Film Screening & Panel Discussion

‘Resilience’ The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope 

7th February 2024

5.30pm – 8pm (GMT)

£5 to network members £15 for Non-Members (Includes free bag of popcorn)

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Location: The Strand Cinema, Belfast 



Join us for a screening of the Movie ‘Resilience’, directed by James Redford, as we delve into how Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) can be linked to destructive behavior and medical diseases. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.  

 RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.   The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. 

 “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”   

RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect.  

 Director  James Redford writes, produces, and directs for film and television. His films include Resilience, Paper Tigers, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Mann V. Ford, The Kindness of Strangers, and Toxic Hot Seat. Redford is the co-founder and chair of The Redford Center, a non-profit organization committed to transforming environmental and social challenges into stories that inspire action and change.  

  • Anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Neurodiversity to help and understand others.  
  • Parent/carer, teacher, educator  
  • Therapists/Counsellors 
  • Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of primitive reflexes both in child development and also in trauma recovery  
  • Gain skills to support a greater understanding of what is an unconscious reflex pattern of response. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Neurodiversty, in particular Autism and ADHD and how to better support individuals, with confidence
  • Understand how we can support neurodiverse individuals by adapting our approaches, environments and disbanding harmful misconceptions
  • Gain an understanding of primitive reflexes in trauma  
  • Understand how freeze/flight/fight can be affected by this reflex reponse 
  • Explore what primitive reflexes are, and their impact, their links to trauma and the integration with polyvagal theory    
  • Improve knowledge of early reflex development and how they can remain retained into adulthood    
  • Develop a good understanding and practical techniques of how to help and support 

Meet the Speakers

Rebecca McCullough

Rebecca McCullough, BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc is the founder of Eden Consultancy NI. Her mission is to change the world for neurodiverse children by equipping their key adults with knowledge and strategies. Rebecca provides training, workshops and consultations across the UK and Ireland. 

Rebecca’s career began as a teacher in a specialist setting for Autistic individuals in the South West of England. Whilst teaching Rebecca gained experience across all Key Stages, supporting children with a wide variety of neurodiverse needs. In 2020 Rebecca gained her Masters of Science in Psychological science at Queen’s University Belfast where she focused on the prevalence of Anxiety and Autism. Eden Consultancy NI was created in response to local demand for expert-led, specialist training.  Since starting the business Rebecca has been nominated for FSB young Entrepreneur of the Year and Freelancer of the Year 2023. By seeking to create understanding and support around each  child and young person, rather than changing the child, Rebecca’s desire is to build a world where these individuals feel fully loved and accepted for who they are.

Niki Mc Glynn

Niki McGlynn is a neurodevelopment therapist and ADHD coach with a special interest in working with trauma.  Neurodevelopment is generally seen as an educational tool to support children with neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc, however a good understanding of primitive reflexes and how they affect us as adults has led to her increasingly working with adults.  The majority of adults that seek help are dealing with anxiety or trauma related issues and reflex integration work can be transformational but it remains comparatively unknown.  

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