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Join us for NAMI’s August General Meeting:

 “Adverse Childhood Experiences:

Impact on Mental Health”

Presented by:

 Clarissa DeWitt, LMHC,RPT

Renée E. Layman, MS, LMHC

Center for Child Counseling

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Wednesday, August 24th

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NAMI West Palm Beach Office

5205 Greenwood Ave Suite 110

West Palm Beach, Florida  33407


Child maltreatment and trauma, especially toxic stress, impacts every aspect of a child’s functioning including cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social and physical development.

  • Adverse experiences in childhood, in the absence of buggering relationships, are at the root of many physical and emotional health challenges throughout the lifetime. The ACE study is one of the largest studies conducted to assess the association between childhood trauma and later-life health and well-being.  This presentation will provide a:
    • Definition of toxic stress, trauma and its impact on the developing brain.
    • Overview of the ACE study including the risk factors.
    • The importance of creating trauma-informed and resilient based interventions, practices and communities based on the findings of the ACES research.
    • Impact and importance of early intervention.



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