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: 


  • The meaning of Trauma Informed Care for us individually, as caregivers, and professionals


  • Concrete individual and familial resilience strategies we can apply in our lives including what to do with the after effects of trauma


  • Community Resilience Approaches to address this most basic public health issue via all systems including, but not limited to professionals in: 


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

Medical Professions

Recreation Organizations

Behavioral Health

Substance Abuse

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

Call for Presentations
2 Day Summit Curriculm 

Promoting Community Resilience,Trauma Informed Education and Collaborative Engagement with Youth, Parents, Adults and Professionals 






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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 .