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NEAR Science- Beyond ACES: Building Self-Healing Communities

Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2023


NEAR Science- Beyond ACES: Building Self-Healing Communities

This science-informed, evidence-based curriculum walks people through:

How toxic stress and trauma affect the brain (Neurobiology) 

How the impact of early adversity and trauma can be transmitted from one generation to the next (Epigenetics)

More in-depth information about the findings from the original study (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

How to build strength and capacity in individuals and communities (Resilience)

The NEAR Science explores the Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs Study and Resilience. We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can increase risks of long-term physical, emotional and social disparities; however, we also know that protective factors can support children, adults and families and decrease those risks. This training explores how life experiences impact our biological nervous system. It takes a deeper dive into the ACEs Study and how to interpret the results to find best fit practices to increase the Core Protective Factors of building capabilities, increasing attachment and belonging, and fostering the growth of community, culture and spirituality.