Keene event focuses on childhood trauma (www.sentinelsource.com)

Excerpts from article in today's Keene Sentinel by Jessica Ricard. 

Sometimes, it takes a mission.

And in this case, for two area women, it begins simply — with a community conversation.

Not your typical conversation either, Emily Read Daniels and Jocelyn Goldblatt, might say. But they are aiming high still: fill as many seats as possible at downtown Keene’s Colonial Theatre to talk about the pervasiveness and consequences of childhood trauma, and, going forward, methods to mitigate it.

Daniels and Goldblatt are community co-managers of Monadnock Thrives, a new area chapter of ACEs Connection, a national social network committed to the same pursuits.

The event at The Colonial, on Feb. 15, will launch their initiative. It starts at 6:30 p.m.

ACEs stands for adverse childhood experiences. Daniels, who’s worked with vulnerable, at-risk children for most of her life and was a former counselor at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, feels strongly that such adversity is a root cause of a host of social problems.

Daniels will moderate next month’s discussion. Panelists will include parents, counselors and care professionals. A related movie screening will be held as a prelude to the conversation.

The film, “Resilience,” delves into studies about negative childhood experiences, how harmful they can be, and methods of prevention.

“I see a direct relationship between drug addiction and childhood trauma,” Daniels said. “We live in an area where I think people end up feeling pretty isolated and disconnected and have a hard time, in certain places, finding community. And I think there is a relationship there between isolation and trauma and the perpetuation of inter-generational trauma because of that isolation.”

The purpose of the event, Goldblatt said, isn’t to run through an agenda, but to bring people together and see what they come up with once they have the information.

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