In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Harford County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and our community partners invite you to an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Double-feature.
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ACEs are traumatic events that occur in a child's life. These events can include physical or sexual abuse, neglect, household dysfunction or even witnessing violence. Science has shown that these types of events have a direct impact on children's developing brains which can have negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult, including everything from diabetes, heart disease and cancer to opioid abuse, depression and early death. By learning more about ACEs and bringing that knowledge into our communities we can all help invent wise actions that address childhood trauma, thereby reducing the risk for poor health and social outcomes in adulthood.
For a 5-minute "Primer" on ACEs follow the link below:
Please join us for a double-feature presentation of the following ACEs documentary films:
Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
which chronicles 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. (Running time 60m)
Paper Tigers: One High School's Unlikely Success Story
which follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. (Running time 102m)
You can view the trailers and find out more about each film below:
Each film will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion where additional resources will be offered. Class II CEUs for Social Workers offered by HCDSS.
This community event is FREE. Voluntary contributions are gratefully welcomed and will support the CAC's collaborative mission for the prevention, intervention, investigation and prosecution of child maltreatment.
10:00am - 10:30am Doors Open / Registration
10:30am - 11:00am Program Begins: Welcome Message / Special Recognition / Introduction of films
11:00am - 12:00pm Screening of the documentary film Resilience
12:00pm - 12:30pm Panel discussion following film
12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch on your own
2:00pm - 3:40pm Screening of the documentary film Paper Tigers
3:40pm - 4:10pm Panel discussion following film
4:10pm - 4:30pm Program ends
Special thanks to the Town of Bel Air, Harford County Public Library, and CASA of Harford County for their support and assistance with this event.