ACE Study

Start a conversation. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can disrupt normal growth and development. The ACE Study found that among adults, the number of early traumatic experiences related to the likelihood of adult illness and well-being.


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New Training Available

Children's Disaster Services is coming to Maine to do a 27 hour training for people in support of children in disaster shelters. This information can also be used with any child who has experienced trauma. It will be held here, at 22 High Street in Windham April 1 4:30 PM through Saturday 6 PM April 2. It includes an overnight stay to simulate a shelter experience. Food provided.

Maine Emergency Management is picking up the $45 registration fee and the Department of Health and Human Services is assisting in the planning and preparation. They are also allowing child care providers the full 27 hours of training credit.

Those interested can contact Margaret Cushing for registration information. 892-6785 or e-mail

Join a national community of professionals who care about ACEs and resilience

2016 MRBN Meetings
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Jan 28th
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Resource Toolkit

Start a conversation. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can disrupt normal growth and development. The ACE Study found that among adults, the number of early traumatic experiences related to adult illness and well-being.

The Maine Resilience Building Network
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families.

Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers captures the pain, the danger, the beauty, and the hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better.

  • January 27th 6-8 p.m. Lincoln, Maine Sponsored by the Save a Life/Northern Healthy Maine Partnership - Riover Coalition at Gillmor's Restaurant Contact: Betheny Proctor (
  • January 27th 7 p.m. Mountain Valley High School, Rumford followed by a community discussion
  • Thursday, January 28th 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Advocates for Children in collaboration with the Sociology Dept. at Bates College and the Androscoggin Collaborative will host a screening of Paper Tigers Contact: Kim Desso ( )
  • Thursday, February 4th from 5-8pm at Skowhegan Area High School. Contact: Kristen Plummer
  • Friday, January 29th 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Maine Centers for Disease Control Location: Department of Public Safety/Florian Hall Contact: Shannon King (
  • Sunday, March 12th 2-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Piscataquis Public Health Council and Helping Hands with Heart Location: Center Theatre Contact: Tera Smith (
  • Monday, March 13th Maine Association for Infant Mental Health: Charlie Claughter, MPH, RD, Author and Circle of Security Trainer (Lewiston)
  • June 27-29th Positive Youth Development Institute and Summer Training Academy: Supporting Social Emotional Learning (Portland)

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Interested in hosting a local screening? The cost for each showing is $175.00 and each locality is responsible for this access fee. You should contact Rachel Talbot at They are responsible for distribution of the film so all arrangements are made through Rachel.

Please contact Sue when you are scheduling and if this is a school/agency-only or community event so that we can advertise on the MRBN website, etc. We do want to keep track of the showings in Maine and feel that this is a tremendous opportunity to start or continue a dialogue about ACEs and resilience throughout our communities.

Here you will find Information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and learn more about resilience.

MRBN is a collective of individuals and organizations from throughout Maine. We focus on resilience in people and communities. Resilience is the ability to overcome stresses and adversity. Resilience is built through supportive relationships, positive experiences, and by learning skills. Resilience is unique in each person.

In childhood, positive experiences and trusting relationships can decrease the effects of adversity or trauma. For adults who have experienced trauma, what if someone asked, "what happened to you, and how do you think that’s affected you?" Then you could think about “what (or who) helped you during that time?”

    The Maine Resilience Building Network is making an impact.. We:

  • Educate about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Support community groups to build resilience.
  • Share resources with one another.
  • Use a Collective Impact approach to make a difference in Maine.

The MRBN works together, building on the strengths of individual projects to generate interest and increase understanding.

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When you join the MRBN mailing list, it reflects your interest in learning more about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience. You will receive “Resources and Good Reads” with information about research and resources. You will learn more about MRBN as a group, and have opportunities to share what you know with others in your community.