Roadmap to Resilience – 23 step flow chart



Monday, February 15, 2016.  Good news!  There is an educational version of Paper Tigers coming available March 15th for purchase!  (See below)

On my side of the snow bank I am asking….  What is Social Justice – and what does it have to do with “The Big Aces Movement?”

I asked my daughter about this today because she works “in the field.”  She replied to me with this:


Laura Porter draws on the term without exactly defining it; I think that this is a fine broad definition, but doesn’t immediately seem obvious why it applies to ACEs even though intuitively I know it does.

The NEAR@Home Toolkit for home visitors includes this information on pgs 9-10:


The most powerful people for reducing ACE scores in the next generation are parenting adults.  Parents have the most opportunity and the most potential for changing the trajectory of the public’s health for generations. But parents must actually know about ACEs and their effects in order to realize this potential.

We used to think that a person who experienced one type of adversity – for example, physical abuse – as a child was more likely to pass that type of adversity on to their children. In other words, more likely to physically abuse their children. But, data about ACEs shows that intergenerational transmission is not that simple. Normal responses to experiencing maltreatment during development can, for example, include depression, risk for alcohol dependence, and difficulty with emotional regulation that can lead to relationship problems. These risks, when manifested, become ACEs for the next generation. Parents can do a great job protecting their children from physical abuse, and if they don’t know the importance of also protecting their children from other experiences that generate childhood toxic stress, they don’t have the opportunity to protect their children from the effects of that stress.

Because ACEs can affect emotional state, behavior, and illness, adult history of ACEs can affect the climate inside a family or household. Parenting adults may affect this climate through over-disclosure or through avoidance (including numbing of emotions and avoiding reminders of past experience) or through a chronic illness that can make it difficult to actively engage with children.

Parents who know the impact of ACEs and have a chance to reconstruct personal narrative about their lives can make meaning from their experiences and intentionally choose a more protected developmental path for their children. They also report feeling more self-worth and fulfillment in their lives.

One, parent, after learning about ACEs and having a chance to talk with other parents about her experience reports:  “The ACE Study gave me my humanity – my mind and body adapted to the experience I had as a child just like everyone else’s did. I just had more adversity.”

Another parent reports: “I feel human now. When I want something for my children, people know it’s because I want something better for them than I had for myself.”

When we avoid talking about ACEs, we may inadvertently be sending a message that people should be ashamed of their childhood experiences. Shame can increase risk of intergenerational transmission because it reinforces one of the pathways for transmission: avoidance. A parent may re-create the emotional conditions of past adversity without consciously choosing this path for her children. People need to have an opportunity to appropriately and voluntarily share information about their personal histories as a part of a healing process.

Home visiting professionals have relationships with clients over the course of many years. They are highly skilled in building trust and creating safe spaces for meaningful conversations, and they are practiced in the art of family support. Adopting a protocol of asking, listening, affirming and remembering the life experience of each parent, including her ACE history, can be an important part of strengthening each family.


And this

This site seems to have good info; maybe this would fall in the realm of unequal access to health care:

Pachamama Alliance | Protecting the source, inspiring the future


And this

This is a decent place for an intro to social determinants of health:

Social Determinants of Health | Healthy People 2020


Using these terms for a Google search brings up many related pages – “aces laura porter prisons” and “aces laura porter social justice.”


Here is the info on educational purchase of Paper Tigers

KPJR Films is proud to present the highly anticipated, educational version of the ACEs documentary Paper Tigers.

Directed by James Redford (The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Resilience), Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

The educational version will feature the original, 102-minute version of the Paper Tigers feature film on DVD with Spanish subtitles and SDH captions; a video toolkit of 5 unique and educational segments including:  “What is ACEs;” “How To Connect With Students;”  “Lighthouse Parenting;” and “The Biology of Toxic Stress.”  In addition, the Paper Tigers facilitation discussion guide developed by Prevent Child Abuse America is available for downloading.

Plus, you can get a sneak peak at “Resilience”, the yet to be released KPJR Film. (www.resiliencemovie.com)

Add the Paper Tigers educational version to your library and utilize it for ongoing educational, individual and public screening use for years to come!

DVD Pricing

K-12 / Public Library: $75
University / Non-Profit: $350

Also Available on Streaming for Your School!

  • Use Tugg’s Educational Streaming (EVOD) platform to make Paper Tigers available to all your students, faculty, and staff via our streaming platform.
  • Gain access to educator tools – clipping, annotating, playlists, searchable transcripts, and more!
  • The Educational Purchase License of Paper Tigers will be available to ship starting on March 15th, 2016 for K-12, University, and Public Library institutions. This license will allow your institution to keep Paper Tigers and host multiple screenings of it in the future.
  • Interested in learning more? Contact Tugg Inc. at edu@tugginc.com for a demo.
  • http://licenses.tugg.com/products/paper-tigers


Here is our first book out in ebook format.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.


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