Book Club Guide for Parents
“Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing” is the book club guide everyone needs when reading What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey
NEW Facilitator’s Travel Guide to Help You Lead Your Own Book Club
The Children’s Trust Fund is partnering with PACEs Connection as it launches its first Connecting Communities One Book at a Time reading initiative. The initiative is using the Alliance’s What Happened to You? book club guide to lead conversations about trauma, racism, inequity, protective factors, positive childhood experiences and the role community plays in preventing and healing trauma and creating resiliency.
New Facilitator’s Travel Guide
At the July 27 PACEs Connection session, the Alliance introduced its new facilitator’s travel guide to help plan and lead a book study of What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Our roadmap provides tools and tips to capture the highlights, growth and learning that you and your community experience when reading What Happened to You? It is designed to be used with the Alliance’s book study guide “Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing” and will help you navigate your own growth journey as a facilitator. The new facilitator’s travel guide is available to download HERE.
The reading initiative began with a meet the author session with Dr. Bruce Perry that was so interesting that we’ve posted the full 1-1/2-hour Zoom recording below. This was followed by a lead your own book study session featuring book club leaders and participants who shared lessons learned and their free study guides. Because the protective factors are woven throughout What Happened to You?, the Alliance will hold a presentation on how a strength-based approach can move families from surviving to thriving on Aug. 30. The reading initiative will end with a couple of check-in sessions for book study leaders and those who may want to facilitate a study to share their experiences and to celebrate.
The PACEs Connection reading initiative was inspired by the Georgia Reads What Happened to You? program, in which more than 40 community book clubs, including the Georgia Parent Advisory Council (GA PAC), met to discuss the book in 2021. Georgia Children’s Trust Fund sponsored the program, and the Alliance facilitated the GA PAC book club that inspired our book club guide for parents – “Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing.”
Download a PACEs Connection flyer HERE to learn more about the reading initiative and upcoming events.
Alliance Reveals New Facilitator’s Guide at July 27 PACEs Connection Session
The unveiling of the Alliance’s new book study facilitator’s guide was so exciting that we’re posting the entire, 2-hour Zoom recording below. Kara Georgi and Chloe Corrion, who co-facilitated the Georgia Parent Advisory Council book club and who also co-authored the Alliance’s “Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing” book study guide, shared tools and travel tips to capture the highlights, growth and learning that book study leaders and their communities will experience when reading What Happened to You?.
Listen to the recording and be inspired to start a book club today. The recording will be available until August 27.
Meet the Author
Dr. Bruce Perry, co-author of What Happened to You?, joined Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection, and Mathew Portell, director of Communities at PACEs Connection for a discussion of historical trauma and how asking “What Happened to You?” is THE QUESTION that can lead to understanding, healing, connection and community.
More than 1,300 people attended the June 28 event which introduced PACEs Connection’s reading initiative – Connecting Communities One Book at a Time. The conversation was so rich that we are posting the entire 1-1/2 hour Zoom recording.
Events Schedule and Registration Links
Register now to attend the upcoming What Happened to You? events. To learn more about each event, download the PACEs Connection flyer HERE.
- Meet the Author: Tuesday, June 28, 1:30-3 p.m. ET
The Zoom recording of co-author Dr. Bruce Perry’s discussion is available for viewing HERE.
- Lead Your Own What Happened to You? Book Study: Wednesday, July 13, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
We heard from book club leaders and participants who shared lessons learned and their free study guides
- Book Study Leader Training by Children’s Trust Fund Alliance: Wednesday, July 27, 3-5 p.m. ET
The Alliance introduced its new facilitator’s guide for leading a book club on What Happened to You?
- Book Study Leader Check-In with Children’s Trust Fund Alliance: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3-4:30 p.m. ET
Share your experiences as a book study leader
- Moving Families from Surviving to Thriving: Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework Overview by Children’s Trust Fund Alliance: Tuesday, Aug. 30, noon-1:30 p.m. ET
Learn more about the protective factors woven throughout What Happened to You? and how a strength-based approach can move families from surviving to thriving
- Book Study Leader Check-In with Children’s Trust Fund Alliance: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. ET
Celebrate your experiences as a book study leader
Social Media Images to Share
Help us get the word out about our new book study facilitator’s travel guide and the August 30 “Moving Families from Surviving to Thriving: Strengthening Families™Protective Factors Framework Overview” event. Please download the social media images and distribute them throughout your networks.
Suggested message: If you are thinking about leading your own book study of What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey, then consider mapping your journey with our new travel guide. Download at ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/book-club
Suggested message: Learn more about the protective factors in What Happened to You? and how to use a strength-based approach to move families from surviving to thriving. Register at ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/book-club.
