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Laying the Groundwork: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Impact

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Laying the Groundwork: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Impact, 11/1/2021 8:00:00 AM - 1/21/2025 9:00:00 AM, This one hour video includes an overview of trauma, trauma-informed care and the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) study. Dr. Erin Barnett begins to provide some basic strategies to use with kids and families.

Erin Barnett, PhD, Assistant Professor Geisel School of Medicine; Principal Investigator for multiple grants, including Upper Valley Project Launch; Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center

Learning Outcome(s)
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and how it impacts children.

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this activity have reported NO financial relationship(s)* with ineligible companies**. 

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Bibliographic Material

Felitti, V.J., & Anda, R.F. (2014). The Lifelong Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. In Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment: Sexual Abuse and Psychological Maltreatment, (Vol. 2, pp. 203-216). St. Louis, MO: STM Learning, Inc. 

Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D. F., Spitz, A. M., Edwards, V., et al (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14, 245-258.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Shonkoff, J. P. (2016). Capitalizing on Advances in Science to Reduce the Health Consequences of Early Childhood Adversity. JAMA Pediatr, 170(10), 1003-1007.

van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

CDC ACEs website
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard [Key Concepts]

Recommended Videos:
Nadine Burke Harris Ted Talk
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard – Three Core Concepts videos

Further resource and infographics:
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Creating TI Systems
Resources for working with families
Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit

Echo Training
“Physical impact of trauma”
“The impact of trauma”
“How to support someone who has experienced trauma”
“Trauma-informed support for children”
“Do’s and Don’ts of a trauma-informed classroom”
“Trauma-informed arrow”

Data websites mentioned:
NH DHHS Drug Monitoring data
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
2020 NH DCYF Databook
NH DCYF Data Dashboard


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