Resiliency Resources



Total ACE Score: As your number of ACEs increases, your risk of poor health outcomes increases.
The higher your score, the more likely you are to experience negative Behavioral, Physical, and Mental health outcomes in life.

Possible Risk Outcomes

The good news: there’s HOPE, and plenty of it! You are NOT just a number. Your ACE score does NOT define you.
The more RESILIENT you are, the more likely you are to BOUNCE BACK after experiencing one or multiple adverse childhood experiences.
Check out the ‘What Does Your Resiliency Score Mean?” chart to see how easily you’re able to BOUNCE BACK.



Resilience can be defined as the ability to BOUNCE BACK. Everyone has adversities, or traumas, that happen in their life, but it is how we are able to process and bounce back from those adversities that impact our lives.  Being a resilient person means that you are able to BOUNCE BACK after something has happened to you and that is a good thing.
Not everyone has a great bounce, but the good news is that bounce, or resiliency, can be taught.
To learn more about BOUNCING BACK and resiliency, visit:
What Does Your Resiliency Score Mean?
7 Factors/Processes Associated with Resilience
Access to Supportive Relationships Relationships with significant others, peers and adults within one’s family and community
Development of Desirable Personal Identity Personal and collective sense of purpose, self-appraisal of strengths and weaknesses, aspirations, beliefs and values, spiritual and religious identification
Experiences of Power and Control Experiences of caring for one’s self and others; the ability to effect change in one’s social and physical environment in order to access health resources
Experiences of Social Justice Experiences related to finding a meaningful role in community and social equality
Access to Material Resources Availability of financial, educational, medical and employment assistance and/or opportunities, as well as access to food, clothing and shelter
Experiences of a Sense of Cohesion Balancing one’s personal interests with a sense of responsibility to the greater good; feeling a part of something larger than one’s self socially and spiritually
Adherence to Cultural Practices Adherence to one’s local and/or global cultural practices, values and beliefs

United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service giving you access to resources in your community. You can get information by dialing 2-1-1 or by searching the resource database online.
Informed care picks up the pieces left by trauma
Kansas City Star
The Porch Light Initiative – community healing through art
SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care
National Council for Behavioral Health
Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health Resilience Incubator Events
Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health Resiliency Register e-newsletter signup
KC Health Resource health directory
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: and
The Child Trauma Academy:
Community Connections (includes TREM, M-TREM):
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies:
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
PTSD Alliance:
Resilience Trumps ACE's:
Seeking Safety:
Sidran Institute:
t3 Training: think-teach-transform:
Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training:
Trauma-Informed Response:
Trauma Stewardship:
Traumatic Stress Institute:
Veterans Administration: