By Amy Steward, Dorchester Banner, December 25, 2019
Along with Maryland’s ACE Interface Cohort, For All Seasons and CASA of the Mid-Shore are partnering to train residents on the Mid Shore about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in hopes of helping communities to understand how trauma in young children may affect their physical, emotional, and mental health later in life. The trainings also bring awareness to how to build resiliency in children to help mitigate the trauma that they may have experienced.
According to Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; physical or emotional neglect; household dysfunction like domestic violence, growing up with family members who have substance use disorders or who are incarcerated, or even experiencing a separation or divorce. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan.
Beth Anne Langrell, executive director of For All Seasons and a Master Presenter for ACEs, comments, “We want people to know that ACEs isn’t about looking at what is ‘wrong’ with you, but rather about ‘what happened’ to you.”