Online Course » Addressing the Bigger Picture in Pediatric Settings: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Course Description:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are leading social determinants of health and well-being across the lifespan. Child maltreatment, neglect, exposure to domestic violence and other childhood adversities often cluster and can have a cumulative effect. In the absence of resiliency factors, these experiences can translate into toxic stress for a child’s developing brain. This module describes predictable effects of ACEs on children’s physical, mental, and behavioral health. Strategies for a trauma-informed approach in the pediatric setting are described. The impact of ACEs on parenting is examined and educational resources including a safety card and video that can be used for universal education with parents to prevent the intergenerational transmission of ACEs are demonstrated.

Course Objective:
  1. Define resiliency
  2. Identify three adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that were measured in the ACEs study.
  3. List three effects of ACEs on children and parents.
  4. Describe the role of the safety card approach in educating parents about ACEs and promoting positive parenting.
  5. Identify two strategies for trauma-informed pediatric care.
  6. Identify two resiliency factors for children.
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