On Monday, March 21, social workers, educators and more filled the gymnasium of Bester Elementary School as leading trauma experts from across the nation linked findings from the ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) with staggering proof of health, social, and economic problems resulting later in life. The research, conducted over a 10-year period, by Dr. Vincent Felitti, one of the conference speakers, involved over 17,000 participants and has become influential in demonstrating the need for effectively responding to childhood traumas early.
The conference, sponsored by San Mar’s Bester Community of Hope initiative, the Washington County Department of Social Services, Washington County Public Schools, The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, and Casey Family Programs had over 400 in attendance.
- Download Patsy Sellars, MSW’s Presentation as a PDF »
- Download Dr. Jerry Yager, Psy.D.’s Presentation as a PDF »
- Bester Community of Hope Resources List »
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