Resilience Screenings

“It’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what’s happened to you.”

Workshop Participant

In November 2018 we purchased the rights to share screenings of the award-winning documentary ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’. This powerful documentary delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress and the impact these can have on health.
Since then, we have shared 23 facilitated screenings on a pro bono basis with 625 frontline practitioners to date including health professionals, teachers, community support workers, social care and social work teams, early years, infant mental health professionals, and others.
Our goal is to raise frontline practitioners’ awareness of ACES and how supportive relationships help to buffer the negative impact of adversity.

A unique aspect of our Resilience screenings is that we begin with a presentation to contextualise the content of the documentary. We follow with the screening itself and then facilitate a discussion a small group, peer discussion to provide an opportunity for people to reflect on what they have seen and absorb the impact of the documentary on them.

Why frontline practitioners?

We believe that frontline practitioners hold huge potential to make a difference in people’s lives by broadening and deepening their awareness of human experience and adversity – for themselves and others – and use that in the work to take a more compassionate approach, wondering ‘what has happened’ to someone rather than ‘what’s wrong’ with them.
By sharing the documentary with frontline practitioners, we are reaching the people who are already working with individuals, children, and families across the life cycle in communities throughout Ireland; practitioners who are already well-placed in communities to use the knowledge and awareness of the impact of ACES to help their client groups to make sense of their experiences of adversity, and in the longer term, help break intergenerational cycles of adversity.

In an evaluation of our 2021 screenings to date, 74% stated that the screening had significantly raised their awareness of the potential impact of ACEs on children and families. 71% of attendees reported that the documentary had helped them to consider how they might respond to children and families.

We have conducted a thematic analysis on the responses of the discussion groups and will gather this group to progress the conversation in November 2021 to consolidate the knowledge gained from the documentary and to reaffirm why relationships matter in frontline practice.

To learn more email us at [email protected]


Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

Our facilitated screenings of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’ have been warmly received by invited audiences of practitioners and teachers.

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ABLE launch

The launch of our accredited, evidence-informed ABLE training model was an important milestone in our history to date, marking the start of an exciting new chapter for Ag Eisteacht.

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Hands up for Children

To show our support of the Prevention and Early Intervention Services’ Hands Up for Children campaign, we organised an awareness event to highlight the need for increased State funding and a more targeted programme for early intervention.

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Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

Our facilitated screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope support our work in helping practitioners to communicate with compassion, empathy and understanding.

We held our first facilitated screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’  at Nano Nagle Place in Cork in October 2018 for a group of frontline practitioners from the health, social care, youth and community sectors.

We created a ‘Tree of Hope’ and invited attendees to pin their thoughts and hopes on it to reflect a narrative of hope.

Since that first screening, demand for this powerful documentary has risen.

As we are licence holders, we continue to provide facilitated screenings for teachers and multidisciplinary audiences of frontline pracitioners to raise awareness of the research about Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact of ACEs and toxic stress has on health and wellbeing.

Our aim is to facilitate a conversation among frontline workers and teachers about the role they can play in adopting a narrative of hope and how being ‘that one good adult’ can support and empower individuals.

Having positive relationships is one of the key components of improved outcomes for people who have experience ACEs.

We also offer virtual delivery of our facilitated screenings.  Please contact [email protected] for details.


ABLE launch


On Friday 12th May 2017, we celebrated the launch of our core ABLE training model in the tranquil surroundings of Nano Nagle Place in the heart of Cork city, surrounded by clients, our trainers and representatives from community, health and social care organisations.

Susanna Abse, Consultant Psychotherapist and former CEO of renowned UK charity, Tavistock Relationships, delivered a keynote speech at the launch on ‘The role relationships play in shaping our lives.’

Dr Sinéad Hanafin, a scholar of the European Academy of Nursing Science, a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity and managing director of the research consultancy company, Research Matters, presented an overview of her research findings into the impact relationships have on our health and wellbeing.



Hands up for Children

Our event took place in Cork in November 2015 and included a keynote speech by Fergus Finlay (former CEO, Barnardos). There were presentations by Marian Quinn (Chair, Prevention and Early Intervention Network), Katherine Harford (Manager, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme) and Catherine Maguire (Infant Mental Health Specialist, HSE).

We firmly believe – and research shows – that with access to early intervention and a person-centred approach in practice, individuals can be supported to build their relational capability and resilience and so strengthen the wellbeing of all the family.

Over 100 people attended our event in Cork to show their support.


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