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WHEN ACES HIGH IS A BAD THING: ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

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WHEN ACES HIGH IS A BAD THING: ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

There was a time when people believed that children are resilient and that if something bad happened to them, they would just be able to adapt and grow up and get on with their lives. Besides, there weren’t that many traumatic things that could happen to kids anyway.

Then the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study revealed a major problem with that thinking. Turns out there are multiple traumatic experiences that can and frequently do, happen to children and they commonly lead to adults with mental problems, chronic diseases, and who are victimized and victimizers.

In the nearly 20 years since the ACE Study came out, how has the information been used and adapted; how have policies changed; and do we see courts, institutions, organizations, and therapists who have changed policies and procedures because of this astounding research?

Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Senior Editor of the Permanente Journal, advisor to numerous professional organizations and associations, and one of the two principal investigators of the ACE study will share with us how the study came about, what it revealed, and how it has or has not changed the way we care for children. Joining him will be Jane Ellen Stevens, founder and publisher of the ACEs Connection Network, focus on research about adverse childhood experiences, and how people are implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on that research.

Join us as we discuss the ACE Study and what it means.

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