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The SOCAT Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) is hosting a Building Strong Brains: ACEs Training that is FREE for all to attend.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs,” are stressful or traumatic experiences that disrupt the safe, nurturing environments that children need to thrive. Exposure to ACEs can lead individuals toward the adoption of unhealthy habits and the onset of negative long-term health and economic issues.

The more exposure to ACEs a person has, the more his or her risk increases for the potential issues. However, there is hope! Research shows that providing safe, stable and nurturing relationships early in life can buffer the damaging effects of childhood adversity. The future prosperity of any society depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. When Tennessee invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship.

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This presentation will explore how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) harm the developing brains and bodies of children compromising the foundation for lifelong health. The ACE research has resulted in child abuse and neglect being acknowledged as a major public health problem and a leading cause of early death. From academic failure to alcoholism, from crime to cancer, presence of ACEs compromise the safety, tax dollars and quality of life for all Tennesseans. This presentation will also identify community-based strategies to prevent and mitigate ACEs and build resilience. Understanding the ACE research deepens professional knowledge across sectors and creates a common language for collectively addressing community challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how brain architecture is established early in life and supports lifelong learning, behavior, and health.
  2. Describe the role of safe, caring relationships and “serve and return” interactions in shaping brain architecture.
  3. Understand the impact of toxic stress on neurodevelopment and biological functioning across the lifespan.
  4. Introduce the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research and related poor social, emotional and physical health outcomes.
  5. Recognize the dynamic micro and macro approaches to building resilience in children and communities to support positive outcomes to benefit citizens’ shared prosperity.
  6. Identify innovative, evolving public health strategies to improve population health.


This event was developed under Federal Grant Number 1H79SM061867-04, Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN) SM061867 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
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