Oprah learns about ACEs and trauma-informed care

Oprah on 60 minutes
Oprah interviews Dr. Bruce Perry

“Don’t ask ‘What’s wrong with you?’ Ask, ‘What happened to you?'” 

I watched the Oprah segment with my mother, Dr. Louise Hart, who heard Dr. Vincent Felitti speak about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study years ago.

At that time, she asked him, “What is being done with this incredible information?” And he replied, “not much.” It inspired her to come out of retirement and write another parenting book, which turned into The Bullying Antidote. Published in 2013, this was the first book (and still may be the only one) that shows how bullying relates to ACEs—and how parents can prevent it using positive psychology. Bullying—the use of dominance to create harm—is at the root of many of our social ills, and is one of the main vehicles for perpetuating trauma.

And now, Oprah has learned about ACEs science and how organizations are applying a wide range of ACE-informed approaches, including trauma-informed care. “It blew my mind,” she said. “It changed my life.”

And when Oprah talks about something, the world gets it.

Watch the full episode of “Oprah Winfrey discusses childhood trauma on 60 Minutes”, a CBSN video on CBSNews.com. View more CBSN videos and watch CBSN, a live news stream featuring original CBS News reporting.

Source: Oprah Winfrey discusses childhood trauma on 60 Minutes – CBSN Live Video – CBS News


  1. How many police officers have high ACE scores? Does this affect their policing behavior–particularly against young black men? Conditioned to have short fuse leading to reciprocal violent behavior.

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    • That would be worth researching. My inclination is it’s more an issue of social conditioning and implicit biasis’. Training and awareness for our police force is essential.

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  2. Hi,
    She interviewed Dr. Bruce Perry in that clip/picture you posted. He’s done a lot in this field.



  3. I was at church when this was on and assumed I could watch it online when I got home. It is still not on the CBSnews.com website. Does anyone know how to find the full 60 minutes episode?


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