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Kingston, Jamaica


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Presentation/Workshop

For survivors of ACEs and professionals who work with children.

In this workshop we will explore the causes and consequences of ACEs—including their implications for children’s/adults’ physical and mental health, work ethic etc. and some of the approaches and practices that can help victims develop resilience and thrive. I will give an overview of ACEs, beginning with the landmark 1998 childhood adversity study by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, in which the concept was first used. We will discuss CDC–Kaiser’s list of 10 ACEs, how and why this original scale has been expanded and what all of this means. I will speak about my ACEs, the circumstances from which they emerged, the impact they have had on my life and the steps I have taken to understand and address them. We will discuss where you may find additional information about ACEs and where to get help if you need it.

Experience: I have spoken and written extensively about ACEs, including in my MA thesis, poems and interviews, and in my forthcoming picture book, Rohan Bullkin Learns to Read.

About Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The study/comprehension of ACEs is one of the most important advances in modern medical and social science research.  ACEs refer to traumatic experiences (poverty, physical/sexual abuse, emotional/physical neglect, community violence, peer victimisation etc.) that many children go through. These experiences have harmful effects on children’s health and wellbeing, even when they become adults. ACEs are gateways to damaging practices such as suicide ideation, drug addiction, alcoholism, high–risk sexual behaviours, and violence. People who have been exposed to ACEs are more likely to experience chronic depression, suffer from mental illnesses and struggle to learn.

Causes and Effects of Toxic Masculinity in Jamaica Workshop

For men/boys/parents/professionals who work with youth.

In this interactive workshop we will reflect on the ways in which many Jamaican males’ socio–emotional, economic and intellectual development are inhibited by constructs of toxic masculinity. These constructs include homophobia, misogyny and anti-intellectualism. We will examine how critical agents of socialisation (e.g. peers, family, dancehall, church) pressure boys and men to deplore any sign of ‘femininity’ in ourselves and to prove and perform heterosexuality, and how these demands constrain and ruin the lives of both males and females, particularly the lives of children. We will also look at the link between the construction of masculinities and shame, and what men can do to relieve ourselves of shame and become more emotionally aware and mature. Participants will be encouraged to examine and discuss their lived experiences, to think of ways to challenge the status quo, and to explore how men can support each other in this.

Experience: I have written and spoken about the historical events and religious beliefs that underpin Jamaica’s hyper–masculine culture and the negative impacts that this culture has had on my life and the lives of my peers.

Other Workshops and Presentations

I also do various workshops and presentations on issues relating to conflict and peacebuilding as well as one-one-coaching and keynotes on goal setting, creative visualisation and persistence.

Some inspirational speakers move you to change your ways for a few days. Some get you to dream. And very few touch your heart with their sheer will to not only survive but thrive. This was the case for me when I heard Ghunta speak seven years ago.
Kate Chappell