**RESCHEDULED DATE TBD Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) 2.0**

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 2/21/2024 11:59 PM
Last Date to Cancel: 2/23/2024 11:59 PM
Agency: Metro ECSU
Agency Contact: Christina Streiff Oji
Agency Assistant: Brittany Stepan -
Location: BrightWorks
2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Facility: BrightWorks
2/23/2024 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) 2.0

Facilitator: Dr. Charlene Myklebust, BrightWorks

Audience: Classroom Teachers, Administrators, Directors

Dr. Myklebust will review what we have already learned about Adverse Childhood Experiences, including the essential aspects of their impact on neurobiological development and life outcomes. In this engaging and interactive professional development course, she will discuss information revealed through current research that points to the inclusion of newly identified adverse developmental experiences: exposure to systemic racism/discrimination (including polarized civil discourse) and the experience of living through a pandemic. There will be a focus on student resilience and educators’ responsibility in nurturing it. Char will review evidence-based strategies to create and cultivate trauma-engaged schools and classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to self-assess personal exposure to trauma. We will examine how adult traumas and resilience must be supported to enable educational environments to flourish. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • I can recognize 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that predict poor social and health outcomes. 

  • I can identify newly emerging ACE’s; exposure to pandemics and systemic racism/discrimination. 

  • I can explain how ACE’s impact the neurobiology and mindset of children and adults. 

  • I can identify strategies that are trauma-responsive and that nurture well-being in students. 

  • I can explain resilience and my part in building these skills in students, including regulating myself. 

  • I will self-assess my own childhood exposure to trauma, preview a Resilience Module developed by BrightWorks staff, and develop a personal resilience plan. 

  • I will choose two trauma-responsive approaches that I will use with students in my classroom, office, or in common school areas at my next opportunity. 

Dr. Charlene Myklebust, Psy.D., holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago and earned her educational administration credentials from the University of Minnesota. She is President and Educational Leadership Consultant with EQ Learn, LLC and Stone Arch Learning, LLC, providing live and on-line continuing education and staff development services. Char has served as a regular and special education teacher, public school administrator, mental and chemical health provider, and Executive Director of Mental Health and Partnerships in Intermediate District 287. She is a STARR Commonwealth Certified Trauma and Resilience Trainer.

Char was recognized for "Outstanding Service" by the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) and received the "Educator of the Year” award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-MN). She contributed to the development of Mind UP, a Goldie Hawn Foundation Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for children and adolescents. Her alma mater, Adler University in Chicago, recognized her as “Alumni of the Year” in 2020.

Dr. Myklebust speaks at national and international conferences about topics concerning children’s mental health, the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of white privilege and exclusionary disciplinary practices on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed education, resilience, Restorative Practices (RP), MTSS, social emotional learning (SEL), brain-based education, and educational staff wellness.

Her current projects involve consulting with Osseo Area Schools and providing program evaluation and staff development services for school districts. She is a Covid Workforce Recovery Grant Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Consultant with BrightWorks, formerly Metro ECSU. Char was recently appointed to oversee the Minnesota Department of Human Services School-based Youth Diversion Program Grant, designed to divert students from school arrests and subsequent incarceration to mental health services, chemical health interventions, and Restorative Practices.

Tuition (includes lunch):

$250 - BrightWorks Member

$300 - Regular Rate

Please make checks payable to BrightWorks and mail to: 

Attn: Brittany Stepan
2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101
Arden Hills, MN 55112

Please note: If an invoice is required, an additional fee of $10 will be applied. 

Cancellation: You can cancel your own registration for an event before the cancellation deadline. (Please check the event information for specific cancellation details.) If the event has a fee, refunds are possible only if cancellation is prior to the deadline. If you do not attend and do not cancel prior to an event, you are still responsible for payment and will be billed.

Special Accommodations: Please alert BrightWorks 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop/event if you need special accommodations, including sign language interpreters. (BrightWorks requires a notice of 2 business days to cancel a sign language interpreter. If you fail to cancel, we reserve the right to bill your school/district for this expense.) Update your profile as needed. Special accommodations are not included with each registration, but are stored in your profile until you make changes.