Professional Development for November 16, 2018: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Campus Culture
This training explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and early toxic stress, and how our earliest experiences can impact the academic performance and mental health of college students, and ultimately shape campus culture. Learn about the latest in ACEs research (Do you know your score?), the biology of the impact of trauma on the brain, and how building resiliency can open up pathways for early intervention and lead to healthier, safer campus environments.
Jennifer Vaida is a Nashville-based advocate, trainer, and public health practitioner. She currently serves as the Director of Programs for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. She earned her Master of Public Health Degree, with a specialization in health promotion and disease prevention, in 2011 from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University. Prior to relocating to Nashville, Jennifer served as the Sexual Assault Program Manager at the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center (DV/SA), one of the largest and oldest dual purpose shelters in Florida. She also worked as the Children’s DV/SA Counselor and the Parent & Child Educator. Additionally, Jennifer has worked as a Crisis Communications and Public Relations Director and as a high school teacher.
Jennifer is a certified Victim Services Practitioner and volunteers her time as a youth mentor and as a tutor with Metro Nashville Public Schools Reading Clinics. She is passionate about protecting children and helping individuals lead healthy, productive, and meaningful lives.