Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

October 09, 2017

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” HCC and Family Service Cooperatives to host Documentary and Q&A on Adverse Childhood Experiences

HIBBING, MINN. (October 2, 2017)— High “doses” of stress during childhood get into our bodies, change our brains, and lead to lifelong health and social problems—everything from domestic violence and substance abuse to heart disease and cancer. Who knew that if your parents got a divorce when you were growing up, you have a significantly higher risk of heart disease? Or that if your mother had a drinking problem, your own risk for depression in adulthood is much higher?

Hibbing Community College (HCC) and Family Service Collaborative invite you to learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and the effects of “Toxic Stress” with a free showing of the documentary Resilience:The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope at the Hibbing Community College Theater on Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 PM.

The event will feature a showing of the 60 minute film followed by a 30 minute optional question and answer session.Admission is free, but please register to facilitate community impact at https://hibbingresiliencescreening.eventbrite.com .Walk-in registration is welcome!Licensed teachers should contact their district regarding CEUs for this training.

Resilience:The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cut­ting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. Using beautiful animation and compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions, the film follows pioneering individuals who looked at the ACEs research and the emerging science of Toxic Stress and asked, Why are we waiting?

The original research was controversial, but the findings re­vealed the most important public health findings of a gener­ation. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of every­thing from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. But what is predictable is preventable. Using cutting edge science, physi­cians, educators, social workers and communities are helping the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

Of the film, Matt Fagerholm of ROGEREBERT.COM, said, “…an engrossing study of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) can be linked to destructive behavior and medical diseases.” “...an able and worthy fire-starter that deserves a wide public and family audience. Consider this new required viewing for counselors, teachers, school leaders, medical teachers, and open-minded parents that want to address what shouldn’t be bottled up any longer,” noted Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson.“It’s a film that is necessary viewing for a deeper knowledge of what you or others have gone through in life and also serves to enlighten us closer to a greater empathy and understanding for others in our community,” wrote David J. Fowlie, Keeping it Reel.

Admission to Resilience is free, and walk-in registration is welcome.Questions can be directed to Stacey Ray, HCC Psychology Instructor, at 218-262-7369.

HCC and Family Service Cooperatives will be showing the companion film to Resilience: Paper Tigers on November 8 at HCC.

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