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April 14, 2020 12-2pm, Tuesday

UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 Directions and Parking.

Continuing Education:
2 Hours (details)


We are streamlining our pricing options !

All in-person lectures will be offered at a discount and include lunch to encourage face-to-face engagement and community building.

**If you can’t make it to UNC-SSW we still offer the Live-Stream option for only $10 more

In-Person – $25.00
Live-Stream – $35.00

*Discount for family members/caregivers – $15.00

**Current UNC-SSW students, staff, faculty, field instructors, and task supervisors** Fee Waived
Everyone is welcome: scholarships also available. Contact Carol Ann Hincy <>

Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. Today we’re going to learn more about this evidence-informed curriculum and public awareness campaign rolling out across NC. This presentation will include the summary of the day-long training curriculum (linking early brain development, trauma, resilience and community, connections and resources) and will engage with you all to help you learn how to leverage this campaign in your local community.
Melea Rose-Waters, MSW, is the Partnership Engagement Manager with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. Melea believes that all children deserve to grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment free of abuse and neglect. She is a National Trainer in the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework and the trauma informed curriculum Connections Matter. She represents Prevent Child Abuse NC as a backbone organization for the development of Community Child Abuse Prevention Plans across the state and catalyzed the creation of the first plan in the state of North Carolina in Cumberland County. Her experience spans decades, working in supervised visitation, substance misuse/abuse treatment, grassroots community organizing, and family friendly policy advocate.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how the connections we make in life profoundly impact the brain’s ability to grow and identify barriers to families thriving.
2. Identify the intersecting topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience and how to use this information to strengthen families.
3. Recognize the difference between a self-directed approach and a unified approach to developing a trauma informed environment.
4. List at least 3 key ingredients to developing and increasing resilience in both children and adults.
5. Describe at least 1 example of how to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed community


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  • Cutuli, J. J., & Herbers, J. E. (2018). Resilience in the Context of Development: Introduction to the Special Issue. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 38(9), 1205–1214.
  • Cohen-Gilbert, J. E., Stein, E. R., Gunnar, M. R., & Thomas, K. M. (2018). Association of Early Stress and BDNF Genotype With Response Inhibition During Emotional Distraction in Adolescence. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 38(9), 1265–1285.
  • Evidence for Strengthening Families Messaging by Fenton Social Change Communication and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 2015
  • Ehresmann, F. (2018, Aug 07). The teenage brain – a user’s guide in two parts. Irish Times Retrieved from