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April 29, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

“Resilience” Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

This event is currently SOLD OUT.

There will be a stand-by line for any seats that may be available prior to the screening.


Join us in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month to watch the international documentary, Resilience.

This event is a collaborative effort on behalf of organizations in the Grand Traverse Region that are committed to the protection and well-being of children: Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Central Michigan University, Child and Family Services, Leelanau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Michigan ACE Initiative, Munson Healthcare, Northwestern Michigan College – Early Childhood Program, Women’s Resource Center, and the Grand Traverse Pie Company.

About Resilience

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Resilience Trailer – KPJR Films from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.

Panel Discussion

Following the documentary screening, a panel of local experts and community members will convene to discuss the movie, address audience questions and discuss “what’s next” for building resilience in each of us. We hope you can join us and participate in discussion with these insightful and expert panelists (discussion to be facilitated by Alison Arnold of CMU):

Holli and Shawn Harvey, Foster Parents

Arlene Kashata MA, CSAC, Department 7 Manager/Human Services—Grand Traverse Band

Dr. Amelia Siders, Ph.D., LP

Dr. Amelia serves as the Clinical Director for TBCAC and has been working in the mental health field since 1994. In addition to overseeing counseling and therapeutic services at the Center, Dr. Amelia serves as an expert in child abuse prevention and intervention and provides testimony in court cases related to areas such as child abuse disclosure rates, false allegations, statistics, trauma symptoms and even grooming and offender behaviors.


Dr. Robert Sprunk, MD

A household name in the Grand Traverse region, Dr. Sprunk has practiced pediatrics with the Grand Traverse Children’s Clinic since 1979. He serves as board chairman of the Munson Healthcare Board of Trustees, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Michigan Chapter Academy of Pediatrics and the Northern Michigan Pediatric Coalition.


Dr. Megan Stilwill, DO

Dr. Stilwill is a board-certified pediatrician practicing at the Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. She is a medical consultant and multidisciplinary team member for the Child and Family Service’s Trauma Assessment Center. Working with families with multigenerational trauma/ACES has been her passion and purpose for years as she has collaborated with her dad who is on the ACES steering committee at the state level for DHHS and with our local schools.


Tammy Reeves, B.A.

With a degree in Family Life Education, Tammy serves as facilitator for the Teen Parent Program at TCAPS and is a MOPS Kids Side Coordinator.  She has worked as a mentor in Kids Hope USA and is currently a volunteer representing the Women’s Resource Center. Tammy is the proud mom of two college students and is a strong believer in building resilience in children and adults.


Event Partners

Many thanks to these organizations for their support and collaboration in this event!







April 29, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Millikin Auditorium – Dennos Museum
1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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(231) 995-1055