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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Being Trauma Informed is Essential for Nonprofits.

By learning about Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) and trauma informed practices, your nonprofit can:

  • Align with current standards and best practices
  • Better understand constituent experiences
  • Address root causes of a range of social challenges
  • Prevent further harm and retraumatization
  • Enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Enhance service provision
  • Build resilience
  • Support staff well-being
  • Avoid burnout and secondary traumatic stress
  • Create empathetic, inclusive environments

Get started today by dedicating just 15 minutes of your time to watch a brief video!

Instructions: Once you select the button below, you will need to (1) answer a few brief questions giving us some details about who is watching the video. Then, you will (2) watch a brief 12 minute video and lastly you will (3) answer a few more questions.

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Why PACEs Matter to Nonprofits (12:42)

Why Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) Matter to Nonprofits

This is an introduction to PACEs covering: why nonprofits should learn about ACES; the three types of ACEs; the groundbreaking study by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente shedding light on commonality of ACEs; mechanisms by which ACEs impact a person throughout their lifespan; the interconnectedness of the three rhelms of ACEs (household, community, environment); the economic and social costs of ACEs; types of stress responses and impacts on the brain; intergenerational transmission of trauma; six guiding principles for a trauma informed approach; the workplace mental health and wellbeing framework from the office of the surgeon general; using positive experiences to cultivate resilience and promote psychological safety; the five protective factors to prevent, buffer, and heal trauma; the prescription for healing toxic stress; and, a paradigm shift in how we view behavior.

Audio recorded by Cendie Stanford.

Video content curated by the Resilience Network nonprofit sector under the leadership of sector chairs Sandi Vidal and Lynette Fields.

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  • Request a (full 2 hour) Why PACEs Matter Workshop for your Board or Organization (Part I)
  • Request a (full 3 hour) Why Being Trauma Informed Matters Workshop for your Board or Organization (Part II)
  • Download the toolkit! (Coming Soon)

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2024 Summer Academy Schedule

The 2024 Summer Academy is hosted at the Canterbury Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. Nestled on 48 beautifully wooded acres with Lake Gem as its centerpiece, while you’re at Canterbury you might enjoy quiet time on the dock, the mile long nature trail, or a beautiful restful lunch overlooking Lake Gem.

Session I: June 10 – 14, 2024

Session I:
June 10 – 14, 2024

Session II:June 24 – 28, 2024

Session II:
June 24 – 28, 2024

Further Learning

Once participants have completed the PJI Summer Academy, participants will be provided with: PJI Academy Alumni support and mentorship PJI practices and tools to use in your classroom Further offerings of Development Days and retreats after the summer experience to dive deeper into resilience, self-care, and equity topics.

Contact Information

Please email Lianna McGowan, director, at