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Adverse Childhood Experiences

This workshop on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) will cover how these stressful or traumatic experiences can influence a child’s behavior, social-emotional development, and life outcomes. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems, including substance abuse, throughout the lifespan. The workshop will also cover how experiences in the classroom could be retraumatizing for children and how a safe and nurturing environment is essential for all children.  We will briefly reflect on educators’ own personal experiences and how those experiences might influence how they interact with children.

Goals:
1) Develop a basic understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
2) Review the framework for how adverse experiences lead to later health outcomes and risky behaviors
3) Understand the data and its implications on children and families
4) Describe some of the prevention and response strategies

About the speaker:

Ally Baehr is a native Tucsonan.  She grew up Girl Scouting from 1st through 12th grade and then worked for the Girl Scouts in college.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a minor in Environmental Education from the University of Arizona. Her past work includes the Girl Scouts, State 4-H Office, a local program evaluation firm, and the United Way of Tucson.  She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Make Way for Books. Ally has spent most of her career with nonprofits and is an avid volunteer and adventurer. She also volunteers for the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition and is an educational surrogate parent for foster children through the Arizona Department of Education. Ally became an ACEs Trainer through the Arizona ACEs consortium because of her passion with her work with family support, home visitation, and parent education and because she wanted to be a part of the network to educate the community about ACEs.