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The Ace Study: Childhood Trauma and Adult Health.
A ground breaking program that examines the longterm consequences of childhood trauma.
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89 minutes.
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The Ace Study: Childhood Trauma and Adult Health

Dr. Vincent Felitti from Kaiser Permanente San Diego in the Preventive Medicine department had a large number of patients in a weight loss program.  Many were successfully losing weight, but there was a high dropout rate, and he wanted to know why. He and Dr. Robert Anda from the Center for Disease Control who was interested in patients who were sick from preventable diseases such as alcoholism, smoking, etc., conducted a ground breaking study of 17,000 patients, and surveyed them for abuse they had experienced in childhood, including living in a home with domestic violence, experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child, having an alcoholic or drug-addicted parent, having a mentally ill family member, having an imprisoned parent, and experiencing neglect.  They found that having a adverse childhood experiences was surprisingly common, and that they had a profound effect on their adult health.  These adverse experiences, though well concealed, had an extremely strong influence on adult health and well-being a half century later, and are a prime determinant of adult health status in the United States.     


The ACE Study has major implications for those trying to prevent domestic violence, and physical, emotional or sexual child abuse, offering yet another compelling reason to educate parents, teachers, and those who deal with any kind of violence in the home.  It also affects healthcare professions, and reminds them that all patients should be routinely screened for adverse childhood experiences, that childhood trauma history may be very relevant to both serious illness and vague somatic complaints, and that appropriate approaches to treatment must include dealing with childhood trauma. 


Part One - 45 minutes

  • Origins, design and findings of the ACE Study
  • Intergenerational transfer
  • Obesity, addictions and depression
  • Cost to society
  • Raising children safely


Part Two - 44 minutes

  • Neurobiology of trauma
  • Trauma and addictions
  • Alternative treatment
  • Asking the right questions
  • Medical training


The Presenters include study investigators, therapists, and survivors:


  • Vincent J. Felitti, MD, is Co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, ongoing collaborative research between Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control. A graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School (1962), Dr. Felitti founded the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California in 1975, where he served as Chief of Preventive Medicine until March 2001. He is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, a Fellow of The American College of Physicians, and founder of the California Institutes of Preventive Medicine.


  • Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, has designed and conducted epidemiologic studies for more than 20 years. He has written more than 100 peer-reviewed and government publications, as well as several book chapters. He is currently a senior researcher at CDC, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. As Co-Principal Investigator for the ACE Study he played the principal role in the design of the study, subsequent analysis of the ACE Study data, and preparation of its numerous scientific publications.


  • Mary Tendall, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in combat trauma.


  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is Medical Director of The Trauma Center, which specializes in the study and treatment of survivors of severe psychological trauma, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. He is co-author of Traumatic Stress: The Effect of Overwhelming Experiences on Mind, Body and Society.


  • Jim is the father of three sons and works as a consultant for marketing and sales of technical products.


  • Faith is a retired pharmaceutical representative and real estate broker.


  • Molly Fisk is a poet, essayist, and teacher in Nevada City, California, and the author of the poetry collection, Listening to Winter.


  • Sue Payne is a long-time care worker with disabled children in the public school system.


  • Oral Stallings is a Vietnam veteran, a commander in the American Legion, and is active in the veterans community.


  • Carol A. Redding, MA, is an Information Technology and Business Consultant, and the creator and Editor of both the ACE Reporter, a medical research publication on the ACE Study, and the ACE Study website: www.acestudy.org. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Authentic Voices, an organization affiliated with Prevent Child Abuse America.
  • Lelia Wood trained as a mathematics teacher, and is currently a secretary for a community college.


56-page trainer's guide included.

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Health: Violence Education
Violence Prevention: Child Abuse
Violence Prevention: Domestic Violence
Violence Prevention: Community Issues

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