Critical Impact: The ACEs Study

Core Course | taught by Elizabeth Power

Course description

The ACEs Study changes the playing field. A long term study that asked many people if they had experienced any of a specific set of Adverse Childhood Experiences, it clearly correlated long term health outcomes with exposure. In fact, the correlations are so strong that it can now be said with conviction that childhood adverse experiences represent a public health epidemic.

Connected to diseases such as COPD, heart disease, obesity, cancer, immune system disorders and behavioral health issues including substance use and addiction, depression, and suicide, the impact and cost of the ACEs exceeds any number we can imagine. The consequences of the ACEs include not only the health costs, they include the costs of impact on education, income and relationships.

In this course you'll learn about the ACEs study and its impact in different areas as well as think about the ways in which it is limited. This is a core course because of the central role of this research on understanding the impact of trauma, which points more clearly to the need for becoming Trauma-Responsive.

Elizabeth Power
Elizabeth Power
Master Facilitator

With more than two decades helping people learn about trauma, Elizabeth Power, M.Ed. is a master facilitator. Her firm provides services worldwide helping organizations implement Risking Connection(R), address organizational changes required to become trauma-responsive, and focus on reframing the experience of relating to survivors of traumatic experiences. She is also known for her work in creating replication materials for evidence-based treatments and for helping people adapt programs to reflect their culture and values.

Perhaps equally important is that she brings lived experience to the work, reflecting not just current theory and research but also the process of recovering from overwhelming experiences in her life.

She has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Center for PTSD, Children's Institute of Los Angeles, Indian Health Services, Hale Kipa, the Queen's Hospital in Honolulu, Ku Aloha Ola Mau, Salvus Clinic in Moncton NB, and many more. She delivers instructor led training to over 2000 people each year.

Course Curriculum

About the ACEs study
The researchers
What they asked
Who they asked
QUIZ: The beginnings
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What they found
How many had ACEs
What having more ACEs meant
Conditions connected with the ACEs
How ACEs impact life span
The benefit of resiliency
DISCUSS: The results of the ACEs survey
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Implications in health care
Adversity as the foundation
The need for "kind support"
Prescriptions are too late
Reducing health care costs FREE
Your Turn!
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Mental health implications
Biological brain disorders?
The foundations of addiction
Context is everything FREE
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The limits of the ACE study
Other ACEs
Social resistance to implications
Disease model limits
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