Adversity’s Impact: Inspiring Resilience in Youth and Adults

Mary Dineen-Elovich, LCSW

September 24, 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
5 CECs
Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026, 500 Main St.

This interactive presentation will initiate a conversation on the impact that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) has across the lifespan. Youth and adults with histories of trauma navigate chaotic surroundings, insecure attachment styles, and the intergenerational transmission of abuse and neglect patterns. Current Attachment research coupled with collaborating findings in neuroscience confirms the role relationships play in providing youth and adults with the protective factors needed to become more resilient and thrive. We are not born with resilience, resilience is fostered through experiences with others.

Schools, organizations and Community providers with a shared understanding can create relational networks among multidisciplinary collaborators providing a tiered approach for people with high risk behaviors and environments to experience safe, kind, empowering and nurturing adult/youth/peer/peer relationships. Adversity impacts the human mind, body and spirit. Why do some people overcome great adversity while others do not? The answer lies within each of us. Changing the trajectory of a human life impacted by violence or abuse, begins with another human. Experiencing adversity is universal, being resilient is not. Out of relationship, resilience is born.

During this workshop participants will:

  • discuss and analyze the basic science of ACES and the universal impact Adverse Childhood Study (ACES) has on social, emotional and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. We will view the link between trauma/insecure attachment on health/behavior outcomes
  • experience the ACE Questionnaire and the Resilience Questionnaire
  • identify the key principles of Social, Historical and Systemic Adversity linking epigenetics in the intergenerational transmission of health outcomes for individuals, groups and communities
  • define different types of stress and the neurobiological impact on brain architecture, explain how stress can become toxic and how to address the body’s response to positive and toxic stress
  • identify the role relationships play in increasing our personal resilience, our children’s, our workforce and our community

Our learning will be a shared experience of music, videos, individual, small and large group activities, lots of laughter along with didactic instruction. It is Ms. Dineen-Elovich’s intention to create a safe space to explore, how connecting with others can transform past or present adversity into an increased sense of resilience and hope.