PrairieCare Education Series July 2022

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Bio: Melissa is s a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Melissa has been providing therapy to children, adolescents, and their families since 2008. Her entire life, people have confided in her and through those experiences she has learned that helping people is part of who she is. Prior to PrairieCare, Melissa worked as an outpatient therapist as well as Clinical Therapist at a residential treatment center. She has advanced training and/or certification in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Permanency and Adoption Competency, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Board Approved Clinical Supervision with the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and the MN Board of Behavioral Health and therapy.

Description: What if the largest public health discovery of our time is about the smallest of us? This course will share with you findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study… We’ll call it “the ACE Study”. The ACE Study confirms, with scientific evidence, that adversity early in life increases physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. The ACE Study is the largest study of its kind, with over 17,000 participants. It was developed and co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente (managed care consortium) of San Diego, California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia in the early ‘90s. Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Rob Anda are the co-principal investigators of the ACE Study. Dr. Anda, who designed the ACE Study while he was working as a Senior Scientist at the CDC, reviewed and approved all the information from the study that I’ll report to you during this course.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn…

  • Knowledge about brain development and how the human central nervous system connects us to ourselves, to other people, and to the world around us.
  • The impact of our biology and lived experiences colliding with societal expectations.
  • How many forms of childhood adversity impact numerous public health issues. Review of the data and ACE attributable problems.
  • How we, as professionals, community members, family members, and individuals can, through our collective knowledge and action, shift the dynamics within our own families, communities and society that lead to high ACE scores.
Video Recording (Available until August 31, 2022).
For those seeking the CEU certificate, complete/submit the following Attestation