ACEs Primer 4:59

ACEs Primer is a brief, five-minute video produced by KPJR Films that describes adverse childhood experiences, including the original ACEs study. The company produced Paper Tigers, a documentary that follows six students over the course of a school year as a new trauma-sensitive program is implemented, and Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, a documentary that examined the science of ACEs and a new movement to prevent as well as treat toxic stress. A selected 2:31 scene.

Adverse Childhood Experiences 28:30

Health Connections Special: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Developed by Northern California Public Media, this video described the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, which found that the more adversity and trauma someone experienced as a child, the higher their risk of negative health outcomes as an adult—like diabetes, heart disease, or depression. The video looks as why the correlations exist by seeing how stress and adversity affect brain development and genetics, and discuss what can be done in communities to build resilience against the effects of trauma.

How Brains Are Built 4:05

How Brains Are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

With input from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and the FrameWorks Institute, the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative created an animated video on brain development for public audiences. The video’s metaphors, developed by FrameWorks, were tested in the U.S. and Alberta.

Neuroplasticity 2:03


This video animation takes viewer on a tour of the brain, explaining how our most complex organ is capable of changing throughout life. Other videos in the series include How the Brain Works and Areas of the Brain.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime 16:12

TED Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health across a Lifetime

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the current California Surgeon General, reveals how childhood trauma can profoundly affect adult-onset of disease.

We Can Prevent ACEs 4:32

We Can Prevent ACEs

This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes ways to help prevent ACEs by using strategies to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children.