Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Coalition of Guelph & Wellington

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ACEs Coalition is a group of community stakeholders taking action on Adverse Childhood Experiences in Guelph and Wellington County. 

What are ACEs?

Experiences in childhood shape who we are and set the stage for who we will become. Researchers call stressful or potentially traumatic abuse, neglect or household dysfunction adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs can increase the risk of negative health behaviours and outcomes later in life.

The ACEs Coalition aims to prevent and reduce the effects of ACEs in our communities by building resilience at the individual, family, and community level.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to "bounce back" from life's inevitable pressures and hard times. It helps us handle stress, overcome childhood disadvantage, recover from trauma and reach out to others and opportunities so we can grow and learn.

"Resilient" people have been shown to have happier relationships and are less prone to depression, more successful in school and jobs, and even live healthier and longer lives.

"Resilience isn't something we develop alone. The connections we feel to family, friends, community and culture are   Protective Factors that work together to strengthen resilience."

Resilience can be learned and shared

Substantial evidence confirms that thinking and coping skills that promote resilience can be learned. More than 30 years of systematic research on preventing depression and promoting resilience at the University of Pennsylvania and other university centres has shown that these resiliency skills can be effectively taught to children eight years and older.

For more information, visit ACEs Coalition's website. 


ACEs and Resilience Training

The free, self-directed ACEs & Resilience Learning Modules are intended for human service professionals (including but not limited to, Primary Care Providers, Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Social Workers, Outreach Workers and Pharmacists) interested in learning more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience. Content is also useful for educators, including early childhood educators, volunteers working with children and families, or anyone wanting to develop a better understanding of the relationship between early life experiences and long-term health.

Modules may be completed in 5-7 hours, and all participants will receive a certificate of recognition upon completion.

Modules include:

  • Module 1: An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Module 2: The Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Module 3: Resilience
  • Module 4: Taking Action to Prevent and Reduce the Effects of ACEs and Build Resilience
  • Module 5: ACEs and Resilience Practice Case
  • Specialized Module: Reducing Stress and Promoting Resilience in Young Children

The purpose of the Specialized Module is to provide individuals who work with and care for young children information about the important role they can play in helping to reduce the impact of stress and promote resilience. The module describes strategies for promoting healthy relationships, responding to stress and the importance of adult resilience skills and modelling of resilience within adult-child interactions. 

The Specialized Module was developed by the County of Wellington Children’s Early Years Division in collaboration with the ACEs Coalition.

ACEs and Resilience Training

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