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Our training and professional development opportunities give child-serving professionals the tools they need. We offer a diverse set of learning opportunities from statewide conferences to specialized sessions on a focused curriculum.

Equipping South Carolina to prevent child abuse and neglect


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Building Hope for Children Conference

Children's Trust of South Carolina, Building Hope for Children Conference. Be a champion for children.

This conference offers a high-quality learning, networking, and resource sharing opportunity for anyone interested in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of child and family well-being. Attendees include professionals of all levels in the fields of child welfare, education, healthcare, mental health, childcare and more as well as community stakeholders such as parents and caregivers, guardians ad litem, elected officials, and others.

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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilience

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. Science shows the strong relationship between the adversity we experience as children and negative health and well-being as adults. By better understanding ACEs, what they are and how they can manifest themselves years later, communities can work to prevent future abuse and improve outcomes for South Carolina’s children and families.

‌After training, participants will be able to:

  • Define ACEs and have a basic understanding of their impact on childhood development.
  • Identify protective factors and positive childhood experiences (PCEs) and have a basic understanding of their impact on resilience.
  • Identify resources to further learn about ACEs, protective factors, and PCEs and explore how to apply them personally and professionally.

‌Interested in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilience?

Duration: 2 hours

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Promoting Protective Factors

What are protective factors?

Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children find resources, support and coping strategies so that they can parent more effectively, even under stress.

After training, participants will be able to:

  • List five protective factors that help keep families strong and prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Identify multiple strategies and concrete everyday actions that help build those protective factors across the socio- ecological model.
  • Understand what it means to work with individuals in a strength-based way.

‌Interested in Promoting Protective Factors?

Duration: 3 hours

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Understanding ACEs and Building Resilience Training-of-Trainers

Adverse childhood experience, trainning-of-trainers.

The ACE Study confirms, with scientific evidence, that adversity during development increases the risk of physical, mental, and behavioral problems later in life. The ACE Study and other research using the Study’s framework have taught us that ACEs are the leading cause of health and social problems in our nation – the most powerful determinant of the public’s health.

Learning objectives

The Understanding ACEs and Building Resilience Training-of-Trainers is a two-day training designed to equip new trainers with the information and skills they need to facilitate this curriculum and to become part of a statewide network of trainers.

‌After training, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the Children’s Trust Understanding ACEs and Building Resilience training.
  • Be able to know and clearly articulate the history and implications of the ACE Study and its impact in South Carolina.
  • Be able to know and clearly articulate how to prevent and mitigate the effects of ACEs through building resilience.
  • Be able to know how to tailor the training to specific audiences and apply trauma-informed facilitation techniques.

Children’s Trust will provide participants with a standardized PowerPoint as well as access to optional information, activities, and exercises to tailor the content to desired audiences. After the training, trainers will gain access to continuing support from Children’s Trust and will be expected to meet annual requirements.

‌Interested in Understanding ACEs and Building Resilience Training-of-Trainers?

Duration: 2 days

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