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Activity Dates: 05/10/2021 - 04/21/2024

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Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other health care professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are incredibly common and affect people of all backgrounds. ACEs are associated with medical, social, and public health problems. For example, ACEs are associated with 7 out of the top 10 chronic disease states. Those with high exposure to ACEs have a 20-year difference in life-expectancy. Emerging evidence regarding gene expression and increased inflammatory markers offer possible mechanisms by which ACEs, or toxic stress, are associated with these outcomes. While screening for ACEs is recommended, its practice is still limited. Additional education is needed to increase awareness of ACEs as well as the strategies that may be employed to prevent them. Participants will learn how to identify and screen for ACEs and the mechanisms how ACEs may affect the development of psychopathology and chronic illness. They will also learn how ACEs can affect public health and evidence-based strategies for prevention.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for this course.
  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity.
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date.
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor.

Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported within 24 hours to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online in their ACPE Transcript.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize risk factors and protective factors for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as well as best approaches to screening for ACEs.
  2. Describe the connections between ACEs and medical, social, and public health problems.
  3. Examine biological mechanisms by which exposure to early adversity negatively affects health outcomes.
  4. Review evidence-based strategies that can reduce or eliminate intergenerational spread of ACEs to improve lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 05/10/2021 - 04/21/2024
ACPE Contact Hours: 1
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-21-008-H04-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.