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.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Anda
- The Wide-Ranging Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences: Connecting the Developmental Lens to the Health of Our Society, May 31, 2011, for the Alberta (Canada) Family Wellness Initiative, 53 minutes.
- Also, a presentation for the University of Nebraska School of Public Health, June 5, 2012.
Dr. Vincent Felitti
- The Origins of Addiction, Oct. 17, 2011, for the Alberta (Canada) Family Wellness Initiative, 50 minutes (the presentation PDF is here).
- Chicago Safe Start, video of presentation, in six segments.
- Bomb in the Brain, Part Two — a 70-minute interview with Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio (on YouTube).
- All in the Family, a 54-minute interview with Mary O’Connell, producer of CBC Radio’s Ideas program.