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"This changed my life" —Oprah learns about ACEs and Trauma-informed care

 

"Don't ask 'what's wrong with you.' Ask, 'what happened to you.'" 

I watched the Oprah segment with my mother, Dr. Louise Hart, who heard Dr. Vincent Felitti speak about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study ten years ago.

At that time, she asked him, "What is being done with this incredible information?" And he replied, "not much." It inspired her to come out of retirement and write another parenting book, which turned into The Bullying Antidote. Published in 2013, this was the first book (and still may be the only one) that shows how bullying relates to ACEs—and how parents can prevent it using positive psychology. Bullying—the use of dominance to create harm—is at the root of many of our social ills, and is one of the main vehicles for perpetuating trauma.

And now, Oprah has learned about ACEs science and how organizations are applying a wide range of ACE-informed approaches, including trauma-informed care. "It blew my mind," she said. "It changed my life."

And when Oprah talks about something, the world gets it.

Watch the full episode of "Oprah Winfrey discusses childhood trauma on 60 Minutes", a CBSN video on CBSNews.com. View more CBSN videos and watch CBSN, a live news stream featuring original CBS News reporting.

And when Oprah talks about something, the world gets it.

Oprah on 60 minutes
Oprah interviews Dr. Bruce Perry

 

Watch the full episode of "Oprah Winfrey discusses childhood trauma on 60 Minutes", a CBSN video on CBSNews.com. View more CBSN videos and watch CBSN, a live news stream featuring original CBS News reporting.

Source: Oprah Winfrey discusses childhood trauma on 60 Minutes - CBSN Live Video - CBS News

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The episode was amazing and it is wonderful that more people are now exposed to ACEs research!  In my mind, the next step to overcoming ACEs in homes of violence is to further our attention and work with those who grew up in these homes and have continued the cycle of intergenerational violence.  

A 52-week batterer intervention pilot project, conducted in CA 5 years ago, demonstrated zero new arrests for DV in 18-months, 10% at 3 years, and 15% at 5 years post-graduation.  When we focus on "what works" in breaking the intergenerational cycle of family violence, and start building resiliency into our families, I believe we will see the ACEs scores dramatically decline!

Actually, she was talking to Bruce Perry - but Dan Siegel would have said much the same.

The "revolution", which has been brewing for about 20 years, is breaking out all over - it's big in Britain and Ireland too, from where I write. It helps to explain and ameliorate so many of our contemporary human problems. An idea whose time has come...

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