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How Do We Develop Courage?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about the 7 steps most child abuse survivors must take in order to heal. I received a wonderful response to it from several of you. Thanks! If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, here’s the link: LINK In this blog post, I’d like to discuss the second of these 7 steps: Develop Courage. As you know, we don’t start out on our healing journey feeling courageous. In the beginning, courage is...

ACE Testing During Pregnancy Is The Missing Link

Pregnancy is often welcomed with joy and hope however, many challenges and distress may still occur during a mother’s pregnancy. Any concerns simple or complex may impact the wellness of the mother, her baby and cause stress on her multiple relationships. Oftentimes, mothers have to face planned or unplanned life changing events.

APA President-elect Altha Stewart addresses trauma at mental health forum in Washington, DC

Dr. Altha Stewart is the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association. Photo by Allen Gillespie/UTHSC __________________________________ At a July 18 forum “The State of Mental Health Care: Challenges and Solutions” in Washington, DC, Dr. Altha Stewart, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association, was the first speaker to raise the opioid crisis and quickly identified trauma as a root cause of the epidemic. Stewart assumes the presidency of the APA in May, becoming the...

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Research on impacts of intervention on ACES?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone is familiar with research that shows that a child receiving trauma treatment or other interventions to address ACE(s) can have an impact on the long term effects of ACE(s). So for instance in the original ACE study, if they had been in therapy or had another intervention as a child to address their ACE(s) would that have an impact on their health and risk factors as an adult? Thanks!Read More...
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Colette Ryan
Hi All, I have been approached by an organisation within New Zealand asking me for the following - "We are looking for resources for the workforce working in a TI approach, resources for organisations and systems to work in a TIC way, resources for people and family with trauma issues, and resources around workforce secondary trauma". Whilst I regularly access resources from various areas (there is so much - thank-you), I wondered if there were any specific (best practice) resources that...Read More...
Last Reply By Jane Stevens · First Unread Post
Greetings from Nashville! For those who have taken a systems change approach (infusing the ACEs and trauma research into institutional policies & practices), what tools have you used? I'm specifically looking for resources that would help those who work in juvenile justice and correctional systems. I'm familiar with the myriad organizational assessments. I'm on the hunt for specific program or curriculum model(s) that help staff at all levels incorporate the ACEs/trauma/brain science...Read More...
Last Reply By Lynn Eikenberry · First Unread Post

State of ACEs work & education/career paths

Hi All, I’ve recently learned about ACEs, and I’m so blown away by the power of this research that I’m considering a major career change to dedicate myself to this work. I have lived experience (score of 8) and have been quite fortunate to also be fairly resilient. I have two questions for the community: Being new to this research and resulting work, I'm interested in getting up to speed on the status of ACEs work/Trauma informed practices with a high level overview of what's currently...Read More...
Last Reply By Leslie Peters RN · First Unread Post