Hard Times and Healing:
A Resilience Framework for Domestic Violence
and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
We know more than ever before about how to help children and families exposed to violence and other adversities.
Domestic violence is a leading predictor of other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This interactive training uses a healing-center approach to examine the connection between domestic violence and other childhood adversities within a resilience framework that focuses on strengths and skills.
Topics include how a prevention plan for vicarious trauma is the first building block of being healing-centered, the pathway of stress in the brain and body, and practical tools to support children, parents/caregivers and families who have experienced trauma.
Participants will be directed to an open access, online toolkit that provides links to resources and best practices.
- Explain how neuroplasticity increases the risk of potential harm from early childhood trauma and the potential for healing across the lifespan.
- List three commonly observed physical, mental and/or behavioral health effects of childhood exposure to domestic violence and other ACEs.
- Discuss the role of relationships in promoting resilience and buffering the effects of early adversity.
- Demonstrate three practical resilience-building strategies for families, caregivers and/or children.