Childhood Trauma and Adversity
Trainer Program

For those with a desire to become a trainer or to simply advance their knowledge


This course from Peaceful Households prepares individuals to educate others on childhood trauma and adversity. It incorporates the science, research, resources and teachings of numerous experts and organizations worldwide. We study and present this information in a way that empowers people to teach others about Childhood Trauma and Adversity.


The course is intended to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to present this information in a manner that is readily understood by the community, business leaders, policy makers and professionals from all backgrounds.


  • Foundational Teachings of Childhood Trauma and Adversity

    • Brain science

    • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

    • Resilience – why adversity does not have to be a child’s destiny

    • Trauma-informed practices

    • Common language for all teachings

    • Relationship between trauma/ACEs and the long term impact on social, economic, mental and physical health

    • Generational effects of trauma

  • Application of Foundational Teachings

    • Recognizing and responding to Childhood Trauma and Adversity in real world environments (home, work, family & child services, early childhood, child advocacy, education K-12, foster care, juvenile justice and more)

  • Tools and Methods for Educating Others

    • PowerPoint training presentation review

    • Addressing specific and diverse audiences


  • Advanced instruction and training materials developed by Peaceful Households*

  • PowerPoint training slides - complete with notes - for educating others*

  • Over 75 references from leading experts and institutions assembled by Peaceful Households for trainers to cite as well as research to advance their own understanding on the topic.

  • A unique platform to network and learn from a diverse group of professionals from across the nation.

  • Certificate of Training Completion for those that attend all sessions.


Format: Live, online course

Duration: Three sessions of three hours each over three days

Prerequisite: None

Who Should Attend: This course is geared toward individuals working with children and families.

Language: English

Instructor: Kathy Orr, Executive Director, Peaceful Households

Class size is limited


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“I love this course. I learned so much from it, even though it was virtual Kathy presented it so well that I didn't feel like I missed anything.”


“Kathy - You are a fantastic trainer. I am so thankful for having found this course! The training materials are perfectly suited for our internal agency staff training needs. We have service sites all over the state. We are open to training external audiences, as well, as the opportunities arise. THANK YOU THANK YOU for the wonderfully-dosed, research-based, down-to-earth delivery of this important content!”


“Kathy is a wealth of knowledge and provided the material in a manner that can easily be shared with various audiences. Additionally, Kathy was a fantastic trainer, and I thoroughly enjoyed the space she created and the many resources she shared!”


“I really liked that Kathy encouraged us to use our own voices and add our information and personalities to bring authenticity to the training!  Kathy's material was extremely well put together and documented and provides excellent information."


“Thank you for providing what can be quite intimidating information in an approachable and bite-size-pieces manner. Kathy is wise and relatable. Worth every minute!”


“Not only does Kathy have in-depth knowledge regarding ACEs, but she also provides insightful, compassionate training that encourages participants to share from within their own fields of experience. I highly recommend the Peaceful Households courses!”


“This course was incredible. It presented all of the material in a way that was easy to comprehend, and Kathy gave excellent pointers for us as trainers to be able to give out the information.”


 “Kathy is a strong presenter who brings many talents to the table. She guided the discussions well, allowed some productive tangents, and followed the lead of her group to meet their needs. She is also very open and offers to help us implement what we have learned. So much amazing material, I can't wait to teach it to others!”


 “The material is excellent, helped me understand more in depth of what the meaning is and what is all involved in understanding the ACES, how i can use it to better advocate for children.”


 “I enjoyed the pace of the course and how it was presented to the group. I learned so much more on ACES and how to use it in the future.”


 “This was a great training. Mrs. Orr made sure we learned through discussion and practicing our presentations. The training was a small class which was quaint and I learned a lot from each person. Thank you again Mrs. Orr.”


 “Kathy, I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful course and presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed spending this time with you, and look forward to sharing with you in the future.”


 “Definitely will recommend.” 


“I loved this training, the resources shared, the opportunity for interaction, and also the opportunity to show our learning. Thank you!”

*Training materials provided by Peaceful Households are proprietary to Peaceful Households. Only those individuals that complete this training (authorized user) are approved to use the materials to educate others. Under no circumstances are authorized users allowed to let other individuals or organizations use the copyright materials nor transfer the rights to them. This includes but is not limited to copying, printing, videotaping and duplicating the materials for distribution to non-authorized parties in any way.