“Prevention and Treatment of Distress, Anxiety & Trauma” using PBS
This session starts promptly at 9AM and ends at 4PM
The last 20 years of neuroscientific research has been driven by questions generated by the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, i.e., “how are these findings possible”? Neuroscience has shown that only 25% of our neurons are networked at birth, and epigenetics, i.e., the interaction between our DNA (Nature) and our Experiences (Nurture) networks the rest. Our DNA code stays the same, but how that code is switched on and off and how it is expressed, depends on the triggering experience. Unmitigated distress interrupts the neural networking process (the ACEs “neural disruption”). Our epigenetic “record” is inheritable, which means the experiential damage we do today can show up in future generations. But – it is also reversible - - we can stop and reverse the damage, i.e., reverse the outcomes of the ACE Study. Adults are responsible for making our children’s experiences nurturing, but since life gets in the way of a stress-free life, we are also responsible for building our children’s coping and stress-management habits - and if we do not, the ACE Study findings will continue to be our record of results. We are not only responsible for building the cognitive abilities of our children, we are responsible for building their physical and behavioral health, and these last two come first.
About Karen Williams, MSSW
Karen Williams, MSSW, is a writer and speaker known for her ability to explain the latest neuroscience and apply it to real life. Her current focus is on three areas: brain development and behavior; the impact of substances, stress, trauma and traumatic brain injury on development and behavior; and the developmental readiness of youth to protect themselves. Her presentations and workshops are based on the research of many leaders in the field of brain and youth studies. She is the developer of the brain-based SAMHSA Model Program curriculum Protecting You/Protecting Me, and the "brain friendly and trauma-informed" Positive Behavior in School and Society (PBSS), a joint project of Rainbow Days, Inc. and AT&T.