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.
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!
Professional Education Conference (May 13)
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. The Professional Education Conference will run approximately 6 hours. It will be each participant’s responsibility to turn in that certificate along with any other documentation required for their specific area of expertise.
Special guests include:
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.
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.
Peter Ashenden is the Director of Consumer Affairs for Optum’s behavioral health solutions business. Ashenden is responsible for developing and implementing behavioral health programs that help people with mental illness achieve long-term recovery and resiliency. He is also a mental health consumer.
Screenings & Registration
- Vallivue Community Education Event, April 6, 2017 – 6:00 pm MST
- News Release
- Thank you to our moderator and all of our panelists:
- John Baldazo – Corporal, Caldwell Police Department and Vallivue School Resource Officer
- MaryAnn Vande Brake – Principal, Rivervue Middle School
- Joey Palmer – Director, Vallivue School District Programs
- Dr. Ron Larsen – Chief Medical Officer, Optum Idaho
- Twin Falls Community Education Event, May 11, 2017 – 6:00 pm MST
- Boise Professional Education Day, May 13, 2017 – 9:00 am MST
- 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.