Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Youth Work

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Brandon explained unfamiliar topics in ways that someone not in the field could easily understand."

"One of the best trainings I have received. I learned a lot and will be adding this training to our annual schedule."

"Really appreciated the update on ACEs - how the research has expanded to be more relevant and the addition of community trauma and stress as a factor."

Your Training Description

When youth act out or behave negatively, it may seem they are just trying to cause trouble. That thinking perpetuates the false narrative that some youth are simply “bad kids.” Research reveals there’s often an underlying reason for their behavior and it may not be in their control. Many of the young people you work with will likely have been affected by ACEs. Your ability to recognize and understand the effects of ACEs, especially when seeing negative behaviors, will prepare you to be a better support system for young people.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Explore findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
  • Understand how trauma and toxic stress affect biological, physiological, social, emotional, and brain development
  • Learn how to recognize adaptive responses to environmental circumstances and toxic stress that youth may encounter
  • Incorporate an understanding of ACEs and adaptive responses to environmental circumstances to modify your work with youth
  • Become aware of your personal perceptions and beliefs so your work with young people does not add to their traumatic experiences

Your Trainer

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Brandon Jones is a psychotherapist, professor, and consultant. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is currently a professor at Metropolitan State University, Inver Hills Community College, and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live Life with Purpose, on Purpose”.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.

Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

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