Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Part 2 of 2

Incorporating Awareness of Trauma in Family Life Education
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
$25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members / $85 for nonmembers

Note: Times listed are Central Standard Time (CST)

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Judith A. Myers-Walls (left) and Debra L. Berke (right)

There is a growing awareness among a variety of professions of the potential for and impact of trauma on children and adults. Research into childhood trauma has shown that the negative outcomes can last a lifetime, affecting both physical and psychological health and well-being. For educators, what do these findings mean? How and when should participants be encouraged to complete scales like the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) inventory, and how should the results be presented? What is the educational value of this information? What are the risks and benefits of sharing these results? Can we discuss trauma without addressing resilience and asset building? How does the trauma literature interface with educational approaches like positive parenting and building family strengths?

This webinar will explore these issues and assemble both questions and some answers regarding educational approaches to trauma. Both Family Life Education (FLE) classroom and community settings will be considered, including face-to-face and online educational approaches.

Intended audience: New and experienced family professionals

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

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*$20 discount applied when registering for both Part 1 and Part 2

Webinar Objectives

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe research findings regarding possible effects of adverse experiences on children and adults.
  2. List several methods of incorporating trauma research into FLE programming.
  3. Assess the risks and benefits of sharing information about ACEs in several ways in FLE settings.

About the Presenters

Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE, is a graduate of Manchester College (now Manchester University; North Manchester, IN) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also holds a master’s and doctorate degree from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. She served as professor and extension specialist in that department for 31 years, retiring from the University in 2010. She has been a Certified Family Life Educator since 1991. She currently serves as education director for OnlineParentingPrograms.com. and is the editor for NCFR’s Family Focus quarterly translational Family Science newsletter. In the academic department at Purdue, her responsibilities were to teach courses on children and parenting, advise students, and conduct research. Her extension appointment was to translate research findings in the area of human development for use by the general public.  More specifically, she trained other professionals (especially county extension staff) involved in programming for children, parents, and families; wrote pamphlets; delivered workshops; worked with mass media; developed curricula; reviewed materials; and supported Family Life Education in other ways. Her major publications include Young Peacemakers Project Book, Peace Works, (co-author of both), Families as Educators for Global Citizenship (co-editor), National Extension Parent Education Model (co-author), Domains of Family Practice Model (co-author). Her websites include: Purple Wagon (originally Terrorism and Children) and Provider-Parent Partnerships.

Debra L. Berke, Ph.D., CFLE, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in human development and family studies. She also holds a Ph.D. in family studies from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining the Wilmington University faculty on a full-time basis in 2008, she taught family studies and women’s studies at Messiah College for 15 years. She also directed the Gender Studies Project at Messiah College. Dr. Berke has been a consultant for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the State of Delaware. She has served as chair of the Family Policy Section, chair of the Education and Enrichment Section, and on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations as well as president of the Family Science Association. Dr. Berke is a Certified Family Life Educator and the director of psychology programs at Wilmington University. In 2016, under her guidance, an undergraduate Trauma-Informed Approaches certificate was launched. To date this is the only undergraduate certificate in this field in the U.S. She is also a member of the Trauma Matters Delaware (TMD) steering group and co-chair of the TMD program committee.