How Many ACES Do Your Clients Hold?

The Adverse Childhood Events study is a mustknow for all mental health clinicians.

In an EMDR conference in the beautiful city of Milan, Italy l was mesmerized listening to Carole Forgash. Here Carole introduced me to the Adverse Childhood Event’s Research. I don’t know why I hadn’t been aware

Bell’s were ringing, my lights were on the Adverse Childhood Event’s (ACE) study and findings made me tingle. I was nodding my head – Yes this makes so much sense!

You really don't want to have too many ACEs up your sleeves
Ace Trauma research

For those of you working with trauma this is totally need to know stuff. And really if you work with clients it doesn’t take long for the emotional wounds to open.

When I think back over my career, it’s my clients who have educated me so much. Especially so how our young lives affect our present ones.

Here is a short YouTube video introducing the ACE Research. Be fascinated. Saddened. Aware. Trigger warning too. Be gentle.

ACE Study

Thanks for watching. It resonated so fully with my personal experience. Breaking the silence of abuse is crucial.

What’s your reaction to Dr Felliti’s study findings? Please leave your comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings. Thanks again!

Professional Ethics – have you got your WWCC?

Koala parent and baby in Australia we need to protect our wildlife and home life.

I work with children and am bound in NSW to have whats called a Working With Children Check WWCC completed every few years. This is to protect our precious children. Anyone who works with children must complete this check. It’s a simple process which involves a National Police Check (which is a criminal history check).

For most of us working there will be a fee of around $80. However in certain conditions like being a student on placement or an adoptive parent you do not have to pay the fee. Here is the NSW website https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check

Freedom to be a child and explore are an important part of our children's development.
Freedom to be a child and explore are an important part of our children’s development.

For Victoria the Website is https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

For Western Australia https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au/

And South Australia https://screening.sa.gov.au/screening-process/child-related-employment-screening and Northern Territories https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent/

Children excited by learning and being at school
Children excited by learning and being at school

This goes some way to accountability and as a client or employer you can request to see a current certificate.

I believe all children have the right to safety and protection from violence free from discrimination race, creed, gender, sexuality and circumstance. As health professionals we must have the highest standards of safety and care.


The elephant herd protects it's young. Mama Elephant stands by her kin
The elephant herd protects it’s young. Mama Elephant stands by her kin.