Community members invited to free screening of documentary film “Resilience” at Cameron University

The Cameron University Department of Psychology is partnering with the Potts Family Foundation and The Salvation Army to present a special screening of the nationally heralded documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” The one-hour film delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. “Resilience” will be screened on Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex on the Cameron campus. The screening is open to the public at no charge, although pre-registration is requested. To register for a free seat, go to and search for “Resilience.”

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. As experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. 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.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan. ACEs include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, intimate partner violence, mother treated violently, substance misuse within household, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and an incarcerated household member.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, research demonstrates a strong relationship among ACEs, substance use disorders, and behavioral problems. When children are exposed to chronic stressful events, their neurodevelopment can be disrupted. As a result, the child’s cognitive functioning or ability to cope with negative or disruptive emotions may be impaired. Over time, and often during adolescence, the child may adopt negative coping mechanisms, such as substance use or self-harm. Eventually, these unhealthy coping mechanisms can contribute to disease, disability, and social problems, as well as premature mortality.

A screening for CU students, faculty and staff will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 11 a.m. in the Wichita Room of the Shepler Center.



October 17, 2018