“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.” – Synopsis from RESILIENCE
- Engage participants and motivate them to take action on behalf of children, their families and the communities in which they live.
- Appeal to the “heart” and “head”
- Emphasize the importance of inter-collaborative professions participating in community initiatives
- Emphasize the research which shows that interconnected systems create a thriving community and support important strategies for our children and families to build resilience.
- Learn how these risk factors can be diminished through science, therapy, resilience and other protective factors.
- Call to action.
Audience: Professionals and community members from an array of different backgrounds; appropriate for high-school age and up.
Time: At least 2 Hours (film is 60 minutes; with 45-1 hour follow-up discussion); if time allots suggested to have a panel of persons representing the various sectors.