ACES & Trauma: Working Towards Resiliency Workshop Series


ACES & Trauma: Working Towards Resiliency Workshop Series

Strafford County Public Health Network & the Strafford County Addiction Task Force presents a three-part workshop series centered around putting our knowledge of ACES and trauma-informed care to work to build resiliency in the individuals and communities that we serve.

Please find registration links & information from each of the workshops below:

Workshop #1: Understanding ACES: Building Self-Healing Communities presented by Jodi Langelotti, Mark Lefebvre & Steve Pappajohn with the ACE Interface Project

Workshop Materials:

Workshop #2: Developmental Relationships: Bring Intention to Practice presented by Carrie Foster with the Search Institute

Workshop #3: Building Community Resilience to Address Addiction presented by Liz Blackwell-Moore with Birch-Lane Strategies

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Strafford County Addiction Summit
Building Trauma-Informed Communities

November 20, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Each year, the Strafford County Public Health Network hosts an addiction summit, where partners and public alike gather to review the progress made in the past year, learn improved strategies and skills, and connect with each other to build a stronger and more united community tackling our states substance misuse crisis.

The annual event incorporates education, networking, and dialogue to set the tone for the next year of work among Strafford County's substance misuse professionals. With guest speakers, breakout sessions, and timely discussions on emerging topics, the Addiction Summit provides a much needed opportunity for all voices to be in one room together.

Take a look at the breakout sessions from the 2019 Strafford County Addiction Summit:

ACES 101: Adverse Childhood Experiences

*AM session only

Dr. Larry McCullough's - Keynote Address

Presenter: Dr. Larry McCullough

This training will provide an in-depth discussion of the ACEs research and its relevance to a wide variety of mental and behavioral health issues.  The basic research on ACEs will shared as well as more recent research on the potential positive health benefits of positive childhood experiences.  Participants will have an opportunity to review both the basic ACEs questionnaire and the factors supporting positive growth.  They will also have an opportunity to discuss implications of this research for the people they work with and the services they provide in relation to the principles of trauma-informed care.

Training/Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and be able to describe the relevance of scientific findings about how experience shapes health and well-being throughout the life-course and its relevance to programs and community capacity development. This includes an in-depth discussion of the following issues:
    1. The effects of toxic stress on development, and the relevance of ACE concepts to child and family support.
    2. The progressive nature of adversity across the life course.
    3. Key variables for improving relational and community context for promotion of well-being.
  2. Understand and be able to describe the relevance of research on Positive Childhood Experiences and their capacity to provide buffering protection against Adverse Childhood Experiences.

ACE-RT: Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team

ACERT - Officer Eric Adams and Kerri Lowe

Presenters: Eric Adams (Laconia Police Dept.) and Lt. Matthew LaRochelle (Manchester Police Dept.)

As a first responder we see tragedy quite frequently.  Unfortunately, so do children and young adults.  The Laconia Police Department partnered with the Laconia School District as well as Lakes Region Community Services to try and mitigate the after affects trauma has on children.  This session will give insight into this program that can help first responders as another tool in their belt.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is ACERT and how do first responders play a role?
  2. How to work through information sharing between agencies.
  3. What training is involved for first responders?
  4. How the City of Laconia implemented this program?

How to Approach Trauma Informed Care as a Community Member or Service: Understanding and Aiding with Social Determinants of Health

Presenter: John Iudice LICSW, MLADAC

People who have experienced trauma, substance use disorders and mental health symptoms come into contact with many organizations and community members outside of the treatment and recovery service system. These interactions with the person can have just as much of an impact on the person’s chances at recovery as going to treatment. Access to housing, transportation, other forms of healthcare, food and employment has a direct impact on someone’s use of drugs and alcohol.

The objectives of this workshop are to provide non-treatment providers with:

  1. A basic understanding of the impact of past trauma, substance use disorders and present experiences on the behavior of a person.
  2. An increased understanding of social determinants of health and their impact on recovery.
  3. Communication skills and strategies for all community service organizations to use in order to improve interactions with people who have substance use disorder, improve your staff’s performance and the ability to respond to people in crisis.

Decreasing the Trauma Response

Decreasing the Trauma Response - Linda Douglass

Presenter: Linda Douglas M.Ed., CTSS

This session will discuss Linda’s work with domestic and sexual violence programs over the past ten years to incorporate trauma-informed procedures and responses.  During her presentation she will encourage the attendees to explore how they can be trauma responsive.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to look at their own setting and identify possible procedures, policies, or physical structures that could activate people’s trauma response.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe at least three interventions or skills that they can use to decrease trauma responses.

Building Resiliency in those with Co-Occurring Disorders: A Strength-Based Approach

Building Resiliency in Those with Co-Occurring Disorders - Jennifer Stout

Presenter: Jennifer Stout, LICSW, MLADC

Goal: Improve the ability of those working with individuals with dual diagnoses to utilize trauma-informed care principles into their work with a focus on building resiliency using strength-based approaches


  1. Understanding the relationship between substance use and mental health disorders
  2. Understanding the impact of trauma on the development of SUD & related disorders
  3. Communication skills – language, understanding “what happened” rather than “what’s wrong with you”
  4. Strength-based approach “how-to”
  5. Strength-based practices to building resiliency in people with co-occurring disorders
  6. 2-3 ideas to improve/integrate TIC principles in your work

Creating a Community for Youth Prevention

Creating a Community for Youth Prevention - Cory Mashburn

Presenter: Cory Mashburn, M.Ed, CPS

In this interactive workshop, participants will talk about the importance of community-based prevention strategies needed to protect the youth of your community.  Participants will gain knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce health disparities and improve wellness.

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