Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma-Informed Care Training

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.

ACE Study:  Adverse Childhood Experiences:  Identify, Intervene and Interrupt

 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.

Objectives:

  1. Identify types of child maltreatment treatment and adversity and the link to health in adulthood.
  2. Recognize how stress response system activates fight, flight or fear and becomes conditioned over time especially in high stress situations.
  3. Learn ways to build resiliency in your clientele.
  4. Understand the concept of trauma informed care and how it creates safety for those impacted by violence and trauma.

Empowering Survivors to Understand the Impact of Childhood Trauma:  Getting Through, Not Over

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.  But what if this is my story?  Helping survivors of childhood trauma understand the impact that ACE’s may have on their health and well-being is step one.  Acknowledging the barriers and times when a survivor feels stuck is step two.  Creating tools and self-care strategies is the lifetime journey to hope, health and happiness.  You are NOT your ACE score.  It is NOT a diagnosis. 

Objectives:

  1. Supporting survivors to change their inner dialogue from “what is wrong with me?” to “What happened to me”.
  2. Recognize types of child maltreatment and adversity and how it may impact adulthood.
  3. Identify risk and protective factors to understand what may be triggering and what is considered self-care and healing.

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

From Immunity to Community:  Increasing Resilience in Children

Experiences matter.  Childhood stress and traumatic events may have long lasting impact.  Fortunately the research shows that resilience, self-regulation and healthy relationships have the power to insulate children against adversity and help them to better handle life’s ups and downs.  As a parent, teacher or community member, learn ways to support the children in your life and create a population of healthy and happy youth.

Objectives:

  1. Brief introduction to the ACE Study and adversity in childhood
  2. Increase knowledge of resiliency and protective factors all youth need
  3. Take away tools to support children and language to continue this conversation in your own community

Introduction to ACE and Trauma-Informed Care 90 minutes

This training is a brief introductory presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), data from the ACE Study, how early adversity as a child can impact adult health and the steps that we can take to address trauma in those who we work with and create safe environments and relationships in which trauma can begin to heal.

Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care Training 6.5 hours

  • The 6.5 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.

Part One: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Training 3.0 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

Part 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
Instructor

Jane Straub

Victim Assistance Specialist


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