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Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit

A Call to Action

Addressing ACEs – A Call to Action will provide inspiration and education for professionals to take the next steps toward implementing trauma informed programming in their specific service areas. Keynote speakers include:

  • Liz Murray, co-founder and executive director of The Arthur Project
  • Internationally recognized clinician Dr. Stephanie Covington presenting “Trauma and the Three ‘Rs’: Recognize, Respond, Recover”
  • Dr. Andi Clements and Becky Haas presenting “Creating a Trauma-Informed Community,” outlining their work in Johnson City, which has received national attention and is now described as a model for other cities to follow

Breakout sessions will be conducted by experts in the field of trauma-informed care aimed at equipping professionals in three domains – education, criminal justice and community health – followed by a wrap-up on the steps to take in moving organizations from trauma-aware to trauma-informed.

When

Thursday, July 11 Registration: 7 a.m. Program: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where

Celebration Church 29 Shipley Ferry Road Blountville, TN 37617

Who should attend

Addressing ACES – A Call to Action is an event for any professional seeking to be equipped and challenged to help reduce the devastating effects of childhood trauma in their various settings.


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About ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) describe stressful or traumatic childhood experiences that are linked to public health problems such as obesity, addiction and mental illness.

ACEs include events like:

  • Violence
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Loss
  • Disaster
  • War
  • Other emotionally harmful experiences

…and they have no boundaries regarding age, gender, socioeconomic status or race.

ACEs are an almost universal experience, but they are especially common in people with mental and substance use disorders. According to a study by the Sycamore Institute, almost 60% of Tennesseans have experienced at least one ACE. In 2017, ACEs were tied to approximately $5.2 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity from employees missing work.

Communities are beginning to come together to learn more about childhood trauma and ways to reduce the effects of ACEs.

Key conference details & schedule

Keynote Speakers

  • Liz Murray, co-founder and executive director of The Arthur Project
  • Dr. Stephanie Covington, founder and director of Institute for Relational Development/Center for Gender and Justice
  • Dr. Andrea Clements, East Tennessee State University, Department of Psychology
  • Becky Haas, Ballad Health, trauma-informed administrator

Break out tracks

Following lunch, afternoon breakout sessions will be conducted by experts in the field of trauma-informed care aimed at equipping professionals in three domains: education, criminal justice and community health, followed by a wrap-up on the steps to take in moving organizations from trauma aware to trauma informed.

  • Criminal justice – Becky Haas, Amy Johnson and Kathy Melvin
  • Health related – Trish Baise, Dr. Paula Masters, Dr. Karen Schetzina
  • Education – Pat Conner, Melanie Riden-Bacon

Presenting sponsors

  • Ballad Health
  • Camelot Foster Care
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Leadership Tennessee
  • Niswonger Foundation
  • Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Conference registration

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Conference registration includes a boxed lunch.


ACCREDITATION

This program has been reviewed and approved for 0.55 Continuing Education Units (CEU) by the Office of Professional Development at East Tennessee State University. Please register for your CEU eligibility here.