Are there any evidenced parenting programs being used that focus on ACEs? Specifically, with pregnant women and new parents as a preventive focus? I'm well aware of Tripple P and Incredible years. I'm looking for more of a focus on the impact of ACEs on parenting in addition to attachment and nurture strategies for parents to use (I'm trained in Theraplay, so I would love to incorporate what I'm trained in). 




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Check out Circle of Security and Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC). CoS is group-based and helps parents identify when their own childhood experiences is interfering with their parenting, and ABC is a 10-session home visiting program designed by Mary Dozier at the University of Delaware. Both are designed for parents with infants and toddlers, have good research evidence to support their use, and both require extensive training.

Don't be afraid to create your own program.  We, along with an agency partner, created a trauma-informed parenting class. It isn't "evidence-based" per se as it has not been experimentally tested. But it seems to be working for our constituents in our local community.

Attachment Parenting International has a parenting program that focuses on nurturing and attachment based parenting practices. It is called Attached at the Heart. They have parent educators all over the world. I took the course years ago and became a certified parent educator and while it is not targeted directly at ACEs I believe that the principles and the tools you have as an educator do help parents learn how to stop the intergenerational transmission of ACEs. Definitely worth checking out.


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