Adopting Trauma Informed Services to address the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

25 March 2020

Birmingham
PRICE

Speakers

Dr Sheena Webb
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Start

March 25, 2020 - 9:30 am

End

March 25, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Address

Maple House, 150 Corporation Birmingham B4 6TB   View map



Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events or experiences which impact children while growing up, in particular:

  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse by parent
  • physical abuse by parent
  • emotional neglect by parent
  • physical neglect by parent
  • loss of, or abandonment by, a parent
  • witnessing abuse in the household
  • drug/alcohol misuse in the household
  • mental illness in the household
  • close family member imprisoned

These ACEs have the potential to damage both mental and physical health across the life course. The more ACEs a child lives through, the higher the likelihood of health and social problems in later life.

Chemical changes can occur following ACEs, which leave children in a long term heightened state of stress, making it difficult for them to think rationally or absorb information in school. There is now supporting evidence which confirms that ACEs can also impact physical health in a fundamental way, by impeding the development of organs and the immune system, resulting in a higher predisposition to certain diseases and conditions.

Negative outcomes rise significantly with the number of ACEs experienced. Blackburn with Darwen, for example, which has mainstreamed ACE-informed services, undertook a study in 2012 which showed that an individual who had experienced 4 or more ACEs was  30 times more likely to have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI), 10 times more likely to be addicted to crack or heroin and 9 times more likely to spend time in prison.

Across UK studies, approximately 55% of adults have had no ACEs, while 10% have had four or more.

Complex trauma arising from ACEs poses a challenge to many service providers, where repeated contact with service users yields little or no satisfactory outcome. Adopting a Trauma Informed approach can significantly assist in making services a more ‘comfortable fit’ for service users, and can consequently improve engagement, length and quality of contact, and outcomes. It is not a treatment model, rather a shift in culture which makes it more likely that a service can create a good outcome for the service user.

There is an increased awareness of ACEs across a range of sectors, which has helped to encourage the growth of trauma informed practice across a range of sectors. However, there have also been some criticisms of the way in which the ACEs approach has been implemented.

This learning day will address the key questions around ACEs and Trauma Informed services:

  • What does it mean for services to become ‘ACE aware’?
  • How does this fit with making services Trauma Informed?
  • Do professionals need new skills?
  • Is organisational change needed?
  • What positive outcomes for service users have been identified?
  • How valid are recent criticisms of the ACEs approach?

The day is facilitated by Dr Sheena Webb, a consultant clinical psychologist, and manager of the pan London Family Drug and Alcohol Court. She and her team work closely with parents who are, or have been, alcohol and drug dependent and who often have experienced the successive removal of children into care. She will explore the key questions above around ACEs and Trauma Informed Services with particular reference to the practice of the FDAC, but also with reference to other research and good practice in the UK.

Complex trauma arising from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) poses a challenge to many service providers, where repeated contact with service users yields little or no satisfactory outcome.

A Trauma Informed approach can significantly assist in making services a more ‘comfortable fit’ for service users, and can consequently improve engagement, length and quality of contact, and outcomes. It is not a treatment model, rather a shift in culture which makes it more likely that a service can create a good outcome for the service user.

There is an increased awareness of ACEs across a range of sectors, which has helped to encourage the growth of trauma informed practice across a range of sectors. However, there have also been some recent criticisms of the way in which the ACEs approach has been implemented.

This learning day will address the key questions around ACEs and Trauma Informed services:

  • What does it mean for services to become ‘ACE aware’?
  • How does this fit with making services Trauma Informed?
  • Do professionals need new skills?
  • Is organisational change needed?
  • What positive outcomes for service users have been identified?
  • How valid are recent criticisms of the ACEs approach?

The day is facilitated by Dr Sheena Webb, a consultant clinical psychologist, and manager of the pan London Family Drug and Alcohol Court. She and her team work closely with parents who are, or have been, alcohol and drug dependent and who often have experienced the successive removal of children into care. She will explore the key questions above around ACEs and Trauma Informed Services with particular reference to the practice of the FDAC, but also with reference to other research and good practice in the UK.


Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.10

Welcome and introduction

10.10 – 11.15

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – what are they@
  • Outcomes of research into ACEs

11.15 – 11.40

Coffee break

11.40 – 12.45

  • A brief history of trauma and its consequences

12.45 – 1.35

Lunch

1.35 – 2.35

  • How practice and service provision has responded to ACEs strengths and drawbacks of the ACEs approach and its implementation
  • Dealing with some of the myths which have arisen

2.35 – 2.45

Quick break

2.45 – 3.45

  • Building Trauma Informed Services to encourage longer term engagement from service users

3.45

Close

  • Parent and family support workers
  • Children’s social workers
  • Specialist family support professionals in schools
  • Children’s charities including those that work with young carers
  • Troubled families’ services
  • Successive removals specialist services
  • Adult services professionals
  • Drug and alcohol specialists
  • Services which work with victims of domestic and sexual abuse
  • Midwives, health visitors, and other community health professionals
  • Mental health services
  • Probation staff
  • Other women’s services working with vulnerable women including female offenders
  • Services working with sex workers and modern slavery
  • Support services within social housing

Delegate fee:

 £130 + VAT = £156

*Team of 3 (3rd person attends for half price) £325 + VAT = £390

*Team of 5 (5th person attends for free) £520 + VAT = £624

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.

 

Included in the delegate package:

  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments available throughout the day

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 4 March 2020 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

*Team bookings must be booked on the same form and are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

 

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.

CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO conferences@ccclimited.org.uk AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.

 

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

The training will take place in Birmingham City Centre:

etc Venues

Maple House

150 Corporation Street

Birmingham

B4 6TB

Venue telephone – 0121 212 8200

Directions can be found on the venue website

https://www.etcvenues.co.uk/venues/maple-house

New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all a few minutes away from the venue

Car parking

Birmingham High Street NCP (also known & signposted as Albert Street NCP), postcode B4 7L

Birmingham Londonderry House NCP, on Dalton Street, postcode B4 7LX

(Maple House has reduced rates agreed at both these car parks – contact the venue for daily tariffs and discounted rates.  Parking subject to availability)

Accommodation: 

The venue has a map on its website showing hotels close by.

https://www.hotelmap.com/map/pro/https://www.hotelmap.com/map/pro/M63ME#search