Summary: Our speaker will discuss topics related to the trauma-informed movement that seeks to educate school districts, employers, and other organizations about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and help them develop practices that foster resilience.
Rick will discuss effective methods in supporting children and adults who exhibit behaviors stemming from trauma and the subsequent prolonged exposure to elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems.
In the mid-1990s a study was completed which have determined the long ranging effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). When left unresolved significant health issues, suicide and a lower life expectancy can occur. ACEs have a huge impact on the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control estimates depression to cause 200 million lost work days each year at a cost to employers of $17 to $44 billion. This presentation is intended to raise awareness of ACEs, so employers are better able to understand and support employees which may lead to higher levels of retention.
Speaker: Rick Kraus, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, for USD 308.
Rick is in his 30th year of public education with the last 25 in Hutchinson Public Schools. Almost three years ago the school district began its own trauma informed journey. At the same time Rick helped form a community group (Resilience Reno County) which is working to raise awareness across Reno County. Presentations similar to the one Rick will do for SHRM, have previously been shared with other organizations. These would include student teachers at Wichita State University, future teachers at Hutchinson Community College, numerous times in Hutchinson Public Schools, as well as community organizations like AMBUCs and RRC.