- If you are in the Midwest, join us for a one-day Resiliency and Trauma Informed Care Symposium hosted by Tanager Place and NRI next month
The time you invest in raising your own awareness, learning new skills and tools, and educating others can strengthen, and even save, lives. Begin today!