Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Youth Work

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bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

bullet1.5 hour training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$30 for non-YIPA members

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When youth act out or behave negatively, we often see them as just trying to cause trouble. That thinking perpetuates the false narrative that some youth are simply “bad kids.” But research has revealed there’s often an underlying reason for their behavior and it may not be in their control. We now know there is a direct link between negative behaviors and toxic stress experienced early in life. Traumatic events, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), can have detrimental impacts on youth for a lifetime.

Many of the young people you work with will likely have been affected by ACEs. Your ability to recognize and understand the effects of ACEs, especially when seeing negative behaviors, will prepare you to be a better support system for young people. With that awareness, you’ll be better equipped to respond in ways that don’t add to their traumatic experiences.

Join us to explore the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impact on youth development. You’ll explore the experiences, perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors that can hinder positive youth development. You’ll also dive into practical, trauma-informed, outcome-driven strategies. The ACE Study has many implications for your youth work and this training will help you build a solid foundation for incorporating trauma-informed responses to improve outcomes for young people.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Explore findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
  • Understand how trauma and toxic stress affect biological, physiological, social, emotional, and brain development
  • Learn how to recognize adaptive responses to environmental circumstances and toxic stress that youth may encounter
  • Incorporate an understanding of ACEs and adaptive responses to environmental circumstances to modify your work with youth
  • Become aware of your personal perceptions and beliefs so your work with young people does not add to their traumatic experiences

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Your Trainer

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Brandon Jones is a psychotherapist, professor, and consultant. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is currently a professor at Metropolitan State University, Inver Hills Community College, and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live Life with Purpose, on Purpose”.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.

Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

Details

  • Online Training
  • Recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You can print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.