You're a counsellor-- not an emerg doc: why ACEs and trauma DOES matter to you (and your students).

The presentation will outline and review the science of ACEs:

-the originating study from 1998, the outcomes from it, how trauma effects the body from a physiological standpoint, epigenetics

-a review of types of stress, current societal issues contributing to it and how to combat it with resiliance

-recognizing the behaviors that can manifest from stress/ACEs

-the pillars of trauma-informed care and how to incorporate that into a school setting

Workshop will include some small group discussions and summary handouts will be available of the workshop (electronically or printed; as organizers prefer)

Target Audience



Friday 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

This session is full.


  • Division of Family Practice, White Rock/South Surrey
    Tahmeena Ali

    I have practiced as a family physician for over seventeen years and also work at the Vine Youth Clinic and the MCFD child and youth mental health clinic on a regular basis. I led a multi-disciplinary team of school counsellors, administration, MCFD staff and physicians to create the school triage team; the first of its kind in BC. The team meets twice a month to review challenging student presentations with school counsellors and teachers to help brainstorm ways they can further support the child in need.  I am also an active member of the provincical ACEs working group within the Doctors of BC, and I am one of the first family physicians in my area utilizing the ACEs questionnaire routinely in my practice. I have presented to diverse groups: multiple government ministries at the Best Brains Exchange in October 2018; Surrey school counsellors; family physicians; RCMP and victim services staff; and at the 2nd ACEs summit held in Richmond, BC in May 2019. I have travelled across the US to attend seminars to learn more about ACEs and how to incorporate it into primary care and beyond. I have been asked to consult with the Doctors of BC on the ACEs guidelines and teaching seminars which are currently in development for physicians. I am also a mother of three and know first hand the challenges of helping kids who are struggling with mental health challenges. 

  • Andria Anderson

    My name is Andria Anderson, I am a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. From 2008-2018 I worked on the Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit at BC Children's Hosptial.  Working with children and their families from all over BC with complex mental health needs.  Over the past 10 years there has been a shift from a behaviour based approach to care to a trauma informed approach.  Through this transition, I helped guide staff, families and external supports such as teacher and schools on how to use these new ideas.  Through this work I have developed a framework for families and teachers tha can be used in harmony to support children with the most needs.