New Learning Series! Investing In Community Resilience: Deploying Trauma-Informed Practice for Funders & Capacity Builders

Who Can Attend?:

This learning series is for eXtension members and as part of Engage & Empower Online. A list of eXtension members can be found here.


As a Cooperative Extension professional, your passion for building just, healthy, resilient communities is evident. Until recently, we have been missing critical information that can help us develop best practices to achieve such a goal.

Today, the science is clear – adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma can impact the brain and body, contributing to a host of negative outcomes in all aspects of life. Some effects can even be passed from generation to generation. In the last two decades, we have come to understand that ACEs and trauma are pervasive and distributed inequitably among vulnerable communities.

The good news is that trauma-informed, healing-centered practice can hold the keys to preventing and mitigating these impacts. Researchers, service providers, philanthropists, policymakers, community residents, and others are coming together to build a movement for resilient communities, improving outcomes in areas as divergent as health care, education, and criminal justice.

In partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, the eXtension Foundation is providing an exclusive 10-month learning series opportunity for eXtension Members focused on how Extension Professionals can use ACEs and trauma science to improve community outcomes.

This series will guide the conversation around how communities can deploy resources in creative ways to build knowledge and capacity throughout the human-serving field. The series will be delivered in three parts, each of which will include two educational webinars and one interactive learning circle:

Part I: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice
March, April, May, 2020

In Part I, we will explore:

  • The science behind ACEs, trauma, toxic stress, resilience, and healing, and

  • What it means to be trauma-informed and how individuals, organizations, and communities can implement practices that reflect this knowledge


Webinar 1: An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and Trauma Science

March 11th, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM EST
Presented by: Dr. Donielle Prince
ACEs Connection San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator

Registration Deadline: March 10th, 2020

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define key concepts related to the science of:
    • ACEs, trauma, toxic stress, and early life stress; and
    • Healing, resilience, and protective factors
  • Explain how ACEs and trauma science is relevant to their work
  • Describe the implications of ACEs and trauma science for individuals, families, organizations, communities, and systems

Register Here

*On the registration page, there is a link to a pre-test. Please take this pre-test prior to participating in the webinar.


Dr. Donielle Prince
ACEs Connection
San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator

In her role as the ACEs Connection San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator, Dr. Donielle Prince supports communities that are organizing to build resilient neighborhoods, cities, and counties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing on her background in psychology, education, and research. Donielle holds a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in education, from Wellesley College; an MS.Ed in Psychological Practice from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Stanford University, with a minor in sociology.

Donielle’s past roles have included therapist and researcher. Donielle has studied community-based youth development programming in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as school reform strategies implemented in New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. She also worked for the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University, at the Center for Teacher Quality, studying effectiveness of teacher preparation programs.

Donielle is from the Bay Area, where she currently serves as Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection. Donielle lives in Sacramento, where she is active in community organizing on school based mental health.


Save the Dates for the next webinar and learning circle in Part I. Registration will be available soon on eXtension.org.

Webinar II: What Is Trauma-Informed Practice?
April 15th, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

We invite you to join us for a webinar exploring trauma-informed principles and frameworks and what they mean for your practice. This webinar will guide you through the process of reflecting on internal practices and operationalizing your organizational values.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List and compare frameworks for trauma-informed practice
  • Plan strategies for applying a trauma-informed lens to their work

Learning Circle: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice
May 13th, 2020
3 PM – 4 PM ET

Connect with philanthropy and extension professionals for an interactive learning circle to discuss the concepts explored in the first two webinars of the Investing in Community Resilience series.


What Do You Need To Attend?:

This learning series will be facilitated through Zoom video conferencing. You will receive the link to the Zoom meeting room closer to the meeting date.