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American Psychologist Special Issue: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Translating Research to Action []

The American Psychological Association has published a special issue focusing on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In this special issue you will find a variety of articles addressing ACEs and the impact they have on us from biology to policy. From the American Psychological Association, " The goal of this special issue is to publish articles that encompass the range of work being conducted in research, practice, programs, and policy in psychology and allied disciplines. This emphasis is...

Materials Now Available: ACEs Aware April 14 Webinar []

1.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) / Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit Available* Providers seeking CME/CE and MOC credits* must complete a separate activity evaluation in order to request CME/CE certificate. Those seeking MOC credits must also successfully complete the post-test with a score of 75% and higher. P lease follow CME/MOC instructions available on Presenters discuss: The physiology of toxic stress and the biological changes that may be a pathway to...


Visit to register or register directly here: Today, we know that approximately: 1/10 individuals will be challenged by their substance use 4 people will be directly impacted by an individuals substance use 1/6 children are challenged by a parent's active addiction. As health professionals and first responders, we are ideally positioned to provide the compassionate and trauma-informed care needed to...

PACES Connection Supports 3rd Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference

HERE this NOW founder, Emily Read Daniels was thrilled when Jane Stevens agreed to have PACES Connection endorse and sponsor HTN's 3rd Annual Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference. The conference will address the application of The Polyvagal Theory (science behind how we process trauma in our bodies) in schools for the safe return to in-person learning. The virtual conference, June 1-4, 2021, will host teachers, school administrators, and school specialists from across the U.S. and...

New devotional book, Hope for Healing, seeks to give trauma-informed ministry insight

I am proud/relieved/gratified at finally being able to share a labor of love with the "PACES" community. It has been a struggle, the book project--yes, but just life and ministry in general have been hard over the past year. My family and I, personally, continue to walk the path of navigating all the complexities that come from trauma and working through that trauma in the context of ministry. I understand that many of you are in the same situation and can understand. The book, Hope for...

What the CEO Of Radio Flyer Can Teach Us About Happiness And Work-Life []

By Tracy Brower, Forbes, April 12, 2021 Chances are, you had a little red wagon (and specifically a Radio Flyer wagon) when you were a child—and that your mom or dad did—and the child in your life does as well. Shared experience is one of the elements of happiness—and through the pandemic we’ve had to regroup, redefine and reimagine how to create joy and fulfillment despite limits and lockdowns. Radio flyer has brought happy moments to families for a hundred years and the iconic little red...

NYC to pay $500 to nearly 1,000 parents to address mental health needs at their schools []

By Alex Zimmerman, Chalkbeat New York, April 9, 2021 The education department is launching a training program next month for parents, paying them $500 to become “wellness ambassadors” addressing mental health needs in their school communities. The initiative will pay the stipend to parent leaders from roughly 950 schools in neighborhoods hardest hit by the coronavirus, according to Adrienne Austin, an acting deputy chancellor who oversees parent outreach. She revealed a “sneak peek” of the...

Parents, Stop Talking About the 'Lost Year' []

By Judith Warner, The New York Times, April 11, 2021 They’re calling it a “lost year.” On and offline, parents are trading stories — poignant and painful — about all of the ways that they fear their middle schoolers are losing ground. “It’s really hard to put my finger on what happened exactly,” said Jorge Gallegos, whose son, Eyan, is in the seventh grade in Washington, D.C. [ Please click here to read more .]

Slavery Reparations Study Set for House Judiciary Markup []

By Jarrell Dillard, Bloomberg Equality, April 9, 2021 A bill to study paying reparations to descendants of slaves will be considered in the House Judiciary Committee next week, paving the way for a possible vote on an issue that has become increasingly mainstream in recent years of racial reckoning. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday will mark up and vote on a bill from Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee that would establish a commission to examine the role of federal and state...

Race, Policing, and History — Remembering the Freedom House Ambulance Service []

By Matthew L. Edwards, The New England Journal of Medicine, April 10, 2021 A mericans protesting violent policing of Black communities are calling for law-enforcement budgets to be reallocated to community health services. Although such proposals are sometimes dismissed as naive or unrealistic, history provides an example of a transfer of power and resources from police to health services that benefited Black communities enormously. Pittsburgh’s Freedom House Enterprises (FHE) Ambulance...

Neuroscience, ACEs, and Trust

When you hail a cab or Uber in a foreign country, do you trust the driver to take you to your destination? When you place a first-time order from a third party residing across the country (or world), do you trust them to send you the item you purchased? When we start dissecting trust and how it informs our relationships, it becomes obvious that we place a lot of trust in people we barely know or don’t know at all.

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Psychiatrist Andres Sciolla wants to expand ACEs work to include social determinants of health

Andres Sciolla, a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at UC Davis Medical School, hopes that an expanded version of ACEs becomes completely integrated into the medical profession in the future. By “expanded,” he explains: “Medicine would have to integrate sustainable and practical ways to address social determinants of health,” such as affordable housing, basic income, and access to affordable health care. Sciolla earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Chile...

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