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Introduction to ACEs, Adversity and Trauma*


Course overview

In this two-day online course you will gain an introduction to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), adversity and trauma.

You will understand the definition of ACEs, how they originate and the methods used to identify them. You will also learn about the effects and manifestation of trauma. The course will benefit anyone who would like to understand ACEs but is especially relevant to those individuals who work with children in a professional capacity.

* Subject to University approval


Course details

What you study

Course participants will be introduced to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), helping participants to understand the characteristics and origins - informing intervention and prevention strategies.

Participants will also develop the ability to recognise the link between ACEs and their impact on childhood trauma, which deepens their understanding and the interpretation of behaviours linked to ACEs.

Access to the course will be through our virtual learning environment (VLE). The VLE enables learners to access course materials on their mobile phone, tablet or PC, providing flexibility to fit the course around personal and work commitments.

This course is unique to Teesside University and has been designed and developed by Lynn Miles, an academic at Teesside University, sufferer of ACEs and eminent lecturer within the field of research in this area.

The course includes:

  • What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • The origin of ACEs
  • Introduction and context of ACEs in the UK
  • Intervention and prevention strategies
  • ACEs and trauma – what is trauma?

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and cognitive skills
Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in relation to ACEs, adversity and trauma, interpreting how this relates to current issues.

Analyse critically selected theories by adopting methodological approach in relation to this area of research and its practical application.

Practical and professional skills
Show evidence of knowledge, concepts, theory and practice to promote understanding. Participants will gain insight into ACEs which will help to further and deepen understanding and add an extra dimension to their abilities in a professional capacity too.

How you learn

The course will be delivered via Teesside University ODL platform (TU Online).


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, and it is open to anyone with an interest in adverse childhood experiences, the course is suited to those with that interest and those who work with children in a professional capacity.



Career opportunities

You will complete this course with an increased understanding of adverse childhood experiences, adding to your professional and personal skillset. The course aims to equip participants to identify ACEs in an attempt to implement practical steps in order to address them with children under their care.

The course is reviewed and updated to reflect current thinking and research within this area and would benefit individuals wishing to deepen and broaden their understanding.



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:
£60 +VAT

  • Length: 2 days
  • Online
  • Start date: July, October, January and April

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