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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Webinar Length (Hours):



Jerrod Brown, PhD


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse childhood experiences can elicit or exacerbate a wide array of repercussions across an individual’s lifespan. For instance, the consequences of ACEs can seriously harm a child’s cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, learning, and physical health capabilities. Designed for professionals, this 2-hour training provides attendees with a working understanding of the definitions, causes, and consequences of ACEs. Implications for screening, intervention, and prevention are highlighted. This includes the identification of practical tips, strategies, and solutions that can be utilized with children and adolescents impacted by ACEs. Attendees examine the impact of prenatal trauma on overall child development during a special subsection of the training. Other topics covered include complex trauma, toxic stress, attachment issues, executive function impairments, sleep disturbances, self-regulation problems, theory of mind (ToM) limitations, language development issues, mental illness, hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation, and resilience and trauma-informed care practices. Empirically-based research findings and case study examples are emphasized throughout this training. This course is also included in the Trauma-Informed Care Webinar Package.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define adverse childhood experiences, complex trauma, and toxic stress.
  2. Identify risk factors, warning signs, and red flag indicators of prenatal and early life trauma exposure.
  3. Delineate the role of co-occurring psychiatric, substance use, medical, and cognitive disorders among persons impacted by ACEs.
  4. Recognize how exposure to early life traumatic experiences contributes to executive function limitations, attachment disruptions, sleep disturbances, Theory of Mind (ToM) deficits, language problems, and HPA-Axis dysregulation.
  5. Describe appropriate screening and intervention options for persons impacted by ACEs

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to advanced-level, OTs, COTAs, and other pediatric professionals
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
  • CE Broker course code: 20-764941

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 01654. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Intermediate Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Photo of Jerrod Brown, PhD, Sensational Brain Presenter

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. He is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today. Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; confabulation, suggestibility, trauma, and other life adversities; traumatic brain injury; and youth firesetting. He has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Other Health Disabilities, and Traumatic-Brain Injuries. Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, He is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuropsychology from Ball State University with an anticipated date of graduation of fall 2022. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters and recently co-edited Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf, MA. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs.


  • Financial: Jerrod Brown receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. He is compensated for his position as CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and receives royalties as a co-editor of Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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