Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experience and the impact it has on medical and psychological conditions (3 CE’s)

Presented by Sierra Swing, Psy.D., and Anya Zimberoff, Psy.D.
December 7th,  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

Adverse Childhood Experiences continue to show robust research in predicting both physical and mental health in adults. Attendees will be exposed to what defines an Adverse Childhood Experience, as well how these experiences predict mental and physical health in adulthood. Furthermore, attendees will be educated on potential biological and behavioral explanations for why ACEs predict health in adulthood. Finally, attendees will learn strategies to prevent ACEs, as well as intervene when ACEs present. Experiences will include didactic education, case presentations, and role plays. No risks are associated with this presentation.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to identify what constitutes an ACE
  • Attendees will be able to describe research and the link between ACEs and physical/mental adult health
  • Attendees will be able to apply evidence informed strategies to prevent and combat ACEs
  • Attendees will be able to discuss ACEs in the context of patient care and overall health

Presenter Information

Sierra Swing, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2008 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She received her degree from Argosy University Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with Fremont Community Therapy Project. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy; brief behavioral health visits; as well as psychological testing. She also maintains a part-time private practice in Seattle, Washington, specializing in the treatment of trauma, chronic health conditions, and mood/emotional disorders. She has been trained and has certifications in multiple areas of psychological treatment, including EMDR, DBT, ACT, MI, CBT, etc. Her research interests include ACEs/Trauma on health and mental health. Dr. Swing has participated as a consultant to the NW Primary Care Association to see how to integrate knowledge of ACEs and it’s effects into primary care and PCBH.

Dr. Zimberoff has been working for HealthPoint as a Behavioral Health Consultant providing integrated behavioral health as part of primary care since 2009. She believes that life stressors have to be taken into consideration when treating or managing care for persons who live in challenging circumstances or who have experienced trauma. She wrote her doctoral dissertation about psychological processes involved in chronic pain disorder and has a special interest in mind-body suffering and treatments. She has collaborated in training and supervising a number of interns and practicum students since 2010, many of whom have become integrated behavioral health professionals. Dr. Zimberoff has a strong understanding of stress physiology, psychopharmacology, as well as life style interventions. ACT, mindfulness, CBT, as well as EMDR and a newer approach called LifeSpan integration are some of her favorite interventions.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at the HealthPoint Administration Office 955 Powell Avenue SW, Renton, Washington 98057

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.