Safe & Sound: ACEs, Trauma-Informed Practices, and Wellness

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Safe Sound logo10:00AM - 4:00PM
$150 per person (includes lunch and materials)

Presenter: Karissa Luckett, RN, BSN, MSW, Senior Clinical and Quality Operations Director, Safe & Sound, San Francisco, CA

Join the Center for Youth Wellness, a Program of Safe & Sound, for a full day, five-part series grounded in a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that creates better outcomes for children, families, and communities.

This Pre-conference Academy will include a holistic response to the critical and dynamic needs of our community during this unprecedented time around the following topics:

  • The Science of ACEs and Toxic Stress
  • Building Resilience with the Seven Domains of Wellness
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Self-Care and Burnout
  • Relational, Strengths-Based Approaches to ACEs and Trauma

Session 1: The Science of ACEs and Toxic Stress
This session will provide an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and will discuss the additional issues that stem from it in order to justify why it is important to identify and address it in early life and to show how this can impact health as we age.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the link between ACEs, additional adversities, and toxic stress, and health risks and outcomes.
  • Identify early life adversity factors and toxic stress and explain their relationship to behaviors and chronic conditions in children.
  • Explain the rationale for the early detection of ACEs.
  • Discuss appropriate interventions in a school-based setting.

Session 2: Building Resilience with the Seven Domains of Wellness
Stress can harm a child’s developing brain and body. The good news is you can lessen the negative impacts of stress. Even when children are stressed, the right kind of support and care can help children bounce back. The research indicates there are seven aspects of a child’s life that, when done well, helped mitigate the effects of ACEs. We call these the seven domains of wellness. This session will review each of the 7 domains of wellness, and how to use them to help support families experiencing stress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the seven domains of wellness.
  • Discuss how each domain can counter stress.
  • Provide examples of using each domain in a real-life situation.
  • Explain how to use the seven domains in an interaction with a family experiencing stress.

Lunch (Noon-1pm)

Session 3: Trauma-Informed Practices
There is little doubt we all realize there is a “new normal,” but what does it look like? We must honor that the trauma, fear, anxiety, and crises we have personally and collectively faced make it challenging to use our mental reserves to thoughtfully work with children through their stress in this new situation. However, there is also an abundance of hope, and resilience, when we look for it, focus on it, and let it drive our efforts. Using the principles of trauma-informed care, and some lessons we have learned in our community partners along our journey, we want to offer some tips for responding to this trauma in thoughtful and practical ways.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of ACEs science and Toxic Stress.
  • Identify Principles of Trauma-Informed Organizations and Practices.
  • Review global trauma-informed strategies for Organizations.
  • Consider specific strategies to increase resilience through the domains of wellness.

Session 4: Self-Care and Burnout
Youth-focused workers are experiencing extremely difficult events, and the emotions that come from facing those events can negatively affect one’s role as a caregiver. This session will provide an overview of compassion fatigue and burnout, discuss the ways in which burnout can affect performance, and identify ways to mitigate burnout individually and collectively.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe compassion fatigue/burnout.
  • Discuss ways burnout can affect your practice and performance.
  • Identify ways to mitigate burnout individually and collectively.
  • Explain trauma-informed practice guidelines that support self-care.

Session 5: Relational, Strengths-Based Approaches to ACEs and Trauma
This session is a discussion to address the utilization of strengths-based theory in the mitigation of ACEs, toxic stress, and building resilience. Utilizing strength-based therapy in treating toxic stress allows educators to work with students to identify internal strengths and resourcefulness to further build resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of ACEs Science.
  • Discuss implications of toxic stress and its effects on health and mental health.
  • Identify strengths-based intervention methodologies and the intersection of building resilience.
  • Explore 6 principles of strengths-based therapy.


Karissa Luckett RN BSN MSWKarissa Luckett, RN, BSN, MSW
Ms. Luckett started her Nursing career over 25 years ago, and is currently licensed in Texas as a Registered Nurse (RN). She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University, with a focus in Not-for-profit Management and Leadership. She has worked for the Center for Youth Wellness since 2016, initially serving as the NPPC Coach, and currently as the Administrator of Clinical and Quality Operations. Ms. Luckett facilitates training and provides content expertise in the areas of ACEs screening implantation, practice workflow, scoring algorithms, EHR build, data capture reporting, and monitoring, and patient education best practices. Ms. Luckett owns Luckett Healthcare Consulting, LLC, and provides consultative services to hospitals, non-profits, and primary care clinics on quality improvement. She also works for The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. She provides consultative quality management assistance and programmatic reviews of specialized hospital programs across the US.

She has also obtained multiple professional certifications:

  • Trauma-Informed Care, current
  • Just Culture Certification, 2011-current
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, 2011-2019
  • Certified Asthma Educator, 2003-2010
  • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, 1998-2003


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