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Register now! Dr. Bruce Perry to discuss historical trauma and help launch new "Connecting Communities One Book at a Time" book study with his best-seller, "What Happened to You?"


Please join us on June 28 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET for a virtual conversation with best-selling author Bruce Perry. Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection; Mathew Portell, PACEs Connections’ director of communities, and Perry, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, will engage in a conversation concerning historical trauma and Perry’s best-selling book "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing," which he co-authored with Oprah Winfrey.

Please share this blog post, and the attached flyer, and be sure to invite your community to join us as Perry and hosts address:

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  • How asking “What Happened to You?” is THE QUESTION that can lead to understanding, healing, connection, and community.
  • How toxic childhood stress can damage the structure and function of developing brains.
  • How protective factors can help families and communities be strong.
  • What we, in community, can do to address racism, poverty, and inequity.
  • How having an understanding of historical trauma, including genocide, imprisonment, enslavement, and exploitation, can help build healthier, more compassionate communities.
  • How sharing "What Happened to You?" with members of your community can inspire a desire to work together to create a more equitable society.

Register here.

Invite members of your community to this important event and learn how you and your community can be involved in our new Connecting Communities One Book at a Time book study.

Connecting Communities One Book at a Time has the potential to bring your community together around books that help us have critical conversations concerning trauma, inequity, resiliency, and positive childhood experiences.

Register now for the discussion with Perry on June 28, and watch for details of how your community can lead your local book study.

Screen Shot 2022-05-05 at 9.56.06 PMThis opportunity is a new way PACEs Connection members and communities can connect, learn, heal, brainstorm and work together to improve the lives of children and families based on lessons learned from the book. The Connecting Communities project was inspired by the Georgia Reads book study of "What Happened to You?", in which more than 40 Georgia groups discussed the book in the past year.

For more information, please contact Carey Sipp, director of strategic partnerships, at

For more information about the book and a review tying it to PACEs Connection, please click the link below.

"What Happened to You?" by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey: a book that resonates with us in the PACEs world


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is there a recording of the session?  I was registered but had another event come up I needed to attend... really wanted to hear dr. Perry -


lois hall

I greatly struggle with a formidable perfect-storm-like combination of adverse childhood experience trauma, autism spectrum disorder and high sensitivity, the ACE trauma in large part being due to my ASD and high sensitivity. Thus it would be quite helpful to have books written about such or similar conditions involving a coexistence of ACE trauma and/or ASD and/or high sensitivity, the latter which seems to have a couple characteristics similar to ASD traits.

A different trauma book, however well-regarded, failed to even once mention high sensitivity and/or autism spectrum disorder. [As it were, I also read a book on ASD that fails to even mention high sensitivity or ACE trauma. That was followed by a book about highly sensitive men, with no mention whatsoever of autism spectrum disorder or adverse childhood experience trauma.] Really, it’s no secret that ACE abuse/trauma is often inflicted on autistic and/or highly sensitive children and teens by their ‘neurotypical’ peers, so why not at least acknowledge it in some meaningful, constructive way?

I therefore don't know whether my additional, coexisting conditions will render the information and/or assigned exercises from such not-cheap books useless, or close to it, in my efforts to live much less miserably. While many/most people in my shoes would work with the books nonetheless, I cannot; I simply need to know if I'm wasting my time and, most importantly, mental efforts.

Thanks, Chloe! Thank you for all you have done and are doing with regard to this event, and for paving the way with the terrific Children's Trust Foundation Alliance Study Guide you and Kara Georgi created! We're pulling many pages out of the Georgia Reads playbook, with your help, and that of Deborah Chosewood, Teresa Rafael, and Jennifer Lee Stein. We're grateful to you ALL.

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