Epigenetics, Neurobiology, and Transcending Trauma: Adverse Childhood Experiences and a Search for Solutions - 4 CEUs

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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • CE Hours Included: 4 Core (please see below for details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar ("Synchronous") on Zoom
  • Investment: $100 before Friday, September 16 at 5:00pm EDT, $112 after
  • Presented by: Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA & Jason Curry, DO, FAPA (see bios below)
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • Explain the biologic mechanisms by which ACEs exert long-term negative impacts.
  • Discuss how early childhood trauma affects the developing brain and correlates to common mental health disorders.
  • List individual and community-based solutions to reduce the morbidities of ACEs.

Session Outline:

  • Overview of the adverse childhood experiences study design and findings.
  • Physical health and aging impacts of early childhood adversity.
  • Mental health correlates of childhood trauma.
  • Roles and interactions of the human genome and epigenome.
  • Types of epigenetic changes.
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and epigenetic changes related to trauma, especially childhood trauma and their clinical impacts.
  • Stress response system in acute vs chronic stress.
  • Overview of the brain and its regulation of bioenergetic demands.
  • Neurobiological changes related to traumatic stress.
  • Neurobiological mechanisms for resilience and post-traumatic growth.
  • Public health and community-based solutions to reduce the morbidities of ACEs.

Workshop Description:

Toxic stress during childhood can harm the most basic levels of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and such exposures can even alter the physical structure of DNA (epigenetic effects). Childhood maltreatment has been linked to a variety of changes in brain structure and function and stress-responsive neurobiological systems with negative downstream impacts on health, emotional well-being, and longevity. In this workshop, we will explore the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exert their negative impacts. In understanding the effects on brain, body, and behavior we will then look to solutions that enhance resilience, promote post-traumatic growth, and move us in the direction of improved health outcomes.

Presented by:

Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA

Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal is a board-certified psychiatrist and integrative medicine physician. She serves as Chief Medical Officer at Sierra Tucson, a premier residential behavioral health treatment center, as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is active in medical student & resident-fellow education, aiming to enhance understanding of psychiatric disorders for varied medical and clinical personnel. She is also active in the mental health community, advocating for her patients’, colleagues, and profession through the Arizona Psychiatric Society, Arizona Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Chhatwal’s contributions to mental health have been recognized in the form of a Presidential Award for Leadership from the Arizona Psychiatric Society, and Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association. Echoing naturalistic healing disciplines, Dr. Chhatwal believes that human beings have the inherent capacity to heal when provided with a nurturing environment for the mind, body, and spirit. In her practice, she collaborates with colleagues from various disciplines, aiming to create a nurturing environment so individuals can start their journey towards a healthier, more wholesome life.

Jason Curry, DO, FAPA

Dr. Jason Curry is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician. A graduate of the University of Arizona (UofA) Psychiatry Residency, Dr. Curry serves as faculty in the department and continues in the role Residency Program Director since 2015. Additionally, Dr. Curry is the Vice Chair for Education in the UofA department of psychiatry. Dr. Curry is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an Executive Council Member of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, an elected state representative to the APA Assembly for Area 7, and an appointed Board of Trustee member to the APA Political Action Committee. He appreciates advocating for patients and colleagues at local, regional, and national levels. Dr. Curry believes in a learning process of openness, mutual effort, congenial competition, and intentional evolution. His clinical work is focused on outpatient care with special interest in addiction, mood disorders and trauma-informed care.


  • 10:30 - 11:00 Sign-In
  • 11:00 - 1:00 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 1:00 - 1:30 Break
  • 1:30 - 3:30 Afternoon Session
  • 3:30 - Continuing Education Certificates Available

4 Core CE Clock Hours:

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    • Licensed in another state? The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules regarding live webinars vs. live workshops.
    • Licensed in Canada? This workshop is approved for 4 credit hours through CCPA, event code: 64959374.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 4 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #072022. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
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  • Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 4 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #119-2022. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • *Licensed in another state as a social worker or marriage & family therapist? Many states will accept CEs for Social Workers & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state. Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states accept APA & NBCC approved workshops, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.

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