Resources

BACKGROUNDERS — CDC’s ACE STUDY 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ACE Study site– From the site: “Childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors which we term adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are common. Almost two-thirds of our study participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one of five reported three or more ACE. The short- and long-term outcomes of these childhood exposures include a multitude of health and social problems.”

ACE Study DVD — The video above is an introduction to a DVD that contains four hours of presentations by and interviews with Dr. Robert Anda and Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-founders of the ACE Study. The DVD also has an interview with Dr. David Williams, a CDC researcher who introduced Felitti and Anda, and also contributed to the project. All provide information about the genesis of the research, its findings, its impact, and how it might be implemented. Dr. Frank Putnam, a child psychiatrist and director of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, provides his view of the impact of the research.  A high-quality production, the DVD is divided into chapters. You can order it from the Academy on Violence and Abuse. 

BACKGROUNDERS — NEUROBIOLOGY

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s Brain Development & Addiction online learning modules. This is a very thorough set of modules that include text documents, presentations and videos. The modules include brain architecture & development; early experiences & gene expression; building cognitive, emotional and social capacities; positive, tolerable & toxic stress; brain plasticity & behavioural change; interventions & treatments in children’s mental health; the development of addiction; different kinds of addiction; prevention, intervention & treatment of addiction; policy implications. Each of these modules has several parts. The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative focuses on the Canadian community; the modules draw from contributions of experts in Canada and the U.S., and its content is applicable in any country.

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child — Three Core Concepts in Early Development. From the site, “This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.”
Child Welfare Information Gateway‘s Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development (Download PDF childbrains). The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the US Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families.

BACKGROUNDERS — EPIGENETICS

What is epigenetics? – described by the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. How does epigenetics work? — Check out this fabulous animation — specifically the second part of the five-part explanation — put together by the folks at NOVA, who produced an episode about epigenetics:  Ghost in Your Genes. A shorter version is on NOVA’s Science Now.

ONLINE COURSES

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s Brain Development & Addiction online learning modules. This is a very thorough set of modules that include text documents, presentations and videos. The modules include brain architecture & development; early experiences & gene expression; building cognitive, emotional and social capacities; positive, tolerable & toxic stress; brain plasticity & behavioural change; interventions & treatments in children’s mental health; the development of addiction; different kinds of addiction; prevention, intervention & treatment of addiction; policy implications. Each of these modules has several parts. The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative focuses on the Canadian community; the modules draw from contributions of experts in Canada and the U.S., and its content is applicable in any country.

Washington State Family Policy Council ACE Course. This course, which costs $29, covers brain science, the CDC’s ACE Study, and resilience research. According to the course site, “Participants will learn about the prevalence and high cost lifelong outcomes of ACEs, the vital role of culture and community to optimize wellbeing, and how to use this emerging research to create transformative conversations.” Preview the course.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Robert Anda

Dr. Vincent Felitti 

 

7 responses

  1. Here’s an hour and a half talk that Vincent gave a few years ago. It only has 5000 views.
    What would the world be like if that video got as many views as Psy’s “Gangnam Style?”

    A fan.

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  3. The Academy on Violence and Abuse has created a fine DVD of a presentation and discussion of the ACE Study, its history, and its implications. The DVD is almost 4 hours long and is an excellent overview of where we are at present, including the resistance to incorporating this information in routine clinical practice. A very favorable review of this DVD is in the August 15, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association; it may be read on the AVA web site. Members of this blog wishing to obtain a copy will find details on the AVA web site.

    Vincent

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