February workshop discusses the impact of childhood trauma and offers tips for healing

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– The Self-Sufficiency Project will continue the series of workshops and discussions, “PACEs at PSS”, designed to facilitate conversation about issues surrounding positive and negative childhood experiences (PACE), with a virtual session on Monday February 7 at 5:00 p.m. Participants are invited to explore the Connections Matter program, a program funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and run by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey designed to engage providers, parents, and community members. community in creating care connections to improve resilience. The discussion will focus on understanding negative childhood experiences and trauma and demonstrate how the bonds of care serve 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.

During periodic PACE PSS 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 PACEs at PSS program brings together professionals, providers, and parents who are committed to increasing awareness of the impact of childhood trauma on youth development, and future victimization and perpetration of violence. , as well as health and lifelong opportunity. “With the PACEs at PSS initiative, 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 and nurturing relationships and environments,” says Project Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Self-Sufficiency.

PACEs on Monday, February 7 at the PSS session of the Self-sufficiency project will be held via Zoom. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call 973-940-3500 to register and receive login information. The self-sufficiency project is located at 127 Mill Street, Newton.

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