County wide Resilience Symposium

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County wide Resilience Symposium

November 16 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mecklenburg Resilience Symposium

Friday, November 16th

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Featuring Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy

Symposium Description
The American Psychological Association defines Resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. This full day symposium will begin with an optional screening of the film “Resilience.” It will be followed by a keynote address focused on understanding the effects of adverse child events and toxic stress on the human body and community. A panel of experts will discuss current programs proven to work along with strategies for implementation. During the afternoon breakout sessions, participants will be encouraged to brainstorm on current practices and on creative solutions to address toxic stress and building resilience. In closing, we will reconvene to share highlights from the breakout sessions in an effort to create a roadmap that will lead us to a trauma-informed, resilient community.


  • 7:15 – 8:30 – Early bird Screening of “Resilience” (Optional)


  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Check-in / Breakfast


  • 9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome / Overview (Sara Horstmann, MD, Atrium Health / Kelly Blasky, MPH, Charlotte AHEC)


  • 9:15 – 10:15 – The Impact of Trauma and Neglect on Children featuring keynote speaker Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy


  • 10:15 – 10:30 – BREAK


  • 10:30 – 11:00 – Creating a Trauma-Informed Community (Mary Lynn Barrett, MSW, MAHEC)


  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Building Resilience in Charlotte (Elizabeth Trotman, Charlotte Resilience Project)


  • 11:20 – 11:40 – Mindfulness Exercise (Elizabeth Morse)


  • 11:45 – 12:00 – Grab a lunch and return to your seat for the lunch presentation


  • 12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch Panel – Building Community Resilience: A Legislative Perspective (DA Spencer Merriweather, City Councilwoman Julie Eiselt, County Com Elect Mark Jerrell and Rep. Carla Cunningham)


  • 1:00 – 2:30 – Breakout Sessions A – G


  • 2:30 – 2:45 – BREAK and travel to Main Conference Room


  • 2:45 – 4:00 – Report Out/Closing Remarks/Next Steps (Sara Horstmann, MD, Atrium Health)


  • 4:00 – Adjourn




November 16
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
3400 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 02016 United States
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