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Wailea, HI - "What Was Your Childhood Like?” Examining & Targeting the ACE Elephant in the Room & Substance Use | Building Connection Through Mindful Healing

Complimentary lunch & presentations hosted by Priscilla Tran, Treatment Placement Specialists®

Presented by Valerie Kading, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Sierra Tucson & Maui-Based Clinician Jessica Brazil, LCSW, RYT 

1 CE Credit & 1 Contact Hour Offered

Date:  Friday, March 15, 2019

Networking & Check-In: 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Presentation: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Residence Inn by Marriott® Maui Wailea
75 Wailea Ike Drive, Wailea, HI 96753

Course Description:

Childhood is the canvas on which events are experienced and impact health over the entire life span. Childhood abuse and trauma set the stage for negative health outcomes and early death. Identification of ACEs through screening and assessment are critical to addressing substance use. Through the use of complex and engaging movie protagonists and antagonists and various media platforms, the audience will be challenged to identify who is at risk for substance use and negative health outcomes through ACE assessment and will also be guided to an ACE score through an ACE questionnaire. The audience will be challenged to confront stereotypes of individuals experiencing negative health outcomes by analysis of ACEs and protective factors. Integrative and evidence based treatment modalities will be presented to prepare the clinician and organization to address substance use through the trauma lens.

Course Objectives

  1. Attendees will list criteria for ACE score and describe how to interpret the ACE score.
  2. Attendees will describe impact of ACEs on negative health outcomes
  3. Attendees will list 3 trauma focused interventions for individuals exposed to ACEs.
  4. Attendees will describe how to identify and capitalize protective factors.

**Attendees for this intermediate level presentation are behavioral healthcare professionals in private practice, treatment program clinical directors/staff, community agencies and various mental health disciplines. This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for behavioral healthcare professionals in private practice, treatment program clinical directors/staff, community agencies and various mental health disciplines; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Valerie Kading, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Kading joined Sierra Tucson in June of 2015, and her contributions to the Medical and Nursing departments have been many. She was promoted to chief medical operations officer in 2016, then held the position of interim chief medical officer before serving in her current role as chief operations officer.

Dr. Kading graduated with honors from New Mexico State University in 2016 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her doctoral studies focused on optimizing health care systems and policies, translational methods and evidence-based practice, health care organization innovation, epigenetics, utilization of informatics in healthcare, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her dissertation focused on increasing health care provider knowledge on perinatal depression. She created a web-based educational program for health care providers aimed at facilitating evidence-based treatment to perinatal women. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2004 with a master’s degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1996. Dr. Kading is also a candidate for a Master of Business Administration at The University of Arizona.  In 2006, she founded the Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Society, a professional organization for nurse practitioners with over 200 active members.

As chief operations officer, Dr. Kading leads Sierra Tucson’s Nursing team, Behavioral Medicine, Pharmacy and Integrative Services. In addition, she is responsible for Professional Relations and Connect365.

Jessica Brazil, LCSW, RYT

Jessica Brazil, LCSW, RYT is the Founder of the Mindful Living Group & Author of the 100 Mindful Days Project. She specializes in giving inspiring workshops, leading retreats and teaching yoga and meditation when she is not engaged in her full-time private practice providing consulting and counseling services and leading a team of innovative health and wellness professionals. Jessica specializes in getting to root trauma issues and helping clients access effective, culturally rich solutions when treating mental health and co- occurring disorders.

Jessica was trained by the developers of TF-CBT through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and has given many talks and continuing education trainings for associations, conferences, businesses, and agencies. She leads international and local retreats, presents at national conferences, and has consulted with Medtronic, Liliuokalani Trust, Seabury Hall, Horizons Academy, and Maui Recovery. Jessica has given talks directly to Senator Hirono’s office and consulted with the Director of Health for Senator Schatz. She is an Instructor for University of Hawaii and served on the board of the National Association of Social Workers for over 10 years. Her passion is helping people make a personal connection to their own inner resources and healing capacities. She enjoys building community, working with leaders locally and globally, and spending time surfing and traveling with her husband.


If you have any questions, please contact, Priscilla Tran at Priscilla.Tran@acadiahealthcare.com  or call/text (925) 667-0637.

Date: March 15, 2019

Residence Inn by Marriott® Maui Wailea
75 Wailea Ike Drive
Wailea, HI 96753
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Marks of Quality Care
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation