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Strength-based adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Live, online session exploring the link between adverse childhood experiences and later life outcomes through a lived experience lens.
Led by Mary-Anne Hodd.

Tickets cost: £50 for non-members

Care-experienced teacher, trainer and speaker, Mary-Anne Hodd will lead this online session, sharing her own personal journey through adverse childhood experiences

Mary will explore the outcomes typically associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the feelings of helplessness that the associated stereotypes can prompt.

The training covers a broad range of topics, from developmental and therapeutic perspectives on ACEs, to preventative and compensatory measures and relational healing. The tone of the session is hopeful, emphasising the potential for positive change.

The training takes a strengths-based approach, and was born out of Mary’s desire to understand the questions, “why might I be okay?” and “what makes the difference?”.

What will I take away from this Live Classroom?

  • A wealth of resources and tools to support therapeutic, strengths-based care that sees
  • new potential in the face of adversity.
  • An understanding of the potential impact of adversity.
  • An understanding of the path from adversity to prosperity.
  • Knowledge of how to curate and facilitate environments that promote healing

The course is for anyone working with or supporting individuals who have experienced adversity in their early lives, or those who want to gain a better understanding of the link between childhood experiences and later life outcomes.

What people have said about our Live Classroom sessions

“I found the training very enjoyable and will take a lot of good resources from this” Training participant


About Mary-Anne Hodd

Mary-Anne Hodd is a care-experienced teacher, trainer and speaker. Combining lived experience and psychology, Mary-Anne works to support a deeper understanding of, and improved outcomes for, children and young people in care. Her ‘feelings-focused’ work has supported the longevity of placements, halting unplanned endings and contributed to changing narratives of what it means to be care experienced.

Mary-Anne’s work educates on themes of connection, identity, and strengths-based, therapeutic care, on subjects such as language, recordings, childhood trauma, transitions and the care journey. From decision-makers and team leaders to foster careers, practitioners and more, Mary-Anne’s work is transformative for anyone working with and around children and young people in care.

Mary-Anne Hodd is a training practitioner from Trauma Informed Consultancy Services, which offers an extensive range of training sessions related to all aspects of how we can apply a Trauma Informed Framework to settings, services and systems. Trauma Informed Consultancy Services works with education settings, Children’s Services, Criminal Justice and Adult Services.


  • The session will begin with an opening question: What do you hope to get out of this time together?
  • The session is reflective and personal, and it relates directly to Mary’s lived experience, therefore, we ask that you are open and willing to engage in the session material.
  • During the session Mary would love to understand your current practice, with opportunities to celebrate the good, and to address and support adapting practice where suitable.
  • Bring along to the session a cup of tea or anything else you need to feel comfortable.

Background reading

Zoom Access to the Live Classroom

  • You will receive a zoom link to access the live classroom at least 48 hours before the live classroom takes place.
  • Using Zoom: Our Live Classrooms are delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, or need a refresher, take a look at this guidance. If you are planning on attending via a work device, to ensure access is not blocked you may need to seek permission in advance.


  • Already a member – This Live Classroom is included in Creative Life Story Work members’ 12 free events per year.
  • Not yet a member – This Live Classroom costs £50 for non-members.
  • Interested in becoming a member? – Find out about becoming a member here.

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Venue information

This session will be held via Zoom.

We would encourage you to read this document for advice on how to access zoom particularly if you haven’t accessed zoom before. If you are planning on attending via a work device, you may need to seek access permission in advance.

You will receive a zoom link to access the live classroom at least 48hours before the live classroom takes place.


Feel free to contact us prior to the scheduled event date if you have any specific questions or requirements relating to access.