ACEs are a relatively new field of study. There is a lot to explore on this page already and we hope to add more information as more is learned about ACEs. Below you will find a brief description of ACEs, two videos explaining ACEs in greater detail, and infographics that not only provide additional information, but also can be saved and used for your own presentations.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

     The experiences we have as children clearly have a profound impact on how we become the adults we grow up to be. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are those experiences which are negative and potentially traumatic. These experiences include:

  • Abuse (Physical, Emotional, or Sexual),
  • Neglect (Physical or Emotional), and
  • Household Dysfunction (Mental Illness, Physical Violence, Divorce, Incarcerated Family Member, or Substance Abuse).

     These ACEs have been linked to: 

  • risky health behaviors,
  • chronic health conditions,
  • low life potential, and
  • early death.

     Simply, the more ACEs a person has had in their life, the higher the risk of experiencing one of these outcomes.

     In the coming months, CPPT will be working to educate our community, assist in developing needed programs and services related to ACEs, and helping to connect people in our community to these programs and services.


Brains: Journey to Resilience

Learn about the resilience scale in this scientifically rigorous (and cinematically epic) video created by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative in consultation with the FrameWorks Institute and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. 

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.