Experts discuss the impact of childhood trauma and healing strategies | Project self-sufficiency


Matt Berke and Haley McCracken of the Self-Sufficiency Project will discuss the impact of childhood trauma in an upcoming workshop.Project self-sufficiency

Project self-sufficiency will continue the series of workshops and discussions, “Connections Matter”, designed to facilitate conversation on the issues surrounding Positive and Negative Childhood Experiences (PACE)), with a virtual session in English, Wednesday, May 4, 5:00 p.m. A virtual session in Spanish will be offered on Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. Participants are invited to explore the Connections matter course, a program funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and led by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey designed to engage providers, parents and community members in building care connections to improve resilience. The discussion will focus on understanding negative childhood experiences and trauma and demonstrate how the bonds of care can act as a primary buffer in the negative effects of trauma. The training is appropriate for parents and providers who raise and teach school-aged children. The programs are free and available to the public; interested participants are encouraged to call 973-940-3500 for login information.

During the series of workshops, trauma experts and guest speakers discuss the impact of negative childhood experiences on social, emotional, and cognitive development, and offer tips and strategies for building resilience. Negative childhood experiences are widely recognized as falling into three distinct categories: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Examples of negative behaviors that would result from ACEs include smoking, alcoholism, drug use, absenteeism, and lack of physical activity. These behaviors can cause a cascade of physical and mental health problems, from diabetes to cancer to suicidal thoughts. It is estimated that around 67% of the population has had at least one negative childhood experience.

The agency’s program brings together professionals, providers, and parents who are committed to increasing awareness of the impact of childhood trauma on youth development, future victimization and perpetration of violence, as well as health and lifelong opportunity. “Our goal is to help make our community a place where every child can thrive by providing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) education and training and ensuring safe, stable relationships and environments. and empowering,” says Deborah Berry, executive director of the Self-Sufficiency Project. -Toon.

Project Self-Sufficiency is a nonprofit, community-based organization specializing in services for low-income families in Northwestern New Jersey. Programs offered at the Self-Sufficiency Project include family literacy, computer training and job placement services, parenting skills assistance, child care, counseling and advocacy, referrals and help with emergency basic needs. To make a donation, or for more information on the programs and services offered by the Self-Sufficiency Project, visit or call 973-940-3500. The Self-Sufficiency Project is located at 127 Mill Street, Newton, New Jersey.


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