Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Self-Healing Communities

8/15/2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm CDT

This workshop will review the research concerning the effects of maltreatment on the developing brain, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and ways of promoting resiliency in the school setting. ACES experiences affect student’s ability to do well in school, both socially and academically. Data from the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey will be explored. In addition to the ACES study and data, participants will review key elements of trauma informed practices and supports for students, including restorative practices, as well as the elements of “Compassionate Schools,” an evidence-based program from Washington State Department of Public Instruction. Participants will review their own practices regarding ACES. To register for the event, please click here. To use a workshop package, please contact Ev Haas at 612-767-7044.


  • Review the effects of maltreatment on the brain during stages of development;
  • Review the original ACE study data and the ACE data in the Minnesota Student Survey;
  • Practice mindful breathing and discuss mindfulness practices applications in the classroom;
  • Discuss the role of school and community in fostering resiliency;
  • Review the elements of a restorative school and their application to trauma informed practices.
  • Discuss how practices in the classroom, hallway and office, especially those designed to address disruptive behavior, can actively helping to promote resilience in students.

This workshop is led by Nancy Reistenberg, Restorative Practices Specialist. She brings experience from presentations throughout the state of Minnesota as well as several publications. Addtionally, she is a member of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) state implementation team.

*Alumni, student, guest, & community partner early bird ticket sales are only available up to 1 week prior to event. Not NBCC approved.

Nancy Reistenberg, Restorative Practices Specialist
To Register: 

To register, please click here or contact 612-767-7044.