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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Free in-person training)

January 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

In this training, attendees will gain an understanding of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been empirically proven to have lasting impact.

Attendees will leave understanding the areas of childhood experiences that are impacting their adult clients today–including–

  • Early exposure to mental illness in the living environment
  • Early exposure to violence by others in the living environment
  • Early exposure to drug use in the living environment
  • ANY type of violence or abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, neglect)—either witnessing it or experiencing it first-hand
  • Separation or Divorce
  • Death or Suicide of a family member in the family of origin
  • A family member who went to prison

Attendees will benefit from understanding how ACEs can be incorporated into work with adults who today present with trauma diagnoses, diagnoses related to substance use disorders, histories of violence in their adult lives, as well as issues such as homelessness, incarceration, poor physical health, issues related to unemployment or underemployment and related poverty.

Attendees will understand better how looking for ACEs in their work with adults today will help to inform appropriate interventions and will also provide an understanding as to which approaches to avoid when working with folks who have high ACEs scores.

The training combines Trauma Informed Care principles with Cognitive Behavioral Interventions.

A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants that complete the session. The certificate can be used to apply for CEUs for various disciples such as social work, peer certification and more. This training is free of charge and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.

Trainers: Christine P. Rhodes LICSW received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and her Masters Degree from Rhode Island College School of Social Work. Prior to beginning her own private practice in Providence 7 years ago, Chris was the Clinical Director at Amos House for 9 years. She has also held positions at Day One, The Providence Center and AdCare Hospital, and has taught in the Doctoring Program at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She brings nearly 20 years of experience working with chronically homeless individuals and families who often are also struggling with substance use disorders, mental health challenges, education barriers and employment difficulties. Christine P. Rhodes is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and is a Certified Anger Management Specialist.

Eileen Hayes, President & CEO of Amos House, has been a social worker for 33 years. She received her Masters Degree from NYU School of Social Work in 1984. Throughout her career she has held a variety of positions including the Director of Services for Adolescents and Young Families at the YWCA of New York and the Director of Parenting Education Services for the New York City Department of Health. From 1990 to 2001 she combined her private psychotherapy practice with her work as a national consultant for MDRC, a research organization that implemented a range of promising programs to address issues of poverty and unemployment for unemployed and underemployed adults throughout the country. Ms. Hayes joined Amos House in 2001 as President/CEO. Amos House is a social service agency and soup kitchen in Providence Rhode Island that provides recovery housing, training and employment for poor and homeless men, women, and children.


Crowne Plaza Hotel
801 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886 United States
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