MOUNT VERNON — In conjunction with Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Kenyon College, the Knox Health Department 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.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences — now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression. ACEs are extremely stressful experiences in childhood that can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Findings of the research have revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in Resilience are proving, what is predictable is also preventable.
Following the film, a facilitated discussion will be led by members of the Resilience Team including Peg Tazewell and Susan McDonald of Knox County Head Start, Laurie Thompson of New Directions, Krista Crall of the Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Janet Chandler of Mental Health & Recovery for Licking & Knox Counties. The discussion will include questions about the film as well as ways that both individuals and the community can support and build resilience throughout the county.

The program is approved for continuing education credit for social workers and counselors.

Dates and locations include:

•Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Nazarene University Chapel Thorne Performance Hall, 800 Martinsburg Road.

•Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Knox County Health Department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road.

•Tuesday, March 6, 2:45-4:30 p.m. or 5:45-7:30 p.m., Kenyon Wright Center, 400 S. Main St.

•Wednesday, April 4, 6:45-8:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Nazarene University Chapel Auditorium, 800 Martinsburg Road.


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