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A Better Understanding of ACE's, Impact of Racism, Pediatric & Adult Screening, Trauma Informed Care & More Informed Care & More"

Virtual Presentation - ZOOM (limit 100)

A Better Understanding of ACE's, Impact of Racism, Pediatric & Adult Screening, Trauma Informed Care & More                                                                                       Informed Care & More"

What is ACEs?  The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) comes from the landmark 1998 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente.  Dr. Rodriguez attributes a great deal of her education and work with ACES through the work of Dr. Nadine Harris Burke, forerunner in the field of ACEs.  Dr. Nadine Harris Burke is also our California Surgeon General. It was the Ted Talk about ACE's by dr. Nadine Harris Burke over five years ago and Dr. Rodriguez's own continued research that motivated her to do her own ACE’s work, healing and she became passionate and committed to treat clients and provide ACEs trainings.

Please take time to watch Dr. Nadine Harris Burke’s ACEs Ted Talk. You will receive a copy of the transcript. A description of the 10 categories of adversities in three domains experienced by age 18 years: abuse, neglect, racism, and/or household dysfunction and more will be presented.

The child or adolescent who experiences ACEs without the buffering protections of trusted, nurturing, loving caregivers and safe, stable environments can develop a toxic stress response, which can impact brain development, hormone and immune systems, and genetic regulatory systems.  ACEs are strongly associated, in a dose-response fashion, with some of the most common and serious health conditions facing our society today, including at least 9 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

Identifying a history of trauma in children and adults and responding with trauma-informed care can improve the health and well-being of individuals and families and lower long-term health issues and increased health costs. 

Learn how to screen for pediatric and adult ACE's (PEARLS).  This ACE screening evaluates children and adults for ACEs experienced by age 18 to identify Abuse: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; neglect: physical and emotional neglect; racism, household dysfunction: parental incarceration, mental illness, substance use, parental separation or divorce, and intimate partner violence and other. Pediatric Screening forms will be provided.

You will understand a brief review the Science of ACEs and Toxic Stress; Principles of Trauma Informed care to include Brain Health, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health and benefits by integrating Somatic Experiencing, Brain Spotting, Family Strategies and the power of Creative Narratives.

I believe it is critical to present the hidden history of systemic racism in our county and its impact on ACE's children and their outcomes.  Considering the climate of our country, "Black Lives Matter" and other races facing systemic racism, it is scientifically clear that it contributes greatly to adverse ACE's outcomes.

The research and narratives another forerunner have undertaken regarding slavery and systemic racism is Dr. Joy De Gury Leary. Her research has provided solid, reliable data on the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora. It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that Black Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.

There are endless hidden history accounts of systemic racism regarding Black American children. I will present two of these real accounts and its generational aspects and impact re: DNA.

The overwhelming stress, anxiety and uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and other major incidents to include death, loss, racism, protests, compounded by the economic fear and distress due to lost wages, employment and financial assets; mass school closures; and necessary physical distancing measures has resulted in an increase of stress-related health conditions.

To attend this virtual presentation please register at:

When you register, we will forward the link to join the virtual event.  All materials and evaluation will be emailed in advance.   You need to confirm that you received the link no later than October 6, 2020 at 5:00pm.

If we meet capacity, we also close registration (limit is 100). We will not take calls or send the link and attachments any time after the deadline. We received 94 registrations for our 7/10/2020 ACE's presentation.  Thank you for your understanding.

After the training please complete the evaluation and email it to us and we will email you a 3 CEU certificate.  If you prefer a Certificate of Attendance, please send an email requesting it. To receive either, you must attend the entire presentation. 

Presenters are, Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, Barbara Fields, LMFT & Dr. Lorna Minewiser.   Contact (916) 529-2343 or


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