Resilience Documentary

posted Aug 22, 2018, 12:29 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 12:30 PM ]

On Tuesday, July 31 the Washington County Health Department presented the documentary “RESILIENCE: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” with stakeholders from our community and surrounding areas.

The documentary 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 film discusses the science of adverse childhood experiences and the movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Toxic stress is now understood to be one of the leading contributors to heart disease, cancer, substance abuse, and depression. Extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Experts and practitioners in the documentary stated, “What is predictable is preventable.”

In the United States, we spend well over a trillion dollars every year treating preventable diseases rather than intervening before a person is sick and suffering. Communities are now trying to understand and treat the root causes and find better ways of dealing with seemingly intractable problems.

In June, Kerry Ickleberry, Bartlesville Public Schools District (BPSD) Safe & Healthy Schools Coordinator, and Sarah Rowe, BPSD Homeless Education Coordinator, attended a similar event in Claremore and felt that this vital information needed to be shared with area agencies and school personnel.

Kerry Ickleberry commented, “I am very hopeful that we can make a culture change and guide the way for a better future for our community when we all work together.  We can work toward changing the outcomes for the children and the families we serve. Together we can create a community of resilience.”

Rowe shared, “We hope to share this information with others within our school district. Principals stated that since they viewed it, they want to share it with their teachers. My hope is that it is shared with all departments within our district. It is a powerful tool for equipping people to understand and help others. Many people have had adverse childhood experiences and do not realize what influence they can have on their life.”

A panel of subject matter experts provided insight on what they observe and how they continue to better children’s lives daily. Panel members included:  Lt. Kevin Ickleberry (City of Bartlesville Police Department), Tracie Goad (Office of Juvenile Affairs), Keri Gardner (principal, Central Middle School), Tammie Krause (principal, Richard Kane Elementary), and Kimberly Hill-Crowell (Grand Lake Mental Health Center).

For more information on the documentary please visit the website:

Resilience Workshop
Kerry Ickleberry, the district's Safe & Healthy Schools Coordinator, at the presentation of Resilience in July

Resilience Documentary
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