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About This Event

Children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life. Nearly half (47.3%) of children in Indiana have experienced one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). To support these children in a meaningful way, teachers and youth workers must have an understanding of the impact that trauma can have on the children they serve.  

This presentation will provide an understanding of ACEs and trauma, the stress response, and how such stressors can impact a child’s social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive development.  You will hear about multiple strategies that promote student resilience, which is the counterbalance to trauma and adversity. During this session you will learn to: 

  • define the effects of ACES and trauma in terms of the stress response; 
  • articulate the connection between trauma informed practices, social emotional learning, mental health, and academics in terms of brain development.; and 
  • identify at least three strategies you can implement immediately to promote resilience, and therefore, impact student social, emotional and cognitive development. 


  • Christy Gauss, MSW

    School Mental Health Facilitator, Indiana School Mental Health Initiative – Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University