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Whole People Watch Weekend on ACEs Connection (Dec. 11th - 13th)


The Transform Trauma with ACEs Sciences FREE Film Festival continues this weekend. Please join us to watch parts 1, 2, and 3 of the PBS Whole People series at your convenience, on ACEs Connection, by clicking play on the videos below:

Whole People | 101 |Childhood Trauma |  Episode 1 (27 min)

Whole People | 102 |Healing Communities  Episode 2 (27 min)

Whole People | 103 |A New Response | Episode 3 (27 min)

This is one of my all-time favorite documentary series of all time because it talks about generational, intergenerational, and historical trauma as well as healing at the individual, community, and systems level. It's an underutilized resource that comes with an excellent study guide to help facilitate group discussions, reflection, and teaches some body-based centering practices. We hope you can watch with us, share this blog post, and join us next week for further discussion.

Join Free Film Discussion on Dec. 15th, 2020 at 7p.m. EST:

  1. To pre-register for this free discussion:
    1. Pre-Registration Link.
  2. Please reach out with any questions: Cissy White,

More about the Whole People Series

Study GUide Whole People

Whole People is a five-part documentary series produced by Twin Cities PBS and CentraCare Health "spotlighting the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) through personal and community stories. It explores the long-term costs to personal well-being and our society. While much work needs to be done, there are many innovative developments to prevent and treat ACES. We all play a role in becoming a whole people,” per the website. In addition, this series comes with an excellent and extensive study guide to help with processing and group facilitation for those who watch this film in community settings. The study guide is co-written by Resmaa Menakem MSW, LICSW, S.E.P. of Justice Leadership Solutions, who is the author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies) and Pam Beckering, MS, LPCC, of CentraCare Health. It has questions, summary points, body-based practices and resources.

Study Guide Whole People 2

The Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival & Co-Sponsors
This series is co-hosted by ACEs Connection, CTIPP (the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice), and The Relentless School Nurse. It is supported by generous filmmakers and producers who are making this limited-time access available for free for our members. All the films in this series focus on generational, historical, racial, and secondary trauma as well as individual, community, and systems healing and change. We will focus on how ACEs sciences can prevent and heal ACEs and inspire trauma-informed change supporting all of our families and communities.

ACEs Connection
ACEsACEs Connection is the human and digital catalyst that unites the people, organizations, systems and communities in the worldwide ACEs movement. We are its main information exchange and resource. And we are a support for hundreds of local, state and national ACEs initiatives to accelerate the use of ACEs science to solve our most intractable problems. We provide initiatives with a free community site on ACEs Connection, guidelines on how to launch and grow local ACEs initiatives, and powerful online tools that help initiatives measure their progress. For established initiatives, we offer access to more advanced tools, guidelines and services in the ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities. Our network has 45,000+ members who share best practices while inspiring each other to grow the ACEs movement. We also publish a separate news site,, for the general public. The goals of our work are to prevent ACEs, heal trauma, and create resilience.

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP)
CTIPPCTIPP has launched a nationwide grassroots campaign to engage congressional offices and other federal leaders in supporting policies, programs, legislation, and appropriations that prevent and respond to trauma as well as build resilience. Visit CTIPP’s National Trauma Campaign webpage ( to learn more, to access trauma-informed advocacy toolkits and resources, to sign up for Campaign updates, and/or to join in this exciting movement yourself! (Questions? Reach out to

Robin Cogan / The Relentless School Nurse
school nurseRobin Cogan is a school nurse, blogger and activist. Robin’s blog, The Relentless School Nurse, was created to amplify school nursing. She tells stories from her health office in Camden, New Jersey and highlights the work of colleagues across the country. Robin is dedicated to gun violence prevention and sharing the importance of trauma-responsive education in school communities. She also teaches the next generation of school nurses at Rutgers University and grounds her curriculum in “A Pair of ACEs” - both individual and community adversity.

Thank You to All Whole Make This Free Film Festival Possible for Our Members
This film series would not be possible without the generosity of filmmakers Vic Compher & Rodney Whittenberg of Portraits of Professional Caregivers, Ana Joanes of Wrestling Ghosts, and the public programming of Whole People by PBS. We are grateful to all of them for making this film festival free and available to all of our members.

  • To Watch Whole People with Us on ACEs Connection Dec. 11-13th, 2020:
    1. Join ACEs Connection (if you aren’t already a member)
    2. Join the Film Festival Community, (here) on ACEs Connection where Whole People will be streamed during our watch-party weekend This is a free and private community and all are welcome.
    3. Click videos in this blog post.
  • Free Follow-Up Film Discussion on Dec. 15th, 2020 at 7p.m. EST
  • Please reach out with any questions to: Cissy White:

We hope you will join us for the watch weekend and the discussion a few days later and that being in community together helps with the stress many of us are feeling and facing.

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