Early Childhood Mental Health Conference Features First 5 San Diego Programs
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect and a range of exposure to events such as witnessing family violence, or growing up with substance abuse, mental illness, parental discord, or crime in the home. ACEs are strongly related to development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout the life-span.
The fifth annual early childhood mental health conference, “We Can’t Wait 2014: Building Resiliency and Protective Factors: Improving the Odds from the ACE Study,” was held on September 19 and 20, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resorts in San Diego, Calif. More than 700 attendees heard from experts focusing on evidence-based practices, protective factors and interventions to manage trauma, improve resiliency, and social and emotional competencies, repair relationships between children and caregivers, support foster families, improve school readiness, reduce physical and mental illness and support caregivers.
Nick Macchione, MS, MPH, FACHE, director of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and First 5 Commissioner, gave opening remarks. Several First 5 San Diego projects were highlighted in breakout sessions, including First 5 First Steps, KidSTART, and Healthy Development Services (HDS) JumpStart.
First 5 San Diego was a key sponsor of the event which targeted individuals and agencies who provide support, assessment, treatment, and education to children and families.