Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Project Self-Sufficiency Workshop Explains Impact of Childhood Trauma on Development

NEWTON, N.J. – Parents, caregivers and other community providers are invited to learn how childhood trauma impacts physical and neurological development and discuss methods for improving health and well-being across the lifespan at a virtual Understanding ACEs workshop hosted by Project Self-Sufficiency, Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. 

The virtual “Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities” presentation will address the neurological and biological effects of adversity on development and its corresponding impact on the health of the overall population. Tips for protection, prevention and promoting resilience within the community will also be discussed. Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-940-3500, for log-in details.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been identified as contributors to a host of physical and neurological ailments, including heart disease, diabetes and depression. They are also known to lead to mental illness, neglect, sexual abuse and a variety of dysfunctional behaviors like substance abuse and domestic violence. 

“Recent discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics, epidemiology and resilience studies have helped us to understand how protection, prevention and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health,” remarked Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “The tools identified in this session can positively impact public health, safety and productivity, and reduce public and private costs now and for future generations.”

The workshop is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and led by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. The Zoom session is free and open to the public. Interested participants are invited to call 973-940-3500 to receive log-in details.