Date: 6th March 2019
Significant Experience: Attended a masterclass on ACE’s by our Director of Public Health -Helen Lowey.
What Happened? Helen gave us a 90 minute tour of theory, practice, concepts and history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (find out more about ACEs at end of post), which was then followed by a group chat on how this may look in Bolton and potential next steps.
So What? Whilst very heavy going at times, i found this to be profoundly important both personally and professionally. Personally, I have been reading a lot about the concepts of authenticity, vulnerability and the negative impacts of shame – and a lot of this (especially the Brene Brown stuff) overlaps with ACE’s though perhaps through a more intra-reflective lense…
Professionally – Whilst aspects of ACEs have been known and tackled (often in isolation and from a condition-led stance) seeing it laid out so starkly helped cement how much of an essential and system-shifting approach this is and how much opportunity (not without challenge) this will bring, and how – as an individual, teams, organisations and even locale we can evolve our culture to have lasting impact and implement true change.
It was also great to see our public health leader so strongly and passionately talk about something they believe in care about and advocate for.
Now What? I am going investigate how i can support the ACE agenda here in Bolton including how we can map potential hotspots and producing a Bolton relevant evidence summary which will enable better decisions to be made through access to high quality knowledge.
Personally i am going to continue my reading on shame, and how to work through the issues it brings to be more effective (along with authentic behaviour) in all aspects of life.
When & Where: Office, 6th March 2019
What are ACES?
Watch this video on ACEs https://youtu.be/XHgLYI9KZ-A
Adverse Childhood Experiences are:
Growing up in a household where:
You can read more about ACEs here: