Last year, we were excited to host Dr. Vincent Felitti, Dr. Jerry Yager and Patsy Sellars to begin building foundations for trauma informed care and practices. This past Fall, we held exclusive screenings of the film "Paper Tigers" with guest speakers. This coming March, we are fortunate to host James Redford as we view his latest film, "Resilience: The Science of Stress and the Biology of Hope" and continue the conversation with Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong and Dr. Lonise Bias. See image...
On Monday, March 21, 2016, over 400 social workers, educators and more filled the gymnasium of Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown, MD, as leading trauma experts from across the nation linked findings from the ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) with staggering proof of health, social, and economic problems resulting later in life.
We are so excited to host Dr. Robert Anda and Father Gregory Boyle on September 8, 2017, in Hagerstown, MD. Dr. Anda will also lead a panel of regional leaders to explore successes and challenges when responding to community needs. More information at www.besterhope.org
Brenda, or others, I would like to work with agencies and schools on the Eastern Shore to promote trauma informed classrooms. I work in a district that struggles with out-of-control youth but there seems to be little or no awareness of the impact of ACEs. Are there more experienced people here I could connect with? -Jonathan Williams, Easton
Hi Jonathan, Yes, I do believe we have some other Maryland ACE Group members who have experience working with community on ACEs. I don't want to speak for them - hopefully they will see this and reply. Or you could write a column on what you hope to do and ask for input. I am in the last year of my graduate school program on Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It has my full attention right now! I have, from time to time, reached out to my own kids' public school system, MCPS in Montgomery...
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