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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) are traumatic experiences, such as physical abuse, neglect, parental divorce, or having a parent with a mental disorder, that happen during childhood.

Research has shown that having a higher ACE score correlates with physical health disorders (such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease) and mental health disorders (for example, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression).

In order to provide services that have a long-term positive effect, service providers need to understand and minimize the negative impacts of ACEs.

In this series of three video blogs we:

  • Introduce you to ACEs.
  • Explain the impact of the long-term effect of ACEs on children and adults.
  • Provide an overview of trauma-informed care.
  • List ways in which service providers can take care of themselves.
  • Suggest real-time trauma-informed care strategies that aid in minimizing the impact of ACEs.