In this event, the Building Flourishing Communities Facilitators will lead you through a discovery process on the effects of trauma and toxic stress on our bodies.
Content will be presented on Neurological and Epigenetic effects of adversity, the ACE Study and the science of Resilience (N.E.A.R. science). Our time together will include viewing the movie Resilience and the video Faces of Aces. Table discussions and participant activities will provide you opportunities to practice articulating a simple description of how toxic stress caused by adverse childhood experiences and trauma generates predictable patterns in brain development and how genetic effects can be passed down from generation to generation. These activities will help you be able to share with others the story of the ACE Study and how it gave us scientific backing to state that a variety of health and social problems are strongly related to adverse childhood experiences.
You will leave the day on the hopeful note that being able to identify specific protective factors for children, youth and adults that help build the resiliency that mitigates the effects of toxic stress and trauma. Time will have been given to create action steps you can do immediately and skills you can develop to build protective factors and resilience through your relationships with families in your work environment or practice.
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