Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Routine Enquiry as a Way of Working with Women’s Trauma: Narratives of Practitioner and Organisational Change
Keywords:domestic violence, trauma, innovation, adverse childhood experiences, practice development
Long-term impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are widely evidenced and attention has more recently focused on implementing ACEs routine enquiry within social service interventions. As a group of researchers and practitioners, we were all involved in a study to assess the level of ACEs for women accessing a domestic violence service and explore trauma-informed responses to women’s childhood experiences and inter-generational patterns of trauma. Our narratives describe working with an ACEs routine enquiry questionnaire and we explore our practice concerns, practice interactions, and client responses. We emphasise the importance of feedback and transformation for women when embedding new practices, the intersection of the personal and professional when working with trauma, and reflective spaces for practitioners. Our narratives illustrate the depth of work necessary to introduce a new tool or practice, a critical consideration for incorporating ACEs routine enquiry into health and social service agencies.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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