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Helping Parents Move Beyond Their Own ACEs



Originally presented on April 11, 2022


*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.



This session will discuss best practices and lessons learned through the KidSTART program’s experience over the past 10 years providing routine child and caregiver Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screenings, and the program’s role in working to disrupt the cycle of trauma. Specific focus will be placed on implementing the ACE screening and working with caregivers – inclusive of birth and foster parents of children ages 0-5, and the impact of identifying and addressing caregiver ACES in order to ease barriers to engagement in services, for both the caregiver and the child.


Learners will:

  • Explore data and trends from caregiver and child ACE screenings
  • Discuss the impact of caregiver ACEs on the child’s treatment outcomes through case studies
  •  Identify opportunities to screen/educate caregivers on the impact of ACES to facilitate improved engagement and outcomes


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations. Mental health staff may benefit most from this training.








Natalie’s clinical background is based in Behavior Therapy and she has worked in various roles supporting children of all abilities for 20 years. She has been involved in grant-funded programs at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2012 and is currently the manager for KidSTART Center. Natalie’s passion is finding creative ways to meet the clinical needs of young children with complex needs.




Manager, KidSTART Center
Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego