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Professional Education

Building Community Resilience: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Held on March 3, 2022 in Gastonia, N.C., local experts discussed the consequences of trauma in the lives of children and how they can lead to substance use disorder, mental illness, and chronic physical disease as adults.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, describe traumatic experiences among children and teenagers. Mental health professionals now understand adults who experience significant trauma as children are at elevated risk for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder. High ACEs scores can also cause the early onset of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

This program will be of value to individuals who work with youth, who provide behavioral health services, and who work to prevent and treat  substance misuse and abuse. It will be especially helpful for professionals and volunteers who work with individuals who may have experienced childhood trauma – clergy, teachers, medical professionals, recreation specialists, attorneys, law enforcement, behavioral health specialists, social workers, and those who work with underserved and homeless populations.

NOTE: The Charlotte Area Health Education Center has posted this free program and is offering complimentary CEU and Contact Hours.

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