My name is Madison Fecteau and I am currently a Junior at Western Connecticut State University. I am a social work major doing my first field placement at The Avielle Foundation. Compassion and prevention of violence are major parts of being a social worker. Helping people empathize with each other is important when establishing connections and building relationships. Many problems individuals face, stem from adverse childhood experiences and I have always been curious about long lasting effects of these experiences – why any sort of childhood trauma could still be present in an individual as an adult. Understanding that people have different life experiences and different reactions to those experiences is something that has always fascinated me. Research on brain health at The Avielle Foundation will help me further educate myself on why people act the way they do, and how treating someone with compassion and understanding can make a difference.