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  • Oct. 26-28 2018


Direc­tor: James Red­ford

Nom­i­nat­ed for the Cleve­land Inter­na­tion­al Film Festival’s Greg Gund Memo­r­i­al Stand­ing Up Award and the Social Jus­tice Award

This doc­u­men­tary explores new devel­op­ments from med­ical research, show­ing how adverse child­hood expe­ri­ences can be linked to destruc­tive behav­ior and seri­ous med­ical prob­lems such as heart dis­ease that show up lat­er in life.  Researchers have recent­ly dis­cov­ered a dan­ger­ous bio­log­i­cal syn­drome caused by abuse and neglect dur­ing child­hood.

This form of tox­ic stress trig­gers 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. Resilience is not all gloom and doom, how­ev­er; the film 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 our youth from the insid­i­ous effects of the dark lega­cy of an unhap­py child­hood that no child would choose.

A pan­el dis­cus­sion by experts will fol­low this film.

Released in 2016

60 min­utes

Things to Con­sid­er


Panel Discussion

Pan­el dis­cus­sion of “Resilience” after each screen­ing, 11/4 — 1pm at the Grange and 11/5 — 10am at Brick­works.

Pan­elist Bios 

Tere­sa Tilton, MS, LMHC
Tere­sa holds a Master’s degree in Coun­sel­ing from Mis­souri State Uni­ver­si­ty and is a Licensed Men­tal Health Coun­selor with the state of Wash­ing­ton. She has been a ther­a­pist for over 14 years and spe­cial­izes in work with chil­dren and ado­les­cents. Tere­sa has been prac­tic­ing in Fri­day Har­bor, Wash­ing­ton for the last 4 years by coor­di­nat­ing a play ther­a­py pro­gram in Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School and uti­liz­ing her skills in the pri­vate prac­tice set­ting.  Due to the increase in the ACES seen in the school set­ting, Tere­sa now has a new posi­tion through Com­pass Men­tal Health as a School-Based Ther­a­pist, serv­ing Fri­day Harbor’s ele­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools.

Frank James, MD
Dr. Frank James has served as the Health Offi­cer for San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices for over twen­ty years. He is a prac­tic­ing physi­cian in Belling­ham, WA in com­mu­ni­ty-based and trib­al clin­ic set­tings, and serves on the fac­ul­ty of Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton School of Med­i­cine. Dr. James has been instru­men­tal in inte­grat­ing behav­ioral and men­tal health into phys­i­cal prac­tice, with the frame­work of reduc­ing Adverse Child­hood Expe­ri­ences (ACES) and pro­mot­ing resilience in chil­dren and fam­i­lies. In addi­tion to inte­grat­ing ACES pre­ven­tion into the pri­ma­ry prac­tice set­ting, Dr. James has led research stud­ies on ACES and resilience in orphans liv­ing in India.

Bar­bara Gur­ley
Bar­bara Gur­ley is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Lopez Island Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter.  Through pre­vi­ous work with Office of Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Instruc­tion (OSPI), she attend­ed numer­ous ACES and Com­pas­sion­ate Schools train­ings and saw the pow­er and poten­tial of this work. After mov­ing to Lopez Island, Bar­bara worked with OSPI to bring two com­mu­ni­ty-wide ACES train­ings, and two viewings/discussions about the movie, “Paper Tigers,” a film about a Yaki­ma school’s response to ACES. The Lopez com­mu­ni­ty want­ed to con­tin­ue, so nine days of events called “Com­pas­sion Lopez — Cul­ti­vat­ing Kind­ness,” were held in April 2017. Plan­ning is under­way for more events on Lopez in Jan­u­ary 2018.

Jen­nifer Arm­strong
Jen­nifer Arm­strong has served as Direc­tor of the San Juan Island Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter since 2013.  Before mov­ing to San Juan Island, Jen­nifer worked in a range of health, social ser­vice and edu­ca­tion­al posi­tions.  She began her pro­fes­sion­al career in New York City, work­ing with home­less pop­u­la­tions in the Bow­ery, as an Art Ther­a­pist and Psy­chi­atric Case Man­ag­er at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hos­pi­tal, and as Direc­tor of Children’s Ser­vices for Hart­ley House, the old­est social ser­vices cen­ter in Times Square. After re-locat­ing to the West Coast, she spent twelve years at Children’s Hos­pi­tal Los Ange­les devel­op­ing and direct­ing a nation­al­ly-rec­og­nized Art & Music Ther­a­py Depart­ment.  She holds a B.A. in Psy­chol­o­gy from U.C.L.A. and a M.A. in Clin­i­cal Art Ther­a­py from New York Uni­ver­si­ty.  At the Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter, she par­tic­u­lar­ly enjoys work­ing with a diverse range of clients, col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­er local agen­cies and being able to take cre­ative approach­es to devel­op­ing pro­grams and ser­vices that meet the needs of our unique island com­mu­ni­ty. 


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