Rescheduled Screening of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ June 22 at RSU

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Rogers State University’s Office of Counseling Services and the Master of Science in community counseling program, in partnership with the Northeast Workforce Development Board, will host a screening of a documentary June 22 about the long-term effects of childhood stress and trauma. The film will be screened from 9 a.m. to noon in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center Ballroom on RSU’s Claremore campus.

The screening had previously been scheduled in February but was cancelled due to bad weather.

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” is a KPJR Films-produced documentary about a recently discovered biological syndrome called Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, caused by abuse and neglect that occur during childhood.

“The goal of the screening and panel is to encourage discussion and collaborative efforts among community partners in various sectors, including higher education to develop informed approaches to reduce ACES in our community,” said Caitlin Hendrex, RSU counseling services coordinator. “‘Resilience’ is a documentary film that brings forth research and information on what some leading experts are calling the largest public health crisis of our time. Adverse Childhood Experiences was a term defined after a major scientific study in the 1990s began to link key causes of morbidity to early life adversity.

“Since that original ACE study, research has continued to identify higher risk factors to overall health as a result of toxic stress and childhood adversity that has detrimental effects on the health of a population. Yet, most individuals have never been spoken to about the impact experiences in their childhood may still be having on their health and go through life unaware of this correlation,” she said.

Following the screening, Dr. Michelle Taylor, director of RSU’s Master of Science in community counseling degree program will facilitate a panel discussion with community stakeholders invested in reducing the onset and impact of ACEs.

This event is free and open to RSU students and employees, as well as all members of the community.

For more information about the film and to watch the trailer, visit

For more information about the event, contact Caitlin Hendrex at [email protected] or Michelle Bish and [email protected].

To learn more about the Master of Science in community counseling at RSU, visit