Together, we can help prevent and heal adverse childhood experiences aligning public and private resources so Gwinnett County residents can thrive.
Resilience is the ability to navigate challenges, identify and cope with strong emotions, manage stress and practice health habits.
While we cannot prevent all of life’s ups and downs, we can equip the children in our lives with the tools and knowledge they need to cultivate a resilient spirit and practice self-care and compassion.
Resilience will not eliminate pain and hardship, but it does equip us to find meaning in adversity, develop strong coping skills and encourage positive growth over time.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), trauma is an event, series of events, or sets of circumstances that a person experiences as emotionally or physically harmful or life-threatening. These situations may affect an individual’s mental, physical, social, functioning, emotional, or spiritual well-being.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), globally, one in out of seven 10-19 years old experiences mental health conditions, that remain largely unrecognized and untreated.
Early childhood events can profoundly impact a child’s development and attachment formation, affecting their coping and functioning in adulthood.
Any multiple or repetitive traumatic events that produce a cumulative effect are considered chronic trauma.
These events are one-time traumatic incidents that have short-term effects and typically lead to a relatively swift recovery.
It’s any situation and circumstance involving a trauma that includes physical, emotional, and psychological threats of a traumatic experience.
After an event, the person’s experience is the emotional response to what occurred and the meaning they designated to the event.
The adverse effects of traumatic events can persist long after the actual event and may manifest as individuals begin to process their experiences.
It is any psychological and emotional distress experienced by individuals or communities due to exposure to racial discrimination, racism, or racially motivated violence.
Historical trauma includes shared psychological wounds from past events or oppression, with intergenerational effects, impacting individuals beyond direct experiences.
Community violence refers to acts of violence within a specific neighborhood, encompassing various forms like interpersonal, gang-related, gun, or domestic violence.
ACEs are potentially traumatic childhood experiences (ages 0-17) with lasting impacts on adulthood. They include violence, neglect, abuse, housing and food insecurity, and discrimination.
Events like divorce, incarceration, neglect, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, bullying, and abuse can lead to ACEs in a child’s home.
Discrimination, violence, poor water and air quality, lack of jobs, poverty, poor housing quality, structural racism, and food scarcity are some of the events that may lead to toxic stress in communities.
Natural disasters like a tornado or even a pandemic and the current climate crisis are known to be events that may lead to ACEs.
Stewards of Children
Stewards of Children is an adult-focused prevention training program that centers on improving the awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse (CSA). The training aims to educate adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to CSA.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid trains adults who regularly interact with adolescents (ages 12-18) to assist them during mental health or addiction challenges. The course covers common mental health issues, adolescent development, and a 5-step action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations.
QPR for Suicide Prevention
People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone to help. These 3 simple steps can save a life from suicide. Saying "yes" to this training truly could save a life.
Learn about trauma, ACEs, mind-body connections, and strategies for personal and community resilience. Create trauma-informed environments to manage stress and build stronger connections. The 4-hour training is offered virtually and eligible for 4 CEU credits.
Mandated Reporter Training
This free online training teaches mandated reporters how to recognize and report child maltreatment, as well as understand their legal responsibilities. It includes practice scenarios and is offered as a 1 1/2, 2, or 3-hour facilitated session by local PCA GA Mandated Reporter trainers.