Arizona is above the national average in frequency of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The foundational ACE Study found a significant link in a high number of these incidents and the presentation of health and mental health symptoms. This workshop will introduce the science of ACEs and how trauma impacts multiple domains of human functioning. Participants will be able to identify the tenets of trauma informed care and the importance of embracing a trauma responsive lens when interacting with others.
Serena Samaniego is a Licensed Associated Counselor and is currently a Child and Family Therapist at Pathways of Arizona. Serena has over 12 years of experience in the field of mental health. Serena’s primary areas of focus are Trauma Informed Care and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and is certified in Trauma Focused CBT. Serena is also endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. Serena’s professional interests include helping children and families who have experienced trauma reconnect with hope and resiliency as well as promoting the importance of trauma responsive communities. Serena is a founding member of Southern Arizona Trauma Informed Network.