This presentation will explore how adverse childhood experiences (ACES) can impact the brain and body, and how those impacts can present in children, youth, and adults. Trauma and stress cause human nervous systems to go into states of protection. The accessible story of the My Curious Brain and its interconnected characters (who represent the different parts of the brain) allows individuals of all ages to better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours when they are in these states of protection. This presentation will help service providers to identify when their clients are in the different states of protection and how to effectively guide them to states of safety and connection.
Lee Hinton’s career has focused on children’s, women’s, and family health and well-being. Lee obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, holds a Post Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, has a Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University, and is a Fellow with ZERO to THREE Inc. Lee Hinton has been the Program Manager at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute since 2007. She has developed expertise in the development and implementation of primary prevention approaches that increase the probability that Saskatchewan children are given opportunities to develop a strong foundation for later health and development. To this end, Lee works extensively with communities throughout Saskatchewan and participates on national and provincial projects and advisory committees to develop a common knowledge-base and increase agreement regarding the importance of the early years. She provides support and leadership, ensuring that programs and projects meet their goals in an efficient, research-based, high quality, and effective manner. Lee developed and coordinates the Early Childhood Mental Health Program, which focuses on bringing emerging, evidence-based information and training to professionals throughout the province.
To order the book My Curious Brain, visit: https://skprevention.ca/resource-catalogue/child-development/my-curious-brain/.