I ache... I ache to hear these questions asked in my corner of the world. They are deep.
1- ACEs cannot name all the very real, lifelong traumas we’ve faced. Things like adoption and congenital disability are just two examples of “things” that produce trauma, yet get no ownership in a world that largely is just starting to see color and sex. The ACEs people need to see that life wounds us in disparate ways over time, rather than preach everything from ACEs.
Disability Rights Washington has an incredible “equity” statement on its website that honors the diversity we really have. While it’s not based on trauma, it infers there is enormous diversity - something ACEs doesn’t yet see.
4- This is what is needed. But there’s institutional betrayal at work, for agencies don’t want to either give away their power or look for anyone that has it. Maybe institutional betrayal is bigger than ACEs.