The ACE Study I
Childhood Trauma and Adult Health
Part of the Series: The ACE Study

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"We saw that things like intractable smoking, things like promiscuity, use of street drugs, heavy alcohol consumption, etc., these were fairly common in the backgrounds of many of the patients...These were merely techniques they were using, these were merely coping mechanisms that had gone into place."- Vincent Felitti, MDWhen Dr.…
The ACE Study II: Healthcare Implications
Part of the Series: The ACE Study
Building on the findings described in Part I, this video describes the ACE Study's implications for medical evaluation, treatment, and training. The presenters also discuss research showing that comprehensive patient evaluations can reduce healthcare costs. Topics Neurobiology of trauma Trauma and addictions Alternative treatment Asking the right questions Medical training
Self Injury I: Genesis, Forms, and Functions
Part of the Series: Self Injury
Topics How Self Injury Begins Role of Childhood Abuse Self Injury in Prisons and Among Men Varieties of Self Injury Motivations and Functions Recapitulation of Early Trauma Handling Rage and Other Affects Other Motivations Compulsion and Shame
Systems of Psychotherapy: Attachment-based Psychotherapy in Practice
Early attachment experiences with our primary caregivers shape the adults that we become. The goals of attachment-based psychotherapy are to address the limiting effects of negative early attachment experiences and to strengthen the capacity for secure relationships and adaptive actions in the world. To do this, the therapist first establishes…
Treating the Dissociative Client II: Trauma Work
Part of the Series: Treating the Dissociative Client
Topics Abreactions and Trauma Reenactments Abuse, Memory, and Grief Working With DID Clients Managing the Therapy Final Phase of Therapy
Uncertain Borders II: Sexual Boundary Violations
Topics Incidence; Damage Done to Clients How Sexual Relationships Start Therapists' Needs and Lack of Self-Care Typical Scenarios The Rescue Fantasy Trauma Survivors' Need For Boundaries Prevention
Treating the Dissociative Client I - Stabilization
Part of the Series: Treating the Dissociative Client
Topics Treatment Frame and Diagnostic Issues Trust and Boundary Issues Countertransference Pacing and Grounding Techniques Safety and Emotions Relationships Cognitive Distortion and Empathic Confrontation Hypnosis and Expressive Therapies Medications Psychoeducation and Transition to Trauma Work
Self Injury II: Clinical Issues and Interventions
Part of the Series: Self Injury
Topics Therapist Response to Self Injury Self Injury vs. Suicidality Self Injury and Psychosis Borderline Personality Disorder and Self Injury Dissociation Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder Assessment and Intervention Containers for Trauma Healing
Treating the Dissociative Client
"As we've come to learn more and more about dissociation, we've come to recognize that for highly traumatized individuals, that's a pretty normal process that many go through in order to defend themselves or maintain their safety, or to keep material split away because it's much too difficult to integrate…
Self Injury
"We must understand that in the trauma survivor, self injury is functional. It always performs some deep, underlying function. Most generally, it's an attempt to ward off worse harm."- David CalofA client's self mutilating behavior can be extremely challenging for the therapist. This video series discusses the range of traumatic…
Rage Reduction
Part of the Series: Severe Early Trauma
"We therapists are far more identified with our patients' pain and suffering and loss than we are with the other side of the split, that is, rage, revenge, perpetration...Those feelings, like any other difficult affect, need to be processed through in the therapy."- David Calof Clients in the process of…
Relationships: Attachment-Based Family Therapy
Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild emotionally protective, secure relationships between family members. With its unique emphasis on the adolescent's developmental need for attachment and autonomy, ABFT aims to facilitate corrective attachment experiences within the therapy session. Although the model is trauma-focused and process-oriented, it…