Developed by a team of pediatricians, research scientists, public health experts, and clinical quality improvement experts, these courses were designed to support providers and administrators nationwide seeking to transform their practices toward trauma-informed care. The courses also provide a great supplement to the State of California’s two-hour course that trains Medi-Cal providers on clinical protocols and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.
Join us in building a healthier future for children and families. Get the tools and training you need to screen for ACEs by taking an onDemand course today.
Course 1 – ACEs: The Science & Foundational Framework
There are now decades of science helping us understand how adversity and toxic stress can impact health and what interventions and protective factors can help prevent and mitigate the damage. In this course, you’ll learn how exposure to ACEs and toxic stress affects the brain and causes multi-systemic effects, leading to disruption in the ways that the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems operate — and how knowing this might help improve clinical decision-making.
Course 2 – Implementing ACEs Screening in Clinical Practice
There’s no one-size-fits-all way to do ACEs screening — what will work for your practice depends on many factors including your healthcare setting type, patient population, and goals. This course takes you through the key considerations, developed through working in the field with early adopters, that should be explored to help you develop an ACEs screening protocol for your unique practice. This course also provides sample planning worksheets, workflow, scoring algorithm, suggested patient resources and referrals for post-screening, and many other helpful supports.
Course 3 – Prepare your Practice
Successful ACEs screening depends on more than a well-planned patient experience. A strong back-end organizational and administrative structure, as well as well-defined policies and procedures, are also critical for making your screening program run smoothly. This course reviews what you should consider, including electronic health record (EHR) data capture and reporting, billing, QI Performance Improvement methodology, and staff training and self-care. We also discuss best practices for creating implementation leadership and administration and colleague buy-in.
Course 4 – Communication & Anticipatory Guidance around ACEs
This more advanced course provides information that will help you continue to improve your ACEs screening program. We delve into proven techniques and frameworks that can help you build patient/caregiver trust and encourage patient/family participation in recommended interventions. This course also provides sample patient education tools, patient education job aids and staff scripts you can modify to use in your own practice.
Be part of a national peer group of providers interested in applying ACEs and toxic stress science to medical practice and in expanding knowledge, building capacity, accessing resources, and shaping the field of trauma-informed medical practice – it’s free to join!
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