PACEs Connection’s Resources
- Healing Takes Time and Care – Learn more in today’s Connecting Communities One Book at a Time Webinar! – by Kara Georgi, Alliance Parent Partnership Associate who co-facilitated the Georgia Parent Advisory Council’s book club
My Journey from Trauma to Healing with What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey – by Chloe Corrion, Alliance Administrative Assistant who created the Alliance’s book club guide for her Master’s Capstone project
- What Happened to You? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey: a book that resonates with us in the PACEs world – a book review by Carey Sipp, PACEs Connection director of strategic partnerships
- Georgia Reads What Happened to You? and Parent Leadership Month – by Deborah Chosewood of Georgia Essentials for Childhoods and the Georgia Children’s Trust Fund
- Connecting Communities One Book at a Time launches July 13: Register now to learn from our national and Georgia partners how to lead a book study of What Happened To You?
About our book club guide Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing
The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance’s book club guide lets you explore how you feel and think about your own life experiences and daily experiences as a parent while reflecting on the book What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
It all started when the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services asked the Alliance to purchase What Happened to You? for the parents on the Georgia Parent Advisory Council (GA PAC). Not only did the Alliance buy the book, we offered to support the parents as they read it – the birth of the book club concept and the need for a guide. The Alliance wanted to provide a safe space for the parents to look at their own experiences and realize that these experiences don’t define their future, but make up a part of who they are, and by examining them they can find strength and resolve to carry on to a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Helping lead the GA PAC book club was Chloe Corrion, an intern at the time with the Alliance, and Kara Georgi, Alliance Parent Partnership Associate. They worked closely with Norma McReynolds, Alliance graphic designer, to create the “Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing” discussion guide.
The Alliance thanks the members of the GA PAC for their vulnerability and sharing their life stories during their book club. Thank you to Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey for writing this book and for beginning the conversation.
The Alliance was pleased to work with the Georgia Division of Children and Family Services to help them develop their Parent Advisory Council and to support their work promoting parent leaders. For more information about the Alliance’s technical assistance and consultation on building partnerships with parents, click HERE.
SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGES TO SHARE
Help us get the word out about our “Journey to Resilience: From Trauma to Healing” book club guide for parents or anyone reading What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. We’ve got social media images for you to share with your network. Check out this social media toolkit and download and distribute the memes in it.
ENDORSED BY THE AUTHORS
“Oprah and I truly appreciate the thought and hard work that went into study guide. I really like the images, and it’s fun that people can download and color their own version.”
Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
What’s in the book club guide
The book club guide is constructed to correspond with each chapter in What Happened to You? However, you can use each chapter section as a stand alone or for additional conversation. The conversations range from 45 minutes to an hour depending on the ability and willingness to engage. Each chapter section includes:
- A short summary of the chapter
- Leveled questions
- Diving deeper
- Links to resources
- Wrap-up/inspirational quotes
- Moving to action
- Coloring sheets
- Sample refection journal pages
The book club guide can be used by individuals, small or large groups and even in a conference setting. Although this project was started with one parent advisory council, the Alliance is pleased to share this book club guide with other parent councils, organizations, communities and individuals who want to shift the language from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?”.
REFLECTION JOURNAL PAGES TO DOWNLOAD
Sample reflection journal pages are included in the book club guide. If you need additional pages to record your journey to resilience, they are available to download below in color and in greyscale:
Start a book club
“Georgia PAC member here. This book club has been LIFE CHANGING! The bonds and the connection that the space provides is priceless.”
What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey is a reflective book for readers on their own and also a concrete tool readers can explore together. The book club concept for parents allows them to come together to talk about their life experiences and how it relates to their everyday parenting.
This book club concept is intended to create a space for parents to bond, share and connect. It allows for a judgement-free space where parents can check in with one another and learn from each other. It is also a space where the parents can reflect and think about and process some of their thoughts or emotions while reading.
Book Club Guide Objectives
Use the book club guide alongside What Happened to You? to:
- Empower families to discuss needs of themselves and their community
- Further develop connections amongst members of the community
- Create space free of judgement and where families can ask questions
- Implement prevention tools and resources to help families feel strengthened
- Spread awareness of protective factors and work of the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance
Georgia Parent Advisory Council’s book club experience
After the Georgia Parent Advisory Council (GA PAC) book club started, the Alliance reached out to Oprah Winfrey. Oprah surprised the GA PAC parents by joining their final book club meeting on December 15, 2021 as a very special guest. During the Zoom meeting, Oprah shared her thoughts about writing the book and incorporating learnings from her own life. She acknowledged the important role of parents and was pleased that the discussion of What Happened to You? was valuable to the PAC members. PAC members thanked Oprah for coming to their meeting and helping to write What Happened to You?.
“I would love to see more book clubs spring up within certain cultural/ethnic/social groups where women (and men) can feel even more connected and a part of the process. Just like we all related to each other because of our GA PAC connections, perhaps other social/community organizations could do something similar.”
More parent resources
Since 2006, the Alliance has developed and partnered with networks of parents to elevate their voices to policymakers and to join with them in developing policies and practices that help support families and lead to better outcomes for children and youth. Take time to learn about:
- Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) – Check out the ANPPC’s parent-to-parent need2know infographics and other resources.
- Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) – Join the BPNN and help support their work to promote parents as leaders in prevention and child welfare systems reform.
- Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) – Download the BFPP’s popular relationships building guides.