Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Training
This Adverse Childhood Experience Training (ACE) addresses the contemporary concern for social care and health organisations internationally. There is a growing amount of evidence showing that the experiences we receive during childhood can significantly affect us through the course of our lives. A groundbreaking study carried out in California in the mid-90s identified that children who experience a stressful and miserable childhood are more likely to develop self-defeating behaviours in adulthood. In a follow-up study, they identified that Adverse Childhood Experiences are not just a health concern, but that children who are currently experiencing ACE are more likely to perform poorly in education, become involved in antisocial behaviour and partake in substance abuse.
The longitudinal study also identified the cyclical nature of ACE and that trauma can become intergenerational. As professionals, we can reduce the impact of these traumatic events by developing a trauma-informed approach.
This Adverse Childhood Experience Training supports a paradigm shift from “What is wrong with them?” to “What have they lived through, and how has this shaped their development?”
The primary learning objectives of the course are as follows:
- To identify the proportion of people in the United Kingdom affected by ACE.
- To identify what ACE are and how they are formed.
- To discover how we can facilitate the right therapeutic relationship.
- Recognise how the stress response system activates “fight, flight or freeze” and becomes conditioned over time especially in high-stress situations.
- Understand the concept of trauma-informed care and how it creates safety for those impacted by violence and trauma.
- Learn ways to build resiliency in young people.
- Discover how we can facilitate the right therapeutic relationship.
- Gain support strategies to help support children and young people with ACE challenges.
Format: Taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion
Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided
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