We are pleased to announce South Dakota’s first ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship. In 2017, the South Dakota legislature funded the development of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) at USD in order to manage the state-wide work plan to respond to and prevent child maltreatment in South Dakota.  An important strategy within the plan is the education and dissemination of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface. The ACE Interface promotes understanding of how developmental adversity affects health and wellbeing throughout one’s life. CPCM and Children’s Home Society of South Dakota (CHS) are partnering to bring ACE Interface to South Dakota through the training of ACEs & Resiliency Fellows and you are invited to apply.

 The ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship training will begin on January 24 – 25, 2018, in Rapid City, South Dakota. A multidisciplinary cohort of fellows, selected from across the state, will work together to learn content and presentation skills to introduce ACE Interface to your community. The outcome will be an increase in the capacity of your community to dramatically improve the health, safety and productivity of community members.  Over time, fellows will become certified to train and supervise future ACEs & Resiliency Fellows.

 Successful applicants must be able to attend the entire two-day training event in Rapid City on January 24 – 25, 2018, and agree to complete certification as a Master Trainer for future ACEs & Resiliency Fellows. Certification may require up to two additional in-person education sessions over the course of the first year.  Additional support is available via monthly phone calls and web support. The initial cohort is limited to 25 individuals.

 To apply for the first ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship cohort, complete and return the attached application to [email protected] by Monday, December 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. MST. Questions can be directed to Tanya Fritz at [email protected] 

 We are grateful for additional support from the South Dakota Victims of Crime Act and South Dakota Department of Health. 

 Thank you for considering applying for the inaugural ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship cohort. Together we can end child maltreatment in South Dakota.