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

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.

Presenter Bio

Roger Romero is a first generation Canadian who came to Canada as a refugee from war torn El Salvador in the early 1980’s. Roger grew up in Kingston’s north end and faced challenges associated with poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences. His lived and work experience fuels his passion for community building and positive social development for youth. Unknowingly, Roger’s Trauma Responsive journey began when he received unconditional love from mentors and coaches. These supports are the foundation of his journey today.

Roger is a Brock University graduate where he majored in Psychology and minored in Recreation and Leisure Studies. He jokingly admits that he studied “fun” but has used his education and experience to support and coach countless young people over the last 10 years. Roger loves to be involved in the community and has held leadership roles at several non-profit organizations. When not working as the Manager of Youth Services for KCHC, Roger is packing his backpack and exploring the world or playing soccer with his childhood friends.

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