To create a connected, healthy, and resilient community, we are building a foundation of common language and shared knowledge around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, and resilience-building. Our RTIC Foundation Training is the entry point to this effort, where participants learn about our shared community effort, the impact of trauma, the role of resilience, and the importance of having empathy skills.
The Foundation Training introduces the RTIC community effort, as well as the basic concepts it is based on. It is open to the community, but has primarily been marketed to practitioners to date. This 3-hour session begins with a screening of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, followed by group discussion and further education about the role of resilience in reducing the impact of trauma. Participants also learn more about building empathy skills, both professionally and personally, as a means to strengthening resilience.
The Foundation training is designed to encourage community members, especially those working for organizations, to become RTIC Champions, who commit to continuing the RTIC effort in their organizations and community work. All Foundation training sessions end with a facilitator training for those Champions interested in leading the training in their own organizations.
Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
KPJR Films - Trailer
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
What are ACEs?
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are difficult experiences during childhood that affect our health and well-being. Witnessing violence, parental divorce or separation, caregiver addiction or mental illness, physical and emotional abuse or neglect are some of the many examples.
- ACEs are often at the root of dozens of health and well-being outcomes, and are common in virtually all populations. The science is clear; more ACEs lead to an increased risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes. According to the CDC, ACEs have been connected to over 40 poor health and well-being outcomes in adults.
- An ACE score refers to a series of 10 questions (see below) about common traumatic experiences that occur in early life.
- Since higher numbers of ACEs often correlate to challenges later in life, including higher risk of certain health problems, the quiz is intended as an indicator of how likely a person might be to face these challenges.
trauma-informed care (TIC)
What is TIC?
- Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is a perspective shift that promotes recovery and acknowledges the role of trauma in someone's life.
- Adopting a Trauma Informed approach is not accomplished through a single checklist, program, or intervention. Instead, Trauma-Informed Care requires constant attention, caring awareness, sensitivity, and possibly cultural change at the organizational level.
- A trauma-informed approach involves a profound cultural shift in understanding challenging behavior, health and social problems.
- When we understand the role of childhood trauma on health and well-being across the lifespan, behaviors and health conditions are viewed different, staff respond differently and there is a change in approach for delivery of services.
What is resilience?
- Resilience is the ability to bounce back and with appropriate support and help, people can heal and thrive despite past experiences.
- Resilience can be built through healthy and supportive relationships, taking care of ourselves, and asking for help when we need it.
- By fostering resilience, we can reduce risk and support recovery when the right supports are in place.
What comes next? Become a Champion
Looking for more information or want to schedule a custom Foundation training? Contact Us.