Regardless of where we come from: our ethnicity, our race, our gender, our place of birth, our preferences…. We all experience stress and we all have the same type of response to the accumulation of stress…

ACES: Brain Development, the Biology of Stress, & the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Friday, March 9, 2018
Check-in Time: 8:30am
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm
Who: Adults
Where: Waconia Middle School Auditorium
Fee: $30
Speaker: Karina Forrest-Perkins MHR, LADC & CEO of The Wayside House 
Credits: Course is worth 5 CEUs
Lunch provided: Included with fee—Catered by Café #110
Register: by March 2, 2018
Auditorium Capacity: Maximum 480

This course was designed and developed for professional caregivers, healthcare workers, teachers, coaches, social workers and parents to become more competent, informed, caring adults. You will walk away with a short list of building resilience factors for children and youth.

Human beings have multiple regions of our brain which contribute to our thoughts and behavior. This course will focus on the brain’s survival mechanism, limbic mechanism, and frontal and pre-frontal cortex.

You will learn about cognitive shut-down… The more prepared you become for danger, the less your body perceives you need relational skills. The more upset we become, the less sophisticated our thinking becomes.

You will learn about Neuro-synaptic development. At birth, we have ~100 billion neurons with 50 trillion connections or synapses. At one year the brain has 1,000 trillion synapses. On average between the age of 0-5, children produce over 20,000 connections per second. In adulthood, we produce ~400 connections per day.

Behavior, affect, attitude, capacities may not be “choices”—they may be responses to stress accumulation during development. When individuals who have grown up with high-stress accumulation do not receive the support they need to balance this condition, they transmit the same problem onto the next generation and the accumulation process starts all over again.

A large portion of many health, safety and prosperity conditions is attributable to Adverse Childhood Experience: adolescent health, reproductive health, smoking, alcohol abuse, illicit drug abuse, sexual behavior, mental health, risk of revictimization, stability of relationships and performance in the workforce. Hundreds of billions of dollars annually support strategies that do not intervene early enough or that miss too many people who would benefit from them.

ACES, Event Speaker—Karina Forrest Perkins

Karina Forrest Perkins

Karina Forrest Perkins

Karina currently serves as the CEO for Wayside Recovery Center, a gender specific addiction and mental health treatment organization in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Wayside has over sixty years of experience helping women overcome the challenges of addiction, trauma, and mental illness. Wayside is one of only six providers in Minnesota who allow children to stay with their Mother while she receives intensive treatment and care. 

Her primary career focus: the improvement of multi-generational life-course outcomes for populations in high-stress circumstances.

A Special Thanks To our Generous Sponsors and Supporters!

Waconia School District #110
Carver County Public Health
SVABW Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women
All’s Well

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