I want to be a trainer for ACEs. Can you please tell me the qualifications needed? What training do I need to do to become a trainer? I looked at the map to locate speakers and trainers and there is nothing in Minnesota. I feel it could be a great addition to the community if we had a trainer here. 

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Hi there!

I became a certified trauma practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.  I did it all online.  Once I was done, I went through their Train the Trainer program and became a trainer for trauma and resilience.

Here is the link for their online classes to become a certified trauma practitioner:  https://www.starr.org/ecert

If you would like to become a certified trainer for them, you would have to attend one of their conferences.  I am thinking the closest one to you would be their upcoming one in Michigan.  Here is the link:  https://www.starr.org/clinton-twp-conference#CTT  They ask that their trainers become practitioners first, which I think is a great idea.  That background knowledge really allowed me to be more comfortable with the information and science behind everything.  It's pricey, but I did it one course at a time and was thankful for the experience.

I am not authorized to train others to be trainers for their material but I train some of the required courses for certified trauma practitioners.  If you decide that you want to bring a trainer in for these workshops, feel free to contact me and we can see what we can do.  I offer workshops for clinical and school settings and will only train the courses that are needed for the certification so that the participants can gain the certification and register for the Train the Trainer course.

I hope this helps?  Let me know if you have any questions.


Hello Danielle,
Are you aware of ACE Interface? It is an organization founded by Dr. Rob Anda (Principal Investigator of the original ACE study) and Laura Porter. They offer a Train the Master Trainer program that is "designed to support rapid dissemination of accurate information that promotes understanding of how developmental adversity affects health and well being throughout the life course."
One of the first states to use the ACE Interface Train the Master Trainer program was Minnesota. In Minnesota, those trained are referred to as Community Resilience Coaches, and the 1st cohort received their training in 2013. A second cohort were trained in 2015. The host organization is Minnesota Communities Caring for Children.
I've attached a document from ACE Interface that describes the training program and provides a case study about what was done in Minnesota. 


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