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Children’s Institute Spotlight Series - Cracked Up: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma

A film by Michelle Esrick 2019 (NR) 98 min. Featuring: Darrell Hammond, Lorne Michaels, Steve Higgins, Christopher Ashley, Dr. Nabil Kotbi, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry Laskowski.

Synopsis: In Cracked Up we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist, and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Behind the scenes, Darrell suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury, addiction, and misdiagnosis, until the right doctor isolated the key to unlocking the memories his brain kept locked away for over 50 years. Cracked Up creates an inspiring balance between comedy and tragedy helping us understand the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope. View trailer

Moderator: Ann Marie White, Ed.D., Executive Director, Children’s Institute

Panelists: Kenya Malcolm, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, URMC; Jody Todd Manly, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Mt. Hope Family Center

Free admission; Registration required

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This seminar is sponsored by Children's Institute, an affiliate of the University of Rochester.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

St. John Fisher College, Basil Hall Auditorium 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

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Lectures and Talks, Arts and Entertainment, Theater/Film


Faculty, Students, Health Care Professionals, General Public




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Continuing Education Credits

This seminar is eligible for two hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit for educators. Professional development certificate also available.

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