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(Learning Circle) Investing in Community Resilience: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice (eXtension Members Only)


(Learning Circle) Investing in Community Resilience: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice (eXtension Members Only)

This event is for individuals from eXtension Member Institutions only. A list of eXtension Member institutions is available hereeXtension Members can register for this event here in the Impact Collaborative group. 

The spread of COVID-19 has created a myriad of challenges for communities around the globe. The science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress as well as healing and resilience, can provide helpful tools for supporting communities through this time of crisis. 

Please join us on Wednesday, May 13th from 3-4pm ET for the first Learning Circle of the Investing in Community Resilience web series. Connect with others from around the country who are integrating ACEs and trauma science into their work in order to bring about stronger, healthier communities. 

How is a Learning Circle different from a webinar? In a Learning Circle, we'll be using a standard Zoom meeting room and working in small groups to discuss questions surrounding ACEs and trauma science. Participants will work across sectors to learn more from one another about using ACEs and trauma science for more effective practice. 

Investing In Community Resilience:
Deploying Trauma-Informed Practice for Funders & Capacity Builders

As an Extension professional, your passion for building just, healthy, resilient communities is evident. Until recently, we have been missing critical information that can help us develop best practices to achieve such a goal. 

Today, the science is clear – adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma can impact the brain and body, contributing to a host of negative outcomes in all aspects of life. Some effects can even be passed from generation to generation. In the last two decades, we have come to understand that ACEs and trauma are pervasive and distributed inequitably among vulnerable communities. 

The good news is that trauma-informed, healing-centered practice can hold the keys to preventing and mitigating these impacts. Researchers, service providers, philanthropists, policymakers, community residents, and others are coming together to build a movement for resilient communities, improving outcomes in areas as divergent as health care, education, and criminal justice.

In partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, the eXtension Foundation is providing an exclusive 10-month learning series opportunity for eXtension Members focused on how Extension Professionals can use ACEs and trauma science to improve community outcomes. 

This series will guide the conversation around how communities can deploy resources in creative ways to build knowledge and capacity throughout the human-serving field. The series will be delivered in three parts, each of which will include two educational webinars and one interactive learning circle:

Part I: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice
March, April, May, 2020

In Part I, we will explore: 

  • The science behind ACEs, trauma, toxic stress, resilience, and healing, and 

  • What it means to be trauma-informed and how individuals, organizations, and communities can implement practices that reflect this knowledge

Learning Circle 1: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice
May 13th, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM ET

Connect with philanthropy and Extension professionals for an interactive learning circle to discuss the concepts explored in the first two webinars of the Investing in Community Resilience series.

Save the Date for the Third Webinar: Trauma-Informed Practice in Action: Case Studies Across Sectors

June 17th, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM ET
Registration will be available soon on

Join us to learn from nonprofit organizations and Extension professionals about how integrating trauma-informed practice has transformed their impact on individuals, organizations, communities, and systems.

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