Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Relationship Based Practice

Traumatizing events that occur before the age of 18 are referred to as adverse childhood experiences , or ACEs. ACEs include experiences which can create toxic stress including abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Ongoing, unmitigated toxic stress in childhood has been linked to negative impacts on physical and psychological health throughout the lifespan including increased risk of heart disease, cancer, depression, and shortened life span.

This three-hour workshop will introduce participants to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study originally conducted by Kaiser Permenante and the CDC, highlighting key findings. Impacts of ACEs on brain architecture, the body, and behaviour will be discussed as well as how ACEs can contribute to negative health outcomes in adulthood. Finally, participants will explore the implications of this information on their work and how to use the ACE questionnaire to gain a better understanding of the children and families they work with.

Participants will have the option to bring a brown bag lunch and stay after the session to watch the one-hour documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” by James Redford.