"Science is showing us that little things we do to connect make a big difference".
Research shows that having Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) causes unhealthy levels of stress, called toxic stress. These high levels of stress, which are frequent and prolonged, can dramatically change how the brain develops and increase the risk of health and social problems throughout a lifetime. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive. Positive experiences can buffer those bad experiences. One caring adult in a child's life can make all the difference!
Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community by assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Join the Connections Matter Georgia Statewide Initiative!
The Connections Matter Georgia (GA) Initiative focuses on effectively educating communities about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and resiliency. Connections Matter GA is a collaboration between the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia. The workshop curriculum is an evidence-informed curriculum, developed using a robust body of literature by Dr. Linda Chamberlain and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, adapted for Georgia specific audiences. View the curriculum evaluation report here.
Since September 2019, over 1600 Georgia adults have participated in the Connections Matter GA workshop.
The workshop is appropriate for parents as well as professionals and volunteers in youth-serving organizations such as schools, faith centers, camps, daycares, sports leagues, and clubs. In this workshop, participants will:
- Participate in an interactive, discussion-based curriculum that helps people better understand trauma, brain development, resilience, and health
- Concrete knowledge about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) using Georgia data
- Strategies for increasing and improving your own connections and tools for strengthening both personal and community resilience
- Action planning and next steps for how you can make a difference and resources on trauma-informed care and implementation
Access the Workshop for Individuals and Organizations:
- Request a workshop for your group or organization
- Contact your Regional Coordinator who can connect you with a facilitator to conduct training specifically for your group/organization.
- Contact our Prevention Staff for more information; call 678-904-2880 or email us.
- During COVID-19: Take the interactive virtual workshop with us on Zoom. The cost is $20 per person. Contact us for group rates.