Adverse Childhood Experience training

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood or aspects of a child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding. ACEs can include:

  • Experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect
  • Witnessing violence in the home or community
  • Having a family member attempt or die by suicide

Additionally, this can also include being raised in an environment with:

  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health problems
  • Instability due to parental separation or household members in jail or prison

ACE education and prevention

ACEs can disrupt healthy brain development and affect social development. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse, or abuse in adulthood. However, these experiences can be prevented by strategically reducing risk factors like:

  • Strengthening economic supports for families
  • Promoting social norms that protect against violence and adversity
  • Ensuring the child has an environment that allows them to reach their full potential
  • Teaching skills to assist parents and youth handle stress, manage emotions, and overcome everyday challenges
  • Connecting youth to caring adults and community activities
  • Intervening to lessen immediate and long-term harms

Healthy Blue encourages education and prevention of ACEs by equipping providers with the informational tools to better assist our members located on this page as well as training documents available through The Search Institute .

The Search Institute

The Search Institute promotes healthy youth development and advance equity through rigorous scientific research. Providers can use their Resources Hub to obtain additional tools and materials designed to support Healthy Blue’s goal of preventing ACEs and improving the overall health of our youth.

Certified core trainings

ACEs Aware has contracted with several partners to provide learning opportunities for providers to better understand adverse childhood experiences through courses that grant CME/CEU credits as well as American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) credits and AMA maintenance of certification (MOC) credits for completion of these trainings. Providers can register for certified core trainings on the ACEs Aware training page , which include:

  • ACEs and Resilience training
  • Futures Without Violence
  • Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Resilience-Oriented Approach for Reproductive Health
  • And more

Additional ACE training resources


Provider tools & resources

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