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More Than Their Trauma: Moving Beyond the ACEs Study to Support Student Healing & Learning in School Settings


State of CAMFT
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm  (No CEs offered)
Join CAMFT Executive Director, Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE for an understanding about events, legislation, and internal association processes that are currently impacting CAMFT members. This update will precede the following speaker.


More Than Their Trauma: Moving Beyond the ACEs Study to Support Student Healing & Learning in School Settings
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm (1 CE)

With the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study now more widely recognized than at any point since its publication, many practitioners, systems, and institutions are using the ACEs checklist to inform youth services and programs. While the ACEs Study provides useful epidemiological information about the health risks associated with childhood adversity, we must be careful to avoid further pathologizing young people who are often deeply misunderstood and marginalized.

This presentation explores asset-driven ways of thinking about youth who experience adversity, acknowledging the harm it causes, while uplifting the potential for healing that resides in young people, their families, and their communities.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of relational health in supporting the needs of children who experience adversity and trauma
  2. Apply "healing-centered engagement" as an asset-driven reframing of trauma-informed care
  3. Identify historically and culturally grounded practices as an essential element of trauma-informed care
  4. Name at least 2 strategies for promoting young people’s relational health


  • Habeebah Rasheed Grimes, Psy.S.

    Habeebah Rasheed Grimes, M.A., Psy.S., is a wife and mother who has made serving Northeast Ohio’s most vulnerable children her life’s work. As CEO of Positive Education Program (PEP), Habeebah leads a staff of over 400 professionals committed to helping children with severe mental health and behavioral challenges learn and grow. Recognizing the significant trauma and chronic stress experienced by many of the children PEP serves, Habeebah worked closely with The Child Trauma Academy to certify the agency as a Phase 1 Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) site. She is actively engaged in teaching and advocacy to ensure that youth and families have access to culturally responsive and healing-centered services. She is an appointee to Cuyahoga County’s Advisory Council on Equity and the State of Ohio’s Children’s Behavioral Health Prevention Stakeholder Group. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Northeast Ohio Steering Committee of the Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition.

  • Nabil El-Ghoroury, Ph.D., CAE, CAMFT Executive Director

    Nabil El-Ghoroury began as Executive Director of CAMFT in January 2018. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology from Binghamton University, and practiced for 7 years at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as a licensed psychologist. Prior to coming to CAMFT, he was an Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association, where he served as the director of the graduate student office. Nabil was recognized as an emerging association leader by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) when he was invited into the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2016-2018 class). He has presented at numerous conferences (in English and in Spanish) on issues such as student development in psychology, professional and legal issues in the use of social media, and health/educational disparities in autism spectrum disorders. Nabil led student delegations on Capitol Hill for 8 years. He recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, a certification that demonstrates wide knowledge of association management skills.

May 15, 2021
Sat 12:30 PM PDT

Duration 1H 15M

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