Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. However, ACEs can be prevented.
ACEs training presents scientific evidence that adversity during development increases the risk of physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life, and are the leading cause of health and social problems in the nation and the most powerful determinant of the public’s health.
The goal of ACEs training is to raise awareness of ACEs in communities by shifting the focus from individual responsibility to community solutions, reducing stigma around seeking help with parenting challenges, substance misuse, depression, or suicidal thoughts; and promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments where children can reach their full potential. The training teaches that ACE prevention is the greatest opportunity for improving the well-being of human populations.
ACEs can be learned in a free, 60-minute virtual training course. Anyone age 18 and over is encouraged to take ACEs training. ACEs training is also offered in Spanish, upon request.
Class Dates & How to Register
The virtual training lasts about one hour. Extended discussion, questions and answers will follow the presentation.