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Building a Resilient Community: Understanding Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences

posted Apr 10, 2018, 10:50 AM by Terri Morrison

Local organizations are partnering to bring international speaker and trauma expert Dr. Allison Sampson Jackson, LCSW, to Fredericksburg for a community town hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The event, “Building a Resilient Community: Understanding Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences” will be held at the John F. Fick, III Conference Center located at 1301 Sam Perry Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The interactive program begins at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m.


Mary Washington Healthcare, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, and Rappahannock United Way are partnering to host and sponsor the event.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact the mental and physical wellness of youth and adults. ACEs take the form of physical, emotional, and/or mental trauma. By creating a trauma informed community, we can build individual and community resilience. We can work together to prevent what is predictable and foster a community of wellness.


“Traumatic childhood experiences can have lasting impacts on individuals, but we know that healing is possible. Relationships and connections help restore the brain that has been changed by toxic stress,” shared Jane Yaun, Executive Director, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board. “We can create a supportive environment that promotes healing, compassion and respect. Everyone has a place at the table for this work, and we encourage the community to come together to learn more and to help.”


This free event is appropriate for adults/parents/teachers who are interested in learning more about trauma as a public health concern and how trauma impacts the brain and can lead to at-risk health behaviors. Additionally the town hall will support participants to increase their understanding of resiliency both personally and within the community.


Terri Morrison,
Apr 10, 2018, 10:50 AM