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Information on Adverse Childhood Experiences, or "ACEs" to the Science of Resilience and Exploring the Hand Model of the Brain

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

I frequently present on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, the 10 ACE’s and the long-term effects on both behavioral and physical health.  It is a staggering study with implications for social and public health policy. You can read more about ACE’s and toxic stress in Chapter 3 of Attachment, Trauma, and Repair from Infant to Adolescent Development: Counseling Implications from Neurobiology or in Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score on pages 143-148 *       

For more on Adverse Childhood Experiences check out the Ace’s Too High website

*It is important to note that we never look at ACEs without also addressing resilience. We now know that resilience isn’t simply something we are born with but can be fostered. Resilience helps offset ACEs"

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk on ACES


The Harvard Center for the Developing Child has an excellent series of videos on resilience.  We have included some of the more popular videos here.

InBrief: What is Resilience?

InBrief: The Science of Resilience


The Hand Brain: A Model of the Brain at Your Fingertips!

When I am teaching or consulting I frequently use Dan Siegel’s hand-brain as a ready model of the brain that we all have literally “at our finger tips”.   On page 15 of Mindsight, Dan Siegel has a diagram of the hand-brain along with an excellent explanation but to really see it come alive checkout the video below

Dr Daniel Siegel presenting a Hand Model of the Brain

The Trauma Informed Biographical Timeline

I train on and use The Trauma Informed Biographical Timeline (TIBT) in consultation. The TIBT is a graphic representation of a person’s life; their traumas, challenges, strengths and gifts that truly changes the question from “What’s wrong with you?”  to “What has happened to you?” and honors what one did to survive?”  The TIBT process identifies needs and interventions to help build resilience.  It is particularly helpful for treatment teams serving those with complex trauma to help in coordinating treatment planning.  The TIBT has been used for diverse populations from foster and adoption support, to giving voice and context to the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities or those who have been trafficked.  For and excellent explanation of the TIBT see the article by Stephanie Hepburn for which Carol was one of the consultants

Biographical Timelines Stephanie Hepburn.pdf