This training incorporates the documentary Resilience’, which explores the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. This research found that abuse and neglect during childhood causes toxic stress, which wreaks havoc on the brains and bodies of children, greatly increasing their risk of developing physical and mental health problems, poor social outcomes including homelessness, spending time in prison, and early death. The film goes on to explore creative ways to protect children from the effects of toxic stress and build resilience.

The training builds upon the content of the film and explores creative ways to implement its messages in your practice.

While the general themes of the training will be consistent, the training will be tailored to the individual needs of the organisation that commissions the training. 

Length of Training:

One day

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the findings and messages of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study.

This 1998 study showed how common ACEs are in the general population and how they are linked to specific physical and mental health, social and educational outcomes. These findings will be reflected on within the organisational context.

2. Outline the mechanisms by which ACEs lead to poor health and social outcomes. 

ACEs affect an individual's brain and body, including how they manage stress. They also affect the individual's ability to manage their own emotions (self-regulation) and can lead to behaviour such as using alcohol, drugs, crime, violence, food or sex to deal with difficult emotions. The above will be be explained with specific reference to how it relates to the organisation and service users.

3. Describe how and why understanding and making sense of personal early experiences help improve practice with individuals, families and communities.

The greatest gift we can give to ourselves and those we work with is to understand and make sense of our own history. This awareness transforms our experiences into a wonderful tool /gift for practice, rather than something that can negatively affect practice. There is no expectation that staff share personal experiences, the aim is simply to raise awareness of how and why they affect practice. 

4. Outline a range of creative and innovative strategies to build resilience in individuals, families and communities across a range of settings.

Exercises will be used to enable participants to reflect on and develop concrete, practical strategies that will embed the knowledge gained into practice in a meaningful way. The aim is that participants will leave with ideas to reduce ACEs / build resilience that they can implement immediately in their organisation.

We also offer a half day ACE / Resilience workshop. This includes a film screening and discussion / Q & A.