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NJ medical school program requires all first-year students to learn about ACEs science

In 2015, Dr. Beth Pletcher, a pediatrician and associate professor specializing in genetics, was at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington D.C. when she heard two speakers that forever changed her work with medical students. Dr. Beth Pletcher “I went to two talks on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that were so mind-boggling to me that I decided on my drive back to New Jersey that I had to do something about it,”says Pletcher, director of the Division...

TIC: News and Notes for the Week of March 18 2019

ACEs, Adversity's Impact Screening for adverse child experiences in primary care Linked: Adverse childhood experiences, health + addiction Adults with childhood traumas 11 times more likely to be involved in drugs and violence, report says Warning of overload in childhood trauma data Mental health issues increased significantly in young adults over last decade New student group to give hope to those with traumatic childhoods How anxiety leads to disruptive behavior Brain and Biology...

Webinar Recording and Resources - Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities

For many healthcare providers, it can be challenging to distinguish between behaviors associated with a developmental disability and behaviors resulting from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It takes coordination across multiple disciplines to ensure early and accurate diagnosis and treatment of ACEs and/or developmental disabilities. Research has shown that individuals with disabilities are at increased risk for experiencing violence of all types, especially physical violence and...

Yoga & Mindfulness: Strategies for Empowerment & Violence Prevention Among Homeless Youth [smdp.com]

Dr. Petering and the MyPath Program are part of an ongoing partnership supported by SPY’s 4-year Innovations contract with LA County’s Department of Mental Health. “You need to try mindfulness and Yoga. It’s hard to live in the streets when you are homeless, people can’t live like that. The pain is too much, it’s too stressful and some people can’t handle it, so they take their own life. Let’s try these mindfulness techniques and yoga poses and see how much it will change, and things will...

Ask the Community

The use of ACE scores for individuals

Andrew Turner
*Repost from General Discussion Board https://www.acesconnection.com/topic/the-use-of-ace-scores-for-individuals Hi, has anybody got any links to peer-reviewed journal articles where an individual's ACE score/questionnaire is used to inform practice? I know it's fairly common practice now in some areas to enquire about ACEs, but I struggle to find any papers describing how that information is then used. Would be good to find some examples where, say, a score of four leads to a more targeted...Read More...

Can Trauma-Informed Mermaids Help Children & Families? (New Kids Book Series)

Dear ACEs in Pediatrics Community, We just launched a new trauma-informed children's book series called Venus and Her Fly Trip . The series has been developed in collaboration with therapists, educators, parents and healers and is designed to promote mental/social/emotional health, body positivity and imaginative play in kids 4-10 , with the ultimate goal of preventing self-hatred. I would greatly value hearing the feedback of the ACEs community on this endeavor, and welcome your ideas for...Read More...

Seeking ACEs presentation to present to family physicians, time-sensitive

I've been asked to give a presentation to family medicine colleagues about ACEs this weekend. Can anyone please share with me a slide presentation appropriate for family medicine colleagues that covers the neurobiological impact of ACEs, anything that does a good job of highlighting the original ACE study data, and anything that includes slides on evidence-based interventions?Read More...
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Training Agency on Trauma and screening for ACEs

Hello! We are in the process of training all staff on trauma informed care, ACEs and screening for ACEs in our agency. I've presented on trauma and trauma informed care often, but I'm looking for a training video that talks about trauma, ACEs and screening for ACEs in a primary care setting. Does anyone know of a short-concise video that touches on these topics? A video that shows a role play of a provider and patient going through the ACEs screening and referral process would be ideal! FYI:...Read More...
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