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Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain - FREE Screening for ACEs Connection Network!


I am excited to announce that ACEs Connection Network has partnered with the producers of the film, Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain. to host a FREE SCREENING of the film for our members.  If you have been thinking of hosting a screening of CAREgivers in your community or are interested in learning more about secondary traumatic stress and what to do about it, join our ACEs Connection Network for a FREE screening of this film and a virtual chat with the producers following the film.

About the film:  

CAREgivers film features the dramatic personal stories of our care providers and public servants and the rarely discussed severe emotional and physical risks that they themselves must confront in their work. These are the remarkable stories of our teachers, therapists, nurses, doctors, hospice staff, medics, firefighters, child protective workers, and police. We ask the question: How is the care provider affected emotionally and physically, and who helps our helpers? Also what the responsibilities of our service agencies in caring not only for patients/ clients but also for their caregiving staff? 

Details for the screening:

This virtual screening will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST.  The film is one hour long.  RSVP is required in order to receive the link and password for the film.  

To register for this screening,  please send your name, title, organization, and your email address by December 2nd to  This is required in order for you to receive access to the film.  On December 5th, the producers will email the link and password for accessing the film to all ACEs Connection Network members who RSVP.    

Following the film, we invite you to participate in a separate one hour live conversation with the co-producers of the film, Vic Compher and Rodney Whittenberg, immediately following the screening at  If you would like to be involved in the chat you can send your questions or comments to or you can signup at to chat directly from the site. For those of you on the go, you can download the mixIr app on to your smartphone. This discussion will be recorded and available as a podcast on the CAREgivers website if you miss the Q & A. 

For more information on the film, visit the website at:  

You can also find bios for the co-producers and an interview by the University of Buffalo, visit: This interview is full of wonderful information about the film as well as strategies for systems to respond to secondary trauma within their organizations.  

**Producers note:  If possible, we encourage people to watch this movie with others in your support system as the film contains images of cultural and personal trauma faced by the public, as well as professionals who offer care and assistance to people in the wake of traumatic events. If this is not possible, we encourage you to identify people you can debrief with after the film.  

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