ACEs & Toxic Stress


In this video, Andi will be talking about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are not the only way that stress can become toxic (insert pandemic here). Understanding our origins (see what we did there) can help us understand what we’re going through can make all of us feel less alone (and less weird).


  1. Andi talked for 8 minutes with NO SOUND and so this was her second go at the topic.
  2. There’s a fun tik-tok (that you can view on Facebook here and @OriginsTC) to go with the news that we flipped the switch and changed the name of the first module in The Basics from “The Adverse Childhood Experiences Framework” to “ACEs & Toxic Stress”
  3. This was done in WEEK 6 of quarantine…isolation fatigue, anyone?
  4. We reached a record number of viewers even with these circumstances!

*****Also, if you haven’t heard, we now have reduced rates for The Basics and The Resilience Champion Certificates (and still the great group rates you know and love)*******


The Basics is a 90-minute online training session helps anyone understand the basic science behind the ACEs framework and what it means to develop a trauma-informed and resilience-building approach. It also provides a shared language that can be applied in a variety of sectors (including schools and education, healthcare and community health centers, law enforcement, social work, child welfare, criminal justice, non-profit, and more) or in a cross-sector setting (such as a community group). By the end of this course, you’ll develop a solid understanding of trauma-informed principles and practices including the following key concepts — a necessary step to take before applying them in your unique setting — and be ready to “graduate” to The Resilience Champion course.

The Resilience Champion is a self-paced professional development course (which includes access to The Basics) that will guide you as you move from trauma-aware to trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. You and/or your team will work through one section each week (or faster or slower, if you prefer) to help you establish a foundation, create goals, and identify concrete steps you can take to sustain trauma-informed practices and principles and a resilience-building approach in your specific setting. You’ll also see cross-sector examples of Resilience Champions and specific strategies that have worked for them, providing inspiration for clear steps to help you get started.