The City of Richmond is bringing the most knowledgeable practitioners, community organizers, and researchers from across the United States and our local communities together during this Summit to explore:
Youth and Adult Welfare
Youth and Adult Criminal Justice
Redevelopment and Housing
Faith Based Organizations
JDR and Circuit Court Judicial Systems
Education (Pre-K to Post Secondary)
Work Force Development
Early Learning and Prevention Programs
Funding Agents and Organizations
Healthcare Management Systems
We welcome National, State, and Local youth (ages 13-18), parent, caregivers, and professionals from across systems to attend this conference.
Call for papers opens
March 15, 2016
If you or someone you know would be a valuable presenter to add to our line up of professional experts and dynamic speakers of lived experience, please apply here!
The City of Richmond Department of Social Services hosts
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Community Resilience Summit of 2016
Reflect, Respond, and Restore Hope
August 3 - 4, 2016
Location: Richmond, VA
Specific location to be announced May 2016
Call for Presentations & Vendors
2 Day Summit Curriculm
Promoting Community Resilience,Trauma Informed Education and Collaborative Engagement with Youth, Parents, Adults and Professionals ay Summit Curriculm
For More Information about
ACEs and Community Resilience
Seventy percent (70%) of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, 223.4 million people. Adverse Childhood Studies show that many of these traumas occur before age 18 and result in more than just migraines and lack of sleep but rather it had disrupted the brain development, adoption of at risk health behaviors, and increases the risk for disease, disability and social problems in children and adults, including developing physical and mental illness. And when it comes to headaches and other mental issues, people with migraine or tension headaches report high rates of exposure to traumatic events.
The Center for Disease Control recognizes this epidemic requires a public health response at the national, state and local levels. Evidence has shown that by implementing trauma informed practices as well as acknowledging the recommended products to aid the after effects of trauma within all human service systems impacting youth, adults and their families, individuals are empowered to build their resilience and enhance their overall health and well being.
Trauma informed care asks all human service professionals to realize the widespread impact of trauma, recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, and respond by integrating trauma informed knowledge into all policies, procedures and practices while actively resisting re-traumatizing the youth, families and adults we serve.
In response to this national public health issue, the City of Richmond is committed to building trauma informed youth, family and adult service systems across our Human Service Portfolio and Our City.
“A trauma informed [human service] system is one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the varying impact of traumatic stress on children, adults, their caregivers, providers of service and others who have contact with the system. Programs and organizations within the system infuse this knowledge awareness and skills into their organizational cultures, policies and practices. They act in collaboration, using the best available science to facilitate and support resiliency and recovery.”
(adapted from Hendricks, Conradi, & Wilson, 2011, p.189)
To learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Community Resilience, click on the following links:
Over the course of this 2 day Summit, there will be educational and personal learning tracks for youth between the ages of 13-17, parents/caregivers, and professionals to engage with the research behind Adverse Childhood Experiences and concrete approaches that communities around the country have taken in building Community Resilience. This work has resulted in positive outcomes across all systems including: Community Reductions in: Out of home placements Losses in parental rights Child hospitalization rates for accident and injury High School Drop Out Rates Juvenile Suicide Attempts Juvenile arrests for alcohol, drugs, and violent crime Number of youth involved with Juvenile Justice Number of teen births Low birth weights Mothers having no third trimester maternity care Infant mortality rates And Community Improvements in: Fourth grade performance on standardized testing Social Emotional Competencies Feelings of Hope and Positive Sense of Future Parental/Caregiver Concrete Supports (2 or more in their immediate support network) Enhanced Community Reciprocity Enhanced Social Bridging Skills Physical & Mental Health and overall Well-Being
Judy Hall , Laura Porter , Dario Longhi , Jody Becker-Green & Susan Dreyfus (2012) Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) by Building Community Capacity: A Summary of Washington Family Policy Council Research Findings, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 40:4, 325-334, DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2012.707463
Foundation of Healthy Generations . (2015). Health, Safety, & Resilience: Foundations of Health Equity. Foundation of Healthy Generations . Seattle : Foundation of Healthy Generations .
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