In this article, we share some evidence of how the experiences we receive during childhood can significantly affect us through the course of our lives and look at relevant adverse childhood experiences training options. A groundbreaking study carried out in California in the mid-90s identified that children who experience a stressful and miserable childhood are more likely to develop self-defeating behaviours in adulthood. In a follow-up study, they recognised that Adverse Childhood Experiences are not just a health concern. Children currently experiencing ACE are more likely to perform poorly in education, become involved in antisocial behaviour and partake in substance abuse.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are becoming a contemporary concern for social care and health organisations internationally.
The cyclical nature of ACE
The longitudinal study also identified the cyclical nature of ACE. People who had experienced ACE in their childhood often ended up raising their children in a similar environment. Thus, trauma becomes intergenerational.
What can we do?
As professionals, we can reduce the impact of these traumatic events by developing a Trauma-Informed approach and a form of care that is therapeutic at its core. You can read much more about this here on the website.
We need a paradigm shift from asking “What is wrong with them?” to “What have they lived through, and how has this shaped their development?”
We believe that all Foster Carers need the skills and knowledge to support young people to understand their ACE and how to mitigate their negative impact.
Our face-to-face adverse childhood experiences training has the following objectives:
1. To identify the proportion of people in the United Kingdom affected by ACE.
2. To identify what ACE are and how they are formed.
3. To discover how we can facilitate the right therapeutic relationship.
4. Gain support strategies to help support children and young people with ACE challenges.
All participants are given complimentary access to an e-learning module of the same topic, including a comprehensive workbook.
If you have any questions about how this course can be tailored to suit your teams, please drop Tori a line to – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are curious about the ACE in your own personal history you can explore this HERE.