The long- term health implications of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are increasingly recognized in primary care and chronic disease management, and yet the practice implications of assessing for ACEs are not well understood. In this presentation, Dr. Dobson will provide recent Canadian data on the long term impact of ACEs on adult chronic health condtions, the effects of assessing for ACEs, and an innovative treatment program for adults with high ACEs and chronic health problems.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the long-term health implications of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
2. Explain how to screen for ACEs in various health populations
3. List the possible positive and negative effects of screening for ACEs and use this information to make a decision about the appropriateness of screening
4. Describe an innovative program that targets modifiable risk factors for health problems, that derive in part from ACEs
Presenter: Dr. Keith Dobson
Dr. Dobson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Univeristy of Calgary. His research interests focus on models of risk, and treatment for depression, but he also collaborates with the Mental Health Commission of Canada on programs in the workplace that reduce stigma related to mental illness. His work has generated over 300 articles and chapters, 15 books, two DVD series and research and clinical presentations in many parts of the world. He is the current President-elect of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.
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