I MATTER: Brains, Heart and Courage for Early Childhood Providers
Remember fight or flight, the body’s way of dealing with danger? Well, like anything else, too much could kill you; especially when pervasive trauma starts early in life. Brain development is also affected by early, extended stress.
We now have a reliable study (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE 1995-97) that clearly shows that as many as 67% of employed, college-educated Caucasian Americans with access to health care suffered early trauma and as a consequence developed serious health and emotional conditions later in life. Some even decreased their life expectancy by as much as 20 years.
Consider, then, ethnically different communities who experience generational poverty, institutionalized racism, lack of health care, dangerous neighborhoods, food and economic deserts and punitive immigration policies. Surely the percentage of individuals who experience early trauma in disadvantaged neighborhoods is higher.
So what now? Join Mel Tinjaca-Tucker, PhD as she:
- Explores what happens to your body, your emotions, and the structure of your brain when adults and children do not have a chance to recover from the fight or flight experiences.
- Discovers what you can do now for yourself, your students, and the children in your life to identify and regulate emotions, build relationships and think critically about options and decisions; and potentially improve your health and well-being.
Registration is required, there is a limit of 100. Participants will receive 2 clock hours from Kansas or Missouri. This is a free workshop you will receive a confirmation email saying that an invoice will be following, please ignore it.