The AR ACEs & Resilience Summit Series: Moving Forward with Resilience

Objective: Learn practical strategies you can use to build resilience

Format: Virtual webinar series (2 hrs each session)

(PLENARY SESSION) September 1 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.: The Triangle of Resilience

This presentation will discuss a brief history of Arkansas’s ACE’s/Resilience Summits. It will focus on resilience and healthy development from an eco-bio-developmental perspective. Since the landmark ACEs study in 1998 advances in the sciences of neurohormonal stress response systems, neuroscience, epigenetic, and immunology have helped explain the impact of cumulative adversity on brain development. The integration of these advances has led to the development of the new science of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB). IPNB recognizes the critical role of relationships are to resilience and health. Unfortunately, the policy makers have not made similar progress. This presentation will discuss practical steps on how parents, caregivers, communities including schools, healthcare systems and policy makers at all levels can promote resilience to protect against ACEs.

Speaker: Alan Mease, MD

Alan Mease MD SpeakerDr. Mease is an innovative pediatric physician leader with over 40 years experience in many international healthcare and academic environments. He is committed to transformation of the healthcare system and can bring practical experience to help drive change in any organization. Dr. Mease is the current Arkansas Medical Director of eQ Health Solutions and has also worked at the Arkansas Department of Health, the Chief Medical Officer and Chair of Pediatrics for United Family Healthcare in China, and honorably served as a US Army Medical Corps Colonel for twenty-eight years.

(PARENTS, FOSTER PARENTS, AND CAREGIVERS) September 8 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Parenting with Resilience
This session will cover the stress that parents and children have experienced during the pandemic and how to build resiliency in families. Parents will learn how to recognize and identify stressors and strategies to help cope and build resilience within themselves and their children. Relaxation, relationship building, and mindfulness are some of the topics we will cover.

Speakers: Beth McAlpine, Heather Chapman-Henry, LCSW, RPT, & Rachel Hubbard

Beth McAlpine
Ms. McAlpine is a mother of 3 boys; 2 teenagers and a 9 year old. She worked as a parent educator for four years teaching classes that included Parenting with Love and Logic, Active Parenting, Active Parenting for Divorce and Separation, and Parenting the Strong Willed Child. She recently returned to the classroom as an elementary music specialist in the Little Rock School District. Beth volunteers at her boys’ schools and for the Ronald McDonald Charities of Arkansas.  Her passion is teaching children and helping make the community a better place for families.




Heather Chapman-Henry, LCSW, RPT
Ms Chapman-Henry has been working in the social work field for over 20 years. She provides mental health evaluation and treatment to individuals, groups, and families in school and out-of-school settings with issues related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, adjustment, Autism, behavior disorders, self-harm, ADHD, and trauma. Heather uses a variety of techniques from play therapy and expressive arts to cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR.





Rachel Hubbard
Ms. Hubbard started her career as a first-grade teacher in a public school district.  She quickly learned that her heart held a special place for the children who struggled the most - from behavioral problems to academic challenges, she became passionate about serving children who were struggling.  That passion led her to Second Chance Youth Ranch, a foster care ministry in central Arkansas.  After just six months of marriage, Rachel and her husband Billy moved to Second Chance Youth Ranch to become foster parents to seven teenage girls.  After 5 years of parenting those girls, they moved into their current role as directors of the ranch.  Since the beginning of their service at the ranch in 2006, Rachel and her husband have helped raise hundreds of children and teenagers who have experienced heartbreaking trauma.  Rachel uses that experience to serve as coach and trainer to foster parents, adoptive parents, teachers, counselors, and juvenile detention workers.  She continues directly serving Arkansas’s most vulnerable population through her work at Second Chance Youth Ranch while also traveling the state to provide training and inspiration to others involved in the fight for these children.

(EDUCATORS) September 8 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Impact of Childhood Trauma in Our Schools

Traumatic experiences can impact learning, behavior, and relationships at school. Recent studies show that children with past traumatic experiences have difficulty concentrating, low memory skills and have limited language skills. For some children, this can increase their chances of having learning difficulties, inappropriate behavior in the classroom, and difficulty forming relationships. The first part of this session will look at the impacts of trauma on academic achievement, classroom behavior, and relationships. The second part will focus on what we as educators need to do to ensure our schools are trauma-sensitive.

Speakers: Bobby Hart and Monica Morris

Bobby Hart, M.Ed.

Bobby Hart

Mr. Hart received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. in 1994, majoring in Physical Education. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he entered the graduate program at Henderson and received his Masters of Education degree May 1996. He completed his secondary principal certification in 2001 and his certification as a superintendent in 2008. His research interests include the change process and schools, PBL, curriculum development and implementation, and the impact that poverty has on learning.

On July 1, 2021, Mr. Hart became the Superintendent of Searcy Public Schools in Searcy, Ark. He serves on the Southwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative’s Board of Directors. He is a member of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, A Framework for Understanding Poverty Trainer, Arkansas Teacher Evaluation Program committee member, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner’s Advisory Council, Arkansas Public School Resource Center Rural Advisory board member, as well as the educational representative on the Arkansas State Police Child Abduction Response Team. He is a Rotarian and received the Paul Harris Fellowship recognition in February of 2017.

