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The mission of ACE Nashville is to prevent and mitigate the lifelong impact of childhood adversity to improve the safety, health and prosperity of our community. Our vision is for Nashville, and Tennessee, to be a safe, stable, and nurturing community for all.

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Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice with Special Guest, Becky Haas, Pioneer in Developing Trauma-Informed Judicial Initiatives

Please join us for our new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity, PhD/LCSW, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being...

Examples of Current Trauma-Informed Judicial Systems

Please join us for a new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Porter Jennings-McGarity, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being used in this area...

ACE Nashville Partnership Tier & Data Project Survey

The Continuous Data Collection & Quality Improvement workgroup (CQI) is exploring creation of voluntary partnership levels to help leadership manage communication and leverage the strengths of the collective. We are also expanding a pilot ‘data comparison’ project as a next step on the path to data sharing. This survey is to collect feedback on both of these initiatives. Please use the QR code in the attached image to access the survey, or click here . We appreciate your participation!

The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implicit Bias Awareness Training

The Dibble Institute is pleased to present an introductory webinar by Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr. of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity , which will provide foundational information on implicit bias. It will focus at the individual level and discuss how implicit bias affects everyone. Strategies to reduce or manage implicit bias will be discussed. Broadly speaking, group-based bias involves varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice...

Join us October 27, 2021 for the inaugural event in our Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice System series, “The Relationship between PACEs and the Criminal Justice System”

Please join us for a new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly series will feature conversations facilitated by Porter Jennings-McGarity, PACEs Connection Midwest and Tennessee community facilitator and criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and...

Me & My Emotions: A New, Free Resource for Teens

The pandemic has had a lasting effect on youth mental health. Moved by a desire to reduce youth’s toxic stress and increase their resilience, The Dibble Institute, in partnership with a team of students and alumni from ArtCenter College of Design and author Carolyn Curtis, PhD, is releasing Me & My Emotions —a new, free adaptation of our beloved Mind Matters Curriculum. The mobile-friendly Me & My Emotions website features engaging graphics and bite-sized lessons teens can access and...

FREE WEBINAR - The Impact of Mind Matters: Preliminary Evidence of Effectiveness in a Community-Based Sample

Becky Antle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and esteemed University Scholar at the University of Louisville, won The Dibble Institute’s national competition to evaluate Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in 2019. As a result, Dr. Antle and her colleagues have conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of Mind Matters on a host of outcomes related to trauma symptoms, emotional regulation, coping and resiliency, and interpersonal skills for at-risk...

TN Department of Children's Services Upcoming Event: "When Faith Hurts: A Call for Collaboration Between the Faith and Child Protective Communities"

TN Department of Children's Services Upcoming Event: "When Faith Hurts: A Call for Collaboration Between the Faith and Child Protective Communities" Course Description: Many maltreated children are spiritually impacted by abuse and require a coordination of medical, mental health, and spiritual care. This slightly shortened presentation suitable as a keynote examines this re-search and explores creative reforms for bringing faith and child protection communities together to protect children...

Join ACE Nashville's Partners at VUMC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools The 9th Annual Barbara Gay Lecture: Responding to Childhood Trauma to Facilitate Posttraumatic Growth

This presentation will focus on a framework for understanding how traumatic events can lead to positive change. The different types of posttraumatic growth will be explored, along with how this process occurs. Using case examples, we will talk about how we can play a role in the lives of others and help to facilitate posttraumatic growth for others. The Barbara Gay Lecture is an annual event that encourages the collaboration of mental health and schools to improve the lives of children and...

Sample National Observances Calendar

One of our awesome PCE workgroup members shared a great resource with us that lists some o the national observances by month that can be used to inspire potential topics that organizations can focus on throughout the year. The workgroup member who shared this would like to no the following: This is not an exhaustive list, but rather examples of several occurrences and observances that might be applicable to organizational work related to advocacy, awareness, and safety presentation...

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