Leaders #FightingACEs in Palm Beach County

Superintendent, Judges, PBSO, Doctors, and Community Leaders Gather to Tackle Childhood Toxic Stress in Palm Beach County.

“If I had to boil it down for one thing for people to learn from this science, its to totally put to bed forever this sense that children who are born under disadvantaged circumstances are doomed to poor life outcomes. The science is saying that’s just not true.” – Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Pediatrician, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

West Palm Beach, FL, On September 29, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 the Center for Child Counseling is presenting a free community screening of the Documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, directed by James Redford, which 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. The screening and discussion will take place at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Meyer Hall located at 501 S Sapodilla Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Dr. Robert Avossa
Dr. Robert Avossa

After the movie, there will be a panel discussion moderated by the Honorable Ron Alvarez, now retired, and featuring Palm Beach County leaders: Dr. Robert Avossa, Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent; Tammy Fields, Director of Palm Beach County Youth Services; Dr. Fox-Levine, Palm Beach Pediatric Society; Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; The Honorable Kathleen J Kroll, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge: Juvenile Division; and Lisa Williams-Taylor, PhD, CEO of Children’s Services Council

A small networking reception will take place after the doors open at 5pm, including a tasty offering from The Lord’s Place’s Joshua Catering Company. Sponsors for the event include the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, and the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health Palm Beach Chapter.

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About Center for Child Counseling

The Center for Child Counseling is building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County through mental health services and education aimed at prevention, early intervention, and healing treatment. For over seventeen years, the Center for Child Counseling has been serving children and families experiencing trauma and toxic stress. Learn more about the #FightingACEs Initiative, funded by the Quantum Foundation.

Specializing in babies and young children, the organization has developed expertise, grounded in neuroscience, for tackling mental health issues early – even before diagnosis – putting children and families on the track to healing and success. To learn more, please visit www.centerforchildcounseling.org.

About the Movie Resilience

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. 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.

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