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West Branch Meeting July 18, 2019
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When: Third Thursday Each Month
Where: Belmont Village Senior Living
6605 Quail Hollow Rd
Memphis 38120
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NASW-TN West Branch

July 18, 2019 Lunch and Learn

Belmont Village Assisted Living

6605 Quail Hollow Rd. Memphis, TN 38120



Building Strong Brains: The Role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development


Early experiences literally shape early brain architecture, establishing either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the development and behavior that follows. The overarching message from science is clear: how children develop early in life matters later for their educational achievement, economic productivity, and lifelong health. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research builds our collective responsibility to take action across sectors in promoting healthy child development for the future prosperity of the next generation.


Learning Objectives:

·         Understand how brain architecture is established early in life and supports lifelong learning, behavior, and health.

·         Describe the role of safe, caring relationships and “serve and return” interactions in shaping brain architecture.

·         Understand the impact of toxic stress on neurodevelopment and biological functioning across the lifespan.

·         Introduce the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research and related poor social, emotional and physical health outcomes.

·         Recognize the dynamic micro and macro approaches to building resilience in children and communities to support positive outcomes to benefit citizens’ shared prosperity.

·         Identify innovative, evolving public health strategies to improve population health.

This presentation is supported by Building Strong Brains: Tennessee ACEs Initiative, a public-private partnership working to change the culture of Tennessee’s early childhood philosophy from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” This shift results in a more effective, more empathic approach to the design of early childhood programs and policies.


About Our Presenter: Mr. Caswell is a certified Building Strong Brain TN trainer and a community activist who has dedicated his life to making a change in Memphis and the Mid-South Region. He is Executive Director of Legacy of Legends Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that focuses on making communities trauma informed and trauma responsive by bringing awareness to the impact of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). Mr. Caswell is the Associate Pastor at The House Memphis. He is also the founder of the Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club. 

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