PACES & Trauma Responsive Care Network


Appalachian Promise Alliance has set up a community for those who want to learn more about Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACES) and Trauma Responsive Care to build resilience in our community. 


Our Northeast Tennessee Trauma Responsive Care Network supports the upper eight counties of Northeast Tennessee and meets the fourth Thursday of every other month from 10a – 12p. This group is open to the public and we welcome those who want to learn more about PACEs and Trauma Responsive Care. 
For more information or to join the network, email
Meeting months are: February, April, June, August, October, December
Take a moment to fill out the form at the bottom of this page to keep updated on upcoming meetings.

What are PACES?

More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Further research has shown that Positive experiences – especially during childhood – can help lower the risk of negative health outcomes.

Trauma Responsive Care Network Meetings

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that assumes an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life.

On an organizational or systemic level, Trauma-Responsive Care changes organizational culture to emphasize respecting and appropriately responding to the effects of trauma at all levels.

Click on the video to the right to watch one of our recent Trauma-Responsive Care Network meetings.

Building Resilience

Trauma-Informed Care is the first step in building resilience in ourselves, our friends, neighbors and community. When we take steps to actively build resilience, we are mitigating – or easing – the impact that ACEs can have in our community. Building resilience can come in many forms and can happen across the course of a person’s life.
It’s never too late to build resilience!

To learn more or to get involved in building a more resilient community, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and plan to join us at our next Trauma-Informed Care Community meeting.

Our Trainings


This program is funded in part by TN Department of Children’s Services, Building Strong Brains Tennessee, and United Way of Bristol TN/VA.
  • Trauma Informed Approach: Key Principles and Assumptions (4hrs)
  • Trauma Informed Specialized Training (2hrs)
  • Train the Trainer (6hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains full (1.5hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains (1hr)
  • Building Strong Brains (30min)
  • Building Strong Brains presentation (15min)
From 4hrs in-depth trainings to 15 minute presentations, these trainings can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization.

Developed in partnership with United Way of Southwest Virginia, from information collected from TN Commission on Children and Youth, ACE Interface, Peaceful Homes, and SAMHSA Trauma-Informed Training. This is a level-set training for the Appalachian Highlands region.

Developed by Susan Turner, this presentation explores how historical and cultural trauma – two of the scientifically identified ACES – continue to impact our community most especially for our historically marginalized communities.

Susan Turner, MA, LBSW

Susan Turner, MA, LBSW

PACES Program Coordinator

Susan L. Turner has a Master of Human Services -Marriage and Family therapy degree from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University and is a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work in the State of Tennessee. Susan has over 20 years experience working with children and families, especially those in the foster care system. Susan is a certified ACES (adverse childhood experiences) trainer and facilitator and has presented ACES: from a Black perspective throughout the community. Susan is also a certified SYMBIS marriage and family facilitator. Susan’s mission is to bring awareness of ACES and the ability to move in a positive direction, PACES (positive adverse childhood experiences). This awareness and positive focus will help the community build resilience and become trauma-informed.

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