Twitter Book Study: The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris

Welcome to the ION Book Study. This is the first official book study using Twitter and the selected book is The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris.

All registrants or followers must independently obtain a copy of the book. Information about the book, the connection of childhood adversity, and the connection to higher education is explored below. Information about participation in the discussion, a reading schedule, and details for earning professional development information is below. Questions will be posted on @ionUIS on Twitter.

Registered and paid participants will received the complete reading schedule and questions by email before the start date of the book study.


Educators interested in using trauma-informed practices in the the face-to-face or online classroom.




Key Themes

Week 1 October 1-7 Introduction to adverse childhood experiences
Week 2 October 8-14 The stress response
Week 3 October 15 – 21 Genetics and/or environment
Week 4 October 22 – 28 Toxic Stress
Week 5 October 29 – November 4 Student support strategies
Week 6 November 5 – 10 Pulling it all together.
Conclusion November 16 Email reflection to


  • Schedule: Online via Twitter
  • Hashtags: #IONBookStudy #Traumainformed
  • Dates: 6 weeks: October 1 through November 10
  • Discussion Leader: Kathy Tracey (twitter handled Kathy_Tracey)
  • *The discussion leader will be using the @ionUIS twitter handle


The purpose of the book study is to provide higher education practitioners the opportunity to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences, the long-term biological impact on individuals, and apply trauma-informed practices in your program or classroom. Twitter was selected as the tool for this discussion because it allows the conversation to extend outside the confines of a course learning management system and promote engagement with global experts in trauma informed practices.


Participants will be able to:

  • Define adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Understand the long-term biological impact of ACEs
  • Apply trauma-informed practices in your program or classroom


Seven weeks.




For this book study, you will read The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris. Participants will need to obtain a copy of the book.

The goal of the book study is to create a meaningful discussion on the impact of trauma on students in higher education while accommodates the busy schedule of working professionals. Using twitter, and a shared hashtag will meet both needs.

About the Book:

The focus of The Deepest Well is childhood adversity. Dr. Burke Harris provides insight and research on how our bodies are imprinted for life by Adverse Childhood Experiences and how these experiences change our biological systems that last a life time.


How does a Twitter Book Study Work?

  • Discussing topics on twitter is very similar to an asynchronous discussion in an online course. The hashtags categorize tweets and make them easier for users to follow a specific topic or theme. The #IONBookStudy hashtag will make it easier to follow everyone in this discussion thread. The #traumainformed hashtag will connect us to a much broader conversation about trauma.
  • For this discussion, each Monday, I will post a prompt on Twitter using the hashtags #IONBookStudy and #Traumainformed that will frame the week’s discussion. You will be required to respond with an original comment adding to the discussion.
  • Additionally, you will need to tweet your favorite line from the book using the same hashtags and comment on at least one of your peer’s tweets.


About one hour each week.

Credit Options

Participants who wish to register to earn the 6 CPDU credits must submit the $25.00 payment to ION prior to the first week’s post, and submit the final reflection by the due date. Once the credit is earned the course will be applied to your ION Continuing Education Transcript.