I am interested in developing some training for parents and also training for teens (not at the same time) on ACEs and Toxic Stress.  Does anyone have a "curriculum" they have developed/used and would be willing to share?  I am planning to work with foster and adoptive families and will use the film Resilience as an intro.  In addition to this population, I would like to be able to reach a more diverse group of parents.  And then do some education with teens.  Would really appreciate hearing from those who are doing or have done one or the other (or both).  Thank you.

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In Lebanon County, PA we have developed a trauma-informed parenting class. Well, we took an existing parenting class and upgraded it with TIC approaches.  This is not a "boxed" curriculum. We did this so as to meet the needs of our local families.  We regularly assess what we are doing and what is being impactful and make changes as needed, even from week to week if need be. So if you're looking for something officially "evidence-based," this is not for you.

We use a mix of tried-and-true activities and approaches to learning and totally new things we have developed ourselves.  I would have to talk with my co-facilitator, whose agency is the primary operator of this program, but I think we would be willing to share what we've done. 

dvipec@dviolc.org to talk directly. Thanks!

Love crowd-sourced responses!!

In addition to the great suggestions and sharing so far, and in previous threads (linklink, linklink), on Parenting with ACEs, there's some nice stuff in this documentary. I also suggest posting this question to the faith-based community on ACEs Connection as many members here have or are writing ACEs trainings that are geared towards families and adults outside of a clinical setting.  

Please share here when you have your training so others can benefit as well. Also, as many teens are also parent, I would think much of the content would be overlapping and appropriate to both your audiences. 


I am Director of Education for The Dibble Institute (a 501 c3). We publish a program Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resiliency.  Dr Carolyn Curtis and Charles Stolzenbach, LMFT, are the authors.   The six key elements are - Observing Self, Relationships, Hijacked Brain, Self-Care, Intentionality, Self-Soothing, and Observing self.  This work is based on the work of Drs. Felitti and Anda and is fully research-based, Just published in 2018. Mind Matters works with people of all ages in traditional and alternative schools, community-based organizations, the justice sysemt and workforce education. It is an ideal program to use in a variety of settings scuh as family resource centers, churches, group homes, foster care, home visiting and independent living, etc. Also, can be used to enrich other programs as lessons and sections can be folded into other programs to reduce reactivity and enhance learning. Go to https://www.dibbleinstitute.org/mind-matters to learn more.  I can also send 30 day digital review copies if requested.

I am attending the Trauma-Informed School Conference in St. Charles, MO on June 18 - 20. If you are too, stop by and see our exhibit table!









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