Abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and dysfunctional households with substance abuse, mental illness, and even jailed family members are some of the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) a growing number of our students are trying to cope with and overcome. What we now know is that these traumas can have damaging and lasting consequences.
The ACE Study that began in the 1990’s and was one of the largest efforts to examine the effects of childhood trauma on future dysfunction, behavior, disease and even premature death. The stress associated with trauma takes its toll on the body and brain and affects learning, behavior and future health. Trauma research indicates a clear connection between traumatic events and deficits in language, communication, problem solving skills, emotional regulation, and forming healthy relationships. Additionally, trauma is connected to increased hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggressiveness and inability to concentrate. As educators, mentors, family members and perhaps victims ourselves, it’s vital that we understand the effects of ACEs.
ACEs: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences is a 3-hour Iowa license renewal course that introduces participants to ACEs, the associated risk factors, and keys to prevention and support.
Studying ACEs provides educators with a blueprint to understand the physiological, social and behavioral effects of trauma on student learning, behavior and future well-being, as well as a framework for needed systemic and educator prevention and support.
This course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead, there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules.
This class is available for License Renewal, Paraeducator or Audit credit.