ACEs in the shadows illuminated at conference

Harry Fletcher
Time to Shout Out

ACEs in the shadows illuminated at conference

A  Survivor* gave an emotive keynote presentation at this year’s AGM. It was challenging and motivational while highlighting the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the link to physical and mental health, well-being, and behaviours.

The speaker explained how ACEs science has helped him understand that there was a clear link with abuses, including sexual abuse that he endured as a child, and his various physical conditions and mental health issues that had resulted in a diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Having considered suicide he decided instead to learn about the ACEs movement after watching a TEDMED presentation by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris who is the Surgeon General of California. Dr Burke Harris’s TEDMED presentation has been watched by more than three million people and A Survivor was deeply touched when she talked about the ‘bear in the forest’ and she explained how the ‘Fight or Flight’ response to non-resolving trauma had a maladaptive affect on a child’s developing immune system and neuro development.

A Survivor realised that he had been in ‘many forests with many bears’ as a child, including a three-year period when he was raped and abused by three predatory perpetrators; one of them, John Allen, is now serving life imprisonment for the crimes committed against A Survivor while he was in the Bryn Alyn Community children’s home in North Wales.

A survivor was so enlightened by the ACEs science he formed a voluntary group with his wife in Cumbria and started showing films and giving presentations about ACEs science in schools and to staff working in the third-sector, police, judicial system, and childcare services. The group now has more than 1,500 active forum members. Cumbria County Council have recently published a Public Health Report about Adverse Childhood Experiences and ACEs science after a meeting with A Survivor last year.

Following months of activity, spreading the news about ACEs, A Survivor wrote a book entitled; ACES in the shadows – Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences. The book was followed by the development of an Open College Network Credit4Learning accredited level 2 training course known as Working with ACEs. The course has been available across the UK for several months through a new service established by A Survivor known as College of Life.

Over the past 12 months A Survivor has delivered ACEs training and awareness to more than 6,000 professionals across the UK and has been invited to deliver keynote ACEs presentations and several national conferences.

The book is in its 6th print run and is also available on AMAZON.

A Survivor says the ACEs science has changed is life so much that he now has a sustainable recovery that enables him to live a happy and fulfilled life with his wife and 7 children and 8 grandchildren. He is planning a new book entitled; ACEOLOGY Recovery form Adverse Childhood Experiences that will be published in 2020.

The training is being commissioned by groups across the UK including schools, social services, voluntary organisations, and residential childcare services.

To contact A Survivor please visit:

*A Survivors identity is subject to a reporting restrictions order under sections 86 to 90 of the UK Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

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