What We Learned at our “RESILIENCE” Film Screenings

This Spring, SCAN hosted a series of free film screenings and panel discussions about the award-winning documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope. Held with partners in Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, we engaged  parents and professionals in discussions about what it means when a child is resilient, how trauma affects the brain and body, and what we can do as a community to use this research in our work with children and families.

Here are the top 5 things we learned by hosting these screenings:

  1. Attendees are committed to creating a common language around trauma informed care in our communities.
  2. Hundreds of viewers left with greater knowledge of childhood trauma and resilience.
  3. We need to have a greater appreciation of the connection between the physical body and mental health.
  4. Attendees appreciated the professional insight from the panelists and the value that the post-movie conversation added.
  5. It takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a child.

We’d like to send a special thank you to our panelists:

  • Dr. Katherine Deye
  • Judith Martens
  • Diana Bermudez
  • Ana Bonilla-Galdamez
  • Maria Genova
  • Ramona Simmons
  • Kendra Kilbasa
  • Steve Liga
  • Karin Spencer
  • Laurie Warhol
  • Pat Victorsen
  • Carissa Shifflett

If you’d like to learn more about the movie and the possibility of future screenings, please contact SCAN’s Public Education Manager Tracy Leonard: tleonard(at)scanva.org