Break the Cycle - Starting Today
Professional Education Conference & public education events
You are cordially invited to attend a special screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope the award winning documentary that 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.
What is the Resilience Documentary?
RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Experts now believe that toxic stress is one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression. These extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. RESILIENCE chronicles this new approach among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using cutting-edge science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.
Professional Education Conference
The Professional Education Conference will kick off with the film screening hosted by director James Redford. Workgroup sessions will follow throughout the day to discuss breaking the cycle of adversity and responding as a trauma informed community. The event is scheduled from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
We invite all educators, counselors, law enforcement, mental and behavioral health care professionals, etc. to attend the event. Those who are looking to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the day to apply toward your CEUs as required by your professional field.
Special guests include:
James Redford - James started his collaboration with Karen Pritzker on HBO’s The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, a film that gave hope to millions of families around the world who have struggled to educate their dyslexic children. From there, they turned their story telling eye on the hidden menace of adverse childhood experiences with two documentaries—Paper Tigers and Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.
Jim Sporleder - Principal Sporleder was at the end of his rope trying to manage a high school riddled with violence and drugs. When he learns about the science of what stress does to a developing brain, he decides to completely overhaul the traditional model of discipline.
Community education events
All film screenings will be accompanied by a panel discussion with local experts and allow for a public question and answer. Events are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us!
Screenings & Registration
- Vallivue Community Education Event, April 6, 2017 – 6:00 pm MST
- Twin Falls Community Education Event, May 11, 2017 – 6:00 pm MST
- Boise Professional Education Day, May 13, 2017 – 9:00 am MST
- On May 4th at 1:00 pm MDT, tune into Cable One channel 64 or log-in HERE for a live stream of our live discussion of the film "Resilience," an exploration into the developments of medical studies where conditions like heart disease can be linked to childhood experiences.
- Boise Community Education Event, May 13, 2017 – 6:00 pm MST
- Fort Hall Community Education Event, May 17, 2017 – 6:00 pm MST
- Lewiston Community Education Event, May 22, 2017 – 6:00 pm PST
- Parents, teachers, providers and community members are invited to learn about the positive approaches of dealing with child and adolescent trauma and the effects that positive engagements have over punitive punishment.
- Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
- The film is 60 minutes long. Immediately following the film we will host a panel discussion with local experts and allow for a public question and answer.
- The film will be shown with subtitles.
- The film is not rated. It might not be suitable for children.
- These screenings are sponsored by Optum Idaho, Idaho Federation of Families, Idaho Children's Trust Fund and The Speedy Foundation.
More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs.) It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. To complicate matters, there was also a troubling correlation between adverse childhood experiences and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, and poor diet. Combined, the results of the study painted a staggering portrait of the price our children are paying for growing up in unsafe environments, all the while adding fuel to the fire of some of society’s greatest challenges.
"What's predictable is preventable."
However, this very same study contains the seed of HOPE: all of the above-mentioned risk factors—behavioral as well as physiological—can be offset by the presence of one dependable and caring adult. It doesn’t need to be the mother or the father. It doesn’t even need to be a close or distant relative. More often than not, that stable, caring adult is a teacher.
Examining the emerging science around Toxic Stress and how it negatively alters the brains and bodies of children if left untreated.
"The child may not remember, but the body remembers."
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
Captures the pain, the danger and the hopes of struggling teens–and the teachers armed with new science who are changing their lives for the better.
“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
The film 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.
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress.
Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.
2016 'Paper Tigers' Screenings
We were honored to host special screenings of Paper Tigers, the award winning documentary that explores the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on struggling teens, across the state of Idaho.
- Boise, ID: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT
- The Boise attendance was outstanding. The documentary was seen by more than 500 people, including State Senator Chuck Winder of Boise. Attendees were very engaged in the Q & A session. Attendees are very interested in watching Resilience in the Spring, 2017 and learning more about how to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress and improve the health of future generations.
- 10/19/2016- Award Winning Documentary Comes to Boise: The Story of Six High School Students with Behavioral Issues Make A Dramatic Change
- Idaho Falls, ID: Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT
- In eastern Idaho there were 90 people in attendance, a majority of those included agencies, counselors, parents and providers. This particular area of the state has seen an increase in teen related suicides and because of that we had a handful of providers from Malad were in attendance, seeking information to take back to their community to help teens who are in crisis. The film screening happened that on the same evening there was a funeral for a teenager who had died by suicide over the weekend.
- Moscow, ID: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. PDT
- At this northern Idaho location there were 120 people in attenance with a large number of alternative high school students in the audience, as well as parents who have been in and out of the jail system. One parent made the comment that they were there because they wanted to learn how to break the cycle so that their children did not follow in their footsteps.
- Nampa, ID: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MDT
- Despite a rainy evening 152 people attended the event. The audience was different than expected, as many were students from a local alternative high school. The panel discussion allowed for public question and answer.
- Award-Winning Documentary Starts Conversation About Behavioral Health
What is the Paper Tigers Documentary?
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students and in the process has become a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.
Jim Sporleder, principal at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington, a school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, discovered that stressed brains can’t learn.
Following six students over the course of a school year, Principal Sporleder and his staff tried a new approach to discipline. It was based on understanding and treatment rather than judgement and suspension.
Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School were reduced by 75% and the graduation rate was dramatically increased. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school was able to make a dramatic change and how just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.