What is Connections Matter?
Connections or healthy relationships are a crucial to the ACEs prevention. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier stronger community.
Connections Matter, designed by by Dr. Linda Chamberlain, is a training session designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency, prevent childhood trauma, and understand how our interactions with others can support those who have experienced trauma.
The Connections Matter Georgia, a collaboration between the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA GA), was specifically adapted for Georgia audiences. Raise Me Up Foundation joined the initiative in 2019 to serve the Henry County community.
CONNECTIONS MATTER IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT.
Connections Matter is a community-based initiative that explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact the brain’s ability to grow and our ability to cope and thrive. During the training session, we educate the public on the intersecting topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience. We utilize an evidence-informed program, along with real-world and concrete examples, to demonstrate how ACEs adversely affect brain development and health outcomes – and how caring connections serve as a primary buffer in the negative effects of trauma. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed.
The Connections Matter training lasts 4-hours which can be done in one session or split up into two sessions and can be offered virtually. This training is approved for 4 hours of CEU credit: LPCs, LMFTs, LCSW, Law Enforcement, and Bright from the Start.