Adverse Childhood Experiences as Context for Youth Assessment and Diagnosis
Kaprea F. Johnson, PhD; Shonn Cheng, PhD; Dana L. Brookover, PhD; and Brett Zyromski, PhD
Research has found that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can be emotionally painful or distressing, with potentially negative consequences for years. While counselors need to be aware of ACEs, the prevalence rate of ACEs, and how experiencing ACEs impacts mental and behavioral health outcomes, there is a lack of empirical research centered on ACEs and assessing them with children and a need for more information about effectively assessing ACEs and how counselors can use this information in diagnosis, treatment, and their advocacy work (Johnson et al., 2023). Professional counselors, as indicated by Johnson et al., may need to consider adaptations to their practice to include ACEs and enhance their assessment approach as well as diagnosis and intervention, thereby supporting the mental health of youths. Counselors who register for this Continuing Professional Development will learn to understand the predictive relationship between the number of ACEs and demographics in relation to parent-reported depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems. Considerations are presented for best practices, including an ACE assessment for parents to complete for children and for when assessment ACEs are presented. Additionally, as a result of registering for this CE, counselors will be able to discuss implications for counseling professionals and know the implications for future research.
1.Understand the predictive relationships between the number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and demographics in relation to parent-reported depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.
2.Discuss the implications for counseling professionals.
3.Know implications for future research.
1 NBCC Hours; 1 (CRC and CVE) CRCC Hours; 1 WA Hours; 0 APT Hours; 0 NAADAC Hours; 1 NY Hours; 0 Ethics Hours