Adverse Childhood Experiences and Impact on Mental Health Clinicians

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Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Goldwurm Auditorium, 1425 Madison Avenue (at 98th St), NY, NY

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and

Their Impact on Social Workers and Other Clinicians

With Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW


Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) scale to measure maltreatment and its association with health outcomes during adulthood. Utilizing the ACE inventory, numerous studies have demonstrated that childhood abuse, neglect, and other household challenges are strong predictors of deleterious health outcomes during adulthood. While limited, research suggests that social workers as well as other mental health providers are disproportionately affected by their own histories of childhood trauma and that these issues affect their work in numerous ways. This presentation shares findings from the Social Workers' Self-Reported Wellness study (Straussner, Senreich, & Steen, 2015), a large multistate survey of licensed social workers (n=6,112). The study explored a variety of issues, including social workers' ACEs, problems with mental and physical health and substance misuse, and workplace experiences.


The presenter will utilize Power Point to identify the findings of the study, and participants will have the opportunity to fill out an actual ACEs questionnaire, explore their reactions to it, and understand how their own childhood background may impact their current wellbeing and clinical practice.

2 PDHs and 2 CASAC hours applied for participants who complete this training.

2 NY State approved contact hours for Social Workers and LMHCs provided for completing this training

($20 admission fee due at door in cash or check payable to EAPA NYC; this fee is waived for current or retired

EAPA members. No pre-registration or RSVP is necessary; all invitees and other interested professionals

are welcome.)

Lunch will be graciously provided by: Donald Rogers from Seabrook




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