Adverse childhood experiences is topic of session for educators

Power Up YOUth to sponsor visit by William Martinez

William Martinez

Dr. William Martinez, an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco, will be meeting with area educators on June 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Webster City Middle School Media Center to discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how to build resilience among students.

Martinez teaches courses in Child Psychopathology, Latina/o Psychology, and Adolescent Psychology and is a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. 

The training on June 26 will include general background on Adverse Childhood Experiences – psychological trauma and its lifelong impact. He will also discuss trauma-informed interventions in the schools, including a pilot project that he is directing, researching the connection between academic achievement and developmental relationships in the school setting.

This training is free and open to area educators and mental health professionals working in schools. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jerry Buseman at jbuseman@webster-city.k12.ia.us no later than June 24.

Power Up YOUth is sponsoring Martinez visit. The Power Up YOUth coalition is focused on promoting a positive community environment by providing opportunities for youth to thrive and grow through engagement of all citizens.

The coalition believes that strong communities create strong children and in turn, strong children are the foundation of strong and sustainable communities.

For additional information about this training, please contact Kathy Getting at 832-9565 ext. 203 or email kgetting@udmo.com