Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

Maine Medical Center is committed to better understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/trauma on the long-term health and well-being of our patients and families.

ACEs are a pervasive health issue with one in four Maine children experiencing two or more ACEs including:

  • household dysfunction
  • abuse
  • neglect
  • neighborhood violence

Our interdisciplinary team of leaders and content experts strives to build on current efforts to lead the MaineHealth system in the development of best practice models for education, prevention, screening and treatment of ACEs.

ACEs Educational Module

View our learning module on the identification and management of childhood exposure to violence and trauma.
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ACEs in Pediatric In-Patient Settings

Listen to Dr. Steve DiGiovanni, Medical Director of MMP Outpatient Clinics, and Rebecca Brown, LCSW, Clinical Manager at Maine Behavioral Healthcare discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how exposures can play a role in the current and future health of children and families in our care. Watch video

Additional Education:

 

Program strategies

Find out more about our approach to support a trauma-informed system that recognizes and responds to the impact of all types of ACEs and trauma.

  • Program overview: Read about our vision for a data-driven, systematic and integrated approach to support the healthy development of Maine’s children.
  • Proposal of the advanced well-child visit: Learn about our proposed well-care design to identify methods to interrupt negative adversity and trauma trajectories.

Screening

Positive health outcomes are dependent on healthy development. To understand the impact of ACEs on long-term health, you must understand the nature of stress experience and how they are impacting development. Maine Medical Partners has adopted the following developmental and ACEs/trauma screeners as their standards assessment tools:

Survey of Well-Being of Young Childhood (SWYC): A comprehensive screening tool assessing developmental milestones, behavioral/emotional development and family risk factors.

Maine Medical Partners currently screens at the 9, 15 or 18 and 30 month well-child visits. Forms are below. Forms for other ages can be found here.

Trauma screener: Two-questions screener designed to be used at well-child visits from birth to age 21 years.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Reaction Index Abbreviated (PTSDRI): Utilize PTSDRI to assess symptoms for patients who confirm exposure to violence or trauma.

Treatment

Helping Children Heal: Parent & Caregiver resource describing evidence-based trauma treatments for children and how to access integrated behavioral health clinicians in the MaineHealth system.

Maine Agencies Trained in Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments: Resource for providers listing trauma-trained clinicians in Maine.

 

National resources

Local resources