ACEs/Trauma-Informed Care

These are the facts

The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma over the lifespan increases the risk of neurological, biological, psychological and/or social difficulties such as:

  • Changes in brain neurobiology
  • Social, emotional & cognitive impairment
  • Adoption of health risk behaviors as coping mechanisms (eating disorders, smoking, substance abuse, self harm, sexual promiscuity, violence)
  • Severe and persistent behavioral health, physical health and social problems, early death.

(Felitti et al, 1998)

“The solution of all adult problems tomorrow depends in large measure upon the way our children grow up today.” – Margaret Mead

TED TALKNadine Burke Harris
How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime, September 2014


Resources & Tools

  • Trauma-Informed Oregon (TIO) – is a statewide collaborative aimed at preventing and ameliorating the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults and families. TIO works in partnership with providers, individuals with lived experience, and families to promote and sustain trauma informed policies and practices across physical, mental, & behavioral health systems and to disseminate promising strategies to support wellness and resilience.


AAP Training Toolkit – Medical Home for Children & Adolescents Exposed to Violence

AAP Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care

SAMSHA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

SAMSHA Infographic – How to Manage Trauma


Next ACEs and Trauma Informed Care Trainings


More Trainings

To find out more or to schedule a training, please contact us.

Community Partners

Oregon Health Authority

Trauma Informed Oregon

Portland State University

Regional Research Institute

OPAL-K (Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Kids)


Teri Pettersen, MD