Connections Matter NC

What is Connections Matter?

Connections Matter is designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency. The Connections Matter initiative is a collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse NC.

Connections Matter is a community effort.

Connections Matter is a community-based initiative that explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact the brain’s ability to grow and our own individual abilities to cope and thrive.

Through our workshops and trainings, we educate the public on the intersecting topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience. We utilize an evidence-informed program, along with real-world and concrete examples, to demonstrate how ACEs adversely affect brain development and health outcomes – and how caring connections serve as a primary buffer in the negative effects of trauma. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed.


For more information about Connections Matter workshops and the public awareness campaign, contact Suzanne Metcalf, or 828-1827-2089.

Connections Matter TRAIN THE TRAINER

July 22 – 23, 2019

Prevent Child Abuse NC, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), is offering a Train the Trainer opportunity for up to 30 stakeholders from across the state. The cost of the two-day training and training materials will be covered by funding from BCBSNC. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover mileage and hotel accommodations.

Applications for Train the Trainer are due May 10 with an interview process for selected candidates to follow. The training will take place July 22-23, 2019, location TBD.

Because connections truly do matter, we are requesting that you apply with a training partner from your county or region to provide support as you conduct the trainings.

In our TRAIN THE TRAINER, we show the impacts that high levels of stress have on an individual’s health, and mental and social outcomes. We explore – through discussion, activities, a film screening, and action planning – how communities can come together to create a common language around trauma and resilience, and begin taking steps toward creating more compassionate, trauma-sensitive environments.

Once trained, you will join the Connections Matter NC team and deliver trainings in your community and neighboring communities. Community trainings are fee-based, and trainers will be compensated for their time. Technical support will be provided by PCANC.

Who should attend?
Community Support Leaders
Special Education workers
Faith leaders
Social workers
Experienced trainers
Mental health professionals

What will you receive?
• Interactive, discussion-based curriculum
• Better understanding of how trauma impacts brain development and a child’s ability to cope/succeed in school
• Concrete knowledge about ACEs and how they affect a child’s learning environment
• Action planning and next steps for implementing trauma-informed strategies in your community
• Strategies and ideas for helping form positive connections
• Resources specifically related to trauma and resilience
• Connecting with other members of the community
• Tools for overall building of more caring and resilient learning environments
If you’re interested in being the first cohort trained by PCANC to deliver Connections Matter in your community, please reference the schedule below and APPLY ONLINE for Train the Trainer.

Applications Due: May 10th
Interviews: May 13 – June 13
Accepted applicants notified: June 13
Training: July 22-23

Applications and questions should be emailed to:


For more information about Connections Matter workshops and the public awareness campaign, contact Suzanne Metcalf, or 828-1827-2089.

Become a Connections Matter Trainer

Register for our Train the Trainer opportunity to bring Connections Matter to your community!

Connect to Screen Resilience

Interested in hosting a screening of Resilience in your community? Contact Anne Korfas at

Free Online Trainings

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