Dr. Robert Anda
ACE Interface, LLC Co-Founder and ACE Study Co-Founder and Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Founder of ACE Interface, LCC
Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities
This presentation will include a review of how adversity gets embedded in neurodevelopment and affects the way our genome may be used and affected.
The public health and communitywide implications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study will be reviewed and specific examples of how this science has shown how ACEs affect the goals and practices in human service systems (education, justice, health care) in community will be provided.
Self-Healing Communities use this science—and the understanding and compassion that flows from it-- as a platform to engage the creativity, minds and hearts of all people in community—that can lead healing at the individual level and to a culture of change.
This change brings people who have been affected by ACEs and the systems that serve them together to bring hope, new meaning, and understanding that is necessary for moving beyond old ways of thinking about trauma, ACEs, and their related outcomes. These changes unlock the latent potential and creativity in communities that lead to new ways to interrupt the
intergenerational cycle of ACEs and reduce exposure to ACEs for the generations to come.
Turning ACEs into a Winning Hand
While aces are the start of a great poker hand, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are the equivalent of the worst hand to be dealt. But just as in poker, bad hands can and do win all the time. This talk provides a roadmap on how to play with ACEs and be positioned to win in life.
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Workshop A: Robert Anda, MD, MS
Co-Principal Investigator ACE Study/ Co-Founder, ACE Interface
Laura Porter, Co-Founder, ACE Interface
Leading Transformative Solutions in Self-Healing Communities
Communities that build hope and healing mobilize common resources in uncommon ways. Building the capacity of communities to solve complex problems requires helping people to intentionally generate a culture that prevents adversity and promotes
flourishing. This workshop will detail the principles of Self-Healing Communities’ work and illustrate each with fun and interesting stories from communities that have been successful reducing the rates of many health, safety and social problems. We will explore leadership practices and processes that generate transformational change. This is an interactive workshop that focuses on culture, culture change, and the importance of creating safe environments that support participation in health-promoting activities.
Workshop B: Katie Dant
Suicide Prevention in the LGBTQ Community
The Safe Space training has been designed by Grassroots as a suicide prevention and intervention model that focuses on the LGBTQ+ population and their increased risk for suicide. Through a dynamic combination of teaching, multimedia, activities, and open
discussion, the training delves into the following topics:
- Challenges specific to LGBTQ+ people based on stigma, life experiences, and societal pressures
- Suicide risk in the LBGTQ+ population
- Talking to a person-at-risk about suicide
- Support these individuals and their loved ones in accessing care and treatment
- Differences in acceptance and tolerance
- History and evolution of language in the LGBTQ+ community
- Sexuality and gender specific issues, and their impacts on mental health
-Resources for those seeking to provide support to LBGTQ+ people
- How to create Safe Space within organizations and communities
The training program combines cultural competence with prevention and intervention strategies to reduce stigma, reduce suicidality, and ultimately save lives. This workshop will be a shortened"rash course" of the typically 8 hour version of the training. At the
conclusion of the workshop attendees will be able to:
- Identify at least 3 suicide risk and protective factors for LGBTQ+ individuals
- Understand the importance of becoming an LGBTQ+ ally
- Learn ways to use language that is inclusive and supports LGBTQ+ individuals
- Learn strategies to engage in conversations with LGBTQ+ people