Early childhood experiences have lasting, measurable consequences later in life; therefore, fostering emotional well-being from the earliest stages of life helps build a foundation for overall health and well-being. National Prevention Council, National Prevention Strategy, 2011.
From results of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, we have learned that traumatic events and experiences that occur early in life have an impact on the health and social-emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Examples of traumatic events include physical and sexual abuse, neglect, loss of a parent/caregiver due to death, abandonment, incarceration or divorce, and exposure to violence and substance use.
To reduce the impact of traumatic events and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and increase mental wellness, we need to:
- Increase our understanding and awareness of trauma and ACEs
- Provide trauma-informed care and services
- Increase parent/guardian/family support and education
- Invest in prevention and resiliency practices and programs
- Develop nurturing, resilient and trauma-informed communities
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
- Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
- Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.
A trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing. ”
For more information, go to SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Approach section at http://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/trauma-interventions
To learn more, check out these resources:
This “community of practice” focuses on trauma-informed, resilience-building practices to prevent ACEs. It includes a multitude of news, resources and social networking opportunities.
This site focuses on what we can do about ACEs and how to increase resiliency. The toolkit includes a number of great resources for individuals, families, communities, and professionals.
Includes general information about ACEs, numerous resources and resources on ACEs and child abuse prevention, and trauma-informed practices.
This section on the SAMHSA website includes information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, the relationship of ACEs to substance use and behavioral health problems and how to incorporate efforts between these fields, and other resources.
Includes information about child maltreatment violence prevention, risk and protective factors, details about the ACE study, and statistics.
Provides a multitude of resources on child abuse prevention, strengthening families, and evidence-based practices.
Provides information about various topics about trauma including types, culture and trauma, economic stress, evidence-based treatment and services, and tips on creating trauma-informed systems
This project from the American Academy of Pediatrics offers healthcare providers tools they can use to better identify, treat and refer children and youth impacted by ACEs. It also includes tools for communities, families, children and parents.
This resource serves as a centralized source of information and resources for Oregon. Includes basics about trauma-informed principles and practices, training and education, organizational resources, and happenings across the state.
Includes an overview of trauma-informed care, resources on trauma-informed consulting and the infographic, How to Manage Trauma.
National Council for Behavioral Health Posters
Lane County ACEs & Resiliency Materials
Lane County Resilience Tips–Bus ads
These bus ads feature quick tips for resilience. Tips introduce concepts and every-day actions to promote wellbeing and connection between caring adults and children. One sample is shown above.
2014 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections
ACEs Brief 2014: ACEs Prevalence, Scores, and Health Outcomes (Oregon)
Building Resiliency: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Oregon Health Authority
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: How are findings being applied in Oregon? The Ford Family Foundation, 2014
Trauma-Informed Care, CD Summary, Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority, 2014
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)– A Handout for Parents
Washington County Facts Sheets and Toolkits
Includes fact sheets for educators, law enforcement, teens, families, parents, providers, home visitors and caseworkers as well as information on resiliency and protective factors in English and Spanish.
Category: Mental Health