Infosheets Archive

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

March 27, 2024

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are extremely stressful events that occur during a child’s first 18 years of life, and which can impact their physical and mental health later in life. As campus staff and faculty understanding ACEs can help us: Shift self-blame students may have regarding their current struggles by looking at what they are facing through the lens of ACEs and their effects on adulthood. Have an awareness of potential risks associated with ACEs and engage in preventive practices.

Vicarious Trauma & Self-Care Toolkit

November 17, 2023

This toolkit aims to provide information and practical tools to assist workers dealing with stressors and challenges from bearing witness to current and ongoing traumatic experiences. Developed by the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) and updated by Chris Leonard.

Examining the Mental Health Needs of Postsecondary Students with Child-maltreatment Histories Seeking Campus Counseling Services

May 10, 2023

This study sought to provide a more nuanced understanding of the significant issues experienced by young adult survivors of child-maltreatment prior to seeking counseling services.

Cultivating Trauma-Informed Spaces in Education: Promising Practices Manual

February 15, 2023

Cultivating Trauma-Informed Spaces in Education Promising Practices Manual is an outcome of a Sheridan Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activities Growth Grant. The project goal was to develop proactive measures to enhance student support, and safer learning experiences, and reduce trauma, re-traumatization, and vicarious trauma. The Manual is intended to support increased awareness of trauma and the importance of Trauma-Informed Education in post-secondary education. It includes a framework, including macro, mezzo, and micro level organizational recommendations and pedagogical practices. It is a tool to support educators and educational institutions, through a preventative and harm-reducing approach, to support more compassionate, supportive, equitable and flexible learning spaces and workplaces.

ACEs are not wild: Building resilience through a trauma-responsive lens

January 17, 2023 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

In this webinar we invite the Trauma Responsive Team Leads from Kingston Pathways to Education to talk to us about ACEs. Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) are experiences like physical and emotional abuse or neglect, which can cause toxic stress that significantly impacts health outcomes later in life. This session will focus on the N.E.A.R. Sciences (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences+, and Resilience) and how post-secondary staff can leverage this body of work to foster resiliency and develop stronger, consistent, and unconditionally supportive care for students.