UT Tyler hosts child trauma, abuse conference

Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 4:21 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas community is raising awareness of childhood and adolescent trauma and abuse.

Friday, the University of Texas at Tyler hosted the Child and Adolescent Trauma and Abuse Conference, to examine the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACE).

The goal is to establish a system of cooperation and open communication with educators, health care professionals, parents and policymakers.

“When we talk to educators, when we talk to people that work with young people, to remember that the behavior isn’t always the person,” Next Step Community Executive Director Brandon Davidson said.

Presenters discussed childhood mental disorder impacts and intervention tools for schools, the community and the region.

“Having four or more ACEs makes you 13 times more likely to die by suicide,” Davidson said. “Makes you more likely to develop COPD, or heart disease or even hepatitis C.”

For UT Tyler Career Success Coach Amy Russo, the best lesson is becoming “the one” who leaves a lasting impact.

“Stop, look and listen. And, the positive effect that that has on people, when they realize that you care about them and their outcome, you’ve become that one,” Russo said.

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