The ongoing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies out of Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control suggest that childhood maltreatment and family dysfunction are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness, death and poor psychological adjustment in the United States. Cumulative adverse childhood events have a role in poor physical health, problematic health risk behaviors, learning challenges, behavior problems, and disease. The presentation will introduce faith leaders to this research and discuss the importance of faith, medical, and mental health providers working together to provide a holistic approach to addressing a child’s needs.
1. Understand the Adverse Childhood Experience research from the Centers for Disease Control.
2. Recieve an overview of additional research on the exposure of children to violence and other forms of trauma.
3. Understand common medical, mental health, and behavioral characteristics of children who have endured trauma.
4. Understand the role of organizations, medical providers, therapists, teachers, and child protection professionals in developing resilience in children who have experienced or witnessed trauma.