Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Date(s) - 09/25/2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rappahannock United Way


You probably intuitively know that stress can be bad for growing brains. But did you know that–on average–people who experienced six or more traumatic situations before the age of 18 live about 20 years less than those with no trauma?

Scientists have been studying Adverse Childhood Experiences for years, and the 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. 

And these experiences are more common than you think. ACEs include living with someone who has a mental illness or chronic health condition, divorce, neglect, poverty, death, abuse, and more. As an ACE score increases, so does the risk of serious health, social, and emotional issues. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Learn how to build a brighter future for our community. 

This training will help you look at a person’s experiences instead of behaviors and ask “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”

You will learn how ACEs affect brain development and how that, in turn, affects behavior and health. 

This vital training will show you the importance of being a positive influence and teach you ways to help people overcome their experiences. 

Together, we can learn to build a resilient community, one where people are nurtured. Where individuals can overcome rocky beginnings to build amazing futures. 

Register online here



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