Many of our All-In! staff were able to attend the screening of Paper Tigers last month. It was a moving documentary about a school in Washington state where they have implemented a trauma-informed school model. The school focuses on teaching about, and mitigating for the impact of toxic stress, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), on learning, behavior, mood and world-view. It was right in line with our work in All-In! and spurred some great conversations about how to articulate this work and replicate it across schools.
A companion documentary, made by the same filmmaker, called Resilience was recently shown at the Sundance Film Festival—this movie focuses on the physical health impact of ACEs (see Nadine Burke’s poignant TED talk here. It also focuses on the importance of increasing resilience through addressing the impact of toxic stress on our children and communities with resources like: wellness clinics and the existence of protective, positive relationships. I’m going to see if I can get us a screening for our orientations in the fall!
I wanted to share a short video that is a great teaser for the content of both films:
Emily Marsh, Director of Clinical Intervention Services