Georgia’s Essentials for Childhood Initiative, in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Libraries, celebrates their 2021 Georgia Reads Book What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey.
Tonight, Dr. Perry will be in conversation with Dr. Melissa Merrick, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. Drs. Perry and Merrick will respond to questions about how Georgia’s communities and systems can become trauma-informed and resilient.
Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.
Georgia Essentials for Childhood is part of a comprehensive effort for child abuse and neglect prevention across several states using the Essentials for Childhood framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are working to build resilient communities, address and prevent adverse childhood experiences, improve community environments, and reduce and destigmatize trauma. Georgia Essentials views this work through an intentional equity and racial justice lens. A child’s race, ethnicity, gender, family income, or neighborhood should not predict their future success and well-being.
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Free and open to all.
Registration is required to access this program.