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Film, Speaker Focus on Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences

Jewish Family Service hosts free event exploring the biology of stress and the science of hope

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 14, 2019)Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) will host a screening and discussion of Resilience, an internationally acclaimed documentary on the effects adverse childhood experiences have on youth.

The free community event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Qualcomm Auditorium, 6455 Lusk Blvd., in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood of San Diego.

Following the one-hour screening, speaker Dr. Morgan Shaw, Clinical Director for the San Diego-based Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, will lead an audience discussion on the film’s focus on the biology of stress and the science of hope. In addition, she’ll highlight her clinical work, forensic services and training programs dealing with children and adults who have a history of trauma, maltreatment and sexual assault.

“The neurological and biological impact of traumatic stress on children and our community at large is clear,” said Lea Bush, Senior Director of Family and Community Services at JFS. “As experts and practitioners are now proving, what’s predictable is preventable. We believe this program will speak to every age group in every socio-economic level in the region – including parents, educators, childcare providers and interested community members.”

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect, trauma and family dysfunction that occur during childhood can impact a child into adulthood through chronic health conditions. Some of these effects are obesity, diabetes, depression and heart disease, misuse of alcohol, smoking and drugs, and life events such as decreased graduation rates and lost time in the workforce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Understanding the science of ACEs provides the opportunity for families, schools, businesses and healthcare systems to implement interventions that can provide much needed hope and improve these health outcomes,” said Bush.

More than just exploring the toxic biological stresses caused by ACEs, the film details what can be done to help children, families and communities cope with traumatic experiences and build more resilient futures.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online at For more information, contact Fred Caban at 858-637-3003.

About Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Moving Forward Together
Founded in 1918, Jewish Family Service (JFS) is one of San Diego’s most impactful nonprofit agencies – providing resources and support to more than 20,000 San Diegans every year. Through integrated services, the organization empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. JFS is committed to helping individuals and families in crisis move forward, while developing innovative strategies to break cycles of poverty and strengthen our San Diego community. To get help, volunteer, or learn how you can join us in Moving Forward Together, visit or call (858) 637-3000.

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