Neal: Trying to Break Cycle

 

A near-capacity crowd gathered in the lecture hall at Autry Technology Center on Monday morning for the showing of a documentary and public discussion of how childhood trauma is negatively impacting the community.

It was one of two showings Monday of “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” which drew educators, mental health professionals, clergy, social workers, nonprofit and civic leaders together to discuss ways to improve social and health outcomes for community children.

“Resilience” documents the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as divorce, abuse, neglect or witnessing violence, and negative health and social outcomes later in life.

Dan Schiedel, CEO and executive director of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, said United Way and the Potts Family Foundation wanted to coordinate the showings to foster public discussion and spur efforts to break the connections between childhood trauma and those later negative effects.

The documentary promotes “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,” according to its website.

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