On Friday 12th November, 37 frontline practitioners joined us on-line for our ‘Attending to Adversity and Connecting with Hope’ event.
This uplifting event marked three years since our first facilitated screening of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in 2018. It provided a safe space to consolidate the knowledge gained from the documentary to date, hear first-hand accounts of the impact of the work and to reaffirm why relationships matter in frontline practice.
Throughout the morning, we heard heartfelt presentations from Katherine Harford, Manager of Let’s Grow Together! Infant and Childhood Partnerships CLG, Nickie Egan, Principal of North Presentation Primary School, Brendan Dennehy, Facilitator, Trainer and Founder of The Fatherhood Programme, and Dr Nicola O‘ Sullivan, Independent Social Care Consultant.
This event highlighted the importance of ACE awareness and of responsive relationships and their potential for buffering, prevention and protective influence.
Dr Margaret O’ Rourke, Clinical Director of Ag Eisteacht, presented the five main themes from an audit of our facilitated screenings to date. She also launched our document, ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences: 50 reasons to support relationships in practice’, which includes 50 evidence-based messages about ACEs.