Selected print and digital media on the topic of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and resilience are described below.
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ARTICLES THAT CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION
The Future of Healing: Shifting from Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement (May 2018). Defines an approach that moves trauma informed care from the presumption that trauma is an individual experience to a collective one. “A healing-centered approach is holistic, involving culture, spirituality, civic action, and collective healing.”
The Opposite of Addiction is Connection (July 2015) Exploration of connection as a key antidote to trauma and its expression as addiction.
Community Loss Index: A New Social Indicator (December 2013), Social Science Review, Abramovitz and Albrecht.
BOOKS (Selected suggested reads, by title)
Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health (c2018, Kati Morgan) offers accessible advice from a licensed family therapist and You Tube personality to answer commonly asked questions about mental health, including when to get help , where to find it, and how to evaluate it.
Change-able: How Collaborative Problem-Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School and at Work (c2019, J. Stuart Ablon, PhD) presents an approach to problem-solving that asks for this perspective shift: What if people don’t misbehave because they want to, but because they lack the skills to do better? Based on more than twenty-five years of clinical work with juvenile offenders as well training parents, teachers, counselors and law enforcement, and supported by research in neuroscience, Changeablepresents a radical new way of thinking about challenging and unwanted behavior — Collaborative Problem Solving — that builds empathy, helps others reach their full potential, and most of all really works.
The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog (c2006, Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz) takes you through a psychiatrist’s journey of discovery of the impact of trauma on the developing brain using unforgettable examples from his practice.
The Deepest Well (c2017, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris) explains the research behind ACES, her own experience using ACES to guide her practice in California, and a review of ways in which this information can guide services to children and adults.
The Telomere Effect (c2017, Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD) is an account of Dr. Blackburn’s Nobel Prize winning science on how stress impacts our chromosomes blended with a variety of actionable advice on how to manage stress to improve health.
RESEARCH / STATISTICAL REPORTS
The Trauma of Racism (NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research). This 2015 report explores the impact of racism on children and communities. Several tools and approaches for understanding and action are reviewed.
A February 2018 research report by Child Trends details the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, nationally, by state, and by race/ethnicity. The report also provides a clear statement of the impact of ACEs. Key findings:
- Just under half (45 percent) of children in the United States have experienced at least one ACE…
- Children of different races and ethnicities do not experience ACEs equally. Nationally, 61 percent of black non-Hispanic children and 51 percent of Hispanic children have experienced at least one ACE, compared with 40 percent of white non-Hispanic children and only 23 percent of Asian non-Hispanic children.
- One in ten children nationally has experienced three or more ACEs, placing them in a category of especially high risk.
- Economic hardship and divorce or separation of a parent or guardian are the most common ACEs reported nationally, and in all states.
ACES in the News: The importance of this topic is communicated quickly in this 14 minute 60 Minutes broadcast (March 2018) hosted by Oprah Winfrey (you need CBS AllAcess to view. Accessible to all is this 5 min interview with Oprah about the segment, which she called “life-changing”.
Author of the Deepest Well, Ms. Harris’ did this 2015 Ted Talk, which provides a passionate summary of her experience.
Three core-concepts in early childhood development are explained in this three-part video series from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.
- ACES Too High News is a news site for the general public on all things ACEs-, trauma-informed, and resilience-building.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative is a comprehensive resource portal from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Note the “Evidence-based practices resource center” under Programs.