Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) 101
The ACE Study is one of largest studies ever that looked at the impact child maltreatment has upon health and well being later in life. The ACE study was a collaborative venture between the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. The study included over 17,000 Kaiser HMO members. The findings of this study help us understand how “some of the worst health and social problems in our nation arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences”. (CDC)
Adverse Childhood Experiences, Stress and Addiction
The intersection between adverse childhood experiences, substance use disorders and recovery presents multiple challenges for treatment providers and patients. Training in this arena supports participants in gaining an understanding how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact the body’s stress response, vulnerability for addiction and success in recovery.
Effective parenting and fostering the healthy social emotional development of young children is a far more complicated endeavor than teaching parenting skills. How we parent is highly influenced by how we were parented, our overall approach to relationships, and the quality of attachment relationships with those who cared for us during our earliest years. Additionally, these same factors influence our vulnerability for addiction, capacity for self-regulation and our body’s response to stress. The above training areas provide a greater depth of understanding regarding the complexity of parenting within the context of addiction, treatment and on-going recovery. They can be geared to a variety of audiences within a recovery-oriented system of care framework including treatment professionals, recovery coaches and additional disciplines serving pregnant and parenting families.
Substance Use Disorder/ Opioid Use Disorder 101
Presented in a range of formats and lengths (in-person, webinar, full or partial day, grand rounds) and is focused on addiction as a brain disease, the history of the opioid epidemic, evidence-based treatment approaches and the process of recovery. This training can be adapted to suit the needs of multidisciplinary audiences including health care, early childhood, social services or community groups.
Stigma associated with substance use disorders continues to proliferate as the opioid epidemic has grown. Stigma has been identified as a significant barrier to seeking treatment with only 10% of those who need help actually receiving it. Stigma is also a significant barrier for individuals who have struggled with substances and their ability to benefit from a wide range of community, social and family support services. Having a workforce that is knowledgeable about addiction and recovery, prepared to meet consumers where they are at in a person-centered and recovery-oriented manner is key to supporting individuals and families who have experienced substance use disorders. This training can be combined with other topic areas to support organizational capacity toward serving this vulnerable population.