Early life experiences are the foundational building blocks for development, learning, and health throughout a person’s lifetime. Trauma can have a long-term effect on well-being and functioning for children, adults, families, and our community.

The Zero Abuse Project offers well-established training on adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and trauma-informed care (TIC).

Purpose

The purpose of training is to increase the community’s collective ability to support individuals who have experienced traumatic events through the provision of supportive trauma-informed strategies and services.

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

Experiences in childhood matter.  Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health.  The Ace Study is the largest study investigating the health and social effects of negative childhood experiences.  Now that we have the research, what can we do about it?  The cycle of violence, generational poverty and abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, perpetration and victimization of violence are all related to ACE’s.  Strategies such as identification and assessment, reducing risk and exposure and nurturing resiliency and skill building are effective interventions.  Changing the negative course that many children are on is our best way to prevent abuse in future generations.  This presentation will increase your knowledge of trauma and provide ways to work with children, families and communities to reduce the impact of trauma. Available as a 90-minute or 3-hour presentation.

Objectives:

  1. Gain in-depth knowledge of ACE research
  2. Learn about the impact of trauma on development
  3. Increase your understanding of working with challenging behaviors

Creating Trauma Informed Spaces for Victims and Families throughout the Justice System

After learning about Adverse Child Experiences (The ACE Study), most professionals want the next steps.  Creating trauma informed space and training staff to respond to behaviors linked to trauma will strengthen relationships.  Throughout the justice system from disclosure to verdict can be triggering traumatizing and re- traumatizing for victims and families.  This session will share steps to improve the environment in order to create safe spaces, recognize and identify behaviors that impact disclosure to testimony and ensure that clients feel listened to and their experiences acknowledged.

Objectives:

  1. Understand how trauma may impact disclosure and cooperation with the justice system
  2. Learn ways to create/change or update environments to become trauma safe
  3. Create strategies and tools to enhance relationships with victims and families

Essentials of Trauma-Informed Care

Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health, This presentation will increase your knowledge of trauma and provide ways to work with children, families and communities to reduce the impact of trauma. Available as a 90-minute or 3-hour presentation.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the concept of trauma-informed care
  2. Learn strategies to promote resilience
  3. Identify practical self-care and regulation tips for yourself and those whom you serve

Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Practices into your Workplace

Descriptions and learning objectives coming soon!

Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care Training (7 hours)

  • The 7 hour comprehensive training includes printed manuals for up to 30 participants ($600 value).
  • Please see Part One:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Training and
  • Part Two:  Trauma-Informed Care Training for description and objectives.

Day One: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Training 3.5 hours

Objectives:

  1. Gain in-depth knowledge of ACE research
  2. Learn about the impact of trauma on development
  3. Increase your understanding of working with challenging behaviors

Day Two: Trauma-Informed Care Training 3.5 hours

Parts One and Two may be scheduled together or separately.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the concept of trauma-informed and what steps you can take to incorporate this concept into your workplace
  2. Learn strategies to promote resilience
  3. Identify practical self-care and regulation tips for yourself and those who you serve

Join the growing number of schools, youth-serving organizations, healthcare and faith organizations that have hosted this important training!

Early learning

Knowledge about ACEs can help early learning professionals better understand parent’s and children’s behaviors. This is especially important because interventions are the most impactful with young children.

Faith-based

Understanding the impact of ACEs on multiple generations can help leaders and volunteers in faith-based organizations better support the mind, body and spirit of individuals, families and communities.

Healthcare

When considering that childhood experiences influence individuals’ long-term health, information about ACEs provides healthcare professionals the opportunity to better understand, assess and support patients, and prevent future health concerns.

K-12 education

Receiving training about ACEs can help educators and administrators better understand children’s behaviors, develop appropriate interventions and help prevent risky youth behaviors.

Community and youth-serving

Understanding ACEs can help community-based and youth-serving organizations effectively serve the needs of the community by providing quality resources and referrals, and devising new strategies to manage population health.