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Documentary Screening: 'Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope'

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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resilience imageFilm Screening and Panel Discussion on Trauma Informed Care and Practices in Schools

The Center for Leadership in Education and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies Graduate Education program will host a screening of the documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. The screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion on trauma informed care and practices in schools, an increasingly important topic in teacher education.

This newly released, award winning documentary draws a research-based link between the toxic effects of childhood abuse, neglect, and trauma to long term health disorders. As the documentary reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death.

While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress — and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Students and community members with an interest in trauma-informed care and resiliency building practices among children and their families are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Online registration is required, although walk-up attendees may be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Erik Laursen, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Richmond


  • Dr. Fred Orelove, Professor Emeritus, Special Education & Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Lisa Jobe-Shields, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Richmond
  • Ms. Marjorie Buchanan, Behavior Specialist for Henrico County Public Schools and Trauma-Informed Child and Family Therapist for the Child Advocacy Center
  • Dr. Ram Bhagat, Richmond Peace Education Center, Board Member for The Conciliation Project, and Co-founder of Drums No Guns
  • Ms. Jeanine Harper, Executive Director, Stop Child Abuse Now

Contact: Julia Burke, Program Manager, (804) 484-1584