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Protective Factors and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Meeting Families with Hope and Healing


This training was presented on
June 20, 2023


*Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.



As ACEs screening becomes more widespread, providers may lack knowledge about engaging families in the screening process in a way that supports healing within a data-informed framework. The Five Protective Factors model addresses this knowledge gap in a strength-based way that supports providers in making data-informed decisions about services and treatment.


Learners will be able to:

  • Understand and discuss the proposed relationship between ACEs screening and the Five Protective Factors framework.
  • Practice responding to families’ needs from a strengths-based, data-informed Protective Factors approach.
  • Generate ideas for how the Five Protective Factors framework can be integrated into their practice setting.


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.



  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Katie Albright joined Safe & Sound in 2007, when it was named the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. Her prior experiences include SF Deputy City Attorney representing our public schools; SF Education Fund Policy Director leading a campaign to improve teacher quality and increase student retention; and, Preschool California Co-Director of Policy & Outreach campaigning statewide for universal preschool. Prior to serving as an associate at Latham & Watkins and clerking for the US District Court in Maryland, she co-founded and taught in the Kayole-Gitau Nursery School & Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

Katie actively serves on local and national, non-profit and government boards and commissions. She received an Ascend Fellowship from The Aspen Institute and Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship at Stanford University. Katie graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and Williams College.



Senior Advisor,
Safe & Sound

Malcolm Gaines is a clinical psychologist and currently serves as the Senior Clinical Projects Director at Safe & Sound. He has been with the organization since 2002, and has also served as Clinical Director and Director of Intern Training there. Together with his colleagues, Dr. Gaines designed and implemented Safe & Sound’s Five Protective Factors-based service model in response to the need for an outcome-focused, data-informed, strengths-based model of family support in the field of child abuse prevention. He currently provides consultation and technical support to family support centers implementing Protective Factors-focused programming in San Francisco, and he leads Safe & Sound’s efforts to integrate the Protective Factors framework, ACEs science, and trauma-informed care within their service model. He is a contributor to “The Case for Prevention: A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Child Abuse,” in Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship, published by the Aspen Institute and to Safe & Sound’s 2022 issue brief, “Creating a Child & Family Well-Being System: A Paradigm Shift from Mandated Reporting to Community Supporting.” His clinical interests include resilience, childhood trauma, adoption, parenting and attachment, and transition age youth. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and he maintains a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco, where he has worked with children and families since 2002.



Senior Clinical Project Director,
Safe & Sound