Stage 1: Prepare the Foundation

Learn what is needed – clinically, operationally, administratively, and emotionally – to get your practice ready to screen for ACEs and treat toxic stress with evidence-based interventions and trauma-informed care.

Stage 1 provides foundational information for the implementation team to begin exploring what planning for ACE screening implementation might entail at your practice. Don’t have a team yet? That’s okay. You’ll learn how to form a team in Step 3 of this stage.

Stage 1 goals

  • Refresh your knowledge about ACEs, toxic stress, trauma-informed care, and evidence-based interventions
  • Determine how to generate organizational support for screening
  • Establish your implementation team
  • Develop a high-level implementation plan and timeline

In each step, you will find information, planning worksheets, and best practices to help you make strategic decisions and achieve these goals. You can download and print materials as you go step by step, or you can download and print the workbook containing all of the worksheets for Stage 1 below.