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Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Welcome to SOOAR, the nonprofit organization committed to creating a brighter future for those affected by adverse childhood experiences. Our community-focused approach includes a wide range of services that help individuals overcome their challenges and improve their lives. From problem ID and referral services to educational resources and support groups, SOOAR is here to help you every step of the way. 

What is ACE's?

Adverse Childhood Experiences

The term "adverse childhood experience" refers to a range of negative situations a child may face or witness while growing up. These experiences include emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; emotional or physical neglect; parental separation or divorce; or living in a household in which domestic violence occurs. Other difficult situations include living in a household with an alcoholic or substance-abuser, or with family members who suffer mental disorders, or in a household with an incarcerated family member.

While some adverse childhood experiences can be prevented, there’s no prevention method for all types of childhood trauma. The best prevention method is to raise awareness within a person’s home and community of how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can affect a person as they grow. This is where SOOAR can help. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training is a type of education that aims to increase the awareness and skills of professionals and communities to support individuals who have experienced childhood stress and traumaACEs training covers topics such as the ACE study, which showed how ACEs can impact adult healththe neuroscience and epigenetics of traumaand the strategies to address trauma and create safe environments and relationshipsACEs training is accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT).

Continuing Education Credits are offered for all adult trainings through the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.   In order to qualify for full credit participants must attend each session in full and complete any required assignments, daily self-paced home(pre)work, and other task which will be provided prior to the beginning of class.  Partial credit cannot be awarded.  Missed days will need to be made up.  All self-paced work must be completed and submitted by the end of the class.

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