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Building Brains: ACEs, Resiliency and Brain Architecture

Brains continue to develop throughout a lifetime, but childhood is a unique time when brains are sensitive to adversity, intervention and positive developmental experiences. This training will introduce participants to the concepts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resiliency, as well as provide participants with a better understanding of why positive youth development programs are essential for the building of strong youth and communities.

Who should attend

This training is intended for adults who work with youth in personal, professional or volunteer capacities, including teachers, coaches, religious leaders, counselors, camp professionals and parents/family members. This training is also beneficial for policy makers with authority for making decisions regarding youth and families.

You will

  • Learn in simple terms how the brain grows and develops.
  • Understand what Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are and to describe some of the negative health outcomes they can lead to.
  • Define resiliency and identify methods for increasing resiliency among youth.
  • Use the language of ACEs, resiliency and brain architecture to underscore the importance of positive youth development work.

Available by contract

  • In-person session (2 hours) includes the interactive Brain Architecture Game to synthesize and apply information.
  • Virtual session (90 minutes) includes a robust reflection and application discussion.

Contact: cyd@umn.edu or 612-624-1999

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