ACEs Aware Project

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Initiative

ACEs Aware Supplemental Training Series for Healthcare and Behavioral Health Providers

ONTRACK Program Resources, in partnership with the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, is offering two trainings to healthcare and behavioral health providers serving high need California communities.

This COST-FREE training series is made possible through the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Initiative, led by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services to give Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.

CME & CE Available

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has reviewed 1) Trauma-informed Standards, Practices, Strategies and “Safety Talk” for Healthcare Organizations (12/03/20 to 03/18/21) and 2) ACEs & The Black Experience (01/08/2021 to 06/10/2021) and deemed both courses acceptable for AAFP credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes 4.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Elective Credit(s).

Both courses have been approved by ONTRACK, as a National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider (#123232), for 4 Continuing Education (CE) units.

ACES AWARE TRAINING SERIES

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Trauma-informed Standards, Practices, Strategies and “Safety Talk” for Healthcare Organizations

with Gabriella Grant

This virtual four-hour supplemental training will enhance Medi-Cal providers to deliver quality healthcare that adheres to trauma-informed principles and patient-centered best practices for developing policies that protect the patient and others. It will cover the standards, as delineated by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), with a special focus on adapting to a post-coronavirus world and NCTSN for child-serving agencies and systems, including:

  • ACEs Science and the impact of toxic stress on health and behavior
  • ACEs/PEARLs Screening tools and consideration of pandemic/social location
  • Pediatric ACE Screening Clinical Workflow and algorithm
  • Tailored treatment
  • Resilience
  • Multidisciplinary team productivity
  • Organizational Capacity Building

The training highlights how a discussion of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) early within provider/patient relationships can increase both physical and emotional safety with patients. Healthcare providers who agree to build a safety-based skillset can promote patient autonomy and prioritize the individual rights of each patient. A concept called “Safety Talk” will be practiced with suggestions on how to incorporate “Safety Talk” into clinical practice. Attendees will practice compassionate, present-focused questioning about safety and its impact on health. The concept of “Safety Talk” will be explored to improve effective patient referrals to resources to increase current safety and reduce actual risks in the patient’s life.

The module on the trauma-informed standards will involve the development of a written statement of commitment for the practice or office. Attendees will practice compassionate, present-focused questioning about health and treatment after ACEs disclosure and effective referring of patients to effective treatments that address the impact of childhood trauma histories.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the standards of trauma-informed practice for adult and children serving agencies according to SAMHSA and NCTSN.
  • Develop a written statement of commitment to trauma-informed care for their office or practice.
  • Distinguish between physical threats and duties to protect patients and others and accountability-building agreements to respect the rights and autonomy of the individual.
  • Practice “Safety Talk” in a role play with a patient.
  • Increase a skillset to safely and effectively screen, address and, when needed, refer out to effective treatment and supportive resources.

Target Audience

This course is intended for family practice, internal medicine, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals, as well as addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals.

CME & CE Available

This live activity, Trauma-informed Standards, Practices, Strategies, and “Safety Talk” for Healthcare Organizations from December 3, 2020 to March 18, 2021, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4 prescribed Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
This course has been approved by ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc., as a National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider, for 4 Continuing Education (CE) units. NAADAC Provider #123232, ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of its programming.

GABRIELLA GRANT is the director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, overseeing the Center’s research, program, and professional development as well as policy analysis. Her background includes heading the nation’s first community corrections-based victim advocacy program and running a three-year project funded by the California Department of Public Health to increase access to domestic violence shelters by women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. She earned her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, a Latin teaching certificate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Black Experience

with Octavia Neal, MFT

This virtual four-hour training will supplement ACEs Aware Core trainings to help Medi-Cal providers gain deeper understanding of the historical and generational trauma inflicted by the health care system on Black consumers and their families. The course will review whole person approaches, strength-based best practices and models for treatment and services for Black/African American consumers. Providers will learn skills that increase empathy and respect to maintain safe engagement with the Black community and lead to efficacious treatment outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their prevalence, health disparities in these data, toxic stress physiology, and related impacts on health, including underlying biological mechanisms.
  • Identify how to introduce and integrate ACEs and toxic stress screening into clinical care, aligning with trauma-informed care principles.
  • Acknowledge the historical background and insight into the pervasive relationship between the Black community and the health care system highlighting the systemic, racial, or personal biases that affect Black consumers and their families.
  • Apply the ACEs and Toxic Stress Risk Assessment Algorithm for toxic stress impact, and autonomous treatment planning in culturally focused and competent ways.

Target Audience

This course is intended for addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals.

CME & CE Available

This course has been approved by ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc., as a National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider, for 4 Continuing Education (CE) units. NAADAC Provider #123232, ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of its programming.

OCTAVIA NEAL (pronouns: she/her) has a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area in the mental health field for almost 7 years providing trauma-informed therapeutic services and support to lower-income marginalized communities. With a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Octavia works with at risk and high acuity youth families while providing mental health education to providers and consumers.

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Training by

ONTRACK Program Resources in partnership with the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care

Funding by

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware

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