Understanding the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on HIV Prevalence and Treatment: What Providers Need to Know


Understanding the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on HIV Prevalence and Treatment: What Providers Need to Know, presented by Raul Almazar, RN, MA and Sharon Wise, MHS

In this webinar, Mr. Almazar and Ms. Wise describe how ACE and HIV are linked. They include information about the prevalence of trauma and current research about trauma and how it can impact health. Additionally, they discuss concrete information for providers about how to minimize retraumatization for clients seeking healthcare services.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence and effects of trauma on people with HIV served in the health care system.
  • Identify ways to reduce the likelihood of retraumatization during the process of providing services.
  • Explain the ACE study and the implications of ACEs on client symptoms and behaviors.
  • Discuss how clients benefit from receiving services in a trauma-informed system.

Raul Almazar, RN, MA Mr. Almazar is a registered nurse by training with many years of experience as direct care provider, administrator, organizational and clinical consultant, trainer, and speaker. He is presently a Senior Consultant to SAMHSA’s Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices and The National Center for Trauma Informed Care. Prior to working as full-time consultant in 2009, he served as Deputy Director for Clinical Operations at the State of Illinois Division of Mental Health where he was charged to facilitate an organizational culture shift in all 10 state operated facilities towards person-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-promoting, non-coercive treatment settings.

Mr. Almazar provides consultation, training and technical assistance to organizations in the areas of leadership, workforce development, consumer empowerment, organizational planning and changing organizational cultures to effect systems transformation towards development of non-coercive, trauma-informed programs. He works with youth and adult serving, institutional and community based, publicly and privately –funded programs across human service systems.

Sharon D. Wise, M.H.S.
Sharon Wise was diagnosed with a mental illness at a young age and hospitalized for the first time at the age of nine.
Following over thirty institutions and hospitalizations, many of them by force, including being secluded and restrained, she has learned to use the trauma she suffered as learning and teaching tool. She is now an advocate for others who’ve had similar experiences.
Sharon goes around the country teaching and training peers, government officials and the community about Trauma informed care, sharing her experience, strength and hope. She also is an independent filmmaker and documentarian.
Sharon is an outstanding artist and uses her art to create vibrant colored self-portraits that illustrate her traumatic experiences and African American heritage.
As a performing artist she uses the butterfly to tell her story and is also an excellent motivational and keynote speaker.
Most recently she received a national VOICE Award in Los Angeles taking her place with movie stars and others recognized for their contributions in trauma informed care and mental health. In addition to her advocacy she designed a social inclusion booklet for her peers that display options of ‘free places’ to go for entertainment, training and relaxation.
Sharon not only teaches on Trauma Informed Care and Substance Abuse Prevention, she is also a mental health educator, gifted event planner, Researcher and Documentarian.

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