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The Relentless School Nurse: Save the Date – Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Free Film Festival Continues in March 2021

 Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Free Film Festival Community will be streaming episodes 4 and 5 of Whole People the weekend of March 12th through March 14th, 2021 on ACEs Connection. The viewing will be followed by a discussion with our special guest, Father Paul Abernathy from the Neighborhood Resilience Project, who will be sharing the Trauma-Informed Community Development model, on Tuesday, March 16th at 7 p.m. EST.

  • The documentary viewing and the Zoom discussion after are both free events.
  • How to Watch Whole People – Streaming on ACEs Connection from March 12th through March 14th, 2021

Here is the rich discussion from our December viewing of Whole People episodes 1-3:


More about the Whole People Series

Study GUide Whole People

Whole People is a five-part documentary series produced by Twin Cities PBS and CentraCare Health “spotlighting the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) through personal and community stories. It explores the long-term costs to personal well-being and our society. While much work needs to be done, there are many innovative developments to prevent and treat ACES. We all play a role in becoming a whole people,” per the website. In addition, this series comes with an excellent and extensive study guide to help with processing and group facilitation for those who watch this film in community settings. The study guide is co-written by Resmaa Menakem MSW, LICSW, S.E.P. of Justice Leadership Solutions, who is the author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies) and Pam Beckering, MS, LPCC, of CentraCare Health. It has questions, summary points, body-based practices and resources.

Study Guide Whole People 2

The Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival & Co-Sponsors
This series is co-hosted by ACEs Connection, CTIPP (the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice), and The Relentless School Nurse. It is supported by generous filmmakers and producers who are making this limited-time access available for free for our members. All the films in this series focus on generational, historical, racial, and secondary trauma as well as individual, community, and systems healing and change. We will focus on how ACEs sciences can prevent and heal ACEs and inspire trauma-informed change supporting all of our families and communities.

ACEs Connection
ACEsACEs Connection is the human and digital catalyst that unites the people, organizations, systems and communities in the worldwide ACEs movement. We are its main information exchange and resource. And we are a support for hundreds of local, state and national ACEs initiatives to accelerate the use of ACEs science to solve our most intractable problems. We provide initiatives with a free community site on ACEs Connection, guidelines on how to launch and grow local ACEs initiatives, and powerful online tools that help initiatives measure their progress. For established initiatives, we offer access to more advanced tools, guidelines and services in the ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities. Our network has 45,000+ members who share best practices while inspiring each other to grow the ACEs movement. We also publish a separate news site,, for the general public. The goals of our work are to prevent ACEs, heal trauma, and create resilience.

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP)
CTIPPCTIPP has launched a nationwide grassroots campaign to engage congressional offices and other federal leaders in supporting policies, programs, legislation, and appropriations that prevent and respond to trauma as well as build resilience. Visit CTIPP’s National Trauma Campaign webpage ( to learn more, to access trauma-informed advocacy toolkits and resources, to sign up for Campaign updates, and/or to join in this exciting movement yourself! (Questions? Reach out to

Robin Cogan / The Relentless School Nurse
school nurseRobin Cogan is a school nurse, blogger, and activist. Robin’s blog, The Relentless School Nurse, was created to amplify school nursing. She tells stories from her health office in Camden, New Jersey and highlights the work of colleagues across the country. Robin is dedicated to gun violence prevention and sharing the importance of trauma-responsive education in school communities. She also teaches the next generation of school nurses at Rutgers University and grounds her curriculum in “A Pair of ACEs” – both individual and community adversity.

Thank You to All Whole Make This Free Film Festival Possible for Our Members
This film series would not be possible without the generosity of filmmakers Vic Compher & Rodney Whittenberg of Portraits of Professional Caregivers, Ana Joanes of Wrestling Ghosts, and the public programming of Whole People by PBS. We are grateful to all of them for making this film festival free and available to all of our members.

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