Understanding NEAR Science*: Building Self-Healing Communities

* NEAR Science stands for Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience research.

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Join the Brown County Mental Health and Wellness Action Team on May 3, 2022, for an insightful and informative presentation on Understanding NEAR Science: Building Self-Healing Communities. We’ll work to build a common language and understanding about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the related research as a starting point, while understanding that addressing intergenerational and historical trauma is going to take a lot of creative solutions and approaches.

  • Neurobiology & Epigenetics focuses on how our brains adapt to our environment during childhood and some basic concepts about related to how toxic stress can impact healthy development.
  • Key Findings from the ACE study highlights some of the data from the original ACE Study.
  • Resilience provides a framework for thinking about resilience, and focuses primarily on attachment and belonging, supporting individual capabilities, and culture, community and spirituality as key protective systems.

After attending this presentation, attendees are encouraged to think about how this information could be applied within their own “sphere of influence” (family, workplace, school, community, etc.).

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9 – 9:30 a.m. — Registration, refreshments, icebreaker

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Presentation

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Networking lunch (free)

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Presentation and reflection questions


Barb Sorum, Director of Prevention Initiatives, FamilyWise

Melinda Haupt, Masters in Social Work student, FamilyWise
Melinda is passionate about mental health and has years of Social Work experience, ranging from DD and MI to School settings.

Training curriculum created by Familywise

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