I am happy to see the discussion about the ACE Interface Master Trainer Program. With Dr. Rob Anda, I am a founder of ACE Interface, and would like to clarify a couple of things about our Master Trainer Program.
Rob Anda and I always deliver the training together with a third person. We train groups of 25 people (sometimes a few more per group) who are hosted by an organization that agrees to support the trainers and maintain fidelity to the science and presentation quality. Individuals can become trained if they are selected by a host entity to become a Master Trainer.
The materials are designed to be flexible - not only can the order of slides and information be shaped by the presenter, but we also encourage people to put the presentation into their own voice, add stories that provide illustration and emotion, and deliver the talk everywhere from living rooms to board rooms.
We offer a set of principles and values as guideposts for what can be added or changed. When the trainer and host organization believe that a proposed addition to the presentation may push the limits set through the principles and values, the host organization contacts me so that Rob and I can discuss and approve. Only once were we unable to approve a request of this sort.
We have trainers and speakers in over a dozen states, and a growing number of counties and regions within states are now training people. It is exciting to see common language develop, speakers become proficient not only in delivering information, but also in facilitating important dialogue. We have consistently heard from trainers that audiences leave with hope and excitement for resilience promotion and ACE prevention.
Congratulations to all of you who are doing this work - you are amazing! I hope you are not having trouble reaching us through our website. If so, I apologize. We'll redouble our efforts to keep up with communication that comes to us through ACE Interface.com.