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Understanding the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Our Patrons: Trauma Informed Care workshop

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 9 am — coffee and conversation; 9:15 - 11:15am — presentation
Location: Oshkosh Public Library, lower level meeting rooms, 106 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh, WI (map)

Relationships with caring and competent people are vital contributors to resilience and recoveryA groundbreaking public health study discovered that childhood trauma leads to the onset of many of the health and social challenges faced by our communities. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) — abuse, neglect, a mentally ill caregiver, drug- or alcohol-addicted family member, incarcerated household member, domestic violence, loss of parent/divorce — harm children's developing brains so profoundly that the effects continue to impact their lives as they become teens and adults.

  • Two thirds of adults have had at least 1 Adverse Childhood Experience.
  • A quarter of adults have had 3 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences.

The more ACEs a person has, the higher their ACE Score, and the greater their risk for long-term consequences. For example, people with an ACE score of four are 2 times as likely to be smokers and 7 times more likely to be alcoholic, have a 400% increased risk of heart disease, and a 1200% increased risk of suicide. In fact, the study showed that ACEs are the most basic and long-lasting cause of health risk behaviors, mental illness, social malfunction, disease, disability, healthcare costs, and early death.

Nearly every community feels the social and medical burdens of subsequent behavioral and physical health problems, including substance abuse, poverty, and mental illness. Recent newspaper articles – Impact of Childhood Trauma Reaches Rural Wisconsin and Wisconsin Childhood Trauma Data Explodes Myth of 'Not In My Small Town' – show that any town can harbor many of the same social symptoms as distressed communities in aging urban centers.

But there is hope for healing!  Attend this workshop to understand ACEs and learn a new way to serve our library patrons... this new way is called “Trauma Informed Care”. 

Presenter: Mandi Dornfeld, ACE Interface Trainer, Winnebago County UW-Extension.

Continuing education contact hours: 3

This workshop is sponsored by the Winnefox Library System.