The Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative (PeRC) provides Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) trainings for pediatric providers and clinic staff throughout Santa Barbara County, California. In 2020-2021, PeRC received an ACEs Aware Training Grant to develop ACEs trainings for pediatric providers across the state.

ACEs Aware Core Trainings
PeRC's four-module training sessions are approved by the state of California's ACEs Aware Initiative and are informed by evidence-based practices. These trainings are designed for all providers in California.

Core Training Objectives

    Training 1: Introduction to ACEs and Resilience
  • Define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their prevalence, health disparities in these data, toxic stress physiology, and related impacts on health, including underlying biological mechanisms.
  • Identify strategies for promoting resilience in children and families.

    Training 2: Secondary Traumatic Stress and Self-care
  • Understand the impacts of Secondary-Traumatic Stress and identify strategies to mitigate these impacts.

    Training 3: Strategies for Patient Engagement
  • Identify trauma-informed tools to increase patient engagement.

    Training 4: ACEs Aware Clinical Workflow Training
  • Identify how to introduce and integrate ACEs and toxic stress screening into clinical care, aligning with trauma-informed care principles.
  • Apply the ACEs and Toxic Stress Risk Assessment Algorithm for assessing risk for toxic stress, which includes a combination of screening for ACEs, identifying presence and extent of ACE-Associated Health Condition(s), and protective factors, in determining an appropriately tailored treatment and follow-up plan, including referrals, if indicated.
  • Identify the Medi-Cal payment requirements for administering ACE screening as a part of assessing for risk of toxic stress.

Additional ACEs Screening & Referral Trainings
PeRC partners have developed supplemental trainings covering additional topic areas pertaining to ACEs screening and referrals.

Trainings include:
NEAR@Home Training supports home visitors, paraprofessionals, and other providers in effectively addressing ACEs in home visitation.

ACEs and Integrated Care, Screening Adults for ACEs in an Integrated Primary Care Setting, and ACEs Aware Adult Clinical Workflow Training are trainings designed to support providers and clinic staff implementing ACEs screening and response among adult patients.