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The Brain Builders Lab was a workshop and forum on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on brain development. It took place from March 4–5, 2019 in Ottawa. The Lab brought together professionals from across the country to discuss ways to integrate Brain Story science into policy, practice and public discussion.

CCSA selected 65 applicants to attend the Brain Builders Lab, based on completion of the Brain Story certification course and their ideas on how to use the Brain Story in their work. Over two days, participants developed plans for projects designed to spread and embed Brain Story knowledge in their communities alongside practice and implementation supports. This planning resulted in eight workgroups.

Over the two years following this event, attendees will implement their project plans with support from their workgroups and mentors. In March 2021, they will meet again to assess the impact of their projects.

Read the Brain Builders Lab event summary report for highlights from the Lab as well as lessons learned and next steps.

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