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ACEs Screening

Invited guests:
Warren Larkin, Consultant Clinical Psych & Univ of Sunderland
Rena Romano, Sur-THRIVER of child sexual abuse

One of the issues that generates strongest feelings within the UK’s ACES discussions is that of screening.  What are its risks?  Does it have any benefits?  Who should it be done by, if anyone?  Where does power lie?  Please join us to hear from two individuals with considerable experience in thinking about scoring, screening and routine enquiry. 


The Language of Suffering

Invited guests:
Joan Smith, Journalist & award-winning author
Lisa Cherry, Trauma Specialist & author

At the core of the ACES framework is a recognition of the impact of childhood suffering.  How does the language of ‘adverse childhood experiences’ sit alongside other terminology, such as trauma, attachment, PTSD, adversity and developmental trauma?  Where are the overlaps and where are the differences?  Does that matter?  Our two guests will help us explore this contested territory. 


International Perspectives on ACEs

Invited guests:
Elizabeth Perry, ACEs Canada
Marianne Vanderveen-Kolkena, ACE Aware Netherlands

The ACES Movement originated in the USA, picking up speed as the millennium has progressed.  Following key moments, such as the establishment of the ACES Connection site in 2012, the TED Talk delivered by Dr Nadine Burke Harris in 2014, and the release of the documentary film Resilience by KPJR films in 2016, the movement has expanded internationally.  Please join us to hear from leading voices in two other countries about their motivation for establishing a national ACES presence.


Relational Leadership

Invited guests:
Steve Slessor, Regional Director, Morrison Construction
Marc Cooper, CEO, School of Automation

The grassroots ACES Movement in Scotland has worked hard to keep relationships at the centre of its awareness.  The harm created by ACES occurs within relationships, and so does recovery from it.  What does it look like when an appreciation of the importance of relationships is reflected in organisational leadership?  Please join us as two Scottish business leaders reflect on how they have used their knowledge of trauma to shape the way they lead their organisations.