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Revisiting Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Roots of Lifelong Well-being Webinar

 Export to Your Calendar 6/3/2020
When: June 3, 2020
Noon
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Alison Arnold, Ed.D.


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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful, traumatic events experienced in a child's or adolescent's life. ACEs are very common, most Americans have at least one, and they can happen to anyone. The experiences and environments during our childhood and developing years have a tremendous, lifelong impact on our health, ability to learn and the quality of our lives - as they can alter the architecture of our developing brain and body. Expanding evidence across fields of neuroscience, genetics and epidemiology affirm dramatic links between adverse childhood experiences and stunted physiological development, risky behavior, psychological issues, serious illnesses and the leading causes of death. How trauma impacts the developing brain, how children can be impacted and protected, factors influencing the variable response to adversity and the challenges of preventing and recognizing the effect of trauma on children will be explored along with implications for all those in medical settings who care for children - from caregivers and clinicians to administrators and advocates. Looking upstream, the science positively affirms what is predictable is preventable! Each of us has the potential to reduce ACEs and build resilience that will lead to better lifelong outcomes. This session will also consider the ripple effects of trauma on families, care providers and communities, with the goal of opening up a conversation about what each of us and all of us can do to foster resilience that will lead to better lifelong outcomes.

 

Objectives:

  1. Review the discoveries of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and the significant life-long health impacts of early trauma and toxic stress
  2. Understand why children exposed to ACEs are at elevated risk for chronic disease and risky behavior
  3. Increase awareness of trauma-responsive practice and the ripple effects of secondary traumatic stress
  4. Increase awareness of statewide resources and the Michigan ACEs Initiative

Presenter:

Alison Arnold, Ed.D.

Director CMU Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness

 

Alison Arnold Ed.D. Directs the Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness at Central Michigan University, a five-college collaboration with community partners to provide programs, research, professional education and projects focused on health priorities. By creating awareness within communities, mobilizing health care professionals and educators, and giving them tools to productively and timely intervene, we can ensure that children, families and adults receive life-changing assistance.

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