Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Training Overview

Minnesota Children’s Alliance is excited to host Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences, with Brandon Jones, M.A., of Alia Innovations. In this interactive two-hour workshop, we will explore the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on youth and children and their impact on development. We will explore the experiences, perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors that may present challenges to development in children and youth. We will discuss practical, trauma-informed, outcome-driven strategies that improve the outcomes of youth work.

Learning Objectives

  • The attendee will learn how to describe ACEs; how trauma and toxic stress affect biological, physiological, social, emotional, and brain development and the findings of the ACE study.
  • The attendee will learn how to describe adaptive response(s) to environmental circumstances and toxic stress that youth may encounter.
  • The attendee will learn how to make modifications to their work with youth to incorporate an understanding of ACEs and the youth’s adaptive response(s) to environmental circumstances and toxic stress.
  • The attendee will develop an understanding of the importance of being aware of personal perceptions and beliefs impacting the youth/provider dynamic so it does not add to the traumatic experience.


We are excited to bring this training to you free of charge. The Alliance believes trauma-informed, anti-racist, and culturally responsive services are essential to helping children heal. We continue to offer the highest quality training, with nationally renowned speakers, virtually.


Brandon Jones, M.A., is a Director of Learning at Alia Innovations. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (M.F.T.) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.

About Alia Innovations

Alia is a Minnesota based national nonprofit “do-tank.” Their work is founded in research and family voice. They support innovative leaders and symptoms related to child welfare. By equipping leaders in agencies with the support they need for systems change, Alia helps communities ask the right questions and solve the right problems.


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