Over the last months, there has been a rising tide of awareness and information about ACE’s – Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Resilience film has been screened across statutory and third sector organisations creating, sometimes a new and other times a resurgence of interest in the effects of ACE’s well beyond childhood. We know from the work we’ve now been involved with for more than a decade, that around 90% of the adults we see are trying to deal with and/or make sense of their ACE’s.
Often, there is a huge step forward in terms of healing for people when they realise where their issues have come from. Often, folks have been trying to manage behaviour for years with intermittent success but never feeling like they’ve had any real, lasting traction with it. Part of the issue, we believe, for this lack of traction is that it’s not just the behaviour that’s the issue. There’s something much deeper than just the behaviour which is dictating how things are. When the underlying issue is dealt with then, although the behaviours might still initially be there, life can become a ‘fair fight’. Now we are dealing with ingrained behaviour patterns which can be relearned without something underneath motivating them.
As well as 1:1 sessions for individuals we want to be able to raise awareness of ACE’s and their impact. It’s important to talk about these things and to look at how we support children to minimise their ACE risk. If this is something which interests or affects you then let us know what you think we should be doing about it! You can do that by getting in touch with us or by coming to our ‘What Could Be…?’ evening on Sunday 25th March. It’s free and you can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-could-be-tickets-42678484496