The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study is perhaps the largest of its kind, but generally unknown in the behavioral health and counseling field. Evidence from this extensively published research project challenges the traditional, comfortable views of the roots of many behavioral health as well as physical health issues. Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda are the lead principle investigators of the ACE study, and their extensive publications demonstrate that, 1. ACEs are common, threatening, and often denied; 2. ACEs have a profound effect even 50 years later on addiction, health risks, diseases, and death; and 3. This combination makes ACEs the leading determinant of the health and social well-being of the nation and the major factor underlying addictions. In this presentation, we will review some of the evidence and discuss implications for evaluation, treatment, and policy. The presenter will also add her own theories on treatment and present a theoretical overview of Structured Trauma Recovery© which she developed for her dissertation. S.T.R.©, is informed by the ACE research, built on the Contextual Model framework, theoretically Psychodynamic, and utilizes techniques which are evidence informed.
a. The participant will be able to identify at least 3 general outcomes of the ACE study which impact our understanding of the origins of behavioral health issues.
b. The participant will be able to identify the 3 reasons it is important to consider the links between adverse childhood experiences and adult behavioral health issues.
c. The participant will be able to identify one factor that differentiates the etiological approach to trauma and abuse recovery from other treatment models.