Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. … Resilience is important because it gives people the strength needed to process and overcome hardship.

Resilience is an important part of the healing process for children who have high ACEs scores. SWIM will conduct Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope (Resilience) screenings throughout our service areas. Before each screening, we will have guest speakers who will introduce the film and present an overview of ACEs, administer the ACEs questionnaire (which can be found on this website under the ACEs Low, Resilience High Program tab) after the screening, and lastly, convene a medical panel for questions from the community. Refreshments will be served at each screening.

Resilience screenings are expected to begin in January 2021 or later if shelter in place restrictions have not been lifted. A calendar will be released with location, dates, and times on this website as well as other media outlets. Please be sure to check out the synopsis and trailer for Resilience below.

2016 (NR) 60 min.

Director:  James Redford

Synopsis: “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” 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 (ACEs) 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. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease. 

Grade Levels:  High School, Higher Education, Continuing Studies

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