Children/youth and families who have been impacted by one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are at risk for poorer physical, cognitive, and mental health outcomes. Caregivers (education professionals, community professionals, and families) play a critical role in the academic, behavioral, social and emotional development of children's youth. This workshop will introduce an already produced workshop available free to educators to offer to families to introduce them to their child's social-emotional development. The workshop provides support to families through Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) to build resilience. The workshop will provide access to presentation materials and three resources that accompany topics on ACEs, Toxic Stress and PCEs. Results will be shared from the workshops offered to families/caregivers in Kansas.
Dr. Groff worked with the School Mental Health Initiative to develop the Trauma, Toxic Stress and Caregiver Well-Being curriculum. She also has presented the workshop to educators and families across the state of Kansas. Dr. Groff serves as the co-chair of the Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council.