Adverse Childhood Experiences: What they Are & Why They Matter

Adverse Childhood Experiences: What they Are & Why They Matter



Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (NOAA)
500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707


Friday, March 1, 2024 | LIVE/In-Person

Morning Session: 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM*
Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM*

*Morning & Afternoon Sessions will cover the same material, please only register for one.


3 CE for Social Workers 

If you have questions, need more information, or require special accommodations contact Genny Grimshaw at (989) 358-7842 or

Target Audience

Front Line/Support Staff, Social Workers, Counselors, RNs and Psychologists (We welcome all community members!)

Content Level

Beginner to Advanced

ACEs Background

What are ACEs?

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding.

How Big is the Problem?

ACEs are common. About 64% of U.S. adults reported they had experienced at least one type of ACE before age 18, and nearly 1 in 6 (17.3%) reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.

What are the Consequences?

ACEs can have lasting, negative effects on health, wellbeing in childhood and life opportunities, such as education and job potential, well into adulthood. These experiences can increase the risks of injury, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and child health problems (including teen pregnancy, pregnancy complications, and fetal death), involvement in sex trafficking, and a wide range of chronic diseases and leading causes of death, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and suicide.

Course Description

The science of Adversity is well researched, we will cover the development of the human brain from conception to adulthood with emphasis on neuroscience. We will explore how behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way genes work and what we have learned about multi-generational, inherited trauma. The many forms that ACEs take and how they impact people differently will be covered. We will identify adversities in the communities in which we serve. Finally, we will take a hard look at Resilience, what is it, what builds it, what sustains it?

Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes
  • All participants will have knowledge of the 10 areas in scoring for ACE
  • Participants will learn the various lasting negative effects on health, wellbeing, life opportunities, risks of injury minimally
  • All participants will Identify courses of action that will promote healthy responses to adversity.
  • A discussion of policies and practices that promote strong communities and families will provide a framework for creating at least one positive change as needed.
  • 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM/12:30 PM – 1:00 PM    Registration & Check-in
  • 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM/1:00 PM – 2:30 PM    Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM/2:30 PM – 2:45 PM  BREAK
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM/2:45 PM – 4:15 PM   Policies and Practices for Healthy Responses to Adversity
Meet the Presenter

Mary King Gruman
Mary Gruman is an LPC and a Master Trainer with the 45th Parallel Resilience Network. She lived overseas for 30 years with her husband, raised four children and moved to Traverse City in 2010. Mary closed her private practice in 2020 and is only doing ACES work, a particular passion for her. She trained with Dr. Robert Anda in the original group of master trainers in the Michigan ACEs Initiative.


Space is limited. Registration closes Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Cancellation notice is appreciated.




Social workers must sign in/out of the training, attend the entire course, provide their license number, and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. You will receive your certificate within 30 days of course completion. Participants requesting credit must be registered for the event and have verified attendance and attend the entire training. TO RECEIVE CE HOURS, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE EVALUATION! None of the planners for this activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies


Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NeMCMHA), Provider #1767 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continue Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. NeMCMHA maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/19/2022 – 05/19/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 3 social work continuing education credits.


For more information about NeMCMHA services and training opportunities, please visit: NeMCMHA is funded, in part, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.