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Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and its Effect on the Workforce

  • 11 May 2021
  • 12:00 PM
  • Zoom



Please join us for a great workshop on adverse childhood experiences and how that affects the workplace.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain understanding about the effects of trauma on personal development
  • Gain understanding of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can affect future life outcomes including health, social, emotional, and workplace functioning
  • Learn how employers can facilitate resiliency in the workplace

Childhood ACES and trauma often impact our lives well through adulthood. These impacts can include physical and emotional health, relationships, and work functioning. We will examine some of the findings from ACES research, with particular attention to impacts in workplace relationships and functioning, and consider how employers can help enhance employee resiliency.

Presenter Biography:

Paul Goossens is a Licensed Psychologist with over 36 years of experience providing psychological services to youth, families, and adults in the Duluth area. His undergraduate Psychology degree was obtained at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN), and Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Paul began his professional career at Northwood Children’s Services, serving in roles including House Parent, Case-Manager, Therapist, and Psychologist.  After Northwood, Paul provided community-based psychological services to youth, adults, and families in a variety of setting including private practice and hospital-based systems providing outpatient services in clinic, adolescent partial hospitalization, school, and group-home based settings. In 2004, Paul co-founded Harbor City Psychological Associates, a private group practice.  In 2019 he transitioned HCPA to his solo, part-time practice and began employment at the Hills Youth and Family Services, where he serves as Clinical Director. 

In addition to his psychological practice, Paul has been actively involved in supporting and promoting educational excellence in our community. He has been actively engaged with the Duluth Edison Charter Schools (DECS) since its inception. After serving on the school’s Parent Advisory Council, he served six years as a Director, including four years as Chair, of the Duluth Public Schools Academy Board of Directors. Paul continues to serve the DECS schools as founder and President of the non-profit Affiliated Building Company, Tischer Creek Duluth Building Company, providing school facilities. Paul has also been an active supporter of ISD 709 school excellence as a both a parent and community professional.  He served in a leadership capacity with the “VOTE YES” Levy Referendum Committee, and was a trained leader in the initial ISD 709 “Think Kids” Community Conversation process. Paul and his wife have lived in Duluth for over 36 years and have three adult sons.

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