The third annual Arkansas ACEs and Resilience Summit will be held Thursday and Friday, September 26-27, at The C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center, Little Rock. Summit workshops are specially designed for classroom teachers, parents and caregivers, as well as those working in assessment, treatment, education, support and advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs. Thursday’s workshops will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday’s workshops will be from 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $75 for both days; $50 for Friday only; lunch is included both days.

On Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., four free Summit Workshops will be held at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock. They are especially designed for classroom teachers K-12, parents, caregivers and foster and adoptive parents. .Lunch is included.

There will also be a special Provider Symposium for physicians, mental health/behavioral health providers, dentists and other health care providers, Saturday, Sept. 28,8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock. Registration fee is $125.

Here’s why you need to attend:

1.Traumatic events that happen to children “are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today,” according to Dr. Robert Block, past president, American Academy of Pediatrics. Arkansas has the highest percentage of children in the nation who have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).

  1. Learn more about ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are harmful or traumatic events that happen during childhood. They can include physical, emotional or sexual abuse; domestic violence; parents separated or divorced; mental illness or substance abuse in the home or having a parent in jail.

  1. Learn why ACEs can affect health for a lifetime

Without the attachment to a caring adult, a child’s ACEs can create toxic stress, forcing the body into a constant state of “fight or flight response.” Toxic stress damages young bodies and brains, often resulting in behavior problems and poor school performance. It can result in chronic illness, obesity, drug misuse or addiction and mental illness later in life.

  1. Learn how to increase resilience and trauma-informed care

If you want your organization or business to become more trauma informed, you’ll want to attend and learn practical, concrete techniques that have worked in other communities. “Building Resilient Communities: Where you live, work and play!” is the theme for this year’s summit. Learning resilience starts with you, expands to your family and spreads to your community. Make your community a healthy place for children to grow. Learn how to help children who are overwhelmed by childhood trauma and adults who suffer its lingering pain.

  1. Learn how adverse community environments affect ACEs

A neighborhood’s social and economic issues – poverty, violent crime, racism, hunger or poor housing quality/affordability – have a lasting impact on children and their lifelong health. Personal ACEs, coupled with living in an adverse community, are a pair of “ACEs” that create toxic stress. Toxic stress forces the body into a constant state of fight or flight response.

  1. Join the Arkansas Childhood Experiences/Resilience Workgroup. The Summit is hosted by AFMC and the Arkansas Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Resilience Workgroup, a cross-sector collaboration of approximately 300 individuals representing more than 100 organizations and government agencies in health care, public health, education, law enforcement, human services, mental health, churches and businesses. By working together, we can heal the damage caused by ACEs and work to prevent ACEs in the future.

Who should attend:

  • Parents, especially if you have a child with ACEs
  • Teachers and childcare workers
  • Business and civic leaders
  • Policy makers, public officials and public health professionals
  • Adults who are living with their own childhood trauma
  • Health care professionals
  • Advocates involved in assessment, treatment, education, support, or advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs
  • Court system professionals and juvenile justice experts
  • Law enforcement and security personnel

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