Researchers are finding that toxic stress in childhood – or Adverse Childhood Experiences – can alter children’s brain development, with lifelong effects on health and behavior.
That’s the focus of ACEs Primer, a three-evening event planned for parents, educators and the community at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls on Sept. 11, 18 and 25.
Documentaries will be shown Sept. 11 and 18, followed by a community conversation Sept. 25. All three events are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room S450 and are appropriate for anyone who works with, has experienced or cares for someone who has experienced childhood adversity such as abuse, neglect or witnessing domestic violence or substance abuse.
The award-winning documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 11. The film 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.
“Paper Tigers,” which will be shown on Tuesday, Sept. 18, explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on struggling teens. The film follows a year in the life of a Washington state high school that radically changed its approach to disciplining students and saw a dramatic turnaround in student behavior.
The community conversation on Tuesday, Sept. 25, will be facilitated by Lakes County Service Cooperative’s Troy Haugen and M State’s Kitra Nelson.
Organizers say the conversation “is meant to help us all grapple with and begin to understand how we can use this information to improve outcomes for ourselves and our community.” Sponsors for the event are LCSC and M State’s Residential Life and Spartans Living Well Coalition.
For more information, contact Victoria McWane-Creek, M State director of campus housing and residential life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.736.1635.
As a member of the Minnesota State system, M State serves more than 8,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs online and at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. By partnering with communities, the college also provides workforce development services and other responsive training programs.