Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. To complicate matters, there was also a troubling correlation between adverse childhood experiences and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, and poor diet. Combined, the results of the study painted a staggering portrait of the price our children are paying for growing up in unsafe environments, all the while adding fuel to the fire of some of society’s greatest challenges.

Trauma Responsive Care

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that assumes an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life.

On an organizational or systemic level, Trauma-Informed Care changes organizational culture to emphasize respecting and appropriately responding to the effects of trauma at all levels. Similar to the change in general protocol regarding universal precautions to prevent the spread of disease, Trauma-Informed Care practice and awareness becomes almost second nature and pervasive in all service responses. Trauma-Informed Care requires a system to make a paradigm shift from asking, “What is wrong with this person?” to “What has happened to this person?”

The intention of Trauma-Informed Care is not to treat symptoms or issues related to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or any other form of trauma but rather to provide support services in a way that is accessible and appropriate to those who may have experienced trauma. When system procedures do not use a trauma-informed approach, the possibility for triggering or exacerbating trauma symptoms and re-traumatizing individuals increases.

Presentations and Trainings

If your business or organization would like more information about ACEs and TIC presentations or trainings, please contact us.

Program Coordinator: Melissa Roberts

Community Navigator: Brandi Peters

SAMHSA Trainings

  • Trauma Informed Approach: Key Principles and Assumptions (4hrs)
  • Trauma Informed Specialized Training (2hrs)
  • Train the Trainer (6hrs)


Building Strong Brains

  • Building Strong Brains full (1.5hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains (1hr)
  • Building Strong Brains (30min)
  • Building Strong Brains presentation (15min)

Tailored Training

From 4hrs in-depth trainings to 15 minute presentations, these trainings can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization.