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Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Monday, February 24, 2020
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Covenant Presbyterian Church
1000 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28204

Please join us for a free screening of the award-winning film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope. Through a generous sponsorship by Bank of America and partnership with Covenant Presbyterian Church we are able to share this informative documentary that chronicles the work of pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

This screening is generously sponsored by

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. From director James Redford (son of Robert Redford) “Resilience” is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.
Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Credit: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Take the ACE test

An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems.

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Panel Discussion

The film is one hour and will be followed by a moderated panel discussion of faith leaders, community advocates, educators, therapists, attorneys, and more. The panel will be announced closer to the event date.

In Partnership with Charlotte Resilience Project

The Charlotte Resilience Project is a community initiative focused on creating awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma and toxic stress, providing information and resources on trauma-informed care and resilience, and leading mobilization efforts to support successful outcomes for children and families.

Watch the Trailer


Registration is required to attend the event, but the screening is free. 


February 24, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Council for Chidlren’s Rights


Covenant Presbyterian Church
1000 E Morehead St
Charlotte, 28204 United States
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