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In the mid 1990’s, the ACES study, (Adverse Childhood Experiences) increased awareness of toxic stress through adversity as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction to 17.5K participants, predominantly Caucasian and college educated. This information raised significant awareness and brought forth many additional research studies looking at community, culture and environmental adversities causing high levels of toxic stress, which impacts health across a lifetime.
In order to bring positive change, it is crucial to acknowledge that adversity is not an isolated problem belonging solely to others, this work begins with how we perceive and practice, it begins with us.
Join us for this transformative learning experience guided by Susan Jones of Creative Behavior Systems, to better integrate ACEs and resilience science into our own lives/practice and in larger organizational systems change to build a more nurturing, safe and supportive community.
We will learn about the correlation of our own stress response systems and their impacts which impede communication, connection and collaboration to integrating a trauma informed environment and practice by addressing how we can individually shift from disconnection to cohesion.
These tools offer us a chance to reset and refocus our attention within our current practices on how to respond, how to stop the spread of traumatizing toxic stress in us and throughout our communities.
1. Trauma: Understanding basics of behavior and stress, from daily life experiences to toxic levels of adversity, while connecting daily practices within systems we work and live.
2. The Tool Box: Understanding how to utilize and integrate tools of individual and organizational resilience through restorative, safe, stable and nurturing systems of care with practices of regulation, mindful, self-care, communication, perception and attachment focused tools.
3. It’s A Practice, Frameworks, Discussion: Review of trauma aware, ACES Science Implementation Plan within your current practices. Organizational implementation of trauma informed systems of support from individuals through agencies. Plan, structure and practice within current systems, what it looks like within your working environment. Tools, follow up check-ins and sustainability barrier break throughs.