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Pre-Conference - HOPE Conquers ACES: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences

  • 15 Nov 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Boise State University


  • Thursday Pre-Conference

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HOPE Conquers ACES: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences

    In light of growing interest surrounding the Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs study, a growing need arises to determine how people persevere through those experiences to find resiliency and HOPE. The future of our society is bright, and rests with our children. In turn the well-being of our children is the responsibility of all of us. Current brain and social sciences have shed light on the impact of childhood adversity, risks, and toxic and negative factors impacting healthy child development. HOPE is the framework that studies and promotes positive child and family well-being. Framing the work with the Strengthening Families Protective Factors, with an understanding of ACEs, the biology of stress and resilience as well as the first 1000 days of brain development will allow for a rich and relevant experience. The participants will experience a very personal training, because we can’t teach what we do not know within ourselves to be true. We will explore the current sciences concerning the key role that experiences play in child development, adding to the current understanding of the power of positive experiences to mitigate the negative role played by ACEs. While ACEs are important, an exclusive focus on adverse experiences risks labeling children and their families. . HOPE works to improve the understanding of how positive experience in day-to-day relationships and interactions in childhood, despite adversity, have lasting impacts on adult health. The Center for the Study of Social Policy identified five Protective Factors that support strong families, optimal child development and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Strengthening families starts with relationships- open, trusting, vulnerable, joyful relationships. Together we will work to develop skills and gain tools that encourage perseverance in spite of adversity. 

   Presented by:


Miriam Staffen 






Thursday, November 15 - 1PM to 5PM (4 CE hours)

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