International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


Making Sense of ACEs: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study & Beyond
Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH and Steven Berkowitz, MD
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central Time

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  • December 02, 2015

    Cardiff, Wales
  • December 09, 2015

    The course will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study including its origins, the method used and the key epidemiologic findings. In addition, it will present some of the criticisms of the methods used. Additional studies supporting the original findings including State Data that used the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from the CDC will be presented. Several more recent studies that have used ACE survey items in particular populations such as juvenile and criminal justice, substance users etc. also will be provided. The presenters will discuss possible reasons that the ACE Study approach of adding positive responses to 10 items that range from obvious potentially traumatic events (PTE) to general family dysfunction correlates with a range of poor health, mental health and behavioral outcomes in adulthood. They will include a discussion of the difference between cumulative stress and trauma and the synergistic effects one’s ecology, PTEs and stressors offer an alternative approach to understanding the ACE study’s findings. Last, a set of recommendations specific to important prevention and treatment interventions that should be considered in the face of these adverse events that impact childhood.

    This webinar is presented by Steven Berkowitz, MD, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, and Dr. Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with >25 years experience in the field of child trauma treatment.
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