Stacy Bender-Fayette and Laura Eaton Carleton will present on Thursday, November 10th, at the 2016 Midwest ACEs Summit in Eagen, MN. This conference will bring people across the region together in shared learning that goes beyond the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study to focus on deeper issues of historical trauma and successful strategies for helping individuals and communities heal, build resiliency, and prevent future ACEs
According to Stacy and Laura, "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been called the next public health crisis of our time. Research shows that the effects of chronic toxic stress and traumatic events early in a person’s life are significant in terms of both physical and mental health throughout their life. By teaching adults and children to cope with stress effectively and self-regulate, these physical and mental health threats can be mitigated and reduced, creating healthier schools, communities, and workplaces. We present our model that uses innovative solutions to help solve complex mental health problems that can be applied to any setting. In this session, you will learn how a collaboration between public health, schools, and community mental health partners worked together to create a trauma-sensitive school. Northern Minnesota is one of the most economically depressed regions of the state with high rates of poverty and a large American Indian population that has been affected by historical trauma. Increasing the awareness of the effects of toxic stress on the human brain enables skill building and development of best practices for mental fitness implementation in your community."
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