Culture of Kindness

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


In January 2019 EHCAP commenced training with the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service on the impact of traumatic experiences and the development of the child and adolescent brain, particularly the over developed stress response. Based on the premise of hope staff have been learning and developing skills in  Mindful Emotion Coaching to  build relationships and create safe environments through which both colleagues and clients are able to build resilience and the ability to adapt and self manage. The first phase of training has now completed, and the 10 trained facilitators are now signed off and leading workshops.

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

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.




Facilitator/ Supervisor Resources 


Learning Record for Facilitators


Wellness Coaching


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.


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

Evaluation summary Mindful Emotion Coaching


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