School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: The Final Film in Our Virtual Film Festival is Wrestling Ghosts!

Thank you to the brilliant Cissy White for writing this blog post about the final installment of our year-long virtual film festival!


Wrestling Ghosts is the fourth and final film in the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival series.  The film can be watched, free of charge, on PACEs Connection from Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th where it will be streamed all weekend.

The streaming will be followed by a Zoom discussion with Wrestling Ghosts Director, Ana Joanes, and the co-sponsors of the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival (CTIPP, PACEs Connection, & the Relentless School Nurse) on June 15th at 7 p.m. EST (Pre-Registration Link).

A description of this powerful documentary below written by the film’s director, Ana Joanes:

Wrestling Ghosts is a raw, intimate, and heart-opening documentary about parenting, childhood trauma and healing. Wrestling Ghosts follows the epic inner journey of Kim, a young mother who, over two heart-breaking and inspiring years, battles the traumas from her past to create a new present and future for her and her family. In this intimate portrait, Kim shares deeply personal moments that most of us keep secret in shame, and invites us into her counseling sessions. With her counselors’ help, Kim opens up to new ways of thinking and uncovers what has blocked her from experiencing the joy and connection she most desires. She learns about the impact of childhood trauma on her brain, and how, tragically, this very damage causes the trauma to be passed on to her own children. Armed with knowledge and compassion, she pursues new strategies to heal herself.”

Ana Joanes, Director/Producer of Wrestling Ghosts: 

Ana Joanes is a documentaryAna Joanes maker dedicated to inspiring conscious action and systemic change through film. Her previous works include GENERATION MEDS, an exploration of our fears and misgivings about mental illness and medication, and FRESH, which celebrates the farmers, thinkers and entrepreneurs who are reinventing our food system. Before dedicating herself to filmmaking, Ana was a lawyer. She founded Reel Youth, Inc., a video production program for youth coming out of detention and other underserved youth. Ana is the mother of three children, and with WRESTLING GHOSTS, she hopes to contribute to a shift toward a more compassionate world.

Watch Weekend: June 11-13, 2021

Streaming on ACEs Connection from the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science community

  • Zoom Follow-Up Discussion June 15, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST with Ana Joanes

Pre-Registration Link

How to Watch Streaming Films & Join Follow-Up

  • Join ACEs Connection (if you aren’t already a member)
  • Join the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science community on ACEs Connection Note: This is a free and private community with a moderated membership.
    Be sure to join this community before the watch-party weekend.
  • Pre-register for the Zoom Film-Follow-Up Discussion / Pre-Registration Link

Co-Sponsors of the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film FestivalTransform

CTIPP IMAGECampaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP) 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

PacesPACEs Connection is the human and digital catalyst that unites the people, organizations, systems and communities in the worldwide PACEs movement. We are its main information exchange and resource. And we are a support for hundreds of local, state and national PACEs initiatives to accelerate the use of PACEs science to solve our most intractable problems. We provide initiatives with a free community site on PACEs 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 PACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities. Our network of almost 50,000 members who share best practices while inspiring each other to grow the PACEs 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.

RelThe Relentless School Nurse is a blog created to amplify school nursing. Robin Cogan is a school nurse, blogger, and activist and uses her blog to tell stories from her health office in Camden, New Jersey and to highlight 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.

Here’s a post about the power of this film written by Robin Cogan (The Relentless School Nurse). And here’s the Wrestling Ghosts website for more information about the film.

Please reach out to Cissy White at with any questions.


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