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An upcoming event will help community members learn more about the effects of abuse and neglect—and will highlight ways to overcome the repercussions. This free training will feature guest speakers Sean Smith and Xavier Richardson. Sean, a high school senior, will share how he defied the odds to earn a college scholarship. Richardson, his mentor, will join him to discuss how caring adults can help youth develop resilience. 

Community Wellness Coalition and Rappahannock Area Community Services Board will sponsor Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilient Communities on April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in Fredericksburg.

Research shows that children who live in toxic environments grow into adults who struggle with substance use disorder, mental illness, suicidal tendencies, and other health issues. As an adverse experiences increase, so does the risk of serious health, social, and emotional issues. 

This event will show how one stable and caring relationship can mitigate the impacts of trauma. Participants will learn how ACEs affect brain development and how that, in turn, affects behavior and health. Understanding ACEs will show the importance of being a positive influence and teach ways to help people overcome troubling experiences. 

This free training will include lunch. To register, contact Marva L. Moore at 301/346-2270 or [email protected].

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