ACEs & Trauma-Informed Care

Understanding Root Causes and Creating Real Change

ACEs:  The Office of Children's Mental Health embraces the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and recognizes the important role this information plays in understanding and addressing children's mental health.

Trauma-Informed Care:  As Wisconsin's ACEs awareness increases, more people in and outside the helping professions are echoing the trauma-informed care proclamation, "It's not what's wrong with you, but what happened to you."  As a result, many state agencies, organizations, and communities are becoming trauma-informed.

Resilience:  One outgrowth of our nation's heightened awareness of the potential life-long impact of adversity has been the investment in understanding what enhances a child's chance of moving through hardship and tragedy without lasting psychological, biological, social and emotional impact.  This area of research, called "resilience," will better equip communities, the child-serving workforce, students support service staff, and families, with new tools and approaches to ensuring that every child has a chance to grow up without the devastating consequences of ACEs.


Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACEs Connection: Join the network to prevent ACEs, heal trauma, and build resilience.

ACE Study

Link to videos, policy papers, implementation strategies, and many other helpful resources. Harvard Center on the Developing Child

Stress & Early Brain Growth

Wisconsin ACE Study

Trauma-Informed Care Across Wisconsin

Fostering Futures Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: Trauma Project

Wisconsin Department of Corrections: Trauma Informed Care

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Trauma Informed Care Initiative

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Trauma Sensitive Schools

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Protective Factors: Enhancing Resilience in Children and Families

Raising of America

Resilience Trumps ACEs

Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game