Understanding How Trauma Affects Our Valley

Why You Should Go

The purpose of this conference is to educate the Christian community on the generational effects of trauma that our families and kids are facing on a regular basis in our neighborhoods.

Most in the community don’t realize the types of trauma that our kids ages 0-18 will face and their immediate effects. Nor do they understand the long-term effects when they become adults.

This conference will share what scripture has taught us about trauma and we’ll also dive into a discussion of how it affects our community in the areas of Education, Health Care, Public Safety and other areas.

We’ll also look at the data that we currently have and it impacts in our community.

This conference is led up by Every Neighborhood Partnership and the Trauma/ACES Workgroup.

Additional Details:

  • Cost – $5 w/ includes Lunch
  • Location – Valley Dream Center (Map)
  • Time – 9am-1pm

Schedule & Breakouts


Intro Session
– Biblical Importance
– What is Trauma? Dawan Utecht, Director of Behavioral Health for Fresno County

– See Descriptions Below

Closing Session

– Citywide Data on Trauma from PD & County
– Preview Next Workshop – Resilience
– Lunch Conversations – Prayer – Debrief


This breakout will cover the history, importance, and current work around Adverse Childhood Experiences.

The neighborhoods we live in are also adversely affected by individuals with trauma. We’ll explore how this plays out and what are some creative ways to address the second ACE’s.

We will examine how Adverse Childhood Experiences plays out generationally in families, parents, and children.

Did you know that conflict can be good? Many of us experience the negative side of conflict and trauma that comes with it. Come learn some specific techniques that can transform your experience of conflict.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Moral Injury can be seen as “collective” adverse socio-emotional experiences felt and experienced by individuals as well as a group of people traumatized by a range of circumstances. The purpose of this workshop is to understand and address the impact of adverse childhood experiences and social trauma on community health.

“Get a job” is a common refrain heard in response to poverty, but often times the problem is not getting a job, it is keeping it. The purpose of this workshop is to gain insight into how childhood trauma influences job readiness and retainment. Jonathan Plata and Addie Carr will share stories to help you recognize, understand and walk alongside employees as they navigate the effects of trauma.

Police and Police Chaplains are often on the front end of trauma in our neighborhoods. Come hear real data from our neighborhoods and how they are responding.

It has been said that, “Hurt people, hurt people.” The church is called to be a place of healing. Come and learn various ways a church in town has responded to trauma in their members’ lives.

Learn More About Trauma

Increasingly we at ENP are becoming more aware of the many different adversities families in our communities face. This Trauma 101 resource page is just one more way ENP is working to connect and equip churches and other community partners to serve in every neighborhood.


Childhood Trauma can results from ANY childhood EVENT, series of events and or circumstances that a child EXPERIENCES that result in TOXIC STRESS that has an adverse EFFECT on a child’s developing brain. (Also referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACE’s)


  • Emotional, Physical or Sexual Abuse or Neglect
  • Witnessing Violence Inside or Outside the Home
  • Household Substance Abuse and or Mental Illness
  • Parental Separation Or Divorce
  • Incarcerated Household Member
  • Bullying (By Another Child Or Adult)
  • Being Homeless


Frequent or prolonged exposure to Childhood Trauma can create toxic stress which can damage the developing brain of a child and affect overall health. Toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, playing and relating in a healthy way with other children and adults and can result in long-term health problems


  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Depression and Other Mental Health Issues
  • Heart and Liver Disease
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
  • Suicide Attempts

Resource Links

General ACES Information

ENP Presentations

Next Steps

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