September 15, 2019

Faith Alive Church to play documentary tackling childhood trauma


WEST BRANCH — The Michigan Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative, along with community partners, will be showing the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” at Faith Alive Church Thursday, Sept. 20.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Specialist Carrie Thorson said the film focuses on how toxic stress affects the brain and can have long-term consequences, such as school expulsion, prison or even early death.

This is a collaborative event put on by the new initiative group, which has been meeting in Roscommon for about six months. She said Roscommon and Ogemaw counties are working together.

“Right now we’re trying to get to the education piece and inform the community,” Thorson said.

She said the group will be providing tools to schools soon, including the West Branch-Rose City school district. When kids act out, oftentimes it is because of trauma, so providing resources for them and their families can help them tackle issues and prevent them being kicked out of school, she said.

Michigan State Police Trooper Shane Noble said there will be a discussion period after the documentary plays.

The film is also a kickoff event for the community to learn about the group, Thorson said.

It is free and open to the public, and there will be door prizes and pizza. It will run from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church, located at 2945 Hansen Rd., West Branch.

Registration is not required but is preferred, Noble said. To RSVP, email Darla McKelvey at


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