A number of us from across Canada are gathering remotely and we're wondering if anyone is aware:

Is there any effort underway, anywhere in Canada, to organize a national Canadian Trauma-Informed/ACES movement?   

We know there are pockets of activity and we are hoping to connect these silos but we don't want to duplicate activities unnecessarily.

Anyone with any information about what they know about Trauma Informed and ACE Aware activities in Canada is invited to contact me.

Thanks for your help.

Elizabeth Perry

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Elizabeth Perry, While the "Community Resilience Cookbook" lists the Alberta Family Wellness program [only Canadian entry], the Evidence Exchange Network of Ontario is a CAMH Evidence Base, and its website is [www.eenet.ca]  may have suitable resources to ascertain other Canadian contacts.                                                                                                                        The US 'SPSCOT' (State Personnel Systems Coalition on Trauma -- 'based' in Maine) network may have Canadian members in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and/or Quebec.

Thanks Robert for your recommendations. I've recently become aware of the Community Resilience Cookbook. I have been aware of AFWI for a while. The other 2 orgs are new to me though, although I have heard great things about a group in Maine - likely the one you refer to. I will look into them all. Thanks again so much. 

Hi Elizabeth,

I’m a teacher in BC and we have growing ACEs action over here. Three schools in my Comox Valley district have gone Trauma informed and we have local doctors piloting the ACEs survey. 


From the document below: “The Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative, funded in partnership by Doctors of BC and the BC government, began in 2013 with the aim of increasing timely access to integrated mental health and substance use services and supports for children, youth and families“


This lead to funding to creat local action teams in over 60 BC communities. Have a look at this document for more BC action that came out of that. 




There is an ACEs summit May 9th




Chuck Geddes and his team are also doing lots



As is Dr Jennifer Mervyn. 

Web resultsJennifer MERVYN - Consultant Senior - Doctors of BC | LinkedInhttps://ca.linkedin.com › jennifer-mervyn...


I’m glad to hear others in Canada are working on this important issue. 

The Alberta Family Wellness Institute is also a great resource. 

Thanks so much Sarah for this update on what's happening in BC. 

It's good to hear of all the work and upcoming opportunities. 

Please keep us in the loop with new initiatives. At the moment the best place to connect with Canadians is through the Atlantic Canada ACE and TIP Network here at ACEs Connection, as far a I know. 

If anyone has any more information, please pass it along. We're trying to get a comprehensive view of what's happening in Canada so we know where our allies are and where we need to grow awareness and practice. 

Take care all,


Below are two publications related to the implementation of the ACE survey that have immediate implications for clinical practice (diagnosis and treatment):

On Becoming Trauma-Informed: Role of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey in Tertiary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the Association with Standard Measures of Impairment and Severity



Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experience Survey Items and Psychiatric Disorders


This work and the population study focusing on the relationship between mental disorder and biophysical/medical disorders across the lifespan has led to the formation of an international committee dedicated to the development of a permanent morbidity section within the World Psychiatric Association which includes a focus on ACES. This learning platform will help to disseminate information about ACE and morbidity-related clinical practice as information emerges. An autism-related example is given in Frontiers in Psychiatry:


Background story and links on page five of Mind Matters newsletter:




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