History & Hope Curriculum

A collective group convened by the Alaska Resilience Initiative has created a curriculum for teaching about ACEs, resilience, and trauma-informed care. The "History & Hope" training introduces the audience to the adverse childhood experiences study, and addresses the question "Why are adverse childhood experiences so adverse, and what can we do about it?" Bringing together Alaska Native ancestral knowledge of trauma and resilience; the sciences of neurobiology, physiology, and epigenetics; data on social and economic stressors affecting Alaskan families; simple brain-body healing exercises; and promising practices in education and early childhood settings, this presentation provides an introduction to how trauma-informed, culturally-responsive approaches in healthcare and education can help shift our most pressing health and social problems. To access a flyer you can hand out about the History and Hope curriculum, click here. To watch a preview video of History & Hope, click here. A full version of the education version of History & Hope can be viewed here. A 1-hour version of History & Hope from a webinar put on as a part of the Alaska Children’s Trust’s recognition of Child Abuse Prevention month can be viewed here. In March 2019, the policy maker version of History & Hope debuted at a Legislative Lunch & Learn and can be viewed here.

We have a cohort of 20 trainers from 6 communities around Alaska, who can deliver tailored, in-person trainings at no cost except travel accommodations. To request the "History & Hope" training please contact the coordinator at the Alaska Child Welfare Academy at

The History & Hope curriculum is generously supported by the following funders.


Additional Trainings

Additionally, our communications workgroup has worked with partners throughout the state to compile this one page overview of available trainings and this spreadsheet of trainings on trauma and resilience and how to access trainers.



Also be sure to browse our other resource pages: trauma and resilience, tools for trauma-informed change and History and Hope resources.