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Changing the Odds after ACEs: Using PACEs to Promote Healing in Yourself and Others (Haruv USA and TCC)

Haruv USA and Tulsa Community College present:

A training day for TCC students on “Changing the Odds after ACEs: Using PACEs to Promote Healing in Yourself and Others” 

April 20, 12:00pm – 4:00pm CDT

The Academic Building Seminar Center @ TCC NE campus: 3727 East Apache Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115

Advanced registration is required, number of seats is limited

4 formal training hours through CECPD

Workshop description:

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) include ten types of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction that increase the risk of physical and mental health problems. Exposure to childhood adversity can affect brain development, cause impairments in cognitive, social, and emotional development, increase health-harming behaviors, and create cycles of adversity in the next generation. However, research indicates that 10 protective and compensatory experiences (PACEs) also have powerful neurobiological and behavioral effects that can buffer the effects of ACEs. The five relationship-based and 5 resource-based PACEs can promote resilience in both children and adults with a history of ACEs. In this workshop, we will start with a short discussion of the ways that both adverse and protective experiences during childhood affect our well-being. Then we provide opportunities to a) use the PACEs measure to identify sources of resilience, b) create an ACEs and PACEs genogram to identify intergenerational patterns of adversity and resilience, and c) create individual PACEs plans to increase resilience in our own lives and in the lives of youth coping with the effects of childhood trauma and adversity.


Dr. Jennifer Hayes-Grudo, is a Regents Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), an interdisciplinary research and intervention center funded in part by an $11.3M grant from the National Institutes of Health. She is one of the principal investigators for the NIH-funded Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) grant, a 25-site, 10-year study of the effects of early life experiences on infant and child development, with a particularly focus on the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, opioids, and other substances. She is the author of the first scholarly book on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences: A Developmental Perspective, published in 2020 by the American Psychological Association and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Adversity and Resilience Science. She was formerly the Department Head of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, a George Kaiser Chair of Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, and an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris is a Regents Professor and the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Morris is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, socio-emotional development, early life adversity, and risk and resilience. With Jennifer Hayes-Grudo she is co-author of Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences: A Developmental Perspective, and co-edited Authoritative Parenting: Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development, both published by the American Psychological Association. She is the editor in chief for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and is an Associate Editor for the journal Adversity and Resilience Science: Research and Practice published by Springer/Nature.

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