Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

A special film screening hosted by AFCC-MN with generous support from AAML - Minnesota Chapter:  


The Woman's Club of Minneapolis

410 Oak Grove Street

 Minneapolis, MN 55403 

Lower Level Theater

 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reception followed by the film and facilitated discussion



$20 for AFCC-MN Members

$35 for Non-Members*

Free for Students (with valid Student ID)

*New members who join at the screening will receive the AFCC-MN Member rate.  

 Join us for a special screening of the documentary film, Resilience:  The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope

Resilience chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.


“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent TOXIC STRESS. 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.

When it was controversial to even think of asking patients about taboo subjects, the ACE Study dared to ask questions like, Were you sexually abused as a child? Did you have a parent who was an alcoholic? The answers produced a public health revelation. For the first time, adverse childhood experiences were conclusively linked to both physical and mental health problems later in life. Understanding that a child who experiences toxic stress is more likely to suffer from illnesses as an adult has professionals of all kinds asking, How can we help children before their physical and mental health problems emerge as adults?  

As experts and practitioners profiled in Resilience are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

The significance of adverse childhood experiences has also garnered the attention of federal lawmakers. Minnesota Senator Al Franken, along with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Senator Dick Durbin (IL), has introduced the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act (S. 3519) in the final weeks of the 114th Congress. For more information on the nature of the bill, please click here.  

Event Moderator:

Mindy Mitnick, EdM, MA, will join us to introduce the film and facilitate a discussion after the screening about ways the family law process, and we as practitioners in our respective fields, can better support children and their parents who are experiencing significant conflict and trauma.

When, Where & What:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

410 Oak Grove Street

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Lower Level Theater

Additional parking is available at the Episcopal Diocese parking lot at 1730 Clifton Place, about 1 block from The Woman's Club.  


5:00 pm – 5:45   Registration and Reception*, 

5:45 pm – 6:00   Introduction – Mindy Mitnick

6:00 pm – 7:00   Film Screening of Resilience

7:00 pm – 7:45   Facilitated Discussion

7:45 pm – 8:00   Wrap Up

*Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. 


AFCC-MN is applying for 2 hours of continuing legal education credit for this event. Event Code: 234853