ACE’s & Trauma Responsive Care


Bristol’s Promise has set up a community for those who want to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Responsive Care. 


Our Northeast Tennessee Trauma Responsive Care Network meets the fourth Thursday of every other month from 10a – 12p. Pre-COVID we met at The Summit Companies in Bristol, TN, but have since moved online. This group is open to the public and we welcome those who want to learn more about ACEs and Trauma Responsive Care. 
For more information or to join the network, email
Meeting months are: February, April, June, August, October, December
Take a moment to fill out the form at the bottom of this page to keep updated on upcoming meetings.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Trauma Responsive Care Network Meetings

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that assumes an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life.

On an organizational or systemic level, Trauma-Responsive Care changes organizational culture to emphasize respecting and appropriately responding to the effects of trauma at all levels.

Click on the video to the right to watch one of our recent Trauma-Responsive Care Network meetings.

Building Resilience

Trauma-Informed Care is the first step in building resilience in ourselves, our friends, neighbors and community. When we take steps to actively build resilience, we are mitigating – or easing – the impact that ACEs can have in our community. Building resilience can come in many forms and can happen across the course of a person’s life.
It’s never too late to build resilience!

To learn more or to get involved in building a more resilient community, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and plan to join us at our next Trauma-Informed Care Community meeting.

Our Partners & Trainings


This program is funded in part by TN Department of Children’s Services, Building Strong Brains Tennessee, and United Way of Bristol TN/VA.
  • Trauma Informed Approach: Key Principles and Assumptions (4hrs)
  • Trauma Informed Specialized Training (2hrs)
  • Train the Trainer (6hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains full (1.5hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains (1hr)
  • Building Strong Brains (30min)
  • Building Strong Brains presentation (15min)
From 4hrs in-depth trainings to 15 minute presentations, these trainings can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization.

Brandi Peters

Program Coordinator
423-444-0622 ext 701

Brandi Peters is a lifelong Bristol TN native and a graduate of King University. Brandi joined
Bristol’s Promise in October of 2019 as the Community Resource Navigator for the Bristol
Connect Program and believes in helping neighbors and making life easier for folks. Brandi
spent over 14 years in the corporate world of engineering, marketing, human resources and
recruiting and has seen many of the issues workers struggle with. This is why she strongly
believes in the Bristol Connect Program and works to be able to do more for her community and
the people in it. She feels her role as Community Resource Navigator will allow her to do just
that! Brandi is certified in Mental Health First Aid, Building Strong Brains and Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Trauma-Informed Response and a Certified Yoga instructor to
name just a few.

Melissa Roberts

Executive Director
423-444-0622 ext 700

Melissa Roberts joined Bristol’s Promise in August 2019 as the Adverse Childhood Experiences
and Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator. With over 20 years of Non Profit experience in a wide
variety of roles – from volunteer to Executive Director, Board Member, and Consultant –
community service is in her DNA. She is a member of Bristol Noon Rotary Club, the Regional
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alliance, Virginia Organizing, Campaign for Trauma-Informed
Policy and Practices, and State of TN BRFSS Stakeholders to name just a few.

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