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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Hosts Presentation Addressing Strategies for Dealing with Childhood Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

April 21, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Hosts Presentation Addressing Strategies for Dealing with Childhood Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
New Brunswick, N.J. – April 22, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, will host the fifth free lecture in its virtual family lecture series on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM over Zoom. The topic, “Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self-Care Strategies,” will be presented by Laurie Herrick, BS, and Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS, from the Wellspring Center for Prevention.
 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can include experiences such as physical and emotional abuse, neglect, being exposed to household violence or living with someone who is experiencing mental illness. The more ACEs that a child is exposed to, the more likely it is they will suffer from health issues such as heart disease, chronic illnesses, and substance misuse later in life. ACEs can also lead to poor academic achievement, poverty and social maladjustment.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has created difficulties for children this past year, from disrupting routines and socialization activities, to causing anxiety and stress. The New Jersey Office of Resilience has created an ACEs Action Plan to help children and families develop safe, healthy and positive relationships. By creating an environment of nurturing and support, families can set children up for success.
 
In this presentation, Herrick and Ward will share information on ACEs, trauma and the importance of self-care. They will also share how to access state resources to promote positive, nurturing experiences and neutralize ACEs.
 
To register for “Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self-Care Strategies,” please visit:  https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2-vnCAeHTjKFFjTCrqHLCg 

Organized by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, this virtual lecture series is designed for parents and families. The presentations in this series will address common parental concerns about the numerous ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted teens and young adults, from issues like isolation to how they cope, socialize and develop. The series will also explore addiction which has escalated during the pandemic and resources for successful recovery.
 
The list of upcoming lecture topics is below:
 
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Presented by Daniela Correa, MD, pediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Paulina Rojas, MD, pediatrician, Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7kQcomXSReqmT-3slyOPpw
 
If you have any questions about the virtual lectures, please contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at rlaforgia@saintpetersuh.com or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
 
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.
 

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