Screening for and Addressing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Webinar Series

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Small and medium primary care practices are fundamental in providing medical and behavioral health services in California. This interactive webinar series will guide participants through screening for ACEs and providing trauma-informed care from a small practice perspective.

From limited clinic space to leaner budgets and personnel, small practices have challenges in incorporating new screenings and programs. However, they are uniquely positioned to do so as they are widely trusted by the community.

Please join Primary Care Development Corporation’s small practice and trauma-informed care experts in this free six-part series. Feel free to attend the entire series or the topics of greatest interest.

Who Should Attend:

Healthcare professionals and stakeholders interested in enhancing trauma informed care and ACEs screening in small and medium sized community medical practices where there are fewer than 6-7 medical providers.

What You Will Get:

Six webinars and follow-up optional office hours on the following topics:

Introduction to Trauma, Trauma-Informed Care & ACEs for Small Practices

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12p.m. to 2p.m. PT

This webinar reviews trauma, it’s impact on short and long term physical and emotional health, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, how people with trauma histories may present in healthcare and how healthcare can be triggering, and the basic elements of trauma-informed care. It also covers why and how small practices are ideal settings for implementing trauma-informed care.


Setting the Stage for ACEs Screening and Trauma-Informed Care in Small Practices: The Physical Environment & The Front Desk

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
12p.m. to 2p.m. PT

This webinar explores the principles of trauma-informed design and how the physical environment impacts people with trauma histories. It also covers how the front desk experience further sets the tone for patients and plays an integral role in how people feel as they arrive at the healthcare setting. And, the webinar concludes with tips on how small practices can improve their settings with limited resources.


The Clinical Encounter: Exams, Tests & Procedures

Thursday, December 17, 2020
12p.m. to 2p.m. PT

This webinar dives into how healthcare staff who may play multiple roles in small practices can use trauma-informed methods in physical exams, tests, and procedures. There is a focus on positioning, touching, dressing and undressing, and how education is delivered to patients.


Screening and Responding to ACEs & Trauma

Thursday, January 14, 2021
12p.m. to 2p.m. PT

This entire webinar is devoted to how to screen for ACEs and trauma and how to respond to trauma disclosures in small practices, including which tools to use, how to integrate screening into workflows, who should do the screening, where it is documented, and what to do if trauma is disclosed.


Staff Wellness, Vicarious Trauma & Burnout: Is it Real? What are the Differences?

Thursday, February 18, 2021
12p.m. to 2p.m. PT

This entire webinar focuses on how to be trauma-informed internally for your team. Topics include what the difference is between burnout and vicarious trauma, how to recognize the signs of burnout and vicarious trauma in staff, and how to cultivate and implement a culture of wellness and support within small practices with limited resources.


Intimate Partner Violence: An All Too Common Trauma

Thursday, March 18, 2021
12p.m. to 2p.m. PT

This webinar will explore the fundamentals of intimate partner violence (IPV) and gender-based violence. It will review the prevalence and laws in California, as well as both the signs of current violence and the long-term impacts of this violence. It will also cover how to screen for IPV in the context of ACEs and trauma screening, how to respond to disclosures, and what else you can do to support patients with current and past IPV.

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Supporting Small but Mighty Practices in Implementing ACE Screening & Trauma-Informed Care


This whitepaper, developed as part of the Screening for and Addressing ACEs Webinar Series, is a roadmap to help smaller healthcare practices in California implement trauma-informed approaches.


After each webinar, the facilitators will stay on for an additional hour to answer specific questions and advise practices on their plans and journey to becoming more trauma-informed.

This webinar series is funded by and part of California’s ACEs Aware Project.

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and a U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institution (CDFI) that catalyzes excellence in primary care through strategic community investment, capacity building, and policy initiatives to achieve health equity. Learn more about PCDC’s programs to expand and transform the primary care sector at