Unresolved Trauma From Childhood Experiences

July 29, 2018

Thee Family Centre will be hosting a two-day conference title “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Awareness & A Call to Action” on October 11th and 12th, 2018 at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.

A spokesperson said, “Family Centre has been at the forefront of advocating for the issues facing children and families since its inception. A concept of ‘unresolved trauma’ and its consequences continues to evolve and has become increasingly apparent in our community during the last ten years. It is imperative that we continue the momentum we’ve initiated in Bermuda regarding this untenable challenge.

“About ACEs: Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on the likelihood of resulting in the perpetuation of the same negative behaviors, future violence victimization, loss of opportunities for personal success, and lifelong health issues. Thus, early childhood experiences are an important public health issue.

“Much of the foundational research regarding this issue is referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACEs], and has been linked to risky behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. Aside from the social and health impacts of ACEs, the abuse against children also has a considerable economic impact on the families and their communities.

Dr. Stephanie Guthman speaking about ACE at the Hamilton Rotary recently:

“What is the ‘ACE Study’? Published in 1998 as a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] and Kaiser Permanente [an American integrated managed care consortium that is based in Oakland, California], the original ACE study was one of the first studies to look at the relationship between chronic stress in childhood and adult health outcomes.

“Data were collected during 1995-1997 from 17,000 Kaiser Permanente members who completed surveys on their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors. Many states are now collecting state-specific ACE data through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System [BRFSS], an annual phone survey established by the CDC that collects data on health-related risk factors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services by U.S. adults.

“Family Centre in Partnership with the Bermuda Health Council is conducting a similar ACEs research study and we will share preliminary results at ACEs conference in October.

“What is the prevalence of ACEs? ACEs are common and pervasive in the United States. In the original ACE study of adults, 64% of adults reported at least one ACE. More than one in five [or 20% of those surveyed] reported three or more ACEs and 12.4% reported four or more ACEs.

“About the Conference: The aim of the conference, with participating partner InterAgency Committee for Children and Families, is to bring together local and international experts from multiple disciplines such as education, early childhood, health, and mental health to raise the awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and to review research and practices that can benefit the whole child.

“Our overall goal is to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and explore ways in which we can work together, as well as strengthen systems that help children and families who have faced adversity.

“Who should attend the conference?

  • Pediatricians and other clinicians
  • Practitioners working in health care, education, Family Services, social services, and mental health providers
  • Private, government, and other professionals working in criminal justice, juvenile justice and workforce development
  • Policy analysists

“Conference Fees:

  • Two-day conference fee: $300
  • One-day conference fee: $200

“If you have any questions about the event or would like more information, please send an email to Dr. Stephanie Guthman at Stephanie@tfc.bm or call at 441-236-1116, ext. 2025.”

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  1. Rocky5 says:

    This should be mandatory for ALL teachers.