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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year’s theme focuses on using protective factors to help families thrive. When communities understand the impacts of childhood trauma and learn ways to mitigate those impacts, they can work to prevent abusive situations.

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board will host free, virtual trainings on Adverse Childhood Experiences (also known as ACEs). 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. 

But those outcomes could be prevented.  One stable and caring relationship can mitigate the impacts of trauma.  So, RACSB offers the ACE Interface Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Self-Healing Communities sessions to help the public learn more about the effects of ACEs and the ways to build individual and community resilience.

Understanding ACEs will show the importance of being a positive influence and teach ways to help people respond to and overcome troubling experiences. 

Upcoming training sessions include:

  • April 6, 9 a.m. to noon
  • April 7, noon to 3 p.m.
  • April 20, 9 a.m. to noon
  • May 4, noon to 3 p.m.
  • May 27, 9 a.m. to noon.

To learn more, email [email protected]. To register, visit http://bit.ly/ACESregistration_RACSB

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