Monica Morris

Monica Morris Speaker


Ms. Morris is the Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative Assistant Director and Teacher Center Coordinator in Hope Arkansas. She has been with the cooperative since 2013. Before coming to the cooperative, she worked as an elementary teacher and an assistant principal for the Hope School District. She assists nine school districts with professional development for administrators, teachers, school boards and district personnel for the purpose of improving leadership skills, instructional skills, and content skills in order to increase student achievement. Monica also works in collaboration with the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to support state initiatives. She has a passion for children and increasing awareness in the area of childhood trauma and supporting schools in becoming trauma sensitive.




(JUDICIAL SYSTEM) September 15 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Individual and Collective Resilience: Lessons Learned Thus Far from COVID-19

It’s safe to assume most of us did not predict we would be individually and collectively weathering a global pandemic for the last 18 months.  In this presentation, we will discuss emerging trends in the judicial system’s response to the public health crisis and identify impediments to progress.

Speaker: Lisa Southerland, LCSW

Lisa SoutherlandLisa Southerland is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker working in the Central Ark. area. Lisa graduated in 2004 from UA Little Rock with a Master’s in Social Work and a post graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Lisa currently works as a trauma therapist in North Little Rock in the Residential PTSD program at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Lisa is trained in a variety of evidence-based treatment interventions for PTSD, Depression and other mood disorders. In addition to working with people who have experienced trauma, areas of professional interest for Lisa are sexual health and intimacy and codependency recovery. Lisa lives in Central Arkansas with her two sons, three dogs and cat named Alice.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys hiking state and national parks and exploring the Natural State.

(MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS) September 22 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Self-Care

This training will introduce participants to the five pillars of self-care. We will delve deeper into five primary pillars of self-care. These include physical self-care, emotional self-care, mental self-care, spiritual self-care, and energetic self-care. By digging into each pillar, you can create a life changing self-care plan that works for you. Let’s make self-care a way of life, rather than another to do list.

Speaker: Jamie L. Stacks, MS, LPC

Jamie StacksJamie holds over 20 years of experience in treating kids, teens, adults, and LGBTQ+ individuals in the following areas: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma, grief, substance abuse, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and anxiety. She is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Using a holistic approach, Jamie often uses mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, narrative, and reality therapy during her sessions. She not only has a great deal of experience in therapy, but she also has personal experience. These life experiences have given her the ability to empathize and gain insight into what a client is experiencing, though no one experiences things the same way.

Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, graduated with a Master of Science in community counseling. She has received specialty training in yoga and mindfulness for trauma and completed programs on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Jamie loves to read, learn, work out, run, do barre classes, and other strength training. She enjoys working on her house and the outdoors. And her daughter is the most important person and Jamie loves spending time with her.

(CLOSING SESSION) September 29 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Reconnecting with Your Unconquerable Spirit

Suicide can affect anyone, even a suicide prevention professional. In this session, Shelby Rowe intertwines evidence-based suicide prevention best practices with her own experience as a suicide attempt survivor to discuss risk factors, address some of the barriers to help-seeking behavior, and challenge common stereotypes of who can be at risk for suicide. She walks us through her journey to recovery, shares the post traumatic growth that’s taken place, and shares her 6 steps to cultivating resiliency. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will have a greater understanding of suicide risk factors, with a focus on the role of trauma in increasing the risk for suicide. 2. Participants will have a greater understanding of the differences between post traumatic growth and resiliency 3. Participants will be able to list at least 3 action steps for improving resiliency and reducing risk for suicide.

Speaker: Shelby Rowe, MBA

Shelby Rowe is the program manager for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, an award-winning artist, mother of three sons, and suicide attempt survivor. She is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of Suicidology Transforming Lived Experience Award and the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. Ms. Rowe has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement at the local, state, and national level since 2007.

Ms. Rowe serves on the American Indian/Alaska Native Task Force and the Care Transitions Advisory Group for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Clinical Advisory Board for Crisis Text Line, and is the co-chair for the Lived Experience Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2019, she co-founded the Indigenous Peoples’ Committee for the American Association of Suicidology. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, and an M.B.A.


Phoenix and Rise Award Recipients

Dr. Chad Rodgers

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

What are ACEs?

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are harmful events that happen during childhood. Examples include:

  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Household members who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse
  • An incarcerated parent

Adverse community environments are social or economic issues in a neighborhood that have a negative impact on a child’s well-being, such as:

  • Poverty
  • Hunger
  • Violent crime
  • Racial discrimination
  • Poor housing quality and affordability

This “pair of ACEs” combine to create toxic stress, which forces the body into a constant state of fight or flight response. Toxic stress has a detrimental effect on the developing bodies and brains of children, increasing the likelihood of behavior problems and lack of school engagement. It also leaves kids at higher risk for chronic illness, obesity, drug addition and mental illness later in life.

ACEs & Resilience Coalition meeting videos

Follow this link to view the video from the October 13, 2021 coalition meeting.

Follow this link to view the video from the August 11,2021 coalition meeting.

Follow this link to listen to the audio recording from the April 15, 2020 coalition meeting.

Follow this link to view the video from the Feb. 12, 2020 coalition meeting.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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By working together we can prevent and heal the damage caused by ACEs. Building resilient individuals, families and communities is the key.

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