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PCEs and Building Resilience - Oct 21 workshop


Have you read or heard about the new study on Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)? Join Sound Discipline for our next Building Resiliency workshop (Oct 21) to learn how to be a buffer against trauma and toxic stress in your community. Read below for a note from Sound Discipline Executive Director, Jody McVittie MD, on PCEs and Building Resilience. 

As a former practicing family physician, I love when the science catches up to what we already know from our own experience of working with families, schools and communities. Most of us are aware of the data around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We’ve learned how ACEs change the brain in ways that make learning more challenging, and impact developing stress response systems in the body; producing long term negative impacts on mental and physical health. Now, there are emerging studies that show that Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) can act as a buffer against the negative effects of ACEs. The recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics about Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs), aligns very closely with our work at Sound Discipline, and we are thrilled to see this published research being shared through multiple outlets.

PCEs, which often take the form of the relationships and connections between adult caretakers and children, can change the way our brains grow; influencing the way we interpret and respond to the world around us. Children who hold the belief and experience that there is another person in the world to whom they really matter are more resilient. Families play an obvious, important role in helping children develop the ability to manage challenging situations or adverse experiences and recover; often stronger afterwards. Our blog this month has some ideas and strategies for growing connections within your family. It is never too late.

Schools also play a big role in creating PCEs. With intentional, small shifts in thinking and practice, classrooms can be places to build PCEs for students. Our blog has suggestions for how school staff can create PCEs that will help students become sensitive, strong and capable adults.

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