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Pender group wants community informed on childhood trauma (Star News)


By Emma Dill, December 3, 2020, Wilmington Star News.

A new resiliency task force aims to make Pender County a stronger and more trauma-informed community.

The task force will focus on educating community members and local providers about the lasting impact of childhood traumas. It will also provide training that helps residents recognize and respond to signs of trauma.

Those instances of instability and stress can impact a child for the rest of their life, said Carrey Sipp, the southeastern regional community facilitator with the nonprofit ACEs Connection.

Adverse childhood experiences or ACEs affect people at every age, said Liz Peterson, the task force chair. Peterson works in 4-H development as an agent at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Burgaw.

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Hey there Katie! Great to hear from you. Liz Peterson is leading the effort in Pender. She is terrific. She is the County Extension Agent and the 4-H Youth Development officer. You can reach out to her on this site’s private mail. And, because I am working closely with her and the leaders in the Cape Fear Region, I’ll let her know about you. I will e-introduce the two of you, with her permission.

I know you are doing work in Brunswick as well and I believe things will be gearing up again there very soon!

Take care and thanks for your great work!

Art heals. And is FUN. And we could all use more healing and more art!


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