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Mindful Emotion Coaching and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Awareness Workshops - Essex


This page is set up to enable staff  working in the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service to access online information about Mindful Emotion Coaching and ACE Awareness (MACE) . In this first phase of training, staff are either learners, facilitators or supervisors. Dates and venues for workshops are described in the forms below.

Information for all Virgincare and Barnardos staff

The aims for this project :

  • to understand the effects of adversity in childhood on long term physical and mental health outcomes using the ACE framework 
  • to build skills in insight and empathy through Mindful Emotion Coaching to support staff wellness and communication
  • to increase awareness and understanding of the neuroscience behind behaviour and social emotional development

Free Resources for Staff and Parents


Hand outs and Powerpoints for Workshops

Staff who are attending workshops as learners click here for information 

Learners wishing to book into workshops need to contact the lead administrator in their quadrant or email

You may find some of the discussions make you feel emotional especially when looking at the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) data in the Resilience documentary and during the second workshop when we run an exercise where you look at an ACE questionnaire. If you feel you would like to access emotional support please click this link. 

Staff who are attending workshops as learners  can leave feedback here :  Feedback Link.

To chat with Sarah about your progress with The Hand Model and Emotion Coaching join a video link session on


3 June 09.30

26 June 09.30

28 June 09.30

1 August 09.30

22 August 09.30

11 September

10 October 09.30

11 October 09.30




 Facilitator/ Supervisor Booking Form for workshops


Facilitator/ Supervisor Resources 

Learning Record for Facilitators

Welcome Pack and Wellness Plan

The Little Book of Coaching Wellness with a trauma informed approach


Click this link to enter our interactive site. All the training video clips are available on the homepage and there are links to our elearning modules as well as to our most recent powerpoints. Before your first workshop you will be invited to register with the site which will mean you can access our powerpoints and resources. Facilitators and Supervisors  willl be able to register with EHCAP as a Wellness Coach and join a Whats App chat group.


The first  workshop is an introduction to  three forms of stress- positive, tolerable and toxic - together with skill building in those areas most likely to be affected by early adversity- Dan Siegel's Hand Model and John Gottman's Emotion Coaching.

Morning workshops are 9am to 1pm and the first workshop is followed by screening of Resilience over a BYO lunch. Afternoon workshops are 12-4pm with Resilience screened at 11 am.

Contact is Katie Polhill

Learners will need to come to the second workshop ready to share stories of working with The Hand Model and Emotion Coaching. To support this please read chapter 3 'Building the staircase of the mind' in Dan Siegel's Whole Brain Child Workbook, take a look through The 3 Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families or if you prefer watch Jack Shonkoff speaking  and familiarise yourself with our online resources including our elearning portal.

Facilitators in training who attended workshops on 26 February and 12 March will present at all subsequent workshops with EHCAP supporting. These workshops could be viewed as dress rehearsals. 

Coaching for Facilitators  is available by Video Conference on:

Thursday 16th May 9.30- 10.30 am

Friday 17th May 9.30 - 10.30 am

3rd June 09.30

26 June 09.30

28 June 09.30

10 October 09.30

11 October 09.30

Please access the video conference by clicking this link

UK research into ACEs and link with toxic stress research in the USA

Evaluation summary Mindful Emotion Coaching


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