ACEs Aware Provider Training

June 21, 2021

August 25, 2021
See below for dates and times by location.

The goal of this training is to raise the capacity of health care providers to advance trauma-informed communities in support of ACE screening and coordinated prevention and treatment to mitigate the toxic stress response.

Through this training, organizational leaders will be able to:

1) gain insight and tools on ACEs, toxic stress, ACE screening, and unique populations experiencing ACEs to assess their local communities, to then -

2) identify and engage community-based services to provide a warm handoff for patients and their families to gain access to ongoing support in the community.

This training is for you if you are a:

• Certified Nurse Midwife

• Certified Nurse Practitioner

• Group Certified Nurse Practitioners

• Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Services Providers

• Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Individual, Group

• Licensed Nurse Midwife

• Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Individual, Group

• Marriage and Family Therapist – Individual, Group

• Physician

• Physician Group

• Psychologist

• County Hospital – Outpatient

• County Clinics not associated with a Hospital

• Indian Health Services (IHS)/Memorandum of Agreement

• Otherwise Undesignated Clinic

• Outpatient Heroin Detox Center

• Rehabilitation Clinic

• Rural Health Clinic (RHC)/Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

• In-state and border providers

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn how to:

1. Define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their prevalence, health disparities in these data, toxic stress physiology, and related impacts on health, including underlying biological mechanisms.

2. Identify how to introduce and integrate ACEs and toxic stress screening into clinical care, aligning with trauma-informed care principles.

3. Describe special populations at increased risk of ACEs and toxic stress.

4. Identify at least three strategies to facilitate warm handoffs and referrals to community resources.

Professional Credits:

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886841042-7845) for 3 continuing education contact hours.

Catalyst Center is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. Catalyst Center maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

This activity is pending approval to award contact hours (3 CMEs and 3 CEs for MSW).

Catalyst Center is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP17568) for 3 contact hours.

Supplemental Training CME credits (3 CMEs for 3 hours of training) will be offered for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

All trainings are 3 hours, with an additional 30-minute break.

You will receive your course completion certificate within 21 days of submitting your training evaluation.

Register for your region by clicking the region name/option below:

  • San Diego - Wednesday, July 21, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (past)
  • Los Angeles - Thursday, July 22, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (past)

This training will feature expertise from the following presenters and curriculum development team

(partial list):

Adrienne Ballew Elder holds a Master in public health with specific training as a Certified Health Education Specialist, a National Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer, and a Certified Getting Ahead Program Facilitator. Adrienne is a co-author of Getting Ahead ACEs and PACEs Supplement: Addressing Trauma Through Building Trust and Resilience. She is a Core Team member of the National Trauma Campaign and on the Speakers and Trainers Bureau of the ACEs Connections Network.

Amarette Ficco has been with On The Move since 2013 promoting wellness and involving others to gain knowledge, skill, and expertise in understanding, recognizing, and responding to trauma while developing leadership skills. As the Health and Wellness Program Director, she is passionate about supporting youth, staff, organizations, and communities in building resilience. Amarette has participated in extensive training and earned numerous certificates in Trauma-Informed Care practices, and services. She is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is pursuing a Master in public health.

Bernice Rosas Belmonte has dedicated her time and efforts in working for the common good. She has a background working in immigration law, the non-profit sector, and campaigns. Her passions center around her values of human rights, equity, and social justice. She joined the Catalyst Center team in July of 2020 as Project Coordinator and continues her passion of amplifying the voices of those who are working with children and families. A graduate from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and the University of San Francisco with a Master in Public Affairs, she strives to be the bridge between policy and the community to ensure everyone has an equal and equitable opportunity at a healthy, wholesome life.

Dretona T. Maddox, RN, PHN, LCSW, is motivated by hardship. She is a suicide loss survivor and endured homelessness as a teen. She overcame adversity, going on to earn her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Maddox’s challenges were the catalyst for her life’s work. She is dedicated to trailblazing as an in-demand public speaker, a Teen Parent Advocate™, and the founding executive director of Purposely Chosen, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides support and advocacy services to pregnant/parenting teens in foster care. This organization includes two maternity homes in Southern California. Working for over 25 years as both a nurse and nurse social work practitioner, Dretona balances her love of having an impact in others’ lives with that of supporting her six children, her three beautiful grandchildren, and her husband of 28 years, Keith L. Maddox.

Juan Hurtado-Rodríguez is the Program Coordinator of the Health Advocates of Alameda Health System, the county health system for Alameda County. His background is as a state certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor which he uses to bring a trauma informed level of care to his department. In recent years the program has transitioned to a pod-based, co-located model within the outpatient clinics where patients are assessed for non-clinical social need and connected to vital community resources to address whole person care while also helping address throughput on the inpatient floors. His hope is to connect with the vibrantly diverse communities across the state to learn the strategies they have developed and empower them to find additional protective factors.

La Tausha Wade is a Certified Life Coach with over 20 years of providing wraparound service to at risk children and families in Alameda and Contra Costa County. I create interventions that build resilience in the children and families that I serve. I am a survivor. I am an overcomer of early childhood trauma with an ACE score of 6. I made up my mind at age 4 that I would WIN despite the odds against me and then teach others in my community to do the same. I am a miracle. I am a LIFE coach.

Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye, Catalyst Center Program Manager, exemplifies a commitment to community well-being, systems change, and transformative justice for children, youth, and families. She contributes over fifteen years of combined experience in project management, culturally responsive research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and nonprofit leadership. Stacy specializes in complex, equity-focused, cross-sectional projects in the areas of educational disparities, trauma, health equity, and community and youth development to help leverage collective partnership into community action and change.


• Course completion certificates will be distributed within 14 days of receipt of the training evaluation.

• If you would like to request accommodations for disability, please contact us at

• If you would like to report any grievances, please contact us at and we will respond within 7 days.

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