For survivors of ACEs and professionals who work with children.
In this workshop we will explore the causes and consequences of ACEs—including their implications for children’s/adults’ physical and mental health, work ethic etc. and some of the approaches and practices that can help victims develop resilience and thrive. I will give an overview of ACEs, beginning with the landmark 1998 childhood adversity study by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, in which the concept was first used. We will discuss CDC–Kaiser’s list of 10 ACEs, how and why this original scale has been expanded and what all of this means. I will speak about my ACEs, the circumstances from which they emerged, the impact they have had on my life and the steps I have taken to understand and address them. We will discuss where you may find additional information about ACEs and where to get help if you need it.
Experience: I have spoken and written extensively about ACEs, including in my MA thesis, poems and interviews, and in my forthcoming picture book, Rohan Bullkin Learns to Read.