19 Sep 2018



19th September – hosted two screenings of Resilience 

We decided to host a screening of RESILIENCE due to interest and demand from delegates who missed the screening at Young Hearts & Minds because the documentary was running concurrently with Dan Seigel’s workshop on Cross-Generational Trauma & Healing.

The purpose for the event was to raise awareness of ACEs and generate interest in a group meeting to discuss Trauma Informed Communities for the greater Belfast area.

Once we put the event live the evening screening of RESILIENCE booked out in less than a day, due to high demand we released a matinee screening starting at 2pm with a facilitated discussion at 3.15pm. Full details below:


RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among paediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

This event is free to attend but a donation on the day to help cover costs would be appreciated. If donations exceed the operational costs of this screening, any surplus will be used to help establish Trauma Informed Communities in Northern Ireland. Tea & Coffee provided.


Film Screenings: 14:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 19:00

Facilitated Discussions: 15:15 – 16:30 & 19:15 – 20:30

Venue: Crumlin Road Gaol


314 people registered to attend the matinee and 320 registered for the evening screening


Afternoon Panellists

Aidan Phillips, Project Manager with WAVE Trust, who are a UK wide ACE-prevention charity

Anthoulla Koutsoudi, Director of External Relations with WAVE Trust

Noreen McBride, was one of the lead representatives on the Adverse Childhood Experiences pilot programme in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and presented on the pilot project at the 2017 ACE Conference – “Changing Lives: Tackling Adversity in Childhood in Northern Ireland”

Norma Patterson, CEO of New Life Counselling, Norma is an accredited counsellor with BACP and a Play Therapist and Creative Supervisor trained by PTUK.  She also has a psychology degree from QUB.  She has worked in the field of Adult and Child Therapy for over 20 years.

Seana Talbot, Seána has an NHS background. Formerly a speech and language therapist, she worked as a manager in an NHS Trust on Teesside. She then moved to the Northern Ireland Department of Health as Sure Start Co-ordinator, leading the roll-out of Sure Start in Northern Ireland. Following this she was an NHS commissioner, commissioning maternity and child health services in Northern Ireland. She is currently the President of the National Childbirth Trust, still working with Sure Start and the Maternal Mental Health Conference


Evening Panellists

Aidan Phillips, Project Manager with WAVE Trust

Anthoulla Koutsoudi, Director of External Relations with WAVE Trust

Prof. Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement at Ulster University and lecturer in politics where he has published widely in the fields of conflict resolution, Northern Ireland politics and the relationship between religion and politics

Deirdre McLaughlin, Co-Founder of Connected for Life with a background in social work and youth justice

Jane Mulcahy, Irish Research Council funded employment-based PhD candidate in Law at UCC, co-funded by the Probation Service. Jane’s research is into post-release supervision of long sentence prisoners and the practices, actions and resources in the community that enhance their reintegration prospects, with a view to gaining a better understanding of the challenges facing people in their journey to turn their lives around.


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