LaSalle School, Albany ACEs Symposium

Event Host: 
LaSalle School
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Thank you for your interest, due to an overwhelming response we are currently SOLD OUT

Offering those with responsibilities across a wide span of human serving roles a unique opportunity to gain important and useful knowledge about the effects of trauma on brain development, how prevention and trauma informed care can be of significant benefit, and how disciplined ACE and trauma-informed practice can assist to develop accessible concepts and strategies that facilitate development and inform policy. In addition, practical information from the Building Community Resilience (BCR) process will be discussed to develop a deeper understanding of resilience as a framework for equity.


J. Stuart Ablon, PH.D., Director, Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Parents, educators and clinicians strive to provide a trauma-informed discipline. Yet, we often still struggle to understand the impact of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way, longing for concrete strategies that operationalize what brain science tells us will be helpful to facilitatedevelopment arrested as a result of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Ablon will explain the impact of chronic stress, adversity and trauma on development, how to make complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible and provide a practical, evidence-based process for trauma-informed care that everyone can follow. ACE Symposium participants will learn how the philosophy of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) facilitates co-regulation, see how CPS can be used to safely activate the stress response and experience how CPS represents a bottom-up, rather than a top-down, approach to intervention.

Wendy Ellis, PH.D., Project Director, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Across the country, coalitions made up of grassroots organizations, public health, health care, social work, education and other sectors use the Building Community Resilience (BCR) process to address inequities that result in adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments (the Pair of ACEs). On May 7th, Dr. Ellis will discuss the science, historical and political context that informs these multi-sector initiatives and share practical information from this groundbreaking work. As a result, ACE Symposium participants will learn community resilience and develop an understanding of resilience as a framework for equity. Participants will also identify pathways that influence varying levels of community resilience and formulate measures that can be applied across multiple communities to measure resilience at the population level.



The Egg
Center for the Performing Arts - Empire State Plaza
12220 Albany , NY