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What Was Your Childhood Like? Examining & Targeting the ACE Elephant in the Room and Substance Use

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Childhood is the canvas on which events are experienced and impact health over the entire life span. Childhood abuse and trauma set the stage for negative health outcomes and early death. Identification of ACEs through screening and assessment are critical to addressing substance use. Through the use of complex and engaging movie protagonists and antagonists and various media platforms, the audience will be challenged to identify who is at risk for substance use and negative health outcomes through ACE assessment and will also be guided to an ACE score through an ACE questionnaire. The audience will be challenged to confront stereotypes of individuals experiencing negative health outcomes by analysis of ACEs and protective factors. Integrative and evidence based treatment modalities will be presented to prepare the clinician and organization to address substance use through the trauma lens.